YOBS key to a better Life?

People at the screening

The screening © Medb Films

A Summer Arts College with Medb Films for disadvantaged young people

The summer of 2009 saw an exciting initiative take place: Medb Films hosted a summer school for a group aged 10- 17 who have a history of offending or are at risk of offending.  In six weeks the project aimed to teach the basic skills in film production and guide the young crew through the processes in order to create their own film.

After an initial introduction by the Kent Film Office, KCC’s Kent Youth Offending Services and Medb Films got to work quickly on securing support and funding to explore how film may be used to teach life skills to disadvantaged young people. The first project was a mediabox initiative: Autism in the Frame, which after a lot of hard work led to this Summer Arts College.

Organisers hoped the programme would provide an inspirational and creative experience, with a strong emphasis of hands on learning in all areas of filmmaking.  A carefully thought out structure provided practical learning and progression of the group’s academic aptitude.  Students were shown a variety of independent and classic feature films followed by an oral critique and discussion on the themes, the subtext, culture and social comment involved.  The six weeks with the Summer Arts College encouraged confidence, self esteem, communication and skills in team work, as well as improving numeracy and literacy.

Young Offender receiving his award

Young Offender receiving his award © Medb Films

Along with the fictional film produced by the small team a documentary was also created by the participants, offering the young offenders the chance to discuss and answer intimate questions about their life choices and hopes for the future.  In this documentary you can see the changes that have already been put in place by the opportunity given to them with Medb Films, inspiring the young people to change their life path and aim higher than they may have previously thought possible.

A screening of the finished film and documentary took place on Friday 28th August at Granville Cinema in Ramsgate.  Local actress Brenda Blethyn was among the audience, who were all impressed by the high standard of work and innovative storytelling.  After the screening, certificates were given to each of the summer school participants to acknowledge their achievements and successful completion of the course.

Elaine Wickham from Medb Films said-

“The huge success of Autism in the Frame is what led to us running this year’s Summer Arts College. Of the seven students, five completed the programme and received their Bronze Awards. For many this was a huge achievement in their lives. I think film production is a fantastic environment to inspire creativity and encourage collaboration, as well as a strong work ethic. It took about a week to get them hooked on the process, and now we have all five going on to our three month pilot programme starting on the 14th. Working with young offenders can be challenging, as well as incredibly rewarding. They are teenagers who have had difficult lives or have derailed due to one reason or another, but are essentially good people with a lot to offer society if given a second chance.”

The course proved successful for many involved in the project, and fulfilled the aims for the Kent Youth Offending Service whose principal intentions are to confront young offenders with the consequences of their actions and provide interventions that tackle the causes of offending.

After completing the programme, some of the students were enrolled on to the Maeve Films three month film school in partnership with Kent Film Office, which is then followed by a nine month mentor programme of short courses, literacy and numeracy modules and work experience placements. This course is styled as a pilot under the Kent Film Foundation banner and hoped to be developed into a full-time opportunity for disadvantaged young people to learn industry and life skills.

Mark Foster stated-

“The Kent Youth Offending Service in partnership with Medb Films offered 10 young people an opportunity to learn film making skills on a six week full time programme with industry professionals. This opportunity was focused on young people whose offending had been particularly persistent or serious. Many of them had previously struggled in educational settings. Whilst the project was not for everyone it really captured the imagination of some of our young people, all of whom worked really hard to produce two short films of exceptional quality. All were offered the opportunity of continuing their film making work with Medb Films next project and several have taken up the opportunity.

This was a very positive and successful project which offered a fantastic opportunity which the young people involved grasped with great enthusiasm.”

Other partners involved in this project were; Unitas, YOS, Connexions, The Pie Factory, Screen South, and Thanet College.


The Hide (2009)

Alex MacQueen looking out of binoculars and Phillip Campbell in the Bird hide out

Alex MacQueen and Phillip Campbell in the Bird hide out © Poisson Rouge

Director: Marek Losey  

Writer: Tim Whitnall

Starring: Alex Macqueen and Phil Campbell

Production Company: Poisson Rouge Pictures, Solution Films Limited

Kent Filming Locations: Elmley Marshes, Swale and Harty Ferry Inn 

Based on the play by Tim Whitnall and starring Alex MacQueen and Philip Campbell, The Hide tells the story of a reclusive bird watcher who spends his time on desolate marshes. His peace is disrupted by the arrival of a stranger whose dishevelled appearance initially causes him some alarm. Surprisingly, the pair strike up a friendship, discovering that they have more in common than they first thought. However a shocking police announcement on the radio throws the two friends into a deadly fight for survival in this tense thriller.

