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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Farm, Falconhurst 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).
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.
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 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).
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 Academywhich once again returns to Kent with Screen Southdelivering 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.