The Rizen (2017)

Hand holding open book of arcane symbols

The Rizen © Lost Eye Films Ltd

Written and directed by: Matt Mitchell

Starring: Sally Phillips, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tom Goodman-Hill, Adrian Edmondson

Production Company: Lost Eye Films

Kent Locations Used: Manor Way Business Park in Swanscombe, Old Town Hall Gravesend, Powerhub in Maidstone

The Rizen is a brand new horror flick set in 1955, an era when both  NATO and the Allied Forces were supposedly conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race.

What if they had succeeded and what the Army unleashed threatens to tear the world apart?

Man standing side on looking at women in beret who is looking forward. In the background a group of people in white coats stand around a table looking at documents

The Rizen © Lost Eye Films Ltd

The Rizen was written and directed by Matt Mitchell (Gangsters, Guns & Zombies, It Never Sleeps). The film stars Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Decoy Bride), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy, Rush), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge, Everest) and Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Bottom).

The production was largely based in Kent and the Manor Way Business Park in Swanscombe was used as their studio, supplemented by  Gravesend Old Town Hall which featured as a  Grand Hall and one of the endless, dark corridors in the Powerhub in Maidstone.

Manor Way Business Park is an industrial area with offices and warehouses located in Swanscombe , famous for its spectacular finds of Early Man. The site has excellent transport links and previously featured in Gangsters, Guns & Zombies (2012) and Doctor Strange  (2016).

The Gravesend Old Town Hall was once the seat of the local Magistrates Courts and has now been restored to serve as cultural and community venue. Other productions that have filmed in the Gravesend area include Canterbury Tales – The Seacaptain’s Tale (2003), The Interceptor (2015) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

Three soldiers in uniform and one man in white coat are standing in corridor. Central soldier is pointing rifle towards figure hold flag in the foreground.

The Rizen © Lost Eye Films Ltd

The Powerhub in Maidstone is a five storey, listed, industrial building with a 1900’s art deco exterior. Inside the building there are a selection of studios, offices, showrooms and amazing studios. Past productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Missing (2009), Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

The Rizen was chosen to headline and close the London Sci-fi Film Festival 2017 on Saturday 6th May 2017 with its World Premiere.

 

 

Links:

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

For more information on programme/film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4173306/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4521338/

For more information on Gravesend and Dartford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend/6892

For more information on Maidstone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/maidstone/6185

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

 


Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015)

Pudsey the bear in the studio with Team Rickshaw

The One Show’s Rickshaw challenge 2015 – Team Rickshaw. (l-r) Alex Jones, Lucy, George G, Pudsey, Erin, Amira, Matt Baker, George D, Elliot © BBC

Kent Locations: Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend, Dartford

Returning in 2015 for its fifth year is The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, in aid of BBC Children in Need. With help from The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, six young riders embark upon an epic 470-mile journey pedalling a rickshaw.

Across eight days the team will cycle from Land’s End to the East End, beginning their pursuit on Friday 6th November 2015. The end of Day Six will see the team touch down in Brighton, before beginning the sixty miles plus journey to The Historic Dockyard Chatham the following day. The expedition will take the team through a number of towns in Kent, including parts of Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend and Dartford . The team’s full journey can be found and followed here: http://pudsey.viewranger.com/

The cumulative total of money raised so far by The Rickshaw Challenge is over £7.9 million, all of which goes towards supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, home to a number of parks and shopping facilities, as well as The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Take Me Out (2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Rochester offers beautiful cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle while Chatham is home to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Day Seven’s final destination before Team Rickshaw makes their way up to Elstree to finally complete the challenge.  The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location on account of its Georgian and Victorian architecture and authentic cobbled streets (which the rickshaw riders might be hoping to avoid!). The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The town of Gravesend is situated in North West Kent, with exceptional transport links up to London. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including Babylon (2014), The Interceptor (2015) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

Dartford is situated close to Bromley and Bexley and boasts great travel links in and out of Kent. Full of quaint architecture and great guesthouses and hotels, Dartford has hosted other productions in the past such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), Jo Brand’s Big Splash (2011) and The Inbetweeners (2010).

Tune into The One Show on BBC One at 19:00, BBC One to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress from Friday 6th November until Friday 13th November, when the Children in Need Appeal Show will be airing.

Links:

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

For more information about Children In Need visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed

For more information about The Rickshaw Challenge visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/vgrPhwRvgf4Gb4XkM0NXXB/the-rickshaw-challenge-2016

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

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

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Hummingbird (2013)

Hummingbrid Film Poster - Joey (Jason Statham) standing in a street lit up wearing a suit

Hummingbird Film Poster © Lionsgate/IM Global

 

Director and writer: Steven Knight

Starring: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Benedict Wong, Vicky McClure

Production Company: IM Global, Shoebox Films

Kent Locations: Dartford Crossing – QEII Bridge

Hummingbird is an action thriller film about ex-Special Forces officer Joey (Jason Statham) who returns to London from the Afghan war and finds himself homeless. After assuming another man’s identity and becoming lost in alcohol, drugs and criminality, Joey tries to turn his life around with the help of a nun, Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek).