Behind the scenes image of The Hide on the marshes with camera equipment and crew nearby

Behind the scenes image of The Hide © Kent Film Office

 

Behind the scenes image - equipment on the marshes

Behind the scenes image © Kent Film Office

 

The Hide was erected on the marshy shores just below the Harty Ferry Inn. Other footage was shot a little further along at the Elmley Marshes on the Isle of Sheppey.  Exposed to the elements, the bleak and atmospheric coastal marshland was the perfect backdrop for this tense thriller.
Elmley Marshes is a little bit of wilderness located on the shores of the River Swale and is home to many unusual species such as the Avocet and the Marsh Harrier making it an ideal spot for twitching and indeed a film about a bird twitcher!   The marshes have previously been used by productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and A Taste of Britain (2014).

The film was well received on the film festival circuit, making the official selection at the Dinard Film Festival and has recently been acquired by Film4.

The Hide was released in cinemas in 2008 and is now available on DVD.

Links:

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

For more behind the scenes pictures: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_at_Harty_Ferry_for_The_Hide.html

For more information about The Hide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305816/

For more information about the Elmley Marshes Nature Resrve: https://www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk/

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Sissinghurst (2009)

Sissinghurst Castle

Sissinghurst Castle © BBC

BBC documentary charts the changes to one of Kent’s iconic gardens.

Director: Claire Whalley 
Production Company: BBC
 
This new BBC reality programme charts the proposed changes to the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. The property was the home of writer and artist Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson. Together they created the iconic gardens which attract visitors from all over the world.
Sarah Raven and Alex Nicholson with the Film Crew

Sarah Raven and Alex Nicholson with the Film Crew © BBC

Following Vit’s death in the 60’s, the property was donated to the National Trust who has looked after the gardens ever since. However, the donation was made on the proviso that the family descendants were able to live in the grounds.

It is the latest heirs, Adam Nicholson and garden designer Sarah Raven, which are proposing radical changes to the grounds, including the addition of a vegetable and fruit patch to supply the restaurant with produce and reintroducing a working farm to the estate. Their plans are not well received by everybody.

There are 10 ‘garden rooms’ each with its own distinctive style, such as the White Garden which only comprises plants in different shades of white, gray and green, making Sissinghurst unique and world renowned.

Sissinghurst is shown on BBC 4 every Sunday from 8pm.

Links

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

For more information on the Gardens visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-sissinghurstcastlegarden/

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hzprs

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Axe the Agent? (2009)

Jonny Benarr and Gary McCausland Filming Axe the Agent

Jonny Benarr and Gary McCausland Filming Axe the Agent © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Sevenoaks

Axe the Agent? visited Kent to help a home owner sell their house.

Desperate to save on commission fees, home owners turn to presenters Gary McCausland, a property developer by trade, and Jonny Benarr, a former estate agent, for advice on how to attract prospective buyers and entice that elusive offer without the aid of an estate agent.

Buyers are thrown in at the deep end, finding out that selling their property is perhaps harder work than they had originally thought.

In December the programme visited a couple from Sevenoaks to help them to Axe the Agent. Do they find a buyer for their property? Tune in to find out!

Sevenoaks is a town in West Kent with vibrant shopping streets, architectural treats and historic buildings including Knole Park which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.  The Sevenoaks area has been used for filming by productions including Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (2016), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011)

Axe the Agent? is shown on weekdays on BBC One at 10:00 from the 2nd March but watch out for the Kentish couple looking to sell their home on the 18th March!

Links

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

For more information about Sevenoaks: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks/6334

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j1fjw

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The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009)

Claire Bale, Dick and Dom and Steve Furst standing outside of Allington Castle

Claire Bale, Dick and Dom and Steve Furst standing outside of Allington Castle © BBC

Dick and Dom are back with another fun filled series.

Director: Dez McCarthy

Writers: Carl Carter & Tony Cooke

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming locations: Allington Castle, Upnor Castle

Dick and Dom are back with another fun filled series. This time the boys turn their hand to acting in this 13 part sitcom.

Prince Dick and Dom are exiled from their Kingdom after they accidentally break a precious vial of antidote meant to cure their citizens who are suffering from a horrible plague. Along with their trusty companions Mannitol (Steve Furst) and Lucy (Chloe Bale), the Princes are only allowed to return if they collect all the rare ingredients needed to recreate make the medicine.

The group’s quest is met with challenges that always have a humorous conclusion. Will they find all the ingredients? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Exterior shot of Allington Castle with a path and greenery

Allington Castle © Kent Film Office

Dick and Dom visited a number of locations throughout Kent including Allington Castle and Upnor Castle

Allington Castle is located near the town of Maidstone and is surrounded by a moat. The castle was nearly destroyed by a fire in the 1600’s but it was lovingly restored back to its former glory in 1905 by Sir Martin Conway. The castle is now a private residence.  The Maidstone area has been used for filming by Later… with Jools Holland (2015), Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) and Missing (2009).

