Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Stevens gets into Cornish spirit

Dan Stevens attends the UK Gala screening of Summer in February

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens admitted he and the cast of his new film Summer In February truly embraced the spirit of their Bohemian artist characters with long drinking sessions in the local pub.

The actor worked as a producer on the film which is an adaptation of a book written by his former teacher Jonathan Smith.

Dan plays Gilbert Evans, a soldier working in Cornwall, where he meets the Lamorna Group, a wild, bohemian group of artists, and finds himself caught in a love triangle between aspiring young painter Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and eccentric artist AJ Munnings.

Dan was joined by the author and co-stars Dominic Cooper who plays Munnings, and Hattie Morahan, who plays painter Laura Knight, at a special gala screening at the Curzon cinema in London's Mayfair.

Dan recalled: "We were living in the same hotel they all lived in and drinking in the one pub in the village where they all drank, The Wink, so I think it's fair to say we threw ourselves into the Cornish spirit."

Dominic added: "It was fun. I can't even describe this pub, it was one of those extraordinary little places that our country was so full of, that are now dying out.

"It felt very much part of it, and doing exactly as they had done. It felt very special having conversations around the same table where they sat, drinking the same drinks."

Dan confessed he felt very proud to be unveiling his passion project.

"It feels like such a long time ago that I first read this book," he said. "So to have made the film at all is quite something, but to have such a special night to celebrate it is very exciting."

Summer In February is released in cinemas on June 14 2013.

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