Well it’s not quite like Blake’s poem.
It is a Biblical village but it’s not Jerusalem and this isn’t England’s green and pleasant land, it’s New Zealand.
More specifically it’s Elephant Rocks in North Otago where they’re building the set for the film Kingdom Come on the life of Jesus.
The battle scene in Chronicles of Narnia took place at Elephant Rocks, near Duntroon. Now a Sea of Galilee fishing village will be built further up the Waitaki Valley on the shores of Lake Benmore for a film about the life of Jesus Christ.
Filming of the independent film Kingdom Come, which will employ up to 400 people, is scheduled to begin about the middle of February. Construction of the set is expected to start shortly at the Falstone camping reserve on the lake’s Haldon Arm.
The Falstone area and Lake Benmore were chosen by Wellington-based film company, South Vineyard Ltd, after an extensive search throughout New Zealand for a lake environment that best depicted a location on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
The Narnia filming brought a lot of money in to North Otago.
The propsect of accommodating, feeding and providing other services to 400 people for a couple of months will be welcomed by local businesses. If the Narnia experience can be relied on, there will be a further boost from increased tourism once the film is released.