Hampshire to feature in biggest blockbuster of the year

Hawley Common and Stratfield House in north Hampshire will feature in what is expected to be one of the highest-grossing movies of all time – ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.

Scenes for the film were shot in Hampshire during summer 2014.

The A-list cast and crew spent several days filming scenes at Hawley Common on the Hampshire/Surrey border, and eight weeks on location at Stratfield Saye House, in north Hampshire.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 23 April. The film brings together Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow who have to fight against the evil Ultron.

The film stars the likes of Robert Downey Junior, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson.

One of the film’s Location Managers, Charlotte Wright, said: “Hampshire has some really unique and outstanding locations to offer the film industry and we are always grateful to the local communities who are affected by filming.

The locals were fantastic and all very excited to find out what it was we were filming and what Hollywood stars they could potentially get sight of in their woods.”

Filming was made possible by Film Hampshire – part of Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development service which promotes Hampshire’s unique character and historic appeal to attract top blockbusting productions to the county.

It’s thanks to them that over £8.5m of production spend was brought into Hampshire in 2014, giving a massive boost to the local economy.

With around 400 film locations on offer, previous productions in Hampshire have included the TV’s Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall, as well as movies such as Mission Impossible 5, World War Z with Brad Pitt, The Da Vinci Code, and Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise.

Visit Film Hampshire’s website: www.hants.gov.uk/filmhampshire to view a map showing locations that have been used over the years.

For example historic Winchester College featured in the multi-award winning Les Misérables, ornate Stratfield Saye House was the backdrop for scenes from War Horse and several James Bond films were shot in the county, including Skyfall and The Quantum of Solace.