Double Oscar winner Darkest Hour's Wentworth connection

By Michael Upton | 05/03/2018

Double Oscar winner Darkest Hour's Wentworth connection
Gary Oldman and Ben Mendelsohn take tea in Wentworth Woodhouse's Whistlejacket Room.

FILM lovers gripped by last night’s Oscar ceremony may not be aware that one of the winning movies was largely filmed right here in Rotherham.

Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman picked up the best actor statue, while the film also scooped best makeup and hair for the actor’s dramatic transformation into Sir Winston Churchill.

Darkest Hour proved a winning combination of Wentworth and Winston, as the film is one of many to be shot at Wentworth Woodhouse, where one room was arranged to feature as the Prime Minister’s office and the Big House doubling as Buckingham Palace.

The big screen drama is the latest in a long line of TV shows and films to shoot at the historic stately pile, including ITV series Victoria, BBC shows Dr Norrell and Mr Strange and Billionaire Boy and Brit flick Mr Turner.

The film, set in 1940, focuses on a key decision-making moment in the life of Winston Churchill as he leads the charge against Hitlers army in the early days of World War II.

Darkest Hour was also up for several other awards, including best picture, but director Joe Wright had to settle for just two in the end.