Netflix releases trailer for Rebecca - filmed in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 15:03 09 September 2020 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 September 2020

View of Mapperton House from the Italianate Gardens created in the 1920s, this is where the party is held in the Netflix film Rebecca Photo: Steve Lannin

View of Mapperton House from the Italianate Gardens created in the 1920s, this is where the party is held in the Netflix film Rebecca Photo: Steve Lannin

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The new release, shot at Dorset locations including Mapperton House and Cranborne Manor, stars Armie Hammer and Lily James

Based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the first outing of Rebecca the film was back in 1940 when it was directed by Alfred Hitchcock (his first American project). It starred Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter and Joan Fountaine as the naïve young woman who becomes his wife and the new mistress of Manderley, a place where the ghost of his first wife Rebecca casts a long shadow. The black and white film won Best Picture in the Academy Awards for its producer David O. Selznick, he won the same accolade the previous year for Gone with the Wind. Back in Blighty it was the most popular film of 1940. So, it’s surprising to discover that it has taken nearly 80 years for this romantic thriller to return to the big screen.

Shot last summer, Netflix adaption of Rebecca stars Armie Hammer as Max, Lily James as Daphne his new wife, and Kristen Scott Thomas as the chillingly gothic Mrs Danvers. Locations include the sun-drenched coast of the South of France, and then various English locations including Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast and Dorset. Manderley itself is an amalgamation of various houses and locations, and within that mix is Mapperton House, near Beaminster, West Dorset, which provides Daphne’s study, and the gorgeous gardens where the newlyweds host a garden party on the lawns by the Orangery. The other Dorset element is Cranborne Manor which provides some of the exterior shots for Manderley.

Cranborne Manor House was used for some of the exteriors of Manderley Photo Edward GriffithsCranborne Manor House was used for some of the exteriors of Manderley Photo Edward Griffiths

Due for release on 21 October you can read my exclusive behind-the-scenes feature about my day on set at Mapperton in the November edition of Dorset Magazine, which reveals all about the locations, the costumes and the story of how this classic returned to the big screen. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this just released trailed for Rebecca 2020, and see if you can spot any Dorset locations!

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