Books That Made Britain – Writers of Rye (2016)

Writers of Rye - Damian Barr reading a book

Writers of Rye © Factory Films

Production Company: Factory Films

Kent Locations Used: Romney Marsh

Books That Made Britain is a BBC series which explores how books have portrayed the different regions they are set in.

An upcoming episode explores the Writers of Rye and presenter Damian Barr discovers how the Sussex town has inspired many writers, and continues to have a literary influence to this day.

The production visited nearby Romney Marsh in Kent in July 2016 to film presenter pieces to camera and general views.

Romney Marsh covers around 100 square miles from Rye to Hythe and is renowned for its unique natural beauty, unspoiled countryside, diverse wildlife and extensive coastline. The Romney Marsh area has been used as a film location for The Honourable Woman (2014), Parade’s End (2012) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).

Books That Made Britain – Writers of Rye will air on Sunday 16th October at 15:45 on BBC One South East.

BBC One South East can be found wherever you are in the country: Sky Channel 963, FreeSat 959, Freeview 858.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0801pd3

For more information about Romney Marsh: http://theromneymarsh.net/

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Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies (2016)

Richard E. Grant standing in front of a "Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies" graphic

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies © UKTV

Production Company: Phil MacIntyre TV

Kent Locations Used: Kent and East Sussex Railway Tenterden Station, Leeds Castle

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies is a three part series exploring the history of Ealing Studios and the iconic films that were made there including the silent films made at the turn of the 20th century, music hall comedies of the 1930’s and the 1940’s film that started the phrase ‘an Ealing comedy’ – Passport to Pimlico.

Throughout the series, Richard is joined by special guests including Jonathan Ross, Michael Palin, Mike Leigh, Peter Capaldi and Carrie Fisher.

Richard E. Grant on a train at the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Richard E. Grant on the Kent and East Sussex Railway © Kent and East Sussex Railway

In April 2016, the Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies team visited Kent and East Sussex Railway Tenterden Station and Leeds Castle which was used as a film location for Ealing Comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Kent & East Sussex Railway is a ten and a half mile rural light railway from Tenterden to East Sussex. Kent & East Sussex Railway has previously featured in film and TV productions including Mapp and Lucia (2014) Last Passenger (2013) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011).

Near to the county town of Kent is the stunning Leeds Castle. Sitting on a 500 acre estate, this location boasts period rooms, beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. The castle has previously been used as a film location for Rustom (2016), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), and Lady Jane (1987).

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies airs on GOLD (Sky 110, Virgin 124, BT 310) from Sunday 18th September 2016 at 19:00.

Links

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

For more information on the show:  http://corporate.uktv.co.uk/news/article/richard-e-grant-brings-gold-dose-ealing-comedy/

For more information about Kent and East Sussex Railway:  http://www.kesr.org.uk/

For more information on Leeds Castle: https://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016)

Time machine at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Time machine at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © BBC South East

Production Company: BBC South East

Kent Locations Used: Sandgate, Folkestone, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, St Clere Estate, Sevenoaks

To mark H.G. Wells’ 150th birthday, Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells, presented by Dominic Sandbrook, discovers how a sleepy corner of the country inspired some of the most fantastic ideas in science fiction.

The BBC South East production team filmed at Sandgate beach and Wells House in Folkestone, The Historic Dockyard Chatham which is doubles as The Time Machine Workshop and St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. They also filmed in East Sussex, Surrey and London.

Folkestone is a seaside town with an elegant clifftop promenade, a lower coastal park, a fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. The area has featured in a wide range of productions including The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Lifeline (2012) and Is Anybody There? (2009).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. It has been used extensively for filming, appearing in productions such as Rustom (2016), Partners in Crime (2015) and The World is Not Enough (1999).

Set across 2,800 acres of the rolling Kent countryside, St Clere Estate offers stunning views of the North Downs. The house itself was built in 1630 and has some fine architectural examples of the Caroline era. St Clere Estate has been previously featured on screen in Road Games (2016) and The Mirror Crack’d (1980).

Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells will air on Friday 16th September 2016 at 19.30 on BBC One South East can be found wherever you are in the country: Sky Channel 963, FreeSat 959, Freeview 858.

Links:

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

For more information on programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w13lz

For more information on Folkestone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

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

For more information on St Clere Estate: http://stclere.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/

 


Canterbury University Film Festival volunteering opportunities!

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Canterbury University Film Festival is a unique film festival for the students of Canterbury’s universities that are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their growing team!

Canterbury University Film Festival, or CUFF, was established in 2014 as a platform for students from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Creative Arts to showcase their filmmaking talent. Spread over two days in March 2017,  Canterbury University Film Festival shows a variety of different films, culminating in an awards ceremony to recognise the best work. As well as a celebration of great talent, the festival is also an opportunity to learn. Our OFF-The-CUFF fringe events have included workshops, talks on issues in film today, discussions with established filmmakers as well as lighter events such as our film themed poetry evening and awards after party.

