Ham House lets it slip as haunting backdrop for ‘Never Let Me Go’

Formal lawns were left un-mown and weeds were ‘planted’ in the normally pristine turf.  Inside the house, historic artefacts were removed and fluorescent lighting was brought in to create an ‘institutional atmosphere’.

Gary Calland, property manager of Ham House & Garden, said: "It was incredible to see the place transformed into something shabby and run-down.

“Visitors were initially surprised by the transformation but we had plenty of staff on hand to explain what was going on and our Head Gardener Sandra King ensured that everything was returned to its pristine best as soon as filming had finished."

Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a story of love, loss and hidden truths. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school where they discover a dark and haunting secret about their future.

As they leave the shelter of the school behind, and draw inexorably closer to the devastating fate that awaits them as adults, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

The film opened the 54th BFI London Film Festival last year and is released nationwide in the UK on Friday 11 February 2011.

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