Sheffield city centre steps back in time for wartime movie

Extras await their cues as filming of Testamnent of Youth begins in Sheffield City Centre
Extras await their cues as filming of Testamnent of Youth begins in Sheffield City Centre
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Extras await their cues as filming of Testamnent of Youth begins in Sheffield City Centre

Extras await their cues as filming of Testamnent of Youth begins in Sheffield City Centre

Actually no.

Sheffield went back in time as film crews hit North Church Street in the city centre to shoot footage for a movie adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War epic Testament Of Youth.

The BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire-financed project, starring Sheffield’s Dominic West, Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Emily Watson, tells the story of the impact of World War I on the lives of women and civilians of Britain through the eyes of a nurse.

Film producer Rosie Alison said on-set yesterday: “We are delighted to be filming in Sheffield.

“One of our backers has been Screen Yorkshire which has helped make our filming possible - a lot of our filming has been done in Yorkshire.

“This building is perfect for what we want.

“We like to film things in locations fairly close together and our location scouts found this building which is near Sheffield Town Hall where we were filming on Sunday and at Sum studios in Heeley on Monday .

“There is a fantastic corridor in the town hall that we used as a setting for a World War I hospital scene.

“In the scene on North Church Street we film Vera at a political meeting at a town hall and this building and its doorway are perfect.

“We have seven weeks of filming, then there is the editing process and other things to get right. We’re not sure when the film will be coming out.”

The Grade II-listed building at 19 North Church Street in the shadow of Sheffield Cathedral, was built in 1830 and is now studios and apartments.

Testament Of Youth is considered a classic in feminist literature for its depiction of a woman’s struggle to forge an independent career.

Vera Brittain was the mother of Shirley Williams, the former Labour cabinet minister and co-founder of Britain’s Social Democratic party – now Liberal Democrats.