The original film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is streaming on Amazon Prime and broadcast on Talking Pictures TV this week. Daphne Neville writes about working on the crew of this iconic feature film here. The full story is now available as an audiobook and paperback and on Kindle.
Daphne Neville plays Edna in the new British movie ‘Swede Caroline’ which is up for a prestigious award. Having been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, this mocumentary will be premiered at the Curzon cinema in Soho on 31st October. Made by Deadbeat Films, this debut movie has been nominated for ‘Best UK Feature.’ Set to poke a comedic carrot at the world of competitive vegetable growers, it is written by Brook Driver and stars Jo Hartley, Ray Fearon and Aisling Bea.
“There is nothing funnier than a British person on the edge of losing it.”
Daphne was interviewed recently about her home in the Cotswolds, which has often been used as a film location. After a number of television advertisements and drama serials such as Dark Secret and House of Elliot used the house, Daphne appeared in Cold Caller, an award-winning short film that made good use of the lake. You can read more about it here.
Rudi-the-Otter who lives in an enclosure above the converted mill, appeared in the movie Scottish Mussel. He played both himself and his mate in series two of The Durrells and featured in BBCTV’s Natural World Series where he was used to show how otters can smell underwater in the documentary entitled ‘Super-charged Otters’. You can see more photos of filming with the tame otters here.
Daphne is campaigning for ‘Animal alert’ whistles to be fitted onto vehicles. They prevent pets and wild animals from being run over. They can be obtained cheaply from Amazon.co here
The show that gained 9 million hits – originally broadcast on Channel 4 this August. Daphne appeared in all three episodes.
“The highlight of the programme….are three tremendous women” – The Times
In the first episode, Daphne and two friends are taken to Amsterdam in ‘this lively three-part series’ presented by Barry Humphries. ‘They were sampling cannabis in Amsterdam. Flames leaped up in their faces but only made them dissolve in giggles. It was shot in the Red Light District and is actually illegal but they enjoyed their trip (overseas).’
There is more in the Guardian, ‘They’re not here for the tulips’.
In Episode 2, Daphne and her two friends went off to try out virtual gaming and had fun ‘killing’ each other. She went to the hairdressers in Episode 3 , only to ask her stylist if she would make her look nice after she’d died – when she was in the coffin.
She threatens to climb out of a coffin next. OAPs on the rampage. There is surely to be another series. It is wonderful to see how gorgeous the senior citizens looked in their youth. Click here for photos of Daphne.
The clips have gone viral. ‘You’ve become an internet sensation, Granny.’
‘You won’t see me, I was playing a wall-flower,’ but rest assured Daphne was there, in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
‘I’m in a scene with June Whitfield when everyone is dancing.’ This is clearly described by Jennifer Saunders as, ‘some kind of late-night lesbo party’ and Daphne’s sitting to left of screen with a fancy glass of champagne in her hand!
‘It’s meant to be the South of France but was shot in a hotel in London.’
Daphne has had another busy year, giving talks on otter conservation and appearing in a number of feature films including ‘Ab Fab’ the movie, and the new ‘Bridget Jones’ as well as ‘The Crown’ for Netflix. She is currently presenting ‘The Pensioners Guide to the UK’ produced by Rumpus Media for Channel 4.
Next week Daphne is off to BBC Manchester to appear in a new quiz programme, before flying off to film in Amsterdam.
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show. Pic: Daphne Neville with Rudi the Otter
Having recently appeared in Broadchurch, playing Charlotte Rampling’s ancient mother, Daphne Neville has just finished filming Cold Caller, a short film by Philip Cook, shot on location in the Cotswolds.
It is a chilling tale shot by Matt Bigwood and produced by George Collings. Daphne plays Marjorie, an old lady who receives a call from a certain security expert who does not take his gloves off when he accepts a cup of tea.
Daphne Neville appears at the beginning of this trailer for The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes.
‘Truly, Mr Dickens,’ she assures him. ‘It is never so alive as when it is spoken by its author.’
The hectic scene featured at the start of this official trailer was shot on location at Harrow School where Daphne’s grandson was a pupil. Her wig was originally made for Judi Dench, she rather liked the bonnet and had a wonderful driver.
Written by Abi Morgan, and also starring Felicity Jones and Kirsten Scott Thomas the film has been described as ‘brilliantly acted, vibrantly alive… ‘
Since the movie trailer has been watched nearly 4,800,000 times, we have great expectations.