The Mercy (2018)

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in The Mercy Official Poster close up of faces looking into distance

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in The Mercy (2018) ©Studio Canal

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss

Production Company: Blueprint Pictures

Kent Locations Used: Chatham Dockyard and Bewl Water

Colin Firth in The Mercy standing on boat with mast behind. He wears a pale blue shirt and cream trousers.

Colin Firth in The Mercy (2018 ) ©Studio Canal

The film tells the true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), a yachtsman who went missing during his attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race when he decided to turn his attempt into a disastrous attempt of travelling the world alone by sea.

Directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Shadow Dancer) and written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). The film stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy),  Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, Oz the Great and Powerful), David Thewlis (Wonder Woman, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

Rachel Weisz in The Mercy 2018. Rachel and 3 children stand against a harbour wall looking out to see.

Rachel Weisz in The Mercy 2018 ©Studio Canal

 

 

Some scenes were filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Bewl Water reservoir in Kent. The Historic Dockyard with its Victorian and Georgian architecture has featured in films such as Victoria and Abdul (2017) and Guy Ritchies’ Mr Holmes (2015). Bewl Water is the largest body of inland water in the South East and situated within the High Weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

 

The Mercy will be in theatres in the UK from the 9th February 2018.

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

For more information on film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3319730/?ref_=ttloc_loc_tt

For more information on locations used: https://www.bewlwater.co.uk/ http://thedockyard.co.uk/filminglocations/

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Call the Midwife Series 7 (2018)

Call the Midwife cast pictured in front of Nonnatus House

Call The Midwife Series 7 © BBC / Neal Street Productions

Call the Midwife cast return for a Christmas Special and Series 7

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Producer: Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas

Starring: Rebecca Callard, Anita Dobson, Tim Ingall, Arthur Wilde

Production Company: Neal Street Productions for PBS/BBC One

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Call the Midwife, the drama adapted from the top-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, returns to BBC1 with a festive special on Christmas Day. This year the setting is the Big Freeze of 1962-3, which was declared the coldest winter for 300 years bringing the East End of London to a standstill. Frozen pipes and power cuts caused by extreme weather conditions made it very difficult for our midwives to care for their patients in the local community.

Series Seven follows in the New Year, introducing West Indian Nurse, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), who brings new energy to Nonnatus House joining old favourites Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George). Nurse Lucille Anderson’s character gives an interesting insight into the experiences of Caribbean nurses who immigrated to Britain to help with the rapid growth of the NHS.

In June 2017, the production team filmed at their regular location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, which stands in for Poplar in the East End of London, using the Ropery for the external snowy street scenes and the exterior of the Old Pay Office where they filmed for both Series Seven and the Christmas Special.

Set on the River Medway, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location for period dramas offering Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Dockyard has previously featured in TV productions such as six-part BBC Two comedy series Quacks (2017), set during the early days of modern medical science in the 1840s, and The Halcyon (2017) for ITV, set in London in the 1940s.

Did you know that the  The Historic Dockyard Chatham runs Call the Midwife location tours? Find out more here http://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/call-the-midwife-location-tours/

The Call the Midwife 2017 Christmas Special was shown on BBC One at 7:40pm on Christmas Day.

Call the Midwife Series 7 airs on BBC One at 7.30pm on Sunday 21 January.

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

For more information on Call the Midwife visit:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1983079/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

For more information on locations used: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Queen Victoria sitting at table writing with Abdul standing next to hear looking down

Victoria and Abdul © Focus Features

Writer:  Lee Hall, based on the book Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Director: Stephen Frears

Starring: Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard

Production Company: BBC Films, Working Title Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Queen Victoria and Abdul walking on tree lined pathway

Victoria and Abdul © Focus Features

 

The BBC’s newest biopic feature, Victoria and Abdul, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) and her servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). The film is based on the book Victoria &Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, by Shrabani Basu.

