Halloween Film Workshop in Kent for 8-14 year olds!


Zombie Flyer

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Date: 31st October

Where: The Coniston Hotel, Sittingbourne

Price: £75

Do you know a youngster aged 8-14 who has a passion for film, acting and special effects make-up? If so, this workshop is for them! Ravensbridge are running a Halloween themed day in Sittingbourne where children and teenagers can act and be involved in the production process of making a film.

The day will see professional actors giving tutorials, special effects make-up artists talking about their role in the film industry whilst transforming the actors into their characters and tutorials from camera crews, sound and lighting engineers, and the post-production team.

Tickets cost £75 and there is a 10% discount when booking 2 or more places. 

Ravensbridge are a Kent based production company and photography studio who are passionate about supporting young people with an interest in film to get valuable experience and insight into the film industry.  

For more information or to book a place, please contact: enquiry@ravensbridge.com or call 07961 177 013

Animation fans, get your Anifest tickets now!

Anifest logoDates: 30th September – 5th October 2013

Location: Canterbury

Anifest is the only animation festival that takes place annually in the South East, showcasing well known animators and their creations to visitors, and allowing them to get involved themselves! This year is the biggest line up, so get your tickets now.

The festival offers screenings, talks, master classes and events that will appeal to people of all types and ages, whether you’re part of a family group with children, an aspiring filmmaker yourself or an industry expert.

Now in its sixth year, 2013 is the longest festival yet, running for 6 days from 30th September – 5th October. 

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Animations

The masterclasses are from Jim Parkyn at Aardman Animations about Making Shaun the Sheep, Double Negative’s Robin Konieczny (Man of Steel) about Matte Painting, Benedict Lewis (Horrid Henry) about Storyboarding For Animation. 

This year, the organisers of Anifest, Animate and Create Studios, will also be hosting a free exhibition at Canterbury’s Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, where you can find out how animations are produced and even contribute to an animated film about The Beaney.

So book your tickets now to experience the magic of animation!

To find out more about Canterbury Anifest please visit: http://www.canterburyanifest.com/

Creative England hold first crew night in Kent in partnership with the Kent Film Office

Creative England

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013 – 18:00 – 20:00

Location: The Maidstone Studios, Kent

Creative England is holding their first Crew and Facility Night in Kent, in partnership with the Kent Film Office. Don’t miss the event which will be a great chance to network and make new contacts, so what are you waiting for, book your free ticket here.

The event will be useful to production companies, film and TV crew, as well as those in the digital or gaming industries and those that offer facilities and services. Don’t miss your opportunity to:

  • Make new business leads, meet old friends and make new contacts
  • Learn about both Creative England and the Kent Film Office and what they can do to help you
  • Find out about Creative England’s database, which lists crew and facilities in England and can help you find work or source crew

You’ll also get the chance to meet representatives from the following companies:

  • Even organisers Creative England who are the national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media across the English regions.   
  • Event hosts The Maidstone Studios which is the largest independent TV studio facilities in the UK offering a brilliant television space, with five studios, including the country’s largest TV studio floor, and has state-of-the-art post-production suites.
  • Even partners Kent Film Office, who offer a first class Film Commissioning Service for all manner of productions and can help you source unique filming locations, obtain film permits for public areas, put you in touch with local contacts and even legally close roads for filming
  • Even sponsors Brookson who are an accountancy firm which provide services for media and creative freelancers and have been sponsoring Creative England’s Crew Nights since they first started.

Don’t miss a great night and book your place now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-england-crew-night-in-partnership-with-kent-film-office-12th-sept-tickets-7994264059

Who Do You Think You Are? (2013)


Sarah Millican standing in front of a beach hut

Sarah Millican © BBC, Wall to Wall Media, Ed Miller

Production company: Wall to Wall

Kent Locations: Whitstable, Whitstable Harbour and Whitstable Museum

Who Do You Think You Are? is the popular BBC show where celebrities explore their ancestry and discover the secrets hidden in their families past.

Now in its tenth series, the show follows another ten celebrities as they travel far and wide to explore their family history. Comedienne, Sarah Millican is the seventh celebrity in the series to do so and travels to Whitstable, visiting the harbour and Whitstable Museum to find out more about the lives of her ancestors. 

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.

Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Venus (2007), Superscrimpers (2013), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008). 

Don’t miss the Sarah Millican episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 21:00.


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

For more information on the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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

Big Bad World (2013)

Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) sitting on a sofa with his family and friends

Big Bad World

Director: Tristram Shapeero

Writers: Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Rose Heiney, Jon Purkis

Starring: Blake Harrison, Seann Walsh, David Fynn, Rebecca Humphries, Caroline Quentin, James Fleet

Production company: Objective Productions

Kent Locations: Ramsgate, Port of Ramsgate, Herne Bay

Big Bad World is a new Comedy Central series about university graduate Ben Turnbell played by Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), who returns home to Great Yarmouth to find that not much has changed in the three years he has been away.

