BBC Gardeners’ World (2017)

Rachel De Thame, Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift standing looking at camera

BBC Gardeners World © BBC

Production Company: BBC Bristol

Kent Locations Used: Dungeness

In Episode 16 of the hugely popular BBC Gardeners’ World 2017, presenter and horticultural expert Joe Swift, visits a garden in Dungeness, a large shingle desert on the Kent coast to explore how these challenging conditions can be overcome when designing a garden.

Dungeness is a unique location which includes ramshackle huts as well as two light houses, a historic railway station, two pubs and artist galleries along with a nuclear power station. Previous projects that have filmed there include Walks With My Dog (2017) and Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016),

BBC Gardeners’ World airs on BBC Two on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 9pm


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Still from 'Lost Village'

Still from ‘Lost Village’

On Tuesday 12th May, LAMDA (the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) will be screening five shorts, all set in Whitstable, at the Curzon in Soho.

Four professional writers were commissioned by LAMDA to write five short films, which graduating actors on the Foundation Degree in Professional Acting star in. As well as being directed and edited by industry professionals, the films were supported by students on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Foundation Degree.

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.

Still from Driftwood

Still from ‘Driftwood’

The films examine a range of different topics and situations all centred around the coastal town. Bride of Blood is a tale of love; a gothic couple taking a romantic break to Whitstable. Meanwhile, Driftwood identifies directly with the students as Ella finishes university and struggles with her friendships. Ebb and Flow presents a divide in friendships and finding an unexpected body on the beach. House of Dreams presents two characters inheriting a huge sum of money and their decision on whether they should buy their dream house. Lastly, Lost Village explores four people divided by personalities and differences.

The five shorts are screened as part of the students’ final year degree programme.

Many well-known actors have graduated from LAMDA demonstrating its reputation for finding and developing talent. Alumni include Benedict Cumberbatch (2015 Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominee for The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominated for the 2014 Best Actor Oscar for 12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (nominated for the 2015 Best Actor Golden Globe for Selma).

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.


Tickets cost £5 and are available for purchase from Wednesday 6th May at noon by calling the Box Office on 020 8834 0550 or online via the LAMDA website.




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Rosie Tremain’s Novel ‘Sacred Country’ to be adapted into a film by Kent filmmaker Jan Dunn

Merryn Pearse as Mary with air rifle and wearing fur hat

Merryn Pearse as Mary in the promo for Scared Country

Influenced and fuelled by her own experiences in the LGBT community, multi award winning filmmaker, Jan Dunn, has adapted Rose Tremain’s bestselling novel ‘Sacred Country’ into a screenplay, which she aims to make into a film shot on location around Kent. Dunn’s screenplay is a sensitive, colourful and often humorous account of protagonist, Mary Ward’s personal journey to become Martin.

Mary grows up in rural 1950s and 60s Britain and her life is interwoven with her changing and complex personal relationships as well as the political changes in post-war Britain. Jan Dunn describes it as a time where ‘the concept of family, tradition and loyalty slowly became obsolete and unnecessary, when a new generation began to pursue their dreams and live them, with or without familial approval.’

The film recounts the story of Mary’s initial discovery: ‘I am not Mary. That is a mistake. I am not a girl. I am a boy,’ to her transition and fight to become Martin; a topic rarely touched on the big screen.

Bringing this vision to life is Jan Dunn, a Kent based independent filmmaker, (Gypo, Ruby Blue, The Calling) and producer, Pippa Cross (Bloody Sunday, Shooting Dogs,). They are sending out a call to arms from individuals, LGBT groups, fans of the novel and anyone who feels that this heartfelt, poignant and important story should be made into a film to contribute to their Indiegogo campaign and get this film from page to screen.

Having already attracted  a BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated cast including Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies, Little Voice, Saving Grace, Pride and Prejudice), Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter, Southcliffe) and Jamie Winstone for the part of Mary (Made in Dagenham, Kidulthood), Sacred Country has huge ambition and needs your help to lift it off its feet.

Sacred Country is running an Indiegogo campaign where you can donate and keep up to date with the film’s progress. They have a goal of £50,000 and would appreciate any donation big or small, providing a number of rewards for your support.

Quadrangle Film Festival tickets on sale now!

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Quadrangle Film Festival tickets on sale now!

Dates: 14th-16th September 2012

Price: £80/£60 concessions 

After a successful debut in 2011, the Kent based Quadrangle Film Festival returns to give young filmmakers a chance to attend workshops, screenings and discussions where ideas are exchanged with a wide variety of talents ranging from students to professional documentary filmmakers.

It is an intimate festival, set in Shoreham amongst the delightful Kent countryside where the only thing to pitch is your tent. 

The Quadrangle Film Festival is a retreat experience for the documentary old guard, the student vanguard, and everyone in between –  where the documentary form is questioned and challenged, where ideas are exchanged and hopefully we come away inspired and rejuvenated. 

Special guests will be attending the festival to contribute to discussions and present their own work. This event is a must for documentary makers and lovers!

Don’t miss out on the second year Quadrangle Film Festival at the Quadrangle Trust to celebrate the craft of documentary filmmaking, book your tickets now!  

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The Quadrangle Film Festival is being supported by the Kent Film Office, the Grierson Trust, Goldsmiths University and the Quadrangle Trust.