Kylie's Lizard video details revealed
12:20pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
Global superstar Kylie Minogue has left the Lizard Peninsula spinning around after filming her latest video at a number of well known locations.
The Trelowarren Estate, near Mawgan, Kestle Barton, near Manaccan, and Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by the book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, all make an appearance in the video accompanying the Australian singer’s latest single Flower.
Back in August the Packet exclusively first revealed that 44-year-old Kylie had been seen at Trelowarren Estate and speculated her visit might be connected to filming in the area for her latest video.
This has now been confirmed, with the National Trust breaking the news on its South West Cornwall branch’s Twitter account by tweeting last Wednesday: “We are now officially allowed to tell you that Kylie shot her latest vid released yesterday at Frenchmans creek and woodland.”
The creek can be seen in a black and white video, in which Kylie lays on branches, walks through woodland at Frenchman’s Creek and sits in a meadow at Kestle Barton wearing a sheer dress in the sunlight.
The National Trust was contacted by the diminutive diva’s director of photography, Richard Stewart, who has a house in the area and knows it well.
He suggested the woodland around Frenchman’s Creek as a backdrop to the video and after a quick visit she “really liked it,” according to Layla Astley of the National Trust.
Layla, National Trust visitor services manager for South West Cornwall, said: “She found it beautiful and what she wanted for the video.”
The team had already begun shooting meadow scenes in a field at Kestle Barton near Manaccan – the only meadow still in flower that they could find.
Explaining why Kylie chose the Lizard Peninsula, Layla said: “I think it was just everything they wanted in this particular area. Richard Stewart lives locally and he knew what Kylie wanted, and therefore was able to offer it for her on our doorstep, which was great.”
She said Frenchman’s Creek was “not a particularly well known visitor attraction” in the area but it was home to some ancient woodland and “very important” species of plants.
Layla believed the video would have a “very beneficial” effect to the area, with people keen to see the places featured.
“The video has been beautifully shot and shows the area off very well,” she added.
Kylie, who first found fame in the Austrian soap opera Neighbours before launching her globally successful musical career, stayed in a holiday cottage called Powders, right on the banks of the creek, to give her real privacy during her stay.
“She was really lovely. What she did say is she’s used to hundreds of people being on site, so it was really nice to have just a handful of people there. I think she felt quite free down here,” added Layla.
Trelowarren has also spoken about the pop diva’s visit, after previously remaining tight lipped due to a confidentiality agreement.
Kylie filmed in the estate’s heated outdoor swimming pool for some shots and also visited the estate’s New Yard Restaurant for dinner on two occasions.
She even taught one of the staff members in the New Yard Shop how to make waffles for breakfast.
On its website a spokesperson for Trelowarren described it as “a wonderful summer” for the estate, saying: “It was fantastic to see her (Kylie) enjoying the relaxed atmosphere at Trelowarren and she cheerfully rolled up her sleeves and joined Hannah behind the counter in The New Yard Shop.”
Mary Greensmith, from Trelowarren, told the Packet: “They came down because we could offer a secluded spot without lots of media attention. That is a good thing about Trelowarren that we can offer.”
She described Kylie as “so lovely”, adding that she had been happy to pose for pictures with young visitors to the estate.
Mary said Trelowarren always had “a trickle” of celebrities visiting, explaining: “Trelowarren is a beautiful part of the county and we can offer top privacy.”
To visit Frenchman’s Creek, where the video was shot, follow the footpath from Kestle Barton, which leads to a circular walk around the creek.