Atonement

Date: 2007
Director: Joe Wright
Production Company: Universal

Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn, Gina MacKee
Location(s): London, Shropshire; Redcar, Cleveland, Yorkshire; Cambridgeshire, Sussex.

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Storyline:

Romantic drama in which a juvenile false accusation alters too many lives.

Additional Information:

This immensely touching film is a truly fraternal collaboration with grabs by Simon James and most nows by brother Robin.

The London residential street scenes were filmed in Lydhurst Avenue SW2, not so far from Balham where the story is set. I lived around the corner in the late 1990s and although hadn’t been back there in a decade I instantly recognised it when seeing the film for the first time. Andrew Fisher.

Robert Burrell advises that Capture 26 is indeed the Fens, as are other parts of the film, during which the Denver Sluice can be seen in the background.

Tony Hillman adds about capture 30 (Redcar), “It took about 3 weeks preparation with all sea-facing windows boarded up and occupants adequately recompensed for loss of light; a barge was brought up from the South and deposited on the beach. There were a number of WWII army vehicles including 4 ack ack guns and despite all the sand on the beach many tons were brought in to cover the road and promenade. Naturally all the present day street furniture was removed. After a week of filming it took about another 3 weeks to put everything back to normal. All this for about 5 minutes of screen time. Part of the old Redcar steel works, which were active at the time, were also used in shots of James McAvoy and others just before they reached the beach.”

 

 

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Ronan and McAvoy at Stokesay Court, near Onibury, Salop.

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Brother Robin took a special trip to Shropshire for the next 21. Tours have to be arranged in advance but the house is proud of Atonement connection, sensibly appreciating the FIT phenomenon.

Ronan.

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£15 tour money a bit stiff but well spent by RJ.

The fountain at Stokesay Court.

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A different design now but the same place and proved by aton010n. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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Now. RJ.

Stokesay Court. McAvoy and Knightley's legs.

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Now. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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Now. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Even the ruins are the same.. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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Now. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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No detail is overlooked. RJ.

Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Stokesay Court.

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Now. RJ.

Scotland Place, London SW1.

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Now. SJ.

Great Scotland Yard. Also seen in Children of Men, filmed at much the same time when the street was being refurbished.

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Still being refurbished. SJ.

Great Scotland Yard, also seen in The Ipcress File, looking towards Whitehall.

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Windows still boarded up. SJ

Great Scotland Yard. Also seen in Children of Men, filmed at much the same time when the street was being refurbished.

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Now. SJ.

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Arty shot of the planes reflected in the dyke. Supposed to be wartime France but more likely the fens of Cambridgeshire as confirmed by Robert Burrell. (RL)

A London street?

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Yes it is. Tony Reeves found this one. Lydhurst Avenue, London SW2 in the Streatham area. SJ

Panning left. That sign is illegible.

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But fortunately we don't have to read it now. Lydhurst Avenue on the corner of Mount Nod Road, London SW2. No post-box, different sign. SJ

Back at Stokesay.

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Not quite the right angle but it looks like the same pool. RJ.

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Part of the incredible tracking shot at Redcar, Yorkshire. More info in the banner section.

Back in London. Garai walks up Lord North Street, SW1.

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That's St John's Smith Square she's heading for. SJ.

The interior.

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Westminster Under School rehearsing for annual summer concert. SJ.

Another angle.

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I couldn't get that door to stay open. SJ.

Garai on a London street? Distinctive doorways.

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And here they are. Back on Lydhurst Avenue, SW2. Though I'm a little concerned by the Triffid-like growth of the vegetation. SJ

Garai confronts Knightley. London?

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The rear of Mount Nod Road which is approached from Lydhurst Avenue. SJ

Garai confronts Knightley. London?

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A close-up of above. SJ

Aldwych used as an air raid shelter and seen in countless films. And used for much more. I visited on an open day and they wouldn't let anyone down the stairs or lift. Bit of a rip off as there's only so much to a ticketing hall! RL and PW visited the station and this staircase is certainly not at Aldwych.

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Nick Cooper says; Aldwych Tube station used as Balham station.This passageway is actually a studio mock-up, although it is closely based on the view looking back from the platform area at Aldwych. The major difference is that at the bottom of the stairs, there is an immediate right-angle turn to the right, so the wall visible on the left in the film shouldn't be there. In real life there is also a bulge in the tunnel wall at the top of the stairs on the left, which is the surround to the blocked-up passageway to the second (long-unused) platform. This can be seen best in the 5th image on my page for 'The Black Windmill' (first URL below). The other major difference is that the stairs are actually a continuous flight of 14-15 steps, without the leveled-off section in the middle seen in the film mock-up. This can be seen best in the 4th image on my page for 'Patriot Games' (second URL below) - not the full flight, but enough visible steps to show the difference. http://www.nickcooper.org.uk/subterra/lu/lufilmtv/tbwindmi.htm http://www.nickcooper.org.uk/subterra/lu/lufilmtv/pgames.htm

Knightley and McAvoy in Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat between Seaford and Eastbourne, East Sussex.

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A classic view of the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. RJ.

A detail from one of the Coastguard Cottages overlooking Cuckmere Haven.

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Wrong angle but the roof detail was not unnoticed by RJ.

The cottage and Seven Sisters.

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Now. RJ.

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