Jekyll and Hyde (2015)

 

Tom Bateman as Jekyll and Hyde - standing on a cobbled street

Tom Bateman as Jekyll and Hyde © ITV

Director: Colin Teague

Writer: Charlie Higson

Starring: Tom Bateman, Richard E Grant, Natalie Gumede

Production company: ITV Studios

Kent Locations Used: Rochester, The Guildhall Museum, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Elmley Nature Reserve,  Fort Amherst

ITV’s new ten-part series Jekyll and Hyde is set in the 1930’s and features Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original famed Dr Jekyll.

This new action adventure starts with Robert Jekyll living with his foster parents in India, ignorant of his family history and his mysterious, inherited condition. The drama begins when Robert Jekyll unveils the nature of his ‘curse’ which sees him transform into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when lives are threatened.

The show was conceived by Charlie Higson (Young Bond, The Enemy) and inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson executive produces the series alongside Francis Hopkinson (Henry VIII, Colditz, Wallander) and Foz Allan (Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Robin Hood) as Series Producer.

Jekyll and Hyde cast

Jekyll and Hyde cast © ITV

Directed by Colin Teague (Torchwood, The Last Drop) and starring Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel) as Jekyll and Hyde alongside Richard E Grant (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) and Natalie Gumede (Doctor Who, Coronation Street).

The Jekyll and Hyde production team chose to film in Kent between February and July 2015 at Rochester High Street where the exterior of Vraitch Vision doubles as Empire music hall in London and The Guildhall Museum features as the hotel where Dr Jekyll (Tom Bateman) first lodges when arriving in England. The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to double as Gravesend Docks, Tenebrae offices and factory and various areas of the site feature as London Streets and markets.

Elmley Nature Reserve features in episode three as the setting for Maggie’s (Niamh Walsh) country house, where Robert Jekyll, Garson (Donald Sumpter), Max Utterson (Christian McKay) and Hils (Ruby Bentall) visit before a showdown with The Cutter (Jason La Shard).  The Fort Amherst tunnels are used in episodes 9 and 10 where Jekyll finds out about the powers of The Incubus.

Rochester is a historic city with a Medieval Cathedral and castle. Productions such as Long Lost Family (2012) BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in the city.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set across an 80 acre site with Georgian and Victorian historic buildings, a dry dock, cobbled streets and industrial buildings. The location has previously been used in Call the Midwife (2012-2015), Mr Turner (2015) and Les Miserables (2013).

Elmley Nature Reserve is a large expanse of marshland located on the Isle of Sheppey. The marshes have previously been used by productions such as Great Expectations (2012), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and A Taste of Britain (2014).

Based in Chatham, Medway is Georgian Fortress, Fort Amherst which is in a 17 acre park like setting with large tunnel complex, woodland, WW2 gun battery and sloping grassland. Fort Amherst has also been used as a filming location by Partners in Crime (2015), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1987).

Don’t miss Jekyll and Hyde which starts on Sunday 25th October at 18:30 on ITV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKPUv6_-2ZA

Links:

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

For more information about the series: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week44/jekyll-and-hyde

For more information about Rochester: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/rochester-chatham-and-gillingham/6533

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

For more information about Elmley Nature Reserve: http://www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk/

For more information about Fort Amherst: http://www.fortamherst.com/

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George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (2015)

Presenter George Clarke

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces © Channel 4

Production Company: Plum Pictures

Kent Locations Used: Margate

Channel 4 series George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces looks into the fascinating world of small spaces and builds. In each episode George meets different people who turn tiny spaces into amazing places to work, play and even live.

Now in its fifth series, episode four visits Kent’s very own Margate where George meets a man planning to build Margate’s first Victorian bathing machine in more than 100 years.

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces - Victorian bathing machine in Margate © Thanet District Council

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – Victorian bathing machine in Margate © Thanet District Council

Also in the episode, George meets a coma survivor who proves he has a sense of humour by transforming a hearse into a family camper van and visits a woman who has turned her narrow boat home into a floating bookshop.

Margate is a seaside town with a pleasant mix between a charming Old Town and modern architecture such as the Turner Contemporary. The town has also recently reopened traditional theme park Dreamland. Margate has been used as a film location in a number of productions including Coast (2015), Edge of Heaven (2014) and True Love (2012).

Catch George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces featuring Margate on Thursday 8th October 2015 at 20:00 on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information about the series: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces

For more information about Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210 

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Filmed in Kent Blood Moon screenings in Maidstone and Rochester!

