Part 4 of “Florian’s Last Climb”, Schloss Liechtenstein in Barham House
Oct 2016 28

Almost there! The near contemporary tranche of the unspooling epic of “Florian’s Last Climb”, shot on majestic super 16mm on the Aaton XTR Prod last weekend the 22nd and 23rd October. Barham House in East Sussex standing in for “Schloss Liechtenstein” near Innsbruck in Austrian, circa late 1990s/early 2000s. Mike Robinson once more on lensing duties, his nephew Jake ably camera assisting, Grant Studart recording sound, Emma Thornett on makeup, Sharon Sorrentino casting, Danica Chapman cooking up a storm in the kitchen and David Chapman plugging all gaps. Bill Brand, last seen as the Austrian Minister of war in BBC’s series “War and Peace”, as Otto von Liechtenstein, Frank Loman as the documentary film interviewer and German language coach extraordinaire and Susie Engel stepping out of “Richard Third” as Ralph Fiennes’s mother, putting everyone to shame (well, me at least) as nonagenarian Clotilde von Liechtenstein with her torrent of energy and sheer professionalism at the age of 81. An inspiration! And the entire cast jabbering in German throughout! A joy. 99% done now. two tiny scenes on super 8 to go.