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/


Coming Up: Ben and Lump (2012)

Ben and Lump on Sheerness Beach

Ben and Lump on Sheerness Beach © Channel 4

 

Writer: Tom Wells

Director: MJ Delaney

Starring: Lewis Reeves, Thomas Turgoose

Production Company: Ideal World Productions, Touchpaper Television

Locations used: Sheerness, The Isle of Sheppey

Coming Up is Channel 4’s annual talent initiative for British writers and directors. Seven short, original dramas will be shown over the summer to showcase up-and-coming talent and launch them into the field.

Ben and Lump, written by Tom Wells, is a short film starring Lewis Reeves and Thomas Turgoose (This is England). Ben, who returns home for Christmas after his first term at university, and best friend Lump, who can’t find a job so his dad is pushing him to join the army, find that their lives are heading in different directions: Can their friendship survive?

Ben and Lump

Ben and Lump © Channel 4

The crew visited The Isle of Sheppey and filmed in various locations in Sheerness, including the beach, promenade and high street.

Coming Up is now in its eleventh year, and previous participants have shot to success including Nicole Taylor who showcased ‘Emo’ in 2008 and went on to write popular shows such as Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Ashes to Ashes and recently Scott and Bailey.

Sheerness is the principal town of The Isle of Sheppey and has a heritage formed by it’s industrial port as well as it’s  beaches, drawing many summer visitors to the island. Previous productions that have filmed in the area include Top Gear The Sweeney (2012), Our Food (2012) and The Hide (2009).

Coming Up – ‘Ben and Lump’ is the second short film and will be shown on Monday 9th July 2012 on Channel 4 at 23:05.

Links

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

For more information on this programme visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2260144/

For more information about Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey visit: 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/


Don’t Get Done Get Dom (2012)

Dominic Littlewood © BBC

Dominic Littlewood © BBC

Production Company: Flame Television

Kent locations used: Sheerness

Don’t Get Done Get Dom is a consumer series presented by Dominic Littlewood who helps members of the general public that have been mistreated by some well-known  companies. In the Kent episode, Dom helps a family from Sheerness who had a bad experience with a national travel agency. Will Dom be able to get compensation from the company and more importantly an apology?

This episode features three families whose holidays were severely disrupted, and all three travel agents claimed that the circumstances were “out of their control” therefore were not responsible for any losses.  Dom takes on the three companies: Thomson, Thomas Cook and TravelSphere.com to see if he can get them to accept some responsibility and compensate the families.  Dome also investigates who decides which destinations are unsafe to travel to.

Throughout the show Dom tests the knowledge of the general public when it comes to consumer rights. He also teaches someone how to get a better deal on a product or service, which gives them more confidence in making deals with the store assistants and managers.

Dominic Littlewood has fronted many consumer shows including Cowboy Builders, Postcode Lottery and he also regularly presents features on The One Show. Don’t Get Done Get Don is in its sixth series and has been running since 2006, and Dom has taken on major companies such as Nationwide, EDF Energy, Carphone Warehouse and many more.

Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, which is in north Kent. Sheerness regularly wins the blue flag for its clean beaches it also has lots of pubs, restaurants, shops and heritage attractions. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

The Kent episode entitled “Disaster Holiday Zones” airs on BBC1 at 11am on 18th April 2012.

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/b0070tc5

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

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