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Controversial film shot in Norfolk screened fifty years on

As part of the Hallowed Histories festival, there will be a free screening of the Gothic horror film The Shuttered Room (1967) which caused excitement and outrage when it was filmed on location in Norfolk half a century ago.

The Anglo-American production starring Carol Lynley and Oliver Reed was the subject of public and political protest when it was revealed that the producers planned to burn down the historic Hardingham Mill as the film’s dramatic climax. Local conservationists, Members of Parliament, even Spike Milligan campaigned to save the 18th century mill but the film’s finale went ahead.

The screening of the Shuttered Room will also include Anglia Television footage of the making of the film that has recently been unearthed by the East Anglian Film Archive. The archive footage filmed for About Anglia in 1966 includes on-set footage and interviews with Lynley and Reed in Norwich and Hardingham.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with four University of East Anglia film studies and media history academics, Dr Melanie Williams, Dr Keith Johnston, Dr Paul Frith and Dr Tim Snelson, discussing the film in relation to their ongoing projects on Sixties British cinema, colour filmmaking, and psychology and cinema. The discussion will then be opened up to the public to discuss their memories and reactions to the film.

The screening and Q and A will be held in The Auditorium at The Forum in Norwich on 27 November at 7pm. The event is free, but booking is essential. 

Book your place here.