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Sunday June 23rd 2024

The Draughtsman's Contract | 1982

The Draughtsman's Contract film location: Groombridge Place, Groombridge, Kent
The Draughtsman's Contract film location: the country house: Groombridge Place, Groombridge, Kent | Photograph: Wikimedia / Oast House Archive

The first of Peter Greenaway’s elegant, game-playing features, with Anthony Higgins as Mr Neville, the draughtsman commissioned by Mrs Herbert (Janet Suzman) to produce a series of drawings, but subsequently drawn into an enigmatic murder plot.

The country house is Groombridge Place, a 1655 moated house set in landscaped grounds, in Groombridge, four miles southwest of Royal Tunbridge Wells on the Kent/Sussex border.

The house is also seen as ‘Longbourn’, the Bennet family home, in Joe Wright's 2005 film of Pride And Prejudice.