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In Possession of the Past

The tourist port of Whitby is suddenly looking even more picturesque - after movie-makers wove their magic.

Parts of the town have been transported back in time to the Victorian era for a big screen version of A S Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel, Possession.

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow - the star of Sliding Doors - is starring in the Warner Brothers production, which also features Jennifer Ehle and Jeremy Northam, among others.

Yesterday, filming focused on the famous 199 steps, an area which has been turned into a Victorian market, with dozens of locally-recruited extras dressed in period costume.

Other filming will be taking place on the beach and West Pier over the next few days.


Northern Echo 06/09/2000

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