Red Sails (2011)

 

Thames sailing barge at sea

Red Sails © Peter Smith Stock Images

Directed By:  Michael Maloney

Production Company: Countrywide

Kent Locations: Faversham

Faversham Film Maker Michael Maloney set to screen his documentary Red Sails at the Royal Cinema in Faversham.

Filmed at the working Ship Yard in Faversham, the creeks in the Estuary and Redsands Fort, the documentary explores the influence of the Thames Sailing Barge in the development of trade, and its contribution to the building of Victorian London through the use of interviews and archive footage.  Looking into the lives of the craftsmen and their trade, which made the Thames Barges so unique, it was an apt time for filming as the last commercially trading vessel, The Cambria, has been recently restored.

Faversham is a town with a strong maritime history. Since prehistoric time it has been a location for the loading and unloading of cargo where boats and ships would travel down the various creeks that branch off from the Thames Estuary. The town was an associate member of the Confederation of Cinque Ports and from the 11th till the 16th centuries provided the nation with navies in which to defend the county.

The Thames Estuary Army forts, of which the Redsands Fort is one, were constructed in 1942 with the purpose to provide anti-aircraft fire within the Thames Estuary area. In 1955, the forts were deemed to be of no further operational value and were briefly the home to pirate radio stations during the 1960s and 70’s.  Since then the Forts have remained empty but still are a striking piece of historic architecture on the horizon.

Maloney has a history of enlightening audiences about Kent’s local past. In 2009 he completed a film called A Sideways Launch about the history of the Pollock Shipyard in Faversham. Between 1916 and 1969, more than 1200 ships were built by the yard on the creek and launches sideways into the narrow waterway.

Faversham is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek and is a beautiful, historic market town with nearly 500 listed buildings, many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The area has been used for various productions including Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and Great Expectations (2012).

Maloney is screening his film at the Royal Cinema in Faversham on the 7th of December at 1pm. DVD’s will be available to purchase.

Links

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

For more information about Red Sails: http://www.cwideprods.co.uk/red-sails/

For more information on Redsands Fort: http://www.project-redsand.com/ 

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/pages/home.aspx?i_PageID=188

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Market Kitchen Big Adventure 2011

Penny Smith and Matt Tebbutt © BBC

Penny Smith and Matt Tebbutt © BBC

A trip across Britain’s culinary landscape to discover the very best of British produce and ingredients.

Production Company: Optomen

This series sees TV Chef Matt Tebbutt travelling across Britain to search out and celebrate the very best of British produce and ingredients.
Once the ingredients have been sourced, they are taken back to the show’s restaurant HQ, where Matt and co-presenter Penny Smith are joined by special foodie and celebrity guests, as well as food loving members of the public. They are then transformed into delicious dishes that showcase the very best of regional produce.

In this edition, Matt Tebbutt is in Kent along with chef Ching-He Huang.  They will be making the most of fresh radishes, pears, chicken, brill, cheese and sparkling wine.  There will be guest appearances from Janice Dickenson, Lisa Faulkner and Rav Wilding.

Filming in the county took place in Canterbury at Brogdale Farm Faversham, The Oystery Canterbury, The Goods Shed Canterbury and Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden.

Kent prides itself on its Garden of England status which is said to date back to the Tudor times. Henry VIII liked the county so much, he not only built 3 castles, but established many of the orchards in Kent to provide for the King’s table. So it is only natural that Kent still holds the National Fruit & Nuts Collection at Brogdale and the image of Kentish orchards in bloom still represents The Garden of England worldwide.

Market Kitchen will be shown on UKTV / Good Food Channel at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 1st February

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1814166/

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

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A Brush with Britain 2010

Anne Carrington getting the Shell Ladies ready for their close up © Orion TV

Anne Carrington getting the Shell Ladies ready for their close up © Orion TV

Production Company: Orion TV/Discovery Channel

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, Margate 

A Brush with Britain follows watercolour artist Charles Evans as he paints some of Britain’s most inspirational landscapes and cities. In this new series Charles visits two of Kent’s beautiful towns, Faversham and Margate, in search of their rich history as well as capturing their beauty on canvas.

