Ardmore on big screen

2009-06-20 00:00

OSCAR winner Helen Mirren is such a huge fan of the works created by Ardmore Ceramic Arts that she got them a role in her latest film, State of Play.

Mirren plays newspaper editor Cameron Lynne in the conspiracy thriller opposite Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck and in one scene, set in the editor’s office, two Ardmore ceramics can be seen in the background.

The actress’s association with Caversham-based artists goes back to the early 1990s, when she came to South Africa to do a movie with Cheryl Johnson, called The Gift, set in 1850s Zululand.

“They wanted a rural location for one scene and found that in the Mangweni/Loskop area near our farm, Ardmore, in the Champagne Valley,” Ardmore founder Fée Halsted-Berning said. “Helen stayed with us during the shoot. She was really down to earth and even tolerated my husband putting his smelly socks under her wine glass and went around the dairy at four in the morning.”

Ardmore Ceramic Art, which is a member of the Crafters Guild, is taking part in the Rolling Exhibition on the Midlands Meander until June 28, so why not take a trip out to Caversham this weekend to take a closer look at their work.

• To view a trailer of the film and Ardmore’s appearance in it, go to


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