Dame Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim (Fast and Furious 7 and 3 Idiots). The supporting cast include Olivia Williams

(The Sixth Sense and An Education), Michael Gambon (The Harry Potter Series and Sleepy Hollow), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie and Ocean’s Thirteen) and Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator and Pan).

The production filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on The HMS Gannet and the quayside adjacent to the ship.

With over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, spread over 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular filming locations. Some of the productions that have filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include, Call the Midwife (2012-present), Downton Abbey (2013) and Les Misérables (2013)

Victoria and Abdul will be released in cinemas on Friday 15th September 2017.

Links:

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

For more information on programme/film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5816682/

For more information on locations used: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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SS-GB (2017)

Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY) © Sid Gentle Films

Writers: Robert Wade and Neal Purvis

Starring: Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, Aneurin Barnard, Rainer Bock, Jonathan Cass, James Cosmo, Maeve Dermody, Lars Eidinger, Kit Connor and James Northcote

Production Company: Sid Gentle Films, BBC

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyards Chatham

Set in the 1940s, in an alternate world where the Germans won the Battle of Britain, BBC’s new five part series SS-GB follows Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley), who is investigating a murder in German-occupied England. The gripping new drama is an adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1978 novel and will be split into five parts.

Writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis both studied Film and Photographic Arts at the University of Kent. Since then they have forged a successful career writing screenplays together, with their first success being the controversial drama Let Him Have It (1991). Both writers have also co-written five James Bond films, including Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), which was the UK’s highest grossing movie!

Archer (Sam Riley) and Harry Woods (James Cosmo) standing in a room

Episode 1 Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY), Harry Woods (JAMES COSMO) © Sid Gentle Films

SS-GB brings together a fantastic cast including, Sam Riley (Maleficent, Control), Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns), Aneurin Barnard (Citadel, The Truth About Emanuel), Rainer Bock (War Horse, Inglorious Basterds and Unknown), Jonathan Cass (Transformers: The Last Knight, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), James Cosmo (Braveheart and Troy), Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Marcella), Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria, Everyone Else), Kit Connor (Get Santa, Mr Holmes) and James Northcote (The Imitation Game).

Exterior street scenes were shot at The Ropery and Anchor Wharf and also around the church and South Stables. The Tarred Yarn store was featured as a mortuary and there was also a small scene in The Commissioners House garden.

Set over 80 acres with more than 100 Victorian and Georgian buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular film locations and has previously been used for the BBC TV series Call The Midwife (2012-present), The Crown (2016) and most recently The Halcyon (2017).

SS-GB premiers on Sunday 19th February 2017 at 21:00pm on BBC One

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

For more information on programme/film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4939950/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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Call the Midwife Series 6 (2017)

Valerie Dwyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) helping a man from a burning building

Call The Midwife series 6 Valerie Dwyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) © BBC/Neal Street Productions

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Director: James Larkin

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Bryony Hannah, Ben Caplan, Emerald Fennell, Charlotte Ritchie, Judy Parfitt, Harriet Walter

Production Company: Neal Street Productions, BBC

Kent Locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Back for a sixth series is popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The show follows a group of Midwives working in the East End of London between the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.

The news series picks up from the 2016 Christmas special, where the midwives return from their South African adventure to find Sister Ursula (Harriet Walter) will remain in charge of Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter). Whilst dealing with the changes, they help a heavily pregnant mother whose husband has just been released from prison whilst Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) struggles with anxiety following an attack.

Call the Midwife is created and is written by Heidi Thomas (Ballet Shoes, I Capture the Castle) and directed by James Larkin (City Slacker, Wolf Hall).

The series is narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact) and stars Helen George (The Three Musketeers, The Monster), Jenny Agutter (The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier), Bryony Hannah (Jupiter Ascending, Cemetery Junction), Ben Caplan (RocknRolla, Leap Year), Emerald Fennell (The Danish Girl, Anna Karenina), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Siblings)  Judy Parfitt (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Syndicate) and Harriet Walter (Sense and Sensibility, The Young Victoria).

