Enola Holmes MOVIE STARTS on the set of the Netflix adventure with Millie Bobby Brown

Enola Holmes MOVIE STARTS on the set of the Netflix adventure with Millie Bobby Brown

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“Enola Holmes”: MOVIE STARTS on the set of the Netflix adventure with Millie Bobby Brown

We were on the set of the unusual crime thriller “Enola Holmes”, which was later bought by Netflix. Millie Bobby Brown will fight as well as she thinks as the Sherlock sister in it!

In 2019 on the set of “Enola Holmes”: I stand under a canopy in the scorching August sun, surrounded by a British dream landscape of lush green. At any moment, leading actress Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) could step outside, from the gloomy framework of the mighty English mansion that towers in front of me and an international group of other journalists.

“And remember, no personal questions!”, The otherwise kind lady from the press department admonishes us. Don’t worry, we don’t care about personal questions – we’re here for the unusual Holmes film!

The world of Sherlock Holmes, invented by the British author Arthur Conan Doyle, has enjoyed unbroken popularity in various media for over 130 years.

The world of Sherlock Holmes, invented by the British author Arthur Conan Doyle, has enjoyed unbroken popularity in various media for over 130 years.

Through many series, TV productions and movies, the master detective with hunting cap and pipe was included in the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 as the most embodied figure in television and cinema. Every new adaptation of the novel series has to prove itself in front of a huge number of predecessors, at best with a lot of fresh ideas – like “Enola Holmes” has.

Forget about Sherlock

As the title suggests, the story of “Enola Holmes” will not revolve around Doyle’s main male character. Rather, the center of the plot is his little sister Enola, whose adventures in Victorian England have been described in six books by the American author Nancy Springer. Director Harry Bradbeer (“Fleabag”, “Killing Eve”) has now filmed the first part of the series:

Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) grows up in a mansion in the English countryside under the care of her headstrong mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter).

Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) grows up in a mansion in the English countryside under the care of her headstrong mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter).

When Eudoria suddenly disappears, however, a new chapter in life begins for Enola: Her two older brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) return worried from distant London.

And while Sherlock, who has already been celebrated for his detective instinct, has an inner bond with his sister, government official and firstborn Mycroft is rather shocked by the desolate condition of his parents’ home – and, as Enola’s legal guardian, decides to take the teenager to the boarding school of the feisty Ms. Harrison (Fiona Shaw). That doesn’t suit the independent and highly intelligent girl at all, which is why Enola goes to London without further ado.

And while Sherlock and Mycroft take their lead, Enola gets involved in the investigation of her own criminal case, in the course of which some dark adversaries soon attempt to kill her.

Overgrown country estates and crazy geniuses: The world of “Enola Holmes”

Anyone who knows “Downton Abbey” or Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park” can imagine the scenery of our visit to the set: West Horsley, about an hour’s drive from London, seems to consist in equal parts of perfectly cut English lawns and opulent mansions with their decorative facades , meter-high windows and massive reddish brickwork protrude from the sun-drenched landscape like monuments to the British-Victorian world empire elite.

The property called “West Horsley Place” now used for the shoot is a perfect example of this. However, as Production Designer Michael Carlin explains to us in the first interview, the picturesque mansion will not be visible from the outside, but will only be used for interior shoots.

Carlin explains something about the look with which he tried to bring Victorian England back to life – and not in a sober, realistic way, but with a hint of exaggerated eccentricity. But he does not like to describe what he could just as well show and leads us straight into the building – with reservation, however: filming is going on on the first floor, we are only allowed to move through the ground floor in a whisper for the time being.

And the Production Designer didn’t promise too much: the sets we see – a small library and Eudoria’s bedroom – are impressive just because of the sheer amount of equipment.

The sets we see – a small library and Eudoria’s bedroom – are impressive for the sheer amount of furnishings alone.

A hodgepodge of stacks of books, oil lamps, smeared vials with mysterious liquids, notes and drawings of flowers on the walls and all sorts of mysterious instruments are framed by heavy dark curtains with ornate cords, an artfully decorated fireplace and a bed that is truly regal in its dimensions.

Enola’s mother, so it appears after walking through the room, is a kind of crazy polymath who evidently soaks up the wonders of her surroundings like a sponge. A role for which Helena Bonham Carter – known for her eccentric characters – is definitely the right choice.

Poignant scenes with Sherlock, Enola and Mycroft

Meanwhile, there is a lot of activity in the floodlit staircase. Lighting and production assistants whiz up and down the stairs, the atmosphere is hectic, but everything looks very professional. After a while we are asked to go upstairs and, under the patient eyes of the crew, squeeze into an adjoining room to the current set, where two large monitors and a few chairs are available for us.

It shows what’s happening next door: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Fiona Shaw are in the middle of the scene in which Enola is desperately trying to change her brothers’ minds because she doesn’t want to go to boarding school.

Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Fiona Shaw are in the middle of the scene in which Enola is desperately trying to change her brothers’ minds because she doesn’t want to go to boarding school.

“Please don’t do that to me,” a Brown dressed in a dressing gown begs the men in stiff waistcoats and ties. Daylight, simulated by headlights, falls through a long window front onto a reception room of feudal proportions, in which Cavill and Claflin have taken their seats in wide leather armchairs.

The dynamic between the characters comes into its own in this scene: While Mycroft tries to put the strict corset of society over Enola’s head with his boarding school plans, Sherlock has an inner conflict to settle with himself, as there is a level of affection and Has formed understanding – but ultimately his hands are tied.