Upnor Castle was built by Queen Elizabeth in 1559 on the banks of the River Medway. Primarily a gun fort, Upnor protected the Queen’s naval fleet which was located further up river at Chatham Dockyard.   Previous filming in the Medway area has taken place for projects such as Secret Britain (2016), Magwitch (2012), and Great Expectations (1989).

The show airs on BBC1 every Friday from 4.35 and is repeated on Thursdays at 4.30 on CBBC.

Links

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

Missed a programme? Catch up on past episodes with BBC’s iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00gqf87

For Dick and Dom’s Facebook page please visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/The-Legend-of-Dick-and-Dom/36857279450?ref=nf

For more information about Upnor Castle visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/upnor-castle/

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Missing (2009)

Pauline Quirke and Mark Wingett in Missing

Pauline Quirke and Mark Wingett in Missing © BBC

Director: Laurence Wilson 

Writers: Roy Boulter, Matt Leys, Ann-Marie Di Mambro, Karen McLachlan

Starring: Pauline Quirke, Felix Scott, Pooja Shah, Mark Wingett, Adjoa Andoh

Production Companies: Leopard Films

Kent Filming Locations: Maidstone and Dover Port and White Cliffs.

Mark Wingett, Pauline Quirke, Pooja Shah and Felix Scott near the Port of Dover

Mark Wingett, Pauline Quirke, Pooja Shah and Felix Scott near the Port of Dover © BBC

Missing is a new daytime crime about a small and under-sourced Missing Persons Unit (MPU) based in Dover which is headed up by DS Mary Jane Croft.

The 5 part drama was made to accompany the second series of

Missing: Live 

which examines real life cases and attempts to reunite people with their love ones.

Starring Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch, Birds of a Feather), Felix Scott (Inception, Blitz Blitz), Pooja Shah (EastEnders, Bend It Like Beckham), Mark Wingett (The Bill, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Casualty).

The production visited Kent where they transformed the old Maidstone Borough Council offices on the London Road into their Police Headquarters. The programme also filmed at various locations in and around Maidstone as well as visiting Dover including the Port and White Cliffs.

The county town of Kent, Maidstone boasts shopping areas, bars and restaurants and is home to The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015)Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Dover is best known for the world famous White Cliffs of Dover along with the Port of Dover and Dover Castle. The Dover area has previously featured on screen in The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Wolf Hall (2015) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011).

The first episode aired on BBC One on the 16th March 2009 at 14:15.

Links

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

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

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rmx2h

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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (2009)

Andrew Marr in Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Andrew Marr in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea © BBC

Andrew Marr’s Darwinian journey brings him to Kent.

Production Company: BBC, The Open University

Kent Locations: Castle Farm, Shoreham

Presented by Andrew Marr, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea explores how Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution has had an impact, not only on our understanding of natural selcetionm but many other aspects of our lives, including the way in which we view religion, philosophy and even politics. The programme examines why his ideas were so controversial and why some still consider them contentious today.

Andrew Marr journeyed across the world tracing the impact of Darwin’s work from Europe to South America. One of the places he visits along the way was Castle Farm near Shoreham! Castle Farm is famous for its Lavender crop whose vibrant colour attract visitors every year to marvel at its beaut. However, on this occasion, it was the farm’s winter crops that brought the programme makers to Shoreham.

The programme is one of many in the BBC’s Darwin Season which celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.

The series began on BBC 2 on the 5th March 2009 at 9 pm.

Links 

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

For more information about this programme and others in BBC’s Darwin Season visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/darwin/

For more information about Castle Farm visit: http://www.hopshop.co.uk/

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Grow your Own Drugs (2009)

James Wong in his 'kitchen' with fruit and bowls of food in front of him

James Wong in his ‘kitchen’ © BBC

James Wong demonstrates how you can make your own remedies using natural sources.

Director: Bec Smith

Production company: Silver River Production

Kent Locations: Bedgebury Pinetum, Hop Farm

James Wong, an ethno botanist and gardener, presents this six part series. Using only plants found in the UK, he makes remedies for various ailments, beauty products to keep you looking young for longer as well as preparations to enhance your general well being.

James Wong presenting Grow Your Own Drugs © BBC

James Wong presenting Grow Your Own Drugs © BBC

The programme demonstrates how you can use plants found in your garden and local woodlands to make cheap and effective health aids for every day use. In the first episode James shows viewers how to make a natural face mask, a remedy for colds and how to use hops to help you sleep.

The programme visited Kent in September 2008 filming in the pine forest at Bedgebury Pinetum, in Tenterden and the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood.

James is no stranger to Kent as he obtained his MSc in Ethno botany from the University of Kent as well as at Kew Gardens. He is now a lecturer at the University.

