Friday, 30 March 2007

Atonement captured

See the filming of Atonement and the locals who took part in it through the eyes of an award winning professional Teesside photographer who visited the set. The Bellamy Pavilion at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's Kirkleatham Museum is hosting the exhibition from April 7 until June 10 featuring photographs of the making of the movie by the 2006 UK Events Photographer of the Year, Pam Ainsley.

Pam visited the Redcar on three different occasions during filming, taking snapshots of activity on the set as it happened from people's living room windows overlooking the set and the beach during the day and evening.

Pam Ainsley said: "It was a fantastic experience to be able to view the making of the film and capture it from a different perspective on another kind of film.

"I knew that many of the 1,000 extras were from Redcar and the surrounding area so I made a point of getting photographs of them.

"After viewing the large amount of images taken I wanted the people who took part in the film to be able to see them. I contacted the Museum who looked at the prints and were more than happy to arrange for the exhibition, so here we are!"

In total there are 250 photographs on display ranging in size from large black and white canvas to standard colour prints.

People spotting themselves in the exhibition will also have the opportunity to purchase the photographs for posterity.

A stretch of the Esplanade in Redcar, from the Regent Cinema to the boating lake, was closed and transformed into 1940's Dunkirk while director Joe Wright filmed his adaptation of Ian McEwan's bestseller.

Atonement is due to be released on September 14.

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