Charles Evans Painting on Location © Orion TV

Charles Evans Painting on Location © Orion TV

In Faversham, Charles examines the impact of hop picking on the town and pays a visit to the UK’s oldest brewery ‘Shepherd Neame’. He also takes time to go out on ‘Greta’, a boat depicted in a painting discovered in Faversham’s Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, showing the boat rescuing stranded soldiers at Dunkirk.

Charles then continues his journey to Margate; the seaside town famous for its connections with Landscape artist J.M.W Turner. Here he visits the site of the new Turner Contemporary Gallery,due to be complete in 2011, and visits resident sculptor Anne Carrington who’s creations made from shells are sold to celebrity clients such as Elton John. The programme also explores the vibrant history of Margate’s Theatre Royal as well as the ambitious new plans for the amusement park Dreamland which was originally opened in the 1800’s.

The historic market town of Faversham  has nearly 500 listed buildings and is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame. The area has many restaurants, shops and beautiful landscapes such as the picturesque Faversham Creek. Faversham has been previously seen on screen for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover(2013) and Our Food (2012).

Margate is a seaside town boasting a sandy beach, harbour, amusement park Dreamland, period housing and modern art gallery the Turner Contemporary. Previous filming here includes The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Coast (2014), Last Orders (2002) and many more.

The series begins on the Discovery Channel: Real Time on Saturday 9th January at 8pm with Margate following a week later on the 16th.

Links

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Great British Menu Series 5 2010

Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith & Matthew Fort © BBC

Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith & Matthew Fort © BBC

Great British Menu returns to our screens.

Production company: Optomen

Kent Filming Locations:   Reads restaurant and town centre, Faversham

The cookery competition returns for a fifth series. This time the country’s top chefs are competing to cook at a fabulous banquet to celebrate the very best local produce from across the land and the pressure is on, as the host will be HRH the Prince of Wales.

Each week, three chefs will battle it out in the kitchen for a chance to cook at the banquet and in a new twist, a veteran of the competition will also taste and score their dishes every day. Only two chefs can make it through to cook for the Great British Menu judges at the end of the week and one will go home.

This series starts in Scotland and filming moves to Faversham in Kent later on.

The beautiful, historic market town of Faversham is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek and boasts nearly 500 listed buildings. The area has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks and has been used for filming by projects including Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and Our Food (2012).

Great British Menu will be shown on BBC TWO at 6.30pm starting Easter Monday and running until Friday 9 April.

Links

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

For more information about Faversham visit: http://www.faversham.org/

For more information about the series visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rzl8d

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Summertime Blues (2009)

Francois Goeske and Sarah Beck as Alex and Faye sitting on a kitchen counter smiling to each other © Boxfish Films

Francois Goeske and Sarah Beck as Alex and Faye © Boxfish Films

Director: Marie Reich

Writer: Frederike Kopf

Production Company: Boxfish Films

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, Stodmarsh, Dover

Alex is a teenager whose life is thrown into turmoil following the announcement that his father’s new girlfriend is pregnant and his mother intends to move to England with her new partner and himself in tow.  

Karoline Eichhorn and Alexander Bayer in Summertime Blues

Karoline Eichhorn and Alexander Bayer in Summertime Blues © Boxfish Films

Summertime Blues chronicles Alex’s exile to a sleepy English village and his determination to return to his home-town of Bremen at the earliest opportunity. It’s not long, however, before he begins to make friends, notably Louie and Faye, who show him that life in the middle of nowhere isn’t all that bad. At a crossroads, Alex is torn between his life in Bremen and his new life in England.

In the height of summer 2008, Kent played host to the German production Summertime Blues. Looking for some of Kent’s most idyllic and romantic countryside locations, the crew came to the Film Office to aid them in their search. After weeks of deliberation the production company chose the beautiful market town of Faversham and the picturesque village of Stodmarsh for Alex’s quintessentially English home. Released in Germany this summer, there are unfortunately no current plans to bring the film to the UK.

The coastal town of Dover is home the port, connecting the UK with the European mainland, Dover Castle which towers above the town, signalling Dover’s strategic importance in the defence of the country and the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most recognised landmarks in Britain. Dover has been used for filming productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016) and On A Clear Day (2005).

