Ginger and Rosa (2012)

 

Ginger (right, Elle Fanning) and Rosa (left, Alice Englert)

Ginger (right, Elle Fanning) and Rosa (left, Alice Englert) © Artificial Eye Publicity

Director: Sally Potter

Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening

Production Company: BBC Films, British Film Institute, Det Danske Filminstitut

Kent locations used: Dengemarsh Sound Mirrors, Lydd on Sea, Lade Beach, Greatstone, Lydd Ranges, Lydd, Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey

Ginger and Rosa is directed by Sally Potter and tells the story of two teenage girls living in 1960’s London under the threat of nuclear war due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This coming of age story is a tale of friendship, desire, determination and the struggles of growing up.

The inseparable friends take different paths in life. Ginger, played by Elle Fanning (Super 8, We Bought A Zoo) becomes involved in anti-nuclear demonstrations while Rosa, played by emerging talent Alice Englert, is more interested in boys.

L-R Elle Fanning, Timothy Spall, Annette Bening and Oliver Platt

L-R Elle Fanning, Timothy Spall, Annette Bening and Oliver Platt © Artificial Eye Publicity

Supporting Fanning and Englert is an A-list cast, including Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter), Oliver Platt (X Men: First Class)  and Annette Bening (American Beauty).

The Ginger and Rosa crew filmed at many locations in Kent, including the unique and striking sound mirrors on Dengemarsh, which look out over the shingle desert and were built in the late 1930’s for the early detection of enemy aircraft before the discovery of radar.

The production also used Lade Beach and boardwalk which is near the Romney Sands and changes from shingle at low tide to sand and mudflats as the water recedes. Also featured in the film are nearby Lydd Ranges, a military training facility.

Locations on and around the Isle of Sheppey were also used for various boating scenes, including a floating jetty at Queenborough jetty and the Swale estuary for the open water shots.

Ginger and Rosa was released in cinemas on 19th October 2012 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: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2115295/

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

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


The Sweeney (2012)

 

The Sweeney Movie Poster - Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and singer and actor Ben Drew aka Plan B as George Carter

The Sweeney Movie Poster © Vertigo Films / Embargo Films Production

Writers: Nick Love, John Hodges

Director: Nick Love

Producer: Allan Niblo

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew (aka Plan B), Damien Lewis and Hayley Atwell

Production company: Vertigo Films

Kent Locations used: Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough, Sheerness

The popular 70’s British police drama series The Sweeney has been remade into a star-studded must see feature! Expect an action packed thrill ride with car chases, fight scenes and a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure!

Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and singer and actor Ben Drew aka Plan B as George Carter © Vertigo Films / Embargo Films Production

Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Ben Drew aka Plan B as George Carter © Vertigo Films / Embargo Films Production

The movie follows two hardened Flying Squad detectives in London’s Metropolitan police. Ray Winstone (The Departed, Last Orders) plays Detective Inspector  Jack Regan and singer and actor Ben Drew aka Plan B (Adulthood, Harry Brown) plays his loyal partner George Carter. Armed and dangerous, the pair tackle a bank heist and with the re-appearance of an old enemy will do whatever it takes to get the job done – even if it means defying orders of no nonsense ‘Guv’ Damian Lewis (The Escapist, Homeland).

Directed by Nick Love (Outlaw, Football Factory), the film has many familiar faces including Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avengers, The Duchess), Alan Ford (Snatch), Kara Tointon (Eastenders), and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey).

The Sweeney team in action hiding behind a car with guns

The Sweeney team in action © Vertigo Films / Embargo Films Production

The production visited the Isle of Sheppey  to film a dramatic high-speed car chase using the Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming. The chase also features a caravan park near the Minster Cliffs in Queenborough.  The Top Gear team assisted with filming the car chase scenes, which was featured in an episode earlier this year.

The Isle of Sheppey is in North Kent and boasts beautiful landscapes and coastlines as well as harbour towns and wildlife reserves.  The island is a popular destination for tourists as it has many holiday parks surrounding the beaches. The Isle of Sheppey has been seen on screen before on The Hide (2009), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Don’t Get Done Get Dom (2012).

 

Don’t miss The Sweeney which is set for cinema release on September 12th 2012.

Links:

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

For more information on the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0857190/

For more information about The Isle of Sheppey:  http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp

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


Our Food (2012)

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Upchurch, Chatham, River Medway, Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough,  Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent Life, Faversham, Whistable, Romney Marsh

In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.

The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marsh sheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.

The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and Ethnobotanist James Wong (Countryfile).

During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visits Kent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marsh to learn about the lives of shepherds.

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 Favershamarea has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent and has beautiful landscapes such as the RSPB Elmley Marshes and coastline.  Queenborough is a delightful harbour town on the Isle of Sheppey, with an impressive maritime history. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

Chatham is part of historic Medway and has many unique filming locations including Fort Amherst and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods. Productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Rustom (2016), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene. Projects that have also filmed in the area include Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

Romney Marsh is a diverse landscape perfect for walkers and cyclists and has featured in Parades End (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

This programme is a must see for all foodies, don’t miss the Kent episode on BBC2 Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 20:00.

Giles Coren © BBC

Giles Coren © BBC

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/programmes/b01flrfl

For more information about Faversham: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp#Faversham

For more information about The Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-sittingbourne/9186

For more information about Chatham: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/chatham

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

For more information about the Kent Life Museum: http://www.kentlife.org.uk/

For more information on Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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