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Friday, 16 February, 2001, 11:09 GMT
Seven injured on film set
Kate Hudson
Four Feathers star Kate Hudson was not on set
Six film extras and an animal handler were injured when a horse bolted on the London set of new film Four Feathers, which stars Amost Famous actress Kate Hudson.

Hudson and co-star Wes Bentley were not on set at the time of the incident, which took place at the former Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The London Ambulance Service said a 19-year-old man was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel by air ambulance, while an 80-year-old woman was taken to Kings College Hospital in Camberwell.

Filming suspended

A statement from the production team said: "An accident occured on the site of Four Feathers on location at the Greenwich Naval College involving a horse, a carriage, a horse-handler and six background players.

"Four of the injured were hospitalised while three were treated on the scene."

It added: "Out of respect for the players involved, the unit suspended filming for the day.

"In connection with the scene, the producers had on hand highly experienced horse handlers that had been used in films before."

Four Feathers is the new screen version of AEW Mason's adventure novel about a young British army officer sent white feathers, an accusation of cowardice by three military friends.


He disguises himself as an Arab to save the lives of his friends.

The most famous film version is the 1939 Zoltan Korda production with Ralph Richardson and John Clements.

It was also made into a TV drama in 1977 with Beau Bridges and Robert Powell.

This version is being filmed by Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur and is due for release at the end of the year.

Much of the production has already been filmed in Morocco, as a large part of the plot's action is based in Sudan.

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