Acting and Chinese History

Acting and Chinese History

Chinese History in Chinese TV

This blog covers some the things I learned about Chinese history through filming in China, and particularly about some of the foreigners who helped shape history there.

Lord Curzon

HistoryPosted by Ben Thompson Thu, April 11, 2013 19:47:35
Curzon was Viceroy of India. I played him in a two-part television film about an invasion of Tibet by the British in 1903. The invasion was initiated by Curzon. The film was made by a youth film project connected with the film university, but they had a bit of a budget and the actors got paid. My few scenes were filmed in Beijing. They had an impressive looking building on which they had hung a brass sign saying "GOVERNMENT HOURSE". I told the AD it could either be a horse or a house but not both. They hastily found a large pot plant to hide the offending "R".

Everyone else in the film went to Tibet, but I was left behind. I am still waiting for a chance to film in Tibet!