Maleficent | 2014
Even a fantasy needs some grounding in reality, and two National Trust properties provide the open countryside.
The estate is comprised of comprises 5,000 acres of woodlands, known as Ashridge Forest, along with commons and chalk downland, currently owned by the National Trust.
The neo-Gothic Ashridge House, currently home to the Ashridge Executive Education program of Hult International Business School, is featured as ‘Marston-Tyne Military Prison’ in Robert Aldrich's 1967 The Dirty Dozen.
Those hills and vistas are not quite the natural, untamed countryside they seem to be. The 700 acres were carefully fashioned to fit the 18th Century ideal of a rural paradise by famous landscape designer ‘Capability’ Brown.
The Queen (Cate Blanchett) goes riding with Walter Raleigh through Petworth's rolling green hills in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, while the chapel of Petworth House is used for the wedding of Redmond Barry to Lady Lyndon in Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 masterpiece Barry Lyndon.