Blood Mood Film Poster

Blood Mood Film Poster

Director: Jeremy Wooding

Starring: Shaun Dooley, George Blagden, Anna Skellern, Ian Whyte

Kent Locations: Laredo Wild West town near Longfield

Blood Mood is a bloody horror-western about two Colorado outlaws who hold up a stagecoach, with a mysterious gunslinger among the passengers. The tables are turned and the outlaws pray they will survive, although they realise there is a bigger danger – a beast known to the Native Americans as the “skinwalker”, which only appears on the night of a blood red moon to feast on human flesh.

The film is directed by Jeremy Wooding (Bollywood Queen, Peep Show) and stars Shaun Dooley (Eden Lake, The Woman in Black, TV’s Broadchurch), George Blagden (After the Dark, Les Miserables, TV’s Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent: Part Two, Gambit, TV’s The Musketeers) and Ian Whyte (Prometheus, Hercules, TV’s Game of Thrones).

The production filmed in Kent at Laredo Wild West town near Longfield for 4 weeks in February 2014.

“A Killer Slice Of Comic Book Horror” – Billy Chainsaw

“A Wild West Thrill Fest’” – James Whittington, The Horror Channel

“A Truly Great Film – ★★★★★” – Horror News.net

“A Pioneer Among The Posse -★★★★★” – TheMovieWaffler.com

“A Cracking Gothic Western” – Stuart Wright, Britflicks

The film is released in cinemas from September 28th 2015 and there will be two Kent screenings:

6th October at the Hazlitt Theatre with the Maidstone Film Society The Maidstone Film Society at 8pm, tickets £4 on the door including a screening and Q&A with director Jeremy Wooding afterwards.

3rd November in Rochester with the Rochester Film Society.

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://jingafilms.com/movies/blood-moon/

For more information about the Rochester screening: http://rochesterfilmsociety.co.uk/all-events/18373034240/

For more information about Laredo Wild West town: http://www.laredo.org.uk/

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Suffragette (2015)

Suffragette film poster

Suffragette film poster © Pathe

Director: Sarah Gavron

Writer: Abi Morgan

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff

Production Companies: Film4, BFI, Ingenious Media, Canal+, Ciné+, Ruby Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Told through the eyes of a young mother, Suffragette is a powerful film about the foot soldiers of the suffragette movement in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. When peaceful protests fail, a group of suffragettes take radical moves to be heard, risking their jobs, homes, families and even their lives.

Carey Mulligan as Maud looking out of a window

Carey Mulligan as Maud © Pathe

The film is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, This Little Life) and written by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady).

Featuring an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan (Drive, An Education), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice In Wonderland, Fight Club), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada, The Hours), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Troy) and Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy, Notes on a Scandal).

The production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham for a week in February 2014 which doubled as the exterior to the Bethnal Green Laundry, a factory and a prison cell.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a maritime heritage location set over an 80 acre site. The location boasts a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location and has previously been seen on screen in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Our World War (2014) and Mr Selfridge (2012-2015).

Suffragette was released in cinemas on Monday 12th October 2015 and is now available for DVD and online purchase.

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.suffragettemovie.com/

For more information about filming locations: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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BFI Film Academy Open to Young Kent Filmmakers!

BFI Film Academy logo

Dates: Saturdays between 5 December 2015 and 28 February 2016

Ages: 16-19 year olds

Where: Folkestone and The Maidstone Studios

Price: £25, although bursaries are available

Deadline to apply: 12pm on Monday 2 November 2015

Are you aspiring to be the next Christopher Nolan, Danny Boyle or Kathryn Bigelow? Then check out the BFI Film Academy which once again returns to Kent with Screen South delivering a programme to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers in partnership with The Maidstone Studios!

The course will take place on Saturdays between 5 December 2015 and 28 February 2016 and will include practical filmmaking elements from screenwriting, production and post-production skills.

A young girl shooting with a camera

Previous participant of Kent BFI Film Academy © Screen South

The BFI Film Academy Group 2014/2015 standing outside the Screen South offices

Kent BFI Film Academy Group 2014/2015 © Screen South

There will also be the chance for successful applicants to meet industry professionals and attend workshops and master classes by leading industry experts. The course is Silver Arts Award/NCFE nationally accredited.

There are only 20 places available to talented filmmakers in the Kent area who have are 16-19 years old and have enthusiasm, determination, a genuine interest in film and a willingness to learn.

The course costs just £25, although bursaries are available.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity and apply to the BFI Film Academy by 12pm on Monday 2nd November 2015.

For more information and to apply visit the Screen South website: http://screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=2551

 


Rochester Castle featured in ITV’s Rugby Cup 2015 opening titles!

