MoreThanTheCurve.com received a few inquiries last week about what looked like a movie crew taking over the Spring Mill Cafe on Friday, May 11th.
We asked Ezra Haines of the Spring Mill Cafe what took place and he shared that a movie production was using the restaurant for a scene in the movie “Mrs. Atkins Army.”
IMDB.com describes the movie as a “World War II Spy Thriller” and HollywoodReporter.com had an article about the movie. It states:
The story of Vera Atkins is headed to the screen.
The spy recruiter is at the heart of a new female-driven World War II spy thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Sarah Megan Thomas — who created, produced and starred in the story of last year’s Wall Street thriller Equity — wrote the project’s script and will produce the real-life drama with Lydia Dean Pilcher, who will direct. Casting is currently underway, and principal photography is set to begin in the spring.
Based on true events, the as-yet untitled pic tells the story of Atkins, known for recruiting, training and supervising the British secret agents who parachuted into France to sabotage the Nazis during World War II. She was widely believed to have inspired the James Bond character of Miss Moneypenny.
The film centers on Atkins as a crafty spy recruiter with a secret of her own, as she selects two of the first women of the Special Operations Executive, also known as Winston Churchill’s “secret army” — a pacifist of Indian descent and a daring American who is challenged, but undaunted, by a disability. These civilian women form an unlikely sisterhood while entangled in dangerous missions to turn the tide of the war.
Haines shared that the Spring Mill Cafe was chosen as a location for the film because the production needed a place that looked “old and French.” The property dates back to 1831 when a general store and post office served the town of Spring Mill. The farmhouse was built in the 1840’s. The Spring Mill Cafe was opened in 1978 by Ezra’s mother, Michelle Haines, who is a native of France. The BYOB is located at the intersection of Barren Hill Road and River Road.
We found video on YouTube.com of a scene being filmed in Philadelphia:
Photo: Spring Mill Cafe