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New Part for Sean in Robinson Crusoe

Sean plays Robinson's Father !

Film-friendly city to star in Robinson Crusoe TV series By Paul Jeeves

YORK'S growing reputation as a prime location for film shoots has been boosted by a decision to feature the city in a new television series about Robinson Crusoe.

The 13-part series based on Daniel Defoe's classic 18th century novel is being made for the American TV channel NBC and will also be shot in South Africa and the Seychelles this spring. York has already been used as a location in Hollywood film, including the sequel to the 2004 Garfield movie, the big-screen version of the long-running Jim Davis cartoon strip. It is hoped that the city will also now be able to exploit the lucrative Bollywood film industry after the International Indian Film Academy awards were held in the region last summer.

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of the city's new tourism partnership Visit York, said: "We are committed to working in conjunction with the city council to making York the most film-friendly destination in the country and our efforts are clearly paying off. "We're fortunate that several locations in York can double for street scenes in London and this is generating strong interest from production companies across the globe. The series will be a fantastic opportunity to promote what York has to offer as a film location, specifically to American production companies, which could result in more productions from the US looking to film here."

Filming for the drama based on Robinson Crusoe will begin next week and will include shoots at the Guildhall and riverside locations as well as St William's College and Fairfax House. York Council's events and festivals officer, Liz Topi, the city's representative on Screen Yorkshire, said: "York is carving out a real reputation as a leading location for film shoots. "We are getting inundated with requests, ranging from small production companies to major film studios. The city is obviously a wonderful location and we want to build on the success which we have already achieved."

The Robinson Crusoe production is an ambitious adaptation of Defoe's novel, updated for a 21st century audience.

Mark - who has very interesting photo material on his Flickr account check it out here, happened to be taking pictures of birds, when he spotted the film crew, and Sean. He made these pictures and gave me his kind permission to use them. Thanks !


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