The Call the Midwife once again returned to The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they filmed street scenes, the tennis courts and interior scenes at the Tarred Yarn Store and the Commissioners House.

A midwife leading a group on the Call the Midwife tours at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

Call the midwife tours at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a varied location which is set over 80 acres and boasts over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, dry docks, industrial spaces and plentiful parking. Projects that have previously filmed here include Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) among many others.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham also runs Call the Midwife tours with new dates added for 2017. Find out more here: http://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/call-the-midwife-location-tours/

Call the Midwife series 6 will start on BBC One on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 20:00.

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118t80

For more information on locations used: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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The Halcyon (2017)

The Halcyon cast standing in a hall

The Halcyon © ITV

Writer: Charlotte Jones

Starring: Kara Tointon, Steven Mackintosh, Alex Jennings, Olivia Williams, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Hermione Corfield, and Matt Ryan

Production Company: Left Bank Pictures, ITV

Kent Locations Used: The Ropery and Anchor Wharf at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Set in the 1940s, ITV’s The Halcyon charts the lives of staff and guests in a five-star hotel during World War II. The story is told from the point of view of Joe O’Hara (Matt Ryan), an American journalist and illustrates how the war permeated all areas of London life; be it that of the guests seeking an escape from the war or the forbidden love affair of the hotel’s resident jazz singer, Betsy (Kara Tointon). Samuel Sim’s soundtrack punctuates the action with sultry jazz tunes, and will be released the day the show airs.

The Halcyon brings together an incredible ensemble cast, including Kara Tointon (Eastenders, The Sound of Music Live!), Alex Jennings (The Queen, Babel) and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, An Education), Steven Mackintosh (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Sope Dirisu (Undercover, Humans) and Matt Ryan (Constantine, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour).

Exterior scenes of bombed London streets were shot at The Ropery and on Anchor Wharf, at  The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.

Set over 80 acres in the Medway area of Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has more than  100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously welcomed filming from The Crown (2016), Partners in Crime  (2015) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows  (2011).

The Halcyon premiered on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 21:00 on ITV

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week1/halcyon

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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Close To The Enemy (2016)

Kathy Griffiths (PHOEBE FOX), Brigadier Wainwright (ROBERT GLENISTER) sitting in a car

Kathy Griffiths (PHOEBE FOX), Brigadier Wainwright (ROBERT GLENISTER) © BBC Little Island Productions

Writer and Director: Stephen Poliakoff

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, August Diehl, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Alfred Molina

Production Company: Little Island Productions in association with Endor Productions

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Dieter Koehler (AUGUST DIEHL) standing by an army vehicle

Dieter Koehler (AUGUST DIEHL) © BBC Little Island Productions

Set in the aftermath of the Second World War, Close To The Enemy tells the story of Captain Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), an intelligence officer who is given the task of recruiting captured German scientist Dieter (August Diehl), to work for the RAF on the development of the jet engine by the British army.

The seven part series is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing on the Edge, The Lost Prince) and stars Jim Sturgess (Deception, Spike Island), August Diehl (Le jeune Karl Marx, Come What May), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, The Journey), Charlotte Riley (In the Heart of the Sea, Edge of Tomorrow), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Love is Strange).

The Close To The Enemy production team chose to film at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on HMS Cavalier, inside and outside Slip 3 and the upper floors of the Ropery which doubled as the arrival halls at the docks.  They also used a drone to fly across the river where the boat arrives.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres and contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. Previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham was Call the Midwife (2010 – 2016), Downton Abbey (2013) and The Golden Compass (2007) among others.

Close To The Enemy starts on Thursday 10th November 2016 at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082sy3q

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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The Crown (2016)

The Crown poster Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) looking down wearing a crown

The Crown © Netflix

Writer: Peter Morgan

