Netflix’s The Dig sports excellent performances from Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes (Credits: Larry Horricks/Netflix)
Netflix’s The Dig is a retelling of one of the most important British archaeological finds at the precipice of the Second World War. But who is in it, and where is it filmed?
The film is based on a novel of the same name from John Preston and tells the story of Sutton Hoo. This is the location of early 7th Century Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, which were first excavated in 1939.
The initial digs, and indeed the ones that happen to this day, have yielded some of the most historically significant finds in British history.
Many of the artefacts found now reside at the British Museum, made more dramatic due to the discovery’s proximity to World War II.
It’s the perfect story to retell in a film. But who stars in it? And was it shot at the original locations of the famous digs? Don’t worry, we have you covered!
Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty, Ken Stott as Charles Phillips and Lily James as Peggy Piggott. (Picture: Netflix)
Who is in the cast of The Dig?
The film is headed up by Academy Award nominees Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. Both play versions of the real-life people who were responsible for digging up the site.
Fiennes plays Basil Brown who was a self-taught archaeologist. Before the finds, he worked as an excavator for museums on a contractual basis, before being hired by Edith Pretty, who is played by Mulligan.
Pretty was the landowner who hired Brown to investigate ancient mounds found on her land.
Lily James also features as legendary archaeologist Peggy Piggott, whose career spanned 60 years.
Elsewhere, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes and Monica Dolan star.
Johnny Flynn as Rory Lomax. (Credits: Larry Horricks/Netflix)
Where was The Dig filmed?
The Dig features beautiful shots of the English countryside. Cinematographer Mike Eley does an excellent job of capturing the landscape’s natural beauty, but it might leave you wondering if this was filmed at the location of the archaeological dig?
The answer to that is no, but some of it was not far away. The majority of the filming took place in Shackleford, Surrey.
However, some shooting was done in Suffolk near the excavation site. It doesn’t appear that filming took place at the actual sites themselves, however, which are protected by the National Trust .
Still, if you are taken away by the imagery of the film, now you have somewhere to plan your next domestic stay.
The Dig is available to stream on Netflix from Friday, January 29 2021.