Rugby team performing the Haka at Rochester Castle © ITV

Rugby World Cup at Rochester Castle © ITV

Kent Location used: Rochester Castle

On the 18th September 2015, the Rugby World Cup kicked off with England’s first match against Fiji and in ITV’s opening titles, Rochester Castle is featured along with other famous English landmarks.

Pop star Paloma Faith sings a new version of the rugby anthem “World In Union” for the titles.

The tournament will run between September and October and millions are predicted to be watching the matches, whilst also catching a glimpse of one of Kent’s famous locations.

Rochester Castle is a 12th Century Castle which prides itself on being one of the best preserved castles in England. The castle is set in beautiful gardens and overlooks the River Medway.

The castle has also been used as a film location for Veer (2010) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).

Links:

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

For more information about Rochester Castle: http://www.visitmedway.org/places-of-interest/rochester-castle-0

For more information about the tournament: http://www.itv.com/rugbyworldcup


The Swale Film Festival returns on the 24th-27th September!

The Swale Film Festival logo for 2015

Swale Film Festival 2015

Dates: 24th – 27th September 2015

Venues: The Avenue Theatre, and New Century Cinema in Sittingbourne and Blue Town Criterion Cinema Sheerness

The Swale Film Festival returns for its seventh year, starting with the opening ceremony on the 24th September 2015. The four day festival will screen a variety of films in Swale, prices ranging from free to just £5.

The opening ceremony at the New Century Cinema in Sittingbourne begins at 8pm and features a red carpet followed by a showing of Mr. Holmes, which was partly filmed in Kent.

Sponsors of the festival include Sfm Radio 106.9, KM, BFI, Kent County Council, Amicus Horizon, Touchbase Media and Swale Borough Council.

On Friday 25th September, there will be a showing of David Nicholas Wilkinson’s intriguing documentary feature The First Film, arguing that a Yorkshireman beat both Edinson and the Lumiere Brothers to producing the first short film. This is followed by a Q&A with the director himself. The event will cost £5 and will be held at the Avenue Theatre in Sittingbourne.

On Saturday 26th September there will be a party night at the New Century Cinema in Sittingbourne, costing £4, where there will be a screening of Dirty Dancing, followed by live singing and stand-up comedy.

There is also a terror triple bill on Sunday 27th September at the New Century Cinema in Sittingbourne for horror fans which costs just £2.

Some of the other films included in the festival are: Into the woods, Everest, Jaws, The Sound of Music, Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverbeastHunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the Blair Witch Project.

For more information about the event: http://www.swalefilmfestival.org.uk/


Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (2015)

Penelope Keith standing in a picturesque British village

Penelope Keiths Hidden Village © Reef Television Limited Channel 4

Production Company: Reef TV

Kent locations used: Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden.

Returning to More4 for a second series, Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages explores quintessentially British villages to discover their hidden features and study rural traditions.

Actress Penelope Keith, best known from her roles in The Good Life (1975) and To The Manor Born (1979) uses travel guides which were published 80 years ago, to look at the locations from a different perspective and consider the effects urbanisation and tourism could have on their future.

In episode four, Penelope explores villages in Sussex and Kent and the production visited Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden between May and June 2015.

Upnor is a small picturesque village in Medway with many houses finished in Kentish weatherboard. The village is home to Upnor Castle and is backed by rolling, wooded hills. Previous productions that have filmed in the area include Magwitch (2012), The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009) and Great Expectations (1989).

Birchington lies on the North Coast of Kent between Herne Bay and Margate and has a glorious beach, Minnis Bay. BBC Three drama The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) has previously been filmed in the area.

Biddenden lies in the picturesque Weald of Kent countryside, has a cobbled high street with half-timbered medieval and Jacobean buildings and is the home of the famous Biddenden Cider. Nearby Tenterden has white-painted weatherboarding buildings and a market as well as quaint cafes and eateries. The area has been used as a film location for Mapp and Lucia (2014), Don’t Tell the Bride (2013) and Last Passenger (2013).

You can catch the Kent and Sussex episode of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages on Tuesday 22nd September on More4 at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

For more information about the show: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/penelope-keiths-hidden-villages/episode-guide/series-2/

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Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015)

(L-R) Mason McQueen, Terry Wogan at a table with countryside in the background

(L-R) Mason McQueen, Terry Wogan © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Production Company: Curve Media

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury – Cathedral, The Goods Shed and Kent County Cricket ground, Whitstable, Tunbridge Wells – Penshurst Place, The Pantiles, Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School,  Chiddingstone

Television royalty, Sir Terry Wogan, and London Cabbie, Mason McQueen (A Cabbie Abroad), join forces to embark on the foodie’s ultimate adventure around the UK. Along the way, they check out the weird and wonderful British cuisine and look at how tastes have changed.

