Greensleeves Care’s newest home, Lavender Fields in Sevenoaks, welcomed BAFTA award-winning actors Miriam Margolyes and Virginia McKenna, and an international quality film crew to the home as it was transformed into a film set that created the centre of a beautiful love story that spans across the ages.
Although the plot is currently secret and under wraps, Greensleeves Care’s historic links with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service made Lavender Fields a particularly apt filming location.
During filming, residents observed the action and had the opportunity to chat to the two actors they have long admired; residents were welcomed on the film set and learnt what happens during the making of a movie. Residents even joined in a rousing sing-song spontaneously initiated by Miriam and Virginia themselves.
With many residents assuming the opportunity to be in a professionally produced movie was behind them, they were delighted to be offered the opportunity to be a star for the day and show off their acting talent as extras in the movie. The film will be completed over the coming months and will be released later this year.
Carla Fraser, the Filmmaker, said: “The care home team were fantastic and went above and beyond to make the day a success. Aside from the amazing support with the filming, I would see the cast and crew speaking to residents or organising activities for them and I was absolutely blown away by the care and dedication I witnessed – not only is this a beautiful location, the atmosphere is so incredibly welcoming and happy!”
Paul Newman, Greensleeves Care’s Chief Executive, said “Lavender Fields is a lively home with a vibrant resident and staff community who jumped at the chance to contribute to such an important story. Residents look forward to seeing themselves on the silver screen and marking the film’s release with their own local red carpet premiere. Fingers crossed for a Best Supporting Actor role!”