Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
9:00 AM 31st October 2019

Up Close & Personal With Italian Movie Locations

Lovers of exotic Italian film locations will have the opportunity to meet film producer Stephen Evans, the speaker on Saga’s Spirit of Discovery, when it sets sail on its 21-night Italian Premier voyage in 2020.

On board Saga’s new boutique cruise ship, Stephen will show those films made on location in Italy and share stories from behind the scenes – including four-times Oscar-nominated Wings of a Dove, set and premiered in Venice, which stars Helena Bonham Carter, Charlotte Rampling and Michael Gambon.

Further films include Much Ado About Nothing, set in Tuscany with a star-studded cast of Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves; The Luzhin Defence, set in the Dolomites and Lake Como and starring Emily Watson, and 1st Night, partly set in Milan, featuring Richard E Grant and Sarah Brightman.

Commenting on his pending journey Evans said “It will be the first time I have stepped on a cruise ship, but I am really looking forward to experiencing life on board – especially as Spirit of Discovery is so new and sailing into Italy.

He added: “I will give several talks about life and work in the movie world and show some of my films which should be a great fit with the Italian Premiere theme. For instance, the filming of Wings of a Dove was in Venice and quite a logistical challenge, we were usually up at 4am to start the film rolling.

“There will also be a Q & A session so passengers can ask me about production, the locations, story lines and about life in the film business.”

Other guest speakers on the all-inclusive cruise include Brigadier Hugh Willing and fashion director and stylist Wendy Rigg.

An Italian Premiere, 21 nights from £3,899 per person, aboard Spirit of Discovery, departing Southampton on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Details: visit or call 0800 50 50 30.