The 20 part series has taken its inspiration from the 1963 book, British Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Britain, by Samuel Chamberlain. Wogan and McQueen set off in Chamberlain’s footstep in search of the great British foods of today and exploring their social history. Sampling the foods mentioned in the book, they compare ‘then and now’ and piece together their evolution from all the knowledge preserved by the local people they meet.

Episode five focuses on Canterbury when the pair visit Canterbury Cathedral, The Goods Shed and Kent County Cricket ground. They also head to Whitstable, to sample local Oysters and Whelks and soak up the atmosphere of the working harbour and fishery before heading to The Sportsman, Seasalter’s local gastropub with a Michelin Star.

Episode nine sees the duo visit the historic town of Chiddingstone, where they sample the local Kentish ales at Larkins Brewery and The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells and Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School before heading to Penshurst Place.

L-R - Mason McQueen, Rosemary Shrager, Terry Wogan at Rosemary's cooking school

L-R – Mason McQueen, Rosemary Shrager, Terry Wogan at Rosemary’s cooking school © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Mason McQueen, Philip Sidney and Terry Wogan at the Great Hall in Penshurst Place

Mason McQueen, Philip Sidney and Terry Wogan at Penshurst Place © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts a Cathedral, busy shopping areas, parks and open spaces. Nearby is the seaside town of Whitstable which has a strong arts and culture scene and offers a harbour, shingle beach and busy high street.  The area has previously featured on productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Songs of Praise (2011) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Chiddingstone is a one-street Tudor village and has previously been used as a film location by productions such as Walking Through History (2013), A Room With A View (1986) and Elizabeth R (1971).

Tunbridge Wells is a large town situated in West Kent with a busy town centre and a period shopping area, The Pantiles,  offering a fascinating variety of small specialist shops, antique shops, open-air cafés, restaurants and bars. Previous productions that have been filmed in Tunbridge Wells include The British Animal Honours (2013), Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), and How to Look Good Naked (2009).

Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor style manor house set in gorgeous parkland with formal Elizabethan gardens. Penshurst Place is a popular film location, having previously welcomed productions such as Wolf Hall (2015), The Great Fire (2014) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Catch the Canterbury episode on Friday 4th September on BBC Two at 18:30 and the Tunbridge Wells episode on Thursday 10th September on BBC Two at 18:30.

Links:

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

For more information about the series: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b069cjc0

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

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Eastenders (2015)

Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) and Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) on a beach standing above pebbles spelling DAD

Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) and Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Starring: Danny Dyer, Linda Henry, Luisa Bradshaw-White, Annette Badland

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Broadstairs – Morellis Gelato, Victoria Gardens and Stone Bay, Ramsgate Harbour

Popular BBC One soap Eastenders is set in East London and chronicles the lives of the residents of Albert Square. In the upcoming episodes, the Carter family takes a trip to the Kent coast to scatter Stan Carter’s ashes.

In April this year, helm of the Carter family, Stan, died after a battle with terminal prostate cancer. When the family realise Stan’s ashes have gone missing, Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), Shirley (Linda Henry) and Mick (Danny Dyer) head to Ramsgate, where they suspect Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) has taken them.

The show has been running since 1985 and now airs four times a week with an average of more than 8 million viewers per episode.

In June 2015, the Eastenders production filmed for 3 days in Broadstairs –Morellis Gelato, Victoria Gardens, and Stone Bay as well as Ramsgate Harbour.

© BBC Linda Henry, Danny Dyer and Luisa Bradshaw-White at Ramsgate

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Behind the scenes in Ramsgate Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) on the beach in front of camera crew

Behind the scenes in Ramsgate Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Aunt Babe (ANNETTE BADLAND) in Morelli's ice cream shop

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Aunt Babe (ANNETTE BADLAND) in Morelli’s © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) walking in Ramsgate Harbour

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) at Ramsgate Harbour © BBC/Kieron McCarron

The Thanet area has some great locations including its beautiful and varied coastline, historic towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramgate with its Royal Marina. It and has welcomed a variety of productions including Edge of Heaven (2013), True Love (2012) and The Calling (2009).

The Kent episodes of Eastenders will be shown on BBC One at 19:30 on Thursday 3rd and 20:00 on Friday 4th September 2015.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m86d

For more information about Thanet: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

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