Stodmarsh is a small village on the outskirts of the historic City of Canterbury. The Canterbury area has previously featured on screen in projects such as Rustom (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Links 

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

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

For  more information about Faversham visit: www.faversham.org

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245539/

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The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009)

The Hairy Bikers standing on the beach

The Hairy Bikers by the Sea © BBC

The Hairy Bikers rev up their motorbikes for another food inspired journey.

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Canterbury, Leeds Castle

Following their previous culinary trip which took Simon King and Dave Myers from the UK to Southern India, the Hairy Bikers are looking for inspiration closer to home. Visiting a new county in each episode, The Hairy Bikers Food Map of Britain sees Dave and Si challenging a local restaurateur to a ‘cook off’ in which the chefs have to create a new dish using produce sourced in the county. In Kent the Hairy Bikers challenge Michelin Star chef, David Pitchford.

No culinary tour of Britain would be complete without a visit to The Garden of England. So, the search for the perfect Kentish ingredients takes them to Brogdale in Faversham; which holds The National Fruit Collection. In addition to a food tasting session in Faversham, their journey took them to some popular locations that included Tiny Tim’s Tea-Room in Canterbury, where they sampled the shop’s famous cakes and pastries, along with their Kentish bread rolls based on a 300-year-old recipe!

And finally Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, provides the perfect backdrop for the bikers to get out their cooking utensils and create a traditional county dish.

Dave and Si are planning to visit all 89 counties on their journey but with our rich and varied local produce, we’re hoping that Kent will remain one of their favourites!

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns and coast locations.  Canterbury has been featured on screen in projects such as Love Your Garden (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

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. Leeds Castle has been used to film a variety of productions including The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Henry VIII (2003) and Lady Jane (1987).

The new series starts on BBC Two on Monday 24th August 2009 at 5.15pm and the episode featuring Kent will be aired on 1st September 2009 at 5.15pm.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00mgdgr

For more information about The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale: http://www.brogdalecollections.org/

For more information about Tiny Tim’s in Canterbury: http://tinytimstearoom.com/

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Countryfile (2009)

The presenters of Countryfile leaning on a gate

The presenters of Countryfile © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Filming Locations: Throughout Kent, including Water Lane Farm, the Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, Goods Shed in Canterbury, Parsonage Hop Farm, Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, and the Kent Wildlife Trust at Hem Fen site.

Countryfile has been firmly established on British television for over 20 years, dedicated to educating and sharing with audiences the subjects and sites of rural Britain. Often relating to the current affairs of the time and debating highly political subjects such as fox hunting, organic farming and the pressures on the rural crafts and trades.

And of course any series focussed on promoting the countryside and nature sites of Britain has to make a stop in Kent, the Garden of England.  In a new episode the popular weekly programme visits Kent to discover a wealth of activities and beautiful locations throughout the county.

In the episode, Julia tries her hand at hop farming and takes part in the annual hop harvest, meeting Tony Redsell at his hop farm in the village of Boughton- under- Blean just outside of Faversham. Jules meets the Dene family who own Water Lane Farm, and learns about apple harvesting and the delicious Chegworth Valley Juices produced on site.

It is a little known fact that Kent is the largest producer of cobnuts in the UK, so the team meet up with John Cannon, Chairman of The Kentish Cobnuts Association and owner of Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, to take a closer look at this humble hazelnut.

The next stops are Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, the Goods Shed in Canterbury, the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham and the Kent Wildlife Trust site of Ham Fen near Sandwich, where the team learns about the wild Konik ponies razing there.

 The hour long episode set in Kent will be shown on BBC One on Sunday 6 September 2009 at 7pm.

Links

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

For more information about Countryfile please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv

For more information about the Water Lane Farm and Chegworth Valley Juices please visit http://www.chegworthvalley.com/

To learn more about Roughway Farm please visit https://roughwayfarm.co.uk/

To learn more about Kentish cobnuts please visit http://kentishcobnutsassociation.org.uk/

For more information about the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham please visit http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/

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