17th August 2000




Oscar-winning Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow will be in Lincoln next week to shoot scenes for her up-and-coming movie.


Paltrow (27), who scooped the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love (1998), will spend five days in Lincoln filming Possession, an adaptation of the 1990 novel by A S Byatt.


At the centre of attention will be the new Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, which has been chosen as one of the key locations for shooting the modern-day scenes for Possession.


A S Byatt set much of her novel in a fictional Lincoln University, six years before the actual university was opened. Staff at the university heard that the campus was to be used as a location after a recent fact-finding visit by a production team from London-based Possession Films Limited.


The 140-strong film crew will be on campus from 23rd August until 4th September, with filming expected to take place from 29th August until 2nd September.


Rumours suggest that Paltrow has been offered $5 million to star in the film, in which she plays Maud Bailey, an academic working at the fictional University of Lincoln.


A number of top Hollywood names are in negotiation for the other main roles in the film, but no official signings have yet been announced.


In the director’s chair will be Neil LaBute, who has previously directed the controversial indie films In The Company Of Men and Your Friends And Neighbors and the forthcoming release Nurse Betty, which recently caused a stir at Cannes.

Possession tells the story of two modern-day academics who discover a secret romantic link connecting the two Victorian poets they are studying.


The film is expected to be released in cinemas by Warner Brothers in the autumn of 2001.

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042