The Hide (2009)

Alex MacQueen looking out of binoculars and Phillip Campbell in the Bird hide out

Alex MacQueen and Phillip Campbell in the Bird hide out © Poisson Rouge

Director: Marek Losey   

Writer: Tim Whitnall 

Starring: Alex Macqueen and Phil Campbell

Kent Filming Locations: Elmley Marshes, Swale and Harty Ferry Inn 

Based on the play by Tim Whitnall and starring Alex MacQueen and Philip Campbell, The Hide tells the story of a reclusive bird watcher who spends his time on desolate marshes. His peace is disrupted by the arrival of a stranger whose dishevelled appearance initially causes him some alarm. Surprisingly, the pair strike up a friendship, discovering that they have more in common than they first thought. However a shocking police announcement on the radio throws the two friends into a deadly fight for survival in this tense thriller.

 

Behind the scenes image of The Hide on the marshes with camera equipment and crew nearby

Behind the scenes image of The Hide © Kent Film Office

 

Behind the scenes image - equipment on the marshes

Behind the scenes image © Kent Film Office

 

The Hide was erected on the marshy shores just below the Harty Ferry Inn. Other footage was shot a little further along at the Elmley Marshes Nature Resrve on the Isle of Sheppey.  Exposed to the elements, the bleak and atmospheric coastal marshland was the perfect backdrop for this tense thriller. An RSPB reserve, Elmley Marshes is a little bit of wilderness located on the shores of the River Swale and is home to many unusual species such as the Avocet and the Marsh Harrier making it an ideal spot for twitching and indeed a film about a bird twitcher! 

The film was well received on the film festival circuit, making the official selection at the Dinard Film Festival and has recently been acquired by Film4. 

The Hide was released in cinemas in 2008 and is now available on DVD.  

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

For more behind the scenes pictures: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_at_Harty_Ferry_for_The_Hide.html

 For more information about The Hide: http://www.thehidethemovie.com/ 

For more information about the Elmley Marshes Nature Resrve: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/e/elmleymarshes/about.asp