Elliot Hadley finishes filming on Far From The Madding Crowd 21.11.2013

Although Thomas Hardy was hard at work on his novels when cinema was still in its cot, his work has a distinctly cinematic quality. His rolling countrysides, strapping woodsmen and doomed love affairs have been the stuff of a thousandbig-screen romances, not to mention one or two noteworthy adaptations of theirown.

The latest to dive into 19th century Wessex is Thomas Vinterberg,who's following in John Schlesinger and Stephen Frears' wellie steps inbringing Hardy's most successful novel Far From The Madding Crowd tothe screen.

Adapted by One Day novelist David Nicholls, Far From The Madding Crowd isthe story of an independent, beautiful and headstrong woman who attracts threevery different suitors: the stolid Oak; the handsome and reckless Troy; andWilliam Boldwood (Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Nicholls, who adapted Hardy’s Tess Of The D’Urbervilles for the BBC in 2008, has “beautifully captured the heart of Hardy's original," says producerAndrew Macdonald. "Far From The Madding Crowd is one of the most enduringand captivating stories in English literature. It is very exciting to beworking with Carey Mulligan again, as well as an exceptional cast and crew allround.”

Far From The Madding Crowd stars Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Juno Temple.