The film is directed and written by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders) and stars Jason Statham (Snatch, Crank), Agata Buzek (Valerie, Lena), Benedict Wong (Prometheus, The Martian) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch, This Is England).

The Dartford Crossing – QEII Bridge features in Hummingbird twice – when Joey drives a van across the bridge and when a lorry approaches the toll.

Dartford is a historic town situated close to London and home to one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. The area has previously been used as a film location by Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Wasp (2003).

Hummingbird was released in cinemas in June 2013 and is now available for DVD purchase.

Links:

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

For more information about Hummingbird: http://redemption-themovie.net/

For more information about Dartford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

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When I Get Older (2012)

Lesley Joseph with her pensioner hosts, Pat, 74, and Malcolm Still, 71, from Dartford

When I Get Older presenter Lesley Joseph with Pat, 74, and Malcolm Still, 71, from Dartford © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Locations used: Dartford, Westerham

The BBC is hosting a primetime season on tackling old age and discussing some of the issues that the elderly face in today’s society.

 Produced by ‘Daisy Goodwin (The Apprentice, Pulling) and Robert Thirkell (Speed, Only Human). ‘When I Get Older’ is presented by a host of familiar faces: journalist John Simpson, TV and Radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, actress Lesley Joseph, Eastenders favourite June Brown and actor/comedian/historian Tony Robinson, all of whom are of pensionable age.

‘When I Get Older’ visited Kent locals from Dartford and Westerham to discuss their life and the challenges they face. The presenters spent time with the contributors, in the hope of understanding more about what it really means to be an older person in the UK. The series addresses issues like working past the age of retirement, failing health, loneliness and what it is like to live in a care home.

Dartford is in North Kent and connects to both Europe and London with the high speed rail link at Ebbsfleet. Just down the road is Bluewater, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. Dartford has played host to productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2014) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010) and Wasp (2003).

Westerham is a small village in Sevenoaks which boasts an independent brewery. It is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and can trace its roots back to the Vikings.

When I Get Older airs on Wednesday July 4 2012 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00tt2nn

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BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012)

John Bishop smiling

John Bishop © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Dover, Canterbury, Swale, Medway, Gravesham, Dartford

Comedian John Bishop took on a grueling challenge to raise money for Sport Relief!  Don’t miss the special programme which shows how John was tested to the limit when he cycled, rowed and ran more than 295 miles from Paris to London in just five days.

The 45-year-old started his journey in Paris at 8am on 27th February and didn’t arrive in Calais until nearly 3am, a punishing day of cycling 185 miles. After very little sleep, day two saw John row across the choppy waters of the English Channel to Dover with the help of celebrity friends TV presenter Davina McCall, athlete Denise Lewis and cricketer Andrew Flintoff.

Back on British soil, John had to start the first of his three marathons in three days, which saw him run from Dover to Faversham, passing through Lydden, Shepherswell, Bridge, Canterbury, Dunkirk and Boughton. Along the way, he was once again joined by some famous faces for support – Comedy Dave from The Chris Moyles Show and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary.

Despite being in a lot of pain,  John pushed on through day four of the challenge and ran 28 miles from Faversham to Gravesend via Sittingbourne, Rainham and Rochester, this time joined by his wife, as well as Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and comedian Frank Skinner.

Day five, the final day of John’s “Week From Hell” saw John start his run in Gravesend, passing through Dartford and Bexleyheath and being joined by footballer Robbie Savage and his sons. His challenge ended in Trafalgar Square in London, where he was met by hundreds of supporters cheering him along and comedian Jason Manford, who announced John had raised over £1 million pounds.

Sport Relief is a charity that was set up in 2002, when Comic Relief and BBC Sport collaborated to make the new charity which would combine sport and fundraising for people who are living in challenging circumstances in both the UK and across the world.

To date, John challenge has raised more than £1.6 million. Don’t miss John Bishop’s Week of Hell on Thursday 22nd March 2012 at 21:00 on BBC1.

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/sportrelief/news/2012/john-bishop-week-of-hell.shtml

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Jo Brand Big Splash (2011)

Jo Brand sitting by a swimming pool

Jo Brand sitting by a swimming pool © UKTV

 

Production Company: Doghouse Media, What Larks Productions

Kent Locations: Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre, Dartford

TV channel Dave is making a “big splash” this month as comedian Jo Brand returns to our screens.

The show sees one of the country’s favourite comics explore the watery side of life. Accompanied by some of her fellow funny men, Brand takes us through a journey of the pools, sewers, canals and bathrooms of Britain.

