"Director Joe Wright revealed how the crew had found Stokesay Court while flicking through copies of Country Life magazine, ending a year-long search for a suitable venue.
It was an absolutely wonderful time. Our time in Shropshire was heaven."
The film was released on DVD in the UK in February 2008 – click here to purchase it from Amazon.
During the summer of 2006 Stokesay Court was used as one of the principal locations for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best selling novel, Atonement. Director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) and stars Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn and Vanessa Redgrave spent nearly six weeks shooting key scenes in and around Stokesay.
Since the film was released in the UK in September 2007, we have been offering tours of the house, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes view of Atonement’s setting. For more information, please visit our Tours page.
In the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis observes a flirtation between a servant’s son, Robbie, and her older sister, Cecilia, that she childishly misconstrues. Briony’s misunderstanding leads to a terrible crime whose consequences follow them through World War II.
“It is an epic essentially about the act of writing and the potential of writing to betray others. Yet at its emotional core are two lovers torn apart, first by a fanciful lie told by a young girl, and then by the events of the Second World War.”
The film was released in the UK on the 7th September, and in the US on the 7th December 2007.
Stokesay Court is available as a location for both film and television productions, please contact Caroline Magnus by email or call 01584 856238 in the first instance.