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Film boost for Bury St Edmunds

Tourism bosses in Bury St Edmunds are hoping for a boost with a date announced for the release of the David Copperfield film partly shot in the town last year.

Angel Hill was transformed into Victorian London.

Filming in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV Anglia

The production also shot in Athenaeum Lane, Chequers Square and the Theatre Royal.

The British Film Institute has announced the movie's premiere will be opening its London Film Festival on October 2 at Leicester Square, and tourism chiefs in Suffolk are hoping it will bring film fans flocking to the area.

Filming in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV Anglia

The filming last July in Bury St Edmunds was incredibly exciting to watch for both residents and visitors. The crew completely transformed the areas in front of The Angel Hotel and Chequers Square and the wonderful sight of horse and carriages on Angel Hill and Crown Street was like taking a step back in time. The day after the filming I spotted tourists taking photos of Chequer Square and we hope that even more visitors will come to beautiful Bury St Edmunds to see the locations where the movie was filmed once it hits the big screen."

– Sue Warren, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

The film features a crop of top British talent, including Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Paul Whitehouse, Ben Whishaw and Gwendoline Christie.

Filming in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV Anglia

It's estimated the production spent more than £82,000 in Bury on accommodation, location fees and catering.