Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle aficionados upset
Christopher Hall (Aristocrats),
producer of the BBC's upcoming miniseries based on Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle's The Lost World, told the SFX Network Web site that the series will be faithful to
the book. The only major change will be the addition of a female character to provide
romance, SFX reported. "We plan to start shooting some time in the new year and are
at present looking at New Zealand as our major location," Hall told the site. Tony
Mulholland will write the script for the two-part miniseries, which is slated to air on
British television around Christmas 2001.
20 February 2001
Erin Harford reported in Wesport newspaper "The News"
"Filming is in full swing on the Lost World set in Charleston's Nile valley.
The BBC dinosaur movie started six weeks of filming on the West
Coast on Saturday and has had brilliant sunshine since.
Lead female actress, Irish woman Elaine Cassidy said she flew into New Zealand, along with
actors Peter Falk, Bob Hoskins, and James Fox, on Wednesday and came to Buller on
Cassidy, who acted in the movie Felicia's Journey, said scenes were being filmed yesterday
in the village and there were animals everywhere.
"I got to hold a tarantula, I hate spiders and a double could have done it but I made
myself. Now I love them," she said.
Actors have been struggling with the heat , and BBC producer Christopher Hall was also
hoping for relief in the weather.
"We would like some mist to make it look more like the Amazon," Mr Hall said.
He was otherwise pleased with how filming is going.
"This is mone of the most beautiful places on earth. If you come 26,000 miles to make
a film you expect it to be beautiful," he said.
Mr Hall said the actors had some trouble learning the traditional Amazonian language used
in some scenes.
"Yesterday Mr Hoskins had several pages of dialogue in the Indian language. We have a
language expert helping everyone with their lines," he said.
Today there were about 25 extras on site. About two thirds are from the West Coast with
another third coming from Christchurch. A visiting Chilean soccer team from Christchurch
was also being used.
The extras at the village set had to look like Amazonian Indians but Mr hall said extras
in the later scenes would be a more mixed race. Filming in New Zealand would continue for
another two months before the crew moved back to London to shoot the final scenes.
The whole of Westport has been wrapped up in the Hollywood fever. Several warehouses are
being used for set construction and at St Canice's School children have been making clay
pots and plates for village scenes"
Christopher Hall (producer)
Stuart Orme (director)
Tony Mulholland (script)
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