The starring role of a West Midlands country house in a new Hollywood film

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Upton Cressett Hall near Bridgnorth will be the setting for a new Hollywood film

The First World War drama Can You Hear Me?, written by and starring actress Charlotte Radford, will be filmed at Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth, from March.

The Severn Valley Railway and Pitchford Hall, near Shrewsbury, will also feature in the film.

In the mystery romance, Facinelli will play Samuel, an American officer shot dead while fighting on the front line in 1918 France. The soldier “makes a deal with the ‘Almighty’ to return to his fiancée in England, until the last bell stroke”.

Pitchford Hall
William Cash, owner of Upton Cressett Hall
Matt Barber in Downton Abbey

Upton Cressett Hall owner William Cash said Upton Cressett Hall would be clearly identified and have a prominent role in the film.

He said he hoped the film would raise Shropshire’s profile as a tourist attraction and boost the region’s tourist economy.

“Shropshire has a history in the film industry, being used for films such as Atonement and Howard’s End,” Mr Cash said.

“I hope this brings people to Shropshire and people realize what a great and glorious part of England it is that they will want to visit.”

He added that Miss Radford came up with the idea for the film while staying as a guest at one of the holiday rentals in Upton Cressett a few years ago.

“This is the first time we’ve filmed at Upton Cressett since the early 1970s when the BBC came to do some drama, so it will be the first time we’ve filmed in almost 50 years.”

Severn Valley Railway. Photo: Bob Sweet
William Cash at Upton Cressett Hall
William Cash outside Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth, which will be the setting for a new Hollywood film

Simon Hunter, who is directing the film, said: “It’s a unique and beautiful script. A sensual and romantic ghost story set in the dark days of World War I.

“The story is about loss and how to let go of those you loved. It is a deeply moving supernatural journey from the ferocity of the trenches of the Western Front to the haunting beauty of an English estate. I have long been a great admirer of Peter’s work and it will be an honor to lead him in such a moving and poignant story.”

Facinelli recently starred in the thriller 13 Minutes, and also wrote and directed the popular Netflix pic The Vanished.

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