The final film is finished and I’m pleased to report that we got a great mark for it so Kathryn and I are very pleased.
We’ve used a couple of clips from The Other Boleyn Girl and the theme music from The Tudors in our final film because it wasn’t going to be broadcast externally. At the moment, I’m trying to get permission for this copyrighted material so I can post the film up on this site. It may be a while before I can put it up here so I hope the clips have been interesting! Either that or I shall be re-editing!
The finished DVDs are on their way across the UK and the world to all our contributors.
I just really wanted to say thank you to everyone who has got in contact with me to share their love for Anne Boleyn. I received an inbox full of emails from Anne admirers and as a Tudor fan myself, it was amazing to share your stories. It’s been an absolutely fascinating project to work on and hopefully I might be remaking this for broadcast in the future.
Our biggest thanks go to Sophie Walker, Kelly Du Buisson, Michaela Clement-Hayes, Rachel McNeil, Alison Weir, Claire Ridgway and family, Philippa Gregory, Susan Bordo and her technical team, and Julie O’Leary at West Ham United.
We had some fantastic moments making this film but sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan…
Susan Bordo is writing the book The Creation of Anne Boleyn, in which she explores why Anne Boleyn is so interesting to our society now. More details of the book can be found here.
I was going to upload one of the edited clips from the interview with Susan, but then I discovered that Susan has uploaded the raw footage onto YouTube. So instead of a three minute clip, you can now watch a fascinating twelve minute film!
In the interview, Susan talks about the mean girl Anne Boleyn in Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl and how this links into ideas of femininity in the twentieth century. She also speaks about how Anne’s image has changed through time and how our modern cultural views have influenced how Anne is portrayed.
We were lucky enough to be able to include an interview with Susan in our film. This might not sound like such a feat, but Susan is based at Kentucky University and we were based in London with no budget!
Our huge thanks go to Susan and her technical team who filmed the interview for us and we can’t wait for the book!
Philippa gave up an hour of her precious time back in April for our interview and there was so much we could have put into our final film.
I’ve picked the most interesting clip for the project to put up on this site because Philippa really gets to the heart of Anne’s relevance to modern day society.
She talks about the balance between being a historian and a female novelist and how Anne’s appeal is not time bound.
This is particularly interesting to all those who have felt an emotional connection to the characters in The Other Boleyn Girl because it seems Philippa shares that with you too.
Many thanks to Philippa Gregory.
Claire Ridgway runs the most popular Anne Boleyn website from her home in Andalusia, Spain.
The site gets over 20,000 hits a month from fans across the world and we went to meet Claire to talk about why she started the site. Claire told us that it was a dream which fired up her interest in Anne.
As you’ll have read in the previous posts historians such as Alison Weir are concerned by these fansites because they may damage Anne’s historical legacy.
As Alison pointed out, film is a powerful medium and it could give young fans an impression of a historical figure that isn’t necessarily accurate.
When I asked Claire whether she thought her site was putting Anne on a pedestal this was her response.
Many thanks to Claire, Tim and the Ridgway family.
Back in April, Becca Attfield and I went to meet historian Alison Weir at her home in Surrey. We only had space for a minute clip of Alison in the final film so I thought I’d share more of her interview with you here. It was an absolutely fascinating interview as you will find out…!
Alison told us that Anne Boleyn has become so popular because she has become a celebrity. She also had some very interesting things to say about The Tudors, the television series!
But the rise in young fans idolising Anne Boleyn does worry Alison. Here she told us about her concerns that this new trend could damage Anne’s historical legacy.
Despite this, Alison told us how she could have been seduced by this trend if she had not become a historian.
“Anne Boleyn is seen as modern woman”, Alison told us, “but her power came from a man”. So is there an Anne Boleyn cult?
Many thanks to Alison for taking the time to speak to us on this fascinating topic and to Becca Attfield for filming.
Now it’s time for some clips from the film!
As you’ll know from reading this article already, we met Kelly, Michaela, Sophie and Rachel at West Ham Football stadium and they spoke to us about their role model Anne Boleyn.
In this video, the girls talk about why they find Anne so inspiring and how she impacts on their everyday life.