Last year I made a lovely set of bowls and mazers for Ridley Scott’s medieval film “Nottingham” then at the last minute it was canceled due to the pending actors strike. I just heard that it is up and running again and starts filming in 5 weeks. Russel Crowe is Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett has just been confirmed as Maid marian.
Most exciting is they have decided they want a bowlturner in the background of one of the shots so I am supplying my old lathe, a set of tools and piles of shavings from the workshop floor. These are the bowls I made, they were all a bit drab as they wanted them unoiled so the props department could age them.
I have done TV quite a number of times including Meet the ancestors and playing the Turner Nememiah Wallington in Simon Sharmas History of Britain but a £91 Million big screen production is quite different. I can’t wait to see Russel Crowe drinking from one of my mazers on the big screen. Ridley Scott aparantly says he is “not making a documentary” but his attention to detail is impresive, his set designer has a copy of my book and this will be the first time medieval folk have been shown drinking from wooden bowls.