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Movie magic created in Dorset
Tamara Drewe
Tamara Drewe was almost entirely shot in Dorset.

Local businesses are hoping for a peak in trade following the release of two new box office films shot in Dorset.

The directors of both Tamara Drewe (Stephen Frears) and From Time to Time (Julian Fellowes) have houses in the county.

Locations used in the movies included a small pub in Yetminster and a stately home in Athelhampton.

Stephen Frears compared Dorset with Provence at the Cannes film festival earlier this year.

"It's just breathtakingly beautiful, I mean really, really beautiful and lush and off the map in same way that Provence is," he explained at a recent gala screening at the Electric Palace in Bridport.

"I was bought up in the city so I only learned about the countryside in the last 20 years or so."

The production office of Tamara Drewe, described by critics as a "filthy version of The Archers", was set up above a restaurant in Beaminster from June - October 2010.

"It was great - nice little source of income," said Mat Follas who owns the restaurant, The Wild Garlic.

Dorset having two films on release really helps Dorset as a destination
Patrick Cooke, Athelhampton House

The team took over the first floor apartment of the premises.

"They were a really hard working bunch - people told me there were lights on until three or four in the morning and they regularly pulled all-nighters," said Mr Follas.

"But I don't think we could do it now as we use the whole building."

Patrick Cooke is the owner of Athelhampton House, the setting for Julian Fellowes' film From Time to Time, a ghost story which covers two eras, the regency period and 1940s Britain.

"Having films made is a very exciting way of promoting a place, it stirs the imagination and brings the whole place to life," he told BBC reporter Emma Ruminski.

"Dorset having two films on release really helps Dorset as a destination."

It is not the first time Athelhampton has appeared on the big screen - it also featured in 1972 movie Sleuth, starring Michael Caine, and the Doctor Who story The Seeds of Doom, in which Tom Baker played the Doctor.

Time at the bar

It was, however, the first time Hollywood came calling for James and Carole Bayfield. They run Yetminster pub the White Hart which was used in Tamara Drewe.

Tamara Drewe
Carole Bayfield taught one of the Tamara Drew cast how to pull pints.

The film crew closed off the main road during some parts of the filming.

"I think most of the villagers enjoyed it immensely but there was obviously quite a lot of disruption with stopping traffic for a while," said Mrs Bayfield.

Mr and Mrs Bayfield are hoping fans of the film will seek out the pub in which some of the action is set and said they were surprised by how much it featured.

"I think a lot of people once they see the film and realise how beautiful it is here, they'll all want to go here on holiday, hopefully," said Mrs Bayfield.

Posy Simmonds, who wrote a newspaper comic strip which inspired the movie, said she had borrowed a few tricks from another local hero, Thomas Hardy.

The strip was later published as a novel and bears similarities to Hardy's 1874 novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

"I took terrible liberties," she joked. "I nicked the six central characters, some of the twists and turns - I rather like Hardy's moralism."

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