Pierrepoint (2006)

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Writer: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope

Director: Adrian Shergold

Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, James Cordon

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Starring Timothy Spall (Harry Potter Series, Sweeney Todd) in the title role of Albert Pierrepoint and Juliet Stevenson (Mona Lisa Smile, Bend it like Beckham), Pierrepoint is inspired by true events and is the story of Britain’s most famous hangman.

The film charts Pierrepoint’s meteoric rise to becoming Britain’s most famous hangman. Pierrepoint was present at the Nuremberg executions and the legendary hanging of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be given the death penalty in England.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to film a hanging scene and towards the end of the film, where Pierrepoint has to face an angry mob  as public opinion towards capital punishment begins to change. One of the most popular filming locations in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been used for Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Bank Job (2008) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Pierrepoint was released in cinemas in April 2006 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent email:  filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about The Historic Dockyard, Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Home

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462477/