Participating in the notorious Maldon Mud race with comedian Sean Lock and trying the trendy new sport of “wild swimming” with Bill Bailey, the show is guaranteed to have you laughing till you cry.

One programme in the series sees Jo come to our very own Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford. It is here that she explores some lifesaving skills in her pyjamas – a familiar childhood memory for many of us!

Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford has a wide range of facilities that can be used as a filming location such as gyms, squash courts and pools. Dartford’s recent claim to film fame came when The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was used in scenes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010).

Jo Brand’s “Big Splash” starts on Dave (Sky Channel 111, Virgin Media Channel 128) on Thursday 22nd September at 9pm.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme: http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/jo-brands-big-splash/

For more information on Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre, Dartford: http://www.dartford.gov.uk/by-category/leisure-and-culture2/sports,-clubs-and-centres/fairfield-pool-and-leisure-centre

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


The Inbetweeners (2010)

L-R Simon (Joe Thomas), Will (Simon Bird) Neil (Blake Harrison) Jay (James Buckley) © Channel 4

L-R Simon (Joe Thomas), Will (Simon Bird) Neil (Blake Harrison) Jay (James Buckley) © Channel 4

Production Companies: Bwark Productions, Young Films
Kent Filming Locations  Central Park, Dartford

Returning for its third series, this hit comedy finds out what’s on the mind of the average sixth-form boy and discovers it’s less about college and jobs and more about getting to know girls.

Marooned in suburbia, The Inbetweeners follows four friends as they navigate the minefield of the Comprehensive Education with their hormones at full blast. There’s vomit, offensive language, and a trip to Thorpe Park.

None of the heroes are exceptional, all are distinctly average. And trying to convince the world they are sophisticated, sexy human beings usually ends in wretched disaster.

The new series includes scenes that were partly filmed in Central Park, Dartford.

Dartford is situated close to London with great travel links. The town is full of quaint architecture and great guesthouses and hotels and has been used for filming by productions including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), Jo Brand’s Big Splash (2011) and Wasp (2003).

The Inbetweeners will be shown on E4 Monday 13th September 2010 at 10pm.

Links

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

For more information about the series visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-inbetweeners

For more information about Dartford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892 

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


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie poster - Harry, Ron and Hermione running through woods

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie poster © WarnerBros

Director: David Yates

Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Julie Walters

Production Companies: Warner Bros., Heyday Films

Kent Filming Locations:  Dartford Crossing

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is the seventh instalment of the popular Harry Potter series based on the novels by JK Rowling. The story follows Harry racing against time to destroy the Horcruxes, Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality. During his pursuit he uncovers the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

With an A-list British cast, including those who grew up on the film set, Daniel Radcliffe(The Woman in Black), Rupert Grint (Wild Target), Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes); and veteran actors such as Michael Gambon (The King’s Speech), Maggie Smith (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) and Helena Bonham-Carter (Les Misérables).

The Dartford Crossing became part of movie history in 2010 when it was used for the scene where Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane)  and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) race through the toll road and tunnel on a flying motorbike, being chased by Death-Eaters. At the end of the scene, as they take to the air, make sure you spot the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in the background!

The Dartford area  has been used for filming by productions including London Spy (2015), Hummingbird (2013) and The Inbetweeners (2010).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was released in cinemas in November 2010 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/

For more information on Dartford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

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Wasp (2003)

Wasp - Zoe a young mum walking with her children around an estate

Wasp screenshot © Cowboy Films

Director/Writer: Andrea Arnold

Stars: Natalie Press, Danny Dyer

Production Company: FilmFour, UK Film Council, Cowboy Films

Kent Location Used: Dartford

Wasp is an inspiring short film, written and directed by Dartford born Andrea Arnold. Zoe, a single mother, is struggling to provide for her children in 21st century Britain. When her ex-boyfriend David asks her out, she pretends she is just babysitting her children and has to balance caring for them whilst trying to rekindle her relationship with David.

The 26 minute long film won an Oscar for best short film in 2005 and has won 22 other awards since 2003.

Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road Red Road, Wuthering Heights) directed and wrote Wasp, which stars Natalie Press (My Summer of Love, Ill Manors, Fifty Dead Men Walking) and Danny Dyer (EastEnders, The Football Factory, The Business).

Zoe looking out of her window onto the estate

Wasp screenshot © Cowboy Films

The film is set on a housing estate in Dartford, overlooking the QEII Bridge and industrial areas along the Thames.

Dartford is a historic market town in North Kent with a rich industrial heritage and is near to one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and the high speed rail link at Ebbsfleet. The Dartford area has hosted filming from Who Do You Think You Are? (2014), BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One (2010).

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/tt0388534/

For more information about filming locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

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