In a stunning display of Hollywood’s global reach, the picturesque Welsh village of Pendine found itself transformed into a bustling hub of film production in the summer of 2015. The occasion? The filming of the epic U.S. television series “The Bastard Executioner,” which boasted an all-star cast led by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys.
As cameras rolled, the quaint village was brought to life with the sights and sounds of medieval England. With its rugged coastline, rolling hills, and historic buildings, Pendine provided the perfect backdrop for the show’s gritty, realistic portrayal of a time long past.
But the transformation wasn’t just skin-deep: the production team worked tirelessly to create a true-to-life medieval world, complete with period-accurate costumes, weaponry, and set design. Locals marveled at the attention to detail, with many commenting on how the village had been transformed into a time machine, transporting them back to a bygone era.
As the weeks rolled by, the filming of “The Bastard Executioner” became a major event in the village, drawing crowds of curious onlookers and eager fans of the show. For many, the experience was unforgettable, as they watched their quiet corner of Wales become a hub of international filmmaking.
Today, the legacy of “The Bastard Executioner” lives on in Pendine, with many locals proudly showing off the locations and landmarks that played a role in the show’s epic story. And for those who were lucky enough to witness the filming firsthand, it remains a cherished memory of a time when Hollywood came to their doorstep.
‘The Bastard Executioner’
Filming Dates: Summer 2015
When: 2015, FX
Starring: Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst
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First Published: April 15, 2015, 11:20