Alice in Wonderland’s Film Location: Antony House

We are very excited to see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, when it opens in theaters soon.  I wanted to explore the main location used for the filming.  The magical gem Antony House and its beautifully landscaped gardens, near Plymouth, England, was transformed into the surreal setting for the film.

According to the UK’s National Trust, Tim Burton was looking for, “…a perfect, pocket-sized mansion ; something beautifully symmetrical, with intimate interiors, wide views and landscaped gardens.”

Burton’s film combines the latest in stop-motion technology and traditional on-set filming and Antony House was the only ‘real’ location for the film.  Here are a few pictures:

Photo from the The National Trust

Photo from the The National Trust

Photo by The National Trust/Stephen Robson
Antony House has a long history.  It was built between 1711-1721 for Sir William Carew, whose family had owned the estate since 1492. Incredible!
Here is a photo I came across on The Plymouth Herald website showing many of the cast members from the upcoming film, shown on set outside of Antony House:

This is a view of the Knot Garden at Antony House (Photo Copyright NTPL/Stephen Robson)

According to the National Trust, Antony House was selected from a list of over 30 estates in England.
The sets were designed by Karen O’Hara and Peter Young and costumes were designed by Colleen Atwood.  I will be first in line to see this film!  Here is a preview:

Colleen Atwood with Johnny Depp, who has worked with him on Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and other Burton/Depp collaborations (Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd and Alice):

Tim Burton on set, directing:

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I’ll close with this fabulous Harper’s Bazaar cover with Mia Wasikowska

and the movie’s trailer….take a peek!
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