As well as Blake Harrison, the show has many familiar faces from the world of comedy including Seann Walsh (Argumental), Rebecca Humphries (Come Fly with Me), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly) and James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley).

The series is directed by Tristam Shapeero (Green Wing, Peep Show) and has a multitude of writing talent including Lloyd Woolf (Parents), Joe Tucker (Horrible Histories), Kevin Cecil (Come Fly With Me), Andy Riley (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Rose Heiney (Miranda) and Jon Purkis (Popatron).

The Big Bad World team was welcomed to Ramsgate in May 2012 to film the pilot episode at various locations including Kings Street, Queens Street, High Street, Harbour Street and the  Port of Ramsgate. The Kent Film Office used its Filming on Highways Act 2010 for the production to close the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate for a scene that sees main character Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) exit the beach soaking wet and getting into a car.    

After the series was commissioned, the production came back to Kent in November 2012 and once again filmed in Ramsgate as well as the Port of Ramsgate and Herne Bay all doubling for Great Yarmouth in the series.

The scenes they shot in Herne Bay included Lucy at work trying to raise money for charity in the High Street as well as scenes by the seafront and bandstand. 

In Ramsgate, the production once again made the most of the Kent Film Office’s Filming on Highways Act 2010 where they used traffic management to film scenes at The Old Haine Road in Ramsgate where a car travels over a speed bump and comes to a a sharp stop after the bump, stops for a while and then continues on its way. At Ramsgate Harbour they shot scenes where the characters arrive at the harbour and watch oil rig workers boarding a vessel.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which boasts a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre as well as the Thanet District Council managed Port of Ramsgate, the only Royal Harbour Marina in the country. The Port of Ramsgate has been previously used as a film location by BBC sitcom Not Going Out (2013) and Ramsgate has provided back drops for productions such as True Love (2012), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Herne Bay is part of the Canterbury district in South East Kent and has a popular shingle beach, beautiful coastline and seafront gardens. The town also has many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, a windmill and some interesting architecture including a Victorian bandstand. Productions that have chosen to film in Herne Bay include Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The first episode of Big Bad World starts on Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 21:00 on Comedy Central.


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

For more information about this series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2662356/

For more information on Ramsgate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/come-explore/Come-and-Explore-Ramsgate.aspx

For more information on The Port of Ramsgate: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/welcome_to_the_marina.aspx

For more information on Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Herne-Bay.aspx

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

Love Your Garden (2013)


L-R Andy Webb, Alan Titchmarsh and Lou Webb with the two children

L-R Andy Webb, Alan Titchmarsh and Lou Webb with the two children © Spungold and ITV

Production Company: Spun Gold Productions

Kent Locations Used:  Tonbridge

Love Your Garden is the hit ITV show where Alan Titchmarsh and his team of experts transform gardens from unloved and unused spaces to gorgeous yet practical environments for all the family to enjoy. 

The garden before the make over © Spungold and ITV

The garden before the make over

Now in its third series, the Love Your Garden team visited Lou and Andy Webb in July 2013 at their home in Tonbridge which presented them with their biggest challenge to date – the smallest garden to ever be transformed for a family coping with two children with a very rare condition that restricts their eyesight.

Busy parents Lou and Andy had been unable to improve the garden which had uneven surfaces and a broken greenhouse, so their friends nominated them to receive a garden makeover. While the family went away on holiday,  Alan and his team transformed the space into an area that both the adults and children can enjoy.

Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. The Tonbridge area has been used by previous productions including Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing(2010) and Countryfile (2009).

Don’t miss the Tonbridge episode of Love Your Garden which will be shown on Tuesday August 6th 2013 at 20:00 on ITV1.


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

For more information on the show: https://loveyourgarden2.wordpress.com/

For more information about Tonbridge: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/tonbridge/6327 

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

The Hotel Inspector Returns (2013)


Alex Polizzi with Who'd A Thought It hotel owner Joe Mattett

Alex Polizzi with Who’d A Thought It hotel owner Joe Mattett © Channel 5

Production company:

Kent Locations Used: The Who’d a Thought It, Grafty Green

The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi, returns to The Who’d a Thought It in Grafty Green to see the outcome of the changes she suggested a couple of years ago – will her advice have stuck?

As well as offering accommodation, The Who’d a Thought It has a champagne and oyster bar, pub and restaurant and when business was dwindling, the owners bought in The Hotel Inspector in 2011.  

Alex learnt how self-styled showman Joe left his London casino job with the hope of bringing some city style to the Kent countryside. However, with the hotels decor including cowhide bedspreads, four-man hot tubs and erotic artwork, Alex was unimpressed and tried to convince Joe to make the hotel more ‘female friendly’, but when she returned in June 2013 had Joe embraced the changes?

Grafty Green is a rural village in Maidstone, which is home to The Maidstone Studios and has welcomed filming from Later…with Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and Got To Dance (2010) 

Don’t miss The Who’d a Thought It episode of The Hotel Inspector which will be shown on Thursday 1st August 2013 at 21:00 on Channel 5.


