The Monuments Men (2014)

Official Movie poster for Monuments men. Vertical poster. The top half of the page is split into six columns, each displaying a photo and the surname of each of the main actors Clooney, Damon, Murray, Goodman, Bonneville and Blanchett. The bottom half of the poster has the title of the film centered in bold red text.

The Monuments Men movie poster © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

DirectorGeorge Clooney

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

StarringGeorge Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban

Production company Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Studio Babelsberg

Kent Filming Locations: Farm in High Halden, Ashford

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville are walking with luggage. A plane wing is in the background.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney), James Granger (Matt Damon) and Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

 

The Monuments Men is an action drama film based on the true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, where an unlikely team are tasked to go to Germany during World War II and rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.

With the German Army under instructions to destroy all of the artwork, the Monuments Men as they were known, consisting of museum directors, curators, and art historians are tasked to go behind enemy lines and retrieve the art and are willing to risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney) and James Granger (Matt Damon) are in their WW2 having a drink at a bar. Clooney is smiling at a more anxious looking Damon.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney) and James Granger (Matt Damon) © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

Directed, co-written and starring George Clooney (Up In The Air, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) the film also stars a wealth of talent including Matt Damon (Bourne Trilogy, The Departed) , Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Lord of the Rings series), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Burke and Hare), Jean Dujardin (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Artist) and Bob Balaban (Girls, Gosford Park).

In June 2013, the production visited a farm in High Halden, Ashford where they filmed establishing shots of the farmland. A number of the production team also chose to stay in Ashford whilst filming scenes in Camber Sands in neighbouring East Sussex.

Ashford is a lively town with tremendous rail links, both to Europe via the Eurostar and to the capital via the High Speed Javelin. The town boasts many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre and only a short drive away is a glorious Kent countryside. This isn’t the first time that Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including Don’t Tell The Bride (2013), The Secret Removers (2012) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss The Monuments Men which is released in cinemas on 14 February 2014.

 

Links

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

For more information about the film visit: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/themonumentsmen/

For more information about Ashford visit: http://www.visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/