Social constraints should play a special role in the film, as the leading actress later assures us – with a special thrust: “I don’t want a husband!” Replies Enola to Mycroft’s remark that she should be brought up to be a marriageable woman cmovie. “Well, that’s one more thing to be driven out,” her hard-hearted brother replies.

“Enola Holmes” is apparently not just supposed to be a funny adventure with Sherlock’s little sister, which is especially fun for younger semesters – instead, it’s about an emancipatory look at the myth of the male master detective.

Millie Bobby Brown as a jiu-jitsu feminist

This becomes particularly clear when we then have a chat with Jo McLaren, the film’s stunt coordinator and one of the few women at this level in the stunt industry. She explains to us that there will be a lot of fighting scenes in the film in which Enola beats up her opponents with Jiu-Jitsu – and the roots of this in both the story of the film and the history of Great Britain.

Enola was brought up by her mother as a self-determined and feminist-thinking girl. At that time, the women’s movement in Great Britain had one major goal: to introduce women’s suffrage. For this purpose, many women took to the streets as so-called suffragettes (from French suffrage: right to vote) and demonstrated.

Enola was brought up by her mother as a self-determined and feminist-thinking girl.

The police, not exactly squeamish at the time and not very enthusiastic about the female rebellion, often took physical harshness against the demonstrators. A suffragette named Edith Garrud then began training women’s rights activists in Jiu-Jitsu, which had only reached Europe from Japan a few years earlier. The images of their techniques can now be found on the Internet.

The fighting techniques that Eudoria Enola teaches – and that McLaren designed for the film – correspond to a certain extent to real models. The stunt coordinator also tells us for the first time about the main villain of the film – a sinister mercenary nicknamed Bowler Hat (Burn Gorman), for whose brawls McLaren invented a special fighting technique called “corkscrew”, which Enola uses in the showdown of the film.

We have been confirmed that things will get pretty bloody in “Enola Holmes” – so we don’t expect a detective story for children!

Only accessories: Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Fiona Shaw

This is also confirmed in a conversation with Fiona Shaw, Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin, who answer our questions in a very good mood – the last two in particular seem to get along well with Millie Bobby Brown (the scene shown to us had to be played a few times for Laughing fits are interrupted).

Shaw, Cavill and Claflin explain to us how each of their three characters lives in the rigid structures of Victorian England: Mrs. Harrison, for example, with her resolute manner has achieved a leadership position as boarding school director, but strictly rejects other women’s efforts to have the right to vote and self-determination from.

Sherlock, on the other hand, pains to know that the free spirit Enola has been put in a boarding school, but he complies with the legal requirements of his time. And Claflin’s character Mycroft is not a cold-hearted civil servant either, but first has to put aside a lot of class and power thinking in order to be able to recognize Enola’s independence.

But as we have been confirmed in many conversations, both the Holmes brothers and the milieu studies of Victorian society only play a subordinate role in “Enola Holmes” – the spotlight belongs primarily to the main character himself. According to director Harry Bradbeer, there are some aspects to this of his award-winning previous productions have been incorporated into the film.

Like her counterpart in the Amazon series “Fleabag”, the protagonist will address the viewer directly to express thoughts or comment on developments.

Like her counterpart in the Amazon series “Fleabag”, the protagonist will address the viewer directly to express thoughts or comment on developments.

According to Bradbeer, “Killing Eve” is a combination of several genres – detective crime, comedy and coming-of-age drama. Bradbeer also reveals that there will be a love story in the film, namely between Enola and a young British nobleman named Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge). But he doesn’t want to reveal any details yet.

So we hope for Millie Bobby Brown as we sit sweating under the canopy together with producer Ali Mendes and wait. Mendes, a producer for Legendary Entertainment and who claims to be the only American on the set, is full of praise for the young actress. And indeed, Brown’s workload for the production is impressive:

In addition to the lead role, which requires over a month of jiu-jitsu training and many hours of work every day on the set, the young British woman is also the producer of the film and checks the recordings after the shoot is finished.

In addition to the lead role, which requires over a month of jiu-jitsu training and many hours of work every day on the set, the young British woman is also the producer of the film and checks the recordings after the shoot is finished.

“She slipped into the role with an ease that is almost frightening,” emphasizes Mendes appreciatively. At that moment, Brown stomps across the English lawn towards us and throws a hilarious “Hello!”

“It’s a great time to be a woman!”

The enthusiasm that all of our previous interlocutors have conveyed for the young lead actress is suddenly understandable and tangible. Brown seems to be bursting with energy and speaks with infinite enthusiasm and the speed of a waterfall about the qualities she shares with her figure.

Laughing, she settles on “wildness, madness and irrationality” and you believe her immediately. As she reports, the whole project apparently started with the fact that she and her sister Paige – also a producer of the film – lost themselves in the books of Nancy Springer. “I knew the next day that I wanted to play Enola,” says Brown, “and if you know the next day, then you just have to do it.”

The sisters contacted Legendary Entertainment, who were immediately enthusiastic about the idea and had writer Jack Thorne (“His Dark Materials”) write a script.

Millie Bobby Brown represents a young generation in the film that is confidently looking for new role models. And so, in Brown’s words, “Enola Holmes” should also be about creating new role models, especially for young female viewers. She seems to sum up the aspirations of the film as well as its central theme when she says, “When I was younger there was only Hermione and Hannah Montana – that has changed. We need new leaders like Enola. It’s a great time to be a girl or a woman. “

Millie Bobby Brown represents a young generation in the film that is confidently looking for new role models.
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