The Medusa Touch (1978)

 

The Medusa Touch Movie Poster © Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

Directed By: Jack Gold

Written By: Peter Van Greenaway (novel), John Briley (screenplay)

Starring: Richard Burton, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura

Production Company: Coatesgold, Incorporated Television Company (ITC)

Kent Filming Locations Used: Herne Bay & Reculver

The Medusa Touch is the chilling tale of a man with a gift for disaster. Richard Burton (Cleopatra, Where Eagles Dare) is John Morlar, a man with astonishing powers of telekinesis. When French detective Brunel (Lino Ventura-Army of Shadows) is tasked with investigating John Morlar’s murder whilst on assignment with Scotland Yard, he discovers that the victim is not as dead as he first appears. Working with Morlar’s psychiatrist Doctor Zonfeld (Lee Remick- The Omen), the detective reconstructs Morlar’s mysterious life.

It is in the childhood memories of John Morlar that Kent makes its debut. The “Welcome Hotel”, where Morlar and his parents spend their holidays, stands in the coastal town of Herne Bay. Although the Hotel may have been fictional, the building remains the same. Spanning numbers 37-40 Central Parade in Herne Bay, the building is now a row of residential properties next to the Royal British Legion Headquarters.

On their holiday the family also visit the nearby Reculver Towers for a seaside picnic. It is in this scene that Morlar first makes use of his powerful telekinetic abilities.

Although the film was released in 1978, the Reculver Towers have stayed unchanged and are. a distinctive landmark on the Kent Coast They are the  remains of a 12th Century church that once stood there among the ruins of a Roman Saxon Shore fort and a Saxon monastery,  and part of  Reculver Country Park which is a Special Protection area due to its rare cliff top meadows and the yearly migrating birds.

The nearby coastal town of Herne Bay offers two miles of seafront lined with café’s, amusement arcades and fish and chip shops,  all overlooked by  stunning examples of Victorian Architecture. In true spirit of an English seaside town, brightly coloured huts line the beach and the location is popular with tourists every summer. The town is home to several antique shops and hosts one of Kent’s biggest markets every Saturday. Productions that have filmed in the area include  Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The Medusa Touch 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 Reculver Towers: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/reculver-towers-and-roman-fort/

For more information about Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Herne-Bay.aspx

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


Green Grow the Rushes (1951)

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at Romney Marsh

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at Romney Marsh © A.C.T. Films Ltd

Director: Derek N. Twist

Writer: Howard Clewes

Stars: Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman, Richard Burton

Production Company: Association of Cinema Technicians (A.C.T.)

Kent Locations Used: New Romney, Romney Marsh

British comedy film Green Grow the Rushes is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Howard Clewes. Captain Biddle (Roger Livesey) smuggles alcohol along with Robert (Richard Burton), who poses as a fisherman, but when a reporter, Meg (Honor Blackman), arrives in town as well as a group of Government officials investigating the lack of farming on the marshes, will their scheme be exposed?

The film is directed by Derek Twist (Police Dog, Rx For Murder, All Over the Town) and stars Roger Livesey (The Entertainer, A Matter of Life and Death, The League of Gentlemen), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger,The Avengers, Bridget Jones’s Diary) and a young Richard Burton (Anne of the Thousand Days, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Where Eagles Dare).

Green Grow the Rushes was filmed in New Romney and on Romney Marsh which double as the town and marshland.

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at New Romney

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at New Romney © A.C.T. Films Ltd

Romney Marsh is a unique landscape boasting over 100 square miles of woodland, wetlands plus sand and shingle shores. On the edge of Romney Marsh sits its principal town, New Romney. The area has been used as a filming location for projects such as The Honourable Woman (2014), Great Expectations (2011) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963).

Green Grow the Rushes was released in November 1951 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/tt0043601/

For more information about Romney Marsh: http://theromneymarsh.net/villagesMM

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