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Tuesday July 23rd 2024

Orlando | 1993

Orlando location: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Orlando location: the Great House: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Tilda Swinton is the Elizabethan nobleman Orlando who, at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp – who else?) remains ageless but changes sex, in Sally Potter’s imaginative film of the Virginia Woolf story.

'Olde London' was recreated in St Petersburg. The arid deserts and Muslim townscapes are Khiva in Uzbekhistan.

The ‘Great House’, which forms a recurring backdrop, is Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire (seen in many films, including Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes).

Queen Elizabeth’s lavish banquet, with ten thousand roses and four thousand tulips, was filmed in the house’s Great Hall. The young Gloriana did, in fact, spend much of her youth on this estate, though not in the house itself, which is Jacobean.