Brutality and passion
Creating the world of the Warrior Queen
... The Iceni village was built in a secluded and unspoiled game reserve owned by the local forestry commission. Scott and his team sought advice on village design from an expert at the British Museum. The houses were constructed from solid timber frames and thatch. Domed tents fashioned from animal skins were surrounded by glorious shields, terracotta cooking pots, and pens that housed ancient breeds of sheep, goats, ducks, and chickens -- not to mention the severed heads from ritual human sacrifices that were displayed in all their gory detail on sharpened sticks scattered through the marshes. When filming ended, the production team left the village standing for Romanian visitors to the remote area.
Alex Kingston and Andrew Davies
Talking with the actor and the screenwriter about Warrior Queen
... Particularly well-known for her button-down demeanor and polished appearance in ER, Kingston had a very different program on the set of Warrior Queen: "Each morning I would put on my wig, braid the extensions with my own hair, then mess it all up. My face and body would be covered in dirt and grime; my nails were filthy. Sometimes at the end of a long day filming there was no water left for us to wash it all off. So we would get into our cars for the one and a half hour drive back to the hotel and then stomp through the reception area covered in blood and gore! I loved getting down and dirty!"
The legend of Boudica
"Every British schoolchild learns her story... "
"... In stature she was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh; a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips; around her neck was a large golden necklace; and she wore a tunic of divers colors over which a thick mantle was fastened with a brooch. This was her invariable attire."
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