With such an eclectic program of events Canterbury University Film Festival need as many people as possible in a variety of departments to help organise, curate and run the festival. You do not need to be studying film to be one of our team members; they are looking for Marketeers, Party Planners, Social media gurus, Photographers, Graphic Designers, Copywriters, Production Assistants, Press Officers, Finance managers and of course, Filmmakers— experience is not necessary. They are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and creative people to join our team in continuing our effort to share the phenomenal film work created by the students of Canterbury.

Even if you don’t know what you’d like to do but you’d like to be involved, the CUFF organisers will be able to find a place for you in the team.

Please note you must be studying at University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Creative Arts to volunteer at Canterbury University Film Festival.

Get in touch by emailing us or via our social media:

Website:    www.cufffilmfestival.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/cufffilmfestival

Twitter  :    @cufffilmfest

 


Dead and Awake (2016)

Dead and Awake film poster

Dead and Awake film poster © Alexander Fodor

Writer and Director: Alexander Fodor

Stars: Jason Wing, Funda Önal, Ryan Ebling

Production Companies: Dark Moon Filmworks, Zed Resistor Company

Kent Locations Used: St Augustine’s Priory, Ashford

Dead and Awake is a dark, sinister, psychological thriller about a group of people who have kidnapped a girl with paranormal powers, only to find themselves victims of mind control.

The film was written and directed by Alexander Fodor (Hamlet) and stars Jason Wing (The Antwerp Dolls), Funda Önal (Made in Chelsea, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Ryan Ebling (Noah).

Dead and Awake was shot on location at St Augustine’s Priory at Ashford which is the country house featured throughout the film. The production also filmed in Essex.

St Augustine’s Priory is a 13th century priory and Edwardian country house in Ashford, surrounded by seven acres of beautiful gardens. The Ashford area has been used for filming by The Monuments Men (2014), Emma (2009) and the infamous Kentish series, The Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993).

The film is released on Monday 12th September 2016 on Amazon for purchase.

 

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3533376/?ref_=fn_al_tt_

For more information on St Augustine’s Priory: http://bilsingtonpriory.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/

 


Kent Film Office interview with Dover Community Radio

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The Kent Film Office Manager Gabrielle Lindemann was interviewed by Jacques Frances for Dover Community Radio at The Grand in Folkestone in August 2016.

The piece explores Gabrielle’s career history, the work of The Kent Film Office including the locations databasesourcing local trainees, and how we celebrate the county’s filming history with the Kent Movie Map.

The interview aired on Friday 26 September between 17.55 -18.55 with Barry O’Brien who presents The View.

You can listen to the interview below or here: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheViewDCR/interview-with-kent-film-office/

For more information about Dover Community Radio: http://www.dovercommunityradio.co.uk/


Level Up (2016)

Level Up poster - animation of a man holding a gun

Level Up poster © Fulwell 73, Independent, Quickfire Films

Writers: Adam Randall, Gary Young

Director: Adam Randall

Starring: Josh Bowman, Neil Maskell, William Houston, Leila Mimmack

Production Company: Fulwell 73, Independent, Quickfire Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Level Up is a thriller about Matt (Josh Bowman), a young, unambitious man whose world changes instantly when his girlfriend is kidnapped. Forced to make his way across an increasingly sinister London, Matt tries to save his girlfriend, but will he succeed?

Written by Gary Young (Harry Brown, Vera) and Adam Randall (iBoy, Hooded), who also directs, the film was produced by Danny Potts (Piggy, The Guvnors) and stars Josh Bowman (Revenge, Prowl), Neil Maskell (Humans, The Football Factory), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans), Leila Mimmack (Home Fires, High-Rise) and Christina Wolfe (Need for Speed, Fury).

The production largely filmed in London but also visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent where they used a warehouse in the ropery for the final scenes of the film where Matt (Josh Bowman) looks for his girlfriend.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres with more than 100 period buildings, dry docks, submarines and period streets.One of Kent’s most popular film locations, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in Rustom (2016), Mr Turner (2014) and Oliver Twist (2007).

Level Up is available on DVD and online download.

Links:

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

For more information on film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4447108/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_2

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

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

 


Road Games (2016)

Road Games - field with a car

Road Games © February Films

 

Writer and Director: Abner Pastoll

Stars: Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Barbara Crampton, Frédéric Pierrot

Production Companies: February Films, Superbe Films, Trigger Films

Kent Locations Used: St Clere Estate, Markbeech, Castle Farm, Falconhurst and Kemsing roads

Road Games is a psychological thriller set during an idyllic summer in France where drifters Jack (Andrew Simpson) and Véronique (Joséphine de La Baume) hook up and hit the road. Hitchhiking a lift from a local oddball, who takes them home to his wife, where they suddenly find themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse..

The film was written and directed by Abner Pastoll (Me or the Dog, A Great Mistake) and stars Andrew Simpson (The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby, Notes on a Scandal), Joséphine de La Baume (Rush, One Day), Barbara Crampton (The Young and the Restless, We Are Still Here) and Frédéric Pierrot (Young & Beautiful, Polisse).

The Anglo-French co-production filmed in Kent for around 4 weeks in July and August 2014 using St Clere Estate, Markbeech, Castle FarmFalconhurst and Kemsing roads, doubling as France.