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

For more information about the programme visit:http://www.channel5.com/show/the-hotel-inspector-returns

For more information about the hotel: http://www.whodathoughtit.com/

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

The Electric Lantern Festival, Tunbridge Wells’ International Film Festival doubles its schedule!

Tunbridge Wells' International Film Festival logo

Tunbridge Wells’ International Film Festival, The Electric Lantern Festival, has doubled the number of days it will run due to the volume and quality of submissions.

The festival was founded in 2011 by Tunbridge Wells resident Samuel Marlow who wanted to bring some of the best in independent film to his home town. It was originally three days long but this year the festival will run for a week from the 2-8 September at the Trinity Theatre 

Screenings of 63 films from 18 different countries including feature films, shorts, comedy, documentary,  animation, music video and experimental film from local, national and  international directors.  

The line-up boasts 41 world and UK premieres, and closes with “Traveller” starring David Essex and newcomer Billy Cook in an adaptation of John F McDonald’s novel. 

Samuel Marlow said: “Despite the extra days and the addition of a second screen, the Festival is still only able to screen about a quarter of what was submitted It was exceptionally difficult to make the selection, I had to whittle the films down favouring premieres, films with a strong voice or unusual angle.”  

So what should people expect to see at the festival? Sam explains: “The Festival’s strap- line is See the World in a New Light, and I feel we really stayed true to that. Whether it’s a documentary about caring for elderly zoo animals or floating schools in Bangladesh, a film about a plastic toy diver having an existential crisis or a drama about which of two communities you belong to, every film is surprising, enlightening or inspirational.”

For more information and to book tickets: www.electriclanternfestival.co.uk/schedule.html

Strawberry Fields (2012)

Strawberry Fields Film Poster

Strawberry Fields Film Poster

Director: Frances Lea

Writer: Frances Lea and Judith Johnson 

Starring: Emun Elliott, Philip Martin Brown and Anna Madeley

Production Companies: BBC Films, Film London, Spring Pictures

Kent Filming Locations: Foxbury Farm, Sevenoaks; Shellness, Leysdown

Strawberry Fields is another offering from the highly successful Film London Microwave Project and set for cinema release this week!


Directed by Frances Lea (Fugee Girl, Everyone’s Happy), Strawberry
is a tale of sibling rivalry and playing of mind games set in the strawberry fields of Kent. Starring Anna Madeley (In Bruges) Christine Bottomley (The Arbor, Shameless) and Emun Elliott (Prometheus, Game of Thrones) the film tells of the sexual awakening of Gillian during a long, hot British summer picking strawberries, where she meets and falls in love with fellow picker Kevin. But her idyllic new life is jeopardised by the arrival of her sister Emily.

 This ‘terrific British debut’, (Jason Solomons, The Observer)   is released across the UK this week. There will be a special preview at BFI Southbank on 4 July. The film will also be shown at the London Film Festival in October this year.

Making the most of what Kent has to offer, Strawberry Fields features locations in the Kent countryside such as Foxbury Farm in Sevenoaks, Groombridge Railway Station and the Isle of Sheppey.

The Isle of Sheppey boasts some unique landscapes, such as salt marshes and shell beaches that have attracted many previous filmmakers, such as The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012).

Foxbury Farm is a large fruit grower in Sevenoaks and was a new find for this project.

Strawberry Fields was screened at selected cinemas in Summer 2012 and will be shown on Saturday 20th July 2013 at 23:00 on BBC 2.


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

For more information about the film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637656/

To learn more about the Film London Microschool visit: http://microwave.filmlondon.org.uk/get_the_resources/microschool/

For more information about the Isle of Sheppey visit: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp

For more information about Sevenoaks visit: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/whats-on/thedms.asp?dms=13&nearby=1&GroupId=8&venue=3092430

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

Superscrimpers (2013)

Mrs Moneypenny in a green dress standing in a town centre

Mrs Moneypenny © Simon Ridgway, UNP, Channel 4

Production company: Remarkable Television

Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, The Beacon House

SuperScrimpers is the Channel 4 hit series in which journalist and entrepreneur Mrs Moneypenny and Daily Telegraph writer Harry Wallop show people how to save money in tough economic times.

For the SuperScrimpers Summer Savings Special, Mrs Moneypenny visited Whitstable to hold a cash clinic at The Beacon House for members of the public, advising them on getting the best deals for everything summer related from holiday insurance to last minute getaway deals.

Whitstable is a charming seaside town near Canterbury and boasts a harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and a strong arts and culture scene, and is also the home of the popular Oyster Festival every July. Whitstable has previously been seen on screen for projects such as James May’s Man Lab (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Our Food (2012).

The Beacon House is a delightful New England style house with wide wooden frontage, distinctive verandah and wrap-around decking and is a popular self catering cottage to let and photography location.

The Whitstable Summer Savings episode of SuperScrimpers will be aired on Wednesday 17 July at 20:00 on Channel 4.


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

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

For more information about The Beacon House: http://www.thebeaconhouse.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/