Bedgebury Pinetum offers 2,600 acres of forest and woodland, thought to be one of the world’s finest collection of conifers. Bedgebury Pinetum has been used for various film projects and features in The Kent Film Office Promotional Film.

The Hop Farm is located in Beltring, near Paddock Wood situated in 400 acres of countryside. The site boasts a museum, children’s adventure playground, military vehicle display and farm animals.

The series is shown on BBC2 at 8.30 pm on Mondays.

Links

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

For more information about Bedgebury Pinetum: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

For more information about the Hop Farm: http://www.thehopfarm.co.uk/

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pst7w

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The Boat that Rocked (2009)

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Nick Frost in front of a box full of records

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Nick Frost in The Boat that Rocked © Universal Pictures

Writer/Director: Richard Curtis

Production Company: Working Title Films

Starring: Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Sturridge

Kent Filming Locations: Squerryes Court

Brought to our screens by Richard Curtis, famed for Four Weddings and a funeral Notting Hill, The Boat that Rocked is a comedy focusing on the Rock and Roll antics of Pirate Radio DJ’s.

Carl (Tom Sturridge), recently expelled from school is sent to spend time with his Godfather Quentin, played by Bill Nighy, in the hope that he will find some much-needed guidance. As it turns out, Quentin is the manager of ‘Radio Rock’, a sea bound Pirate Radio Station. On the boat is a motley crew of eccentrics,  including The Count (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Dave (Nick Frost) and Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom) who are all more than willing to impart their advice on life to the impressionable young man.

Life on the water is anything but smooth with the return of the ‘Greatest DJ in Britain’ (Rhys Ifans) he Count is forced to compete for the title he feels he rightly owns. In addition, Radio Rock has fallen foul of the Government who are determined to put a stop to the station and the rock and roll lifestyle it promotes.

The DJ's on the boat © Universal Studios

The DJ’s on the boat © Universal Studios

Rhys Ifans as Gavin in the studio DJ'ing

Rhys Ifans as Gavin in the studio © Universal Pictures

The Boat that Rocked captures the essence of the swinging sixties and a generation for whom music was not just a passion, but a way of life that must be protected at all costs. The tale has echoes of the legendary Radio Caroline which first broadcasted its radio channel in 1964 in foreign waters not far from Felixstowe in Suffolk. Today the Radio Caroline is synonymous with Pirate Radio and continues to broadcast, now legally, out at sea.

The film is directed by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) and featuring an all-star cast: Bill Nighy (Love Actually, I Capture the Castle), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Big Lebowski, A Most Wanted Man) and Tom Sturridge (Being Julia, Far from the Madding Crowd)

The production visited Kent in 2007 to film scenes at Squerryes Court, a 17th Century manor home in Westerham. The house is set in 20 acres of land which include beautiful gardens and a lake. The rooms that were used during the filming are open to the public.

The Boat that Rocked was released in cinemas on the 1st April 2009 and is now out on DVD.

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Is Anybody There? (2009)

Moveie poster Michael Caine Bil Milner standing in a bus shelter

Is Anybody There? Film Poster © Optimum Releasing

Director: John Crowley 

Writer: Peter Harness 

Starring: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Ralph Riach

Production Company: Heyday Films, BBC Films, Big Beach

Kent Filming Locations: Hythe, Folkestone Central Train Station and St Peter’s CEP School in Folkestone

Set in the 1980’s, Is Anybody There? is about a young boy called Edward (Bill Milner) growing up in an old people’s home. Whilst his parents struggle with their personal problems, Edward becomes obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife. Arming himself with his trusted tape recorder and camera, he tapes the residents in his quest to find out more about what happens to people when they die.

Living a fairly solitary existence, Edward strikes up a friendship with resident magician and rebel Clarence (Michael Caine). The pair become good friends, teaching each other to live each day in the present and how to come to terms with the past.

In 2007, the production visited several Kent locations including Folkestone Central Train Station which doubled as a Yorkshire train station  Princes Parade in Hythe was turned into Yorkshire for two days where they used the sea-shelter as a bus shelter (see the movie poster!) and the road was used for the scenes where Clarence (Michael  Caine) and Edward (Bill Milner) are pushing the vehicle along the sea road after the crash.

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe - camera crew and bus

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe © Kent Film Office

Produced by the same company who bring Harry Potter to the big screen, the film also visited St Peter’s CEP School,  Folkestone where the children themselves were extras for a day! To thank them for their time and help they were rewarded with signed posters from the main cast of Harry Potter and Michael Caine signed their school mural.

The seaside town of Folkestone has an elegant clifftop promenade, a lower coastal park, a fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. Hythe is a small coastal town situated between Folkestone and the Romney Marsh. The area has featured in a wide range of productions including Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Everyone’s Going To Die (2013).

The film was released on 1st May 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links 

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

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

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

To view more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_in_Hythe_for_Is_Anybody_There.html

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