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Danny Boyle spotted outside cash and carry store as market town prepares for leading role in new film

PUBLISHED: 17:22 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 01 May 2018

Danny Boyle has been spotted filming at Booker Cash and Carry in Lowestoft. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Danny Boyle has been spotted filming at Booker Cash and Carry in Lowestoft. Photo: Nick Butcher.

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Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was spotted outside a Suffolk cash and carry store today as filming for his latest movie got under way.

Filming of a new Danny Boyle movie at Booker wholsale, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherFilming of a new Danny Boyle movie at Booker wholsale, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Boyle was seen outside Booker Wholesale, in Oulton near Lowestoft, while filming for his new romantic comedy went on inside.

The film, which is also produced by Richard Curtis, is thought to be set in a world where The Beatles never existed.

There was a bustle of activity as the production team coordinated the day’s events, with Boyle and Curtis occasionally seen walking in and out of the store.

A filming platform was constructed at one end of the car park, while members of the public looked on with interest as they drove past.

Film crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare.
Picture: Nick ButcherFilm crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare. Picture: Nick Butcher

Publicists for Working Title Films remained tight-lipped as to the nature of today’s filming, but confirmed that Baby Driver star Lily James was involved alongside Himish Patel, who played Tamwar Masood in Eastenders.

However, they went on to say that Suffolk megastar Ed Sheeran – rumoured to be making a cameo appearance in the film - had no role to play in the day’s proceedings.

Some of the movie was shot at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston on Monday. The hospital would only confirm the filming had taken place.

The project will now move across Suffolk to Halesworth where production crews have been setting up for tomorrow’s shoot.

Film crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare.
Picture: Nick ButcherFilm crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare. Picture: Nick Butcher

It appears the town will provide the setting for a dramatic rain scene.

Nigel Kemp, owner of Halesworth Toy Shop, said: “A lot of the scenes will be done when the shops are closed and they are bringing in big rain machines for a night time rain scene.

“They told us to make sure we keep our windows and doors shut.”

Filming will be concentrated at The White Hart pub, The Hideout Café and on Halesworth Thoroughfare.

Film crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare.
Picture: Nick ButcherFilm crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare. Picture: Nick Butcher

Emma Saunders, who owns The Hideout Café spoke of the excitement which has gripped the town since filming was announced.

She said: “It will be great for the town and put Halesworth on the map.

“People are really excited and have been coming in and asking questions.”

Mrs Saunders and members of her staff are set to feature as extras when filming takes place.

Film crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare.
Picture: Nick ButcherFilm crew start preparations for filming a new Danny Boyle movie in Halesworth Thoroughfare. Picture: Nick Butcher

“She added: “We are terrified but excited.

“We have never had anything like this in Halesworth before; it will be an amazing experience.”

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