Hollywood stars at Imperial War Museum Duxford to film key sequences in Marilyn Monroe movie

CAST members and crew from the upcoming British film, My Week with Marilyn, visited Imperial War Museum Duxford recently to film key sequences in the unique historic setting.

Michelle Williams plays the iconic Marilyn Monroe alongside a fantastic British cast including Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Dougray Scott, Emma Watson and Julia Ormond.

The film chronicles a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe in which she escapes the shackles of her Hollywood career and embraces British life with Colin Clark.

Directed by Simon Curtis and produced by David Parfitt, the film is based on Colin Clark’s diaries and has been adapted for the screen by Adrian Hodges.

In the early summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.


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Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week.

When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

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The sequences filmed at IWM Duxford show Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, Brokeback Mountain) and Arthur Miller (played by Dougray Scott - Mission Impossible II) arriving in the UK by aircraft in July 1956 and attending a press conference after they have disembarked from the flight.

Further sequences show Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe shooting a screen test.

A spokesman said the Imperial War Museum Duxford was “delighted to be chosen as a location” for the film.

The film is produced by Trademark Films and is financed and distributed by The Weinstein Company. BBC Films and Lipsync Productions are also financing the picture. It was developed in association with the UK Film Council and BBC Films.

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