 

St Clere Estate is set across 2,800 acres of the rolling Kent countryside, offering stunning views of the North Downs. The house itself was built in 1630 and has some fine architectural examples of the Caroline era. St Clere Estate has been previously featured on screen in The Mirror Crack’d (1980).

Falconhurst is a 700 acre country estate just 45 minutes to central London. The location boasts farmland, woods, private roads, farmhouses and cottages. Falconhurst has been used for filming by a variety of projects including short films, photoshoots and the Kent Film Office Promotional Film.

Castle Farm is a farm in Sevenoaks with a timber-framed farmhouse and oast surrounded by stunning lavender fields, pasture, woodland, stream, farm shop, barns and outbuildings. The site has been used for filming by  Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (2009) and various photoshoots.

Road Games has its UK theatrical premiere on Friday 26th August and will be available on demand and DVD release from Monday 29th August 2016.

 

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2929652/

For more information about St Clere Estate: http://stclere.co.uk/

For more information about Falconhurst: http://www.falconhurst.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/

 


Rustom (2016)

Rustom film poster with army officer

Rustom film poster © Friday Filmworks

Director: Dharmendra Suresh Desai

Writer: Vipul K. Rawal

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Ileana,  Arjan Bajwa

Production Co.: Cape of Good Films, Kriarj Entertainment, Plan C Studios, Zee Studios

Kent Locations Used: The Chequers Inn pub in Aylesford, Canterbury, Maidstone River Path and County Hall, Leeds Castle, Dover seafront, South Foreland Lighthouse, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Rustom is a Hindi  murder mystery romance inspired by the true 1959 legal KM Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra, which changed the face of the India judicial system. Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati (Akshay Kumar) was a naval officer who was tried for killing his English-born wife’s lover, Prem Ahuja.  The murder case is still famous on the subcontinent and the film’s tagline is “3 shots that shocked the nation”.

The film is directed by Dharmendra Suresh Desai (Special 26, Players), written by Vipul K. Rawal and stars Akshay Kumar (Singh Is Kinng, Housefull 2), Ileana (Barfi!, Devadasu), and Arjan Bajwa (Son of Sardaar, Bobby Jasoos).

The Rustom production filmed on location in Kent in April 2016 for the romantic montage where Rustom (Akshay Kumar) and Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz) visit England including The Chequers Inn pub in Aylesford, Canterbury, Maidstone River Path and County Hall, Leeds Castle, Dover seafront and  South Foreland Lighthouse.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham features as the Bombay naval port and HMS Cavalier as the destroyer on which he serves. A snowy Commissioners House also features in a montage and Slip 5 in a dinner scene between Rear Admiral Prashant Kamath (Parmeet Sethi)and Cynthia (Ilene D’Cruz).

Aylesford is a picturesque village located on the banks of the River Medway complete with a Norman Church and Victorian houses. It has previously featured in Half A Sixpence (1967).

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city with parks and open spaces, shopping areas, bars and restaurants and has previously featured on screen in projects such as Take Me Out – Series 8 (2016) Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

The county town of Kent, Maidstone has many parks, shopping areas and sports facilities and is home to The Maidstone Studios. Maidstone has been used to film The Great Interior Design Challenge (2014), Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) and Don’t Tell the Bride (2013), to name a few.

Leeds Castle is a romantic castle with medieval themed rooms, 1920’s style interiors and original marble bathrooms. The large 500 acres estate boasts beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. The castle has been used to film The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Henry VIII (2003) and Lady Jane (1987).

South Foreland Lighthouse in Dover, is a Victorian lighthouse landmark along the White Cliffs of Dover. The Dover area has been used for projects including Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015), The Apprentice (2015) and On A Clear Day (2005).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. It has been used extensively for filming, appearing in productions such as Call the Midwife (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Rustom was released worldwide on 12th August 2016 and is now available for DVD purchase.

Links:

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

For more information on film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5165344/

For more information on Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information on Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information on Leeds Castle: https://www.leeds-castle.com/home

For more information on South Foreland Lighthouse: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/south-foreland-lighthouse

For more information on Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.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/


Applications are open to the BFI Film Academy 2016/17 in Kent!

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Dates: 8 Saturdays between 15th October 2016 and 28 January 2017

Ages: 16-19 year olds

Where: Folkestone and  The Maidstone Studios

Price: £25, although bursaries are available

Deadline to apply: 12pm on Tuesday 20th September 2016

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 15th October 2016 and 28th January 2017 and will include practical filmmaking elements from screenwriting, production and post-production skills, as well as making at least two short films.

There will also be the chance for successful applicants to meet high end industry professionals such as directors, writers and producers, and attend workshops and master classes by leading industry experts. There will also be the chance to apply for the National residential Academies at the National Film School, as well as other great opportunities in Documentary, Animation, Visual Effects and BAFTA mentoring. The course is Silver Arts Award/NCFE nationally accredited.

There are only 20 places available for talented filmmakers in the Kent area who 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. Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity and apply to the BFI Film Academy,  the deadline for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

For further information on how to apply please visit the Screen South website http://www.screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=2596 or email apply@screensouth.org.