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Alice in Wonderland filmed in Cornwall
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Alice in Wonderland was partly filmed at Antony House in Cornwall. Hundreds of locals took part in the production

The new release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was partly filmed in Cornwall.

The tale - an extension of the Lewis Carroll novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass - used a National Trust property to film the famous Mad Hatter's tea party.

Walt Disney released an animated version of the story in 1951, with Alice voiced by the British child actress Kathryn Beaumont.

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter
Alice in Wonderland features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

The film uses a technique combining live action and animation and features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.

One of the locations chosen for the film was the 18th century property Antony House near Torpoint.

The property overlooks the River Lynher and is set amongst parkland and gardens managed by the National Trust.

The house has been and continues to be the home of the Carew Pole family for 600 years.

Lady Mary Carew-Pole lives on the Antony Estate. She says it was a special time when the filming was taking place:

"It was mostly outside. There were just two scenes in two Victorian studies.

Antony House near Torpoint
Antony House near Torpoint was used as a location for Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton really liked our long Yew hedges and opportunities for white rabbits to pop out and to paint the roses white and have a chess board. It was just what he was looking for, the outside, I think."

The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast).

The story follows the life of Alice, 19, who attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types.

Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember.

Tim Burton brings 'Alice in Wonderland' to screens as never before.

The director has put together an expensive, 3-D version of the famous Lewis Carroll novel, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Tim Burton: ' My film is an experiment'

The film features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

The new release, also stars Michael Sheen, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman, is almost like a sequel to the original story.




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