- Geoffrey Rush
- Kate Winslet
- Michael Caine
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Billie Whitelaw
- Patrick Malahide
- Edward Tudor Pole
visit the film locations
Visit: the Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London SE10 9NN (tel: 020.8269.4747) (rail: Greenwich, from London Charing Cross)
Bedfordshire: Stay at: Luton Hoo, Hotel, Golf and Spa (reservations: +44 (0)1582 698888)
Quills location: the ‘Palace of Versailles’: the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London
Most of the movie was shot in the studio at Pinewood, where the ‘Charenton Asylum’ – in which De Sade was incarcerated – was built.
Quills location: the asylum exterior: Luton Hoo, Luton, Hertfordshire
The exterior of the asylum, albeit tricked out with a little Frenchified set dressing, is Luton Hoo, now Luton Hoo, Hotel, Golf and Spa, a couple of miles south of Luton, and about 30 miles north of London, off the M1 in Bedfordshire. A veteran of the screen, this one-time stately home has appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut, Wilde, the first Pink Panther sequel A Shot in the Dark, and renegade Bond movie Never Say Never Again among many others.
Street exteriors were filmed in Oxford, and the ‘Palace of Versailles’ is the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London SE10. A familiar location, it’s been seen in The Madness of King George, The Avengers, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Michael Winner’s 1983 remake of The Wicked Lady and The Golden Compass.