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Happisburgh lighthouse in music video and short film
Happisburgh Lighthouse
The Happisburgh landmark was repainted in its striking colours last summer

Norfolk's appeal as a film location continues to grow, with Happisburgh the latest spot to star in productions.

The coastal village's iconic lighthouse appears in a video for singer Ellie Goulding's new single, The Writer, and a short film, Into the Silent Land.

It seems the county's skies, beaches and rural landscape have screen allure.

"Norfolk's historic buildings and beautiful coast and countryside are proving attractive to film-makers," said Paul Dickson of Norfolk Tourism.

Starring roles

Blockbusters including The Duchess, Shakespeare in Love, Stardust and Die Another Day have all used the county as a location and it has also been the base for the ITV series Kingdom.

Screen East, the regional screen agency for the East of England, has continued to promote the county as a location to help boost the local economy.

In 2009 Norfolk Tourism linked up with the agency to launch an interactive film guide to help visitors explore different screen spots and plan trips.

"Visitors definitely come to the county to explore film locations," said Mr Dickson.

"Kingdom alone benefited the Norfolk economy to the tune of several million pounds during filming and gave the Swaffham area a real tourism boost.

"Film crews stay in hotels and bed and breakfasts, eat in local pubs and restaurants and employ local contractors and extras - all good news for the economy.

"Kingdom's opening sequence, with fabulous aerial views of the county, showcased Norfolk's beauty, as did the BBC's Springwatch filmed at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve for the last three years," he added.

Happisburgh focus

Ellie Goulding performing (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Ellie Goulding was tipped at the start of the year for big things

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ellie Goulding, 23, rose to fame after topping the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and winning the Critics' Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards.

Her debut album, Lights, was released in March 2010 and went straight to the top of the charts.

The video for her latest single, The Writer, sees the songstress wandering dreamily thorough the cliff-top fields and climbing the steps up to the top of the Happisburgh lighthouse.

The coastal landmark is also a focal point in a new short film.

Into the Silent Land was directed by Norwich-born Jean Campbell Hogg of Campbell Cloud Films.

The production, shot on 16mm film, folllows the tale of seven-year-old twin sisters Rachel and Sarah.

A year after a tragic accident, Rachel returns to the scene of the incident to search for her sister with the towering lighthouse playing a significant role in the plot's conclusion.

"We've been very fortunate locally - the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust has been very supportive allowing us to use the lighthouse to film in," said producer Valerie Hanson.

"The community as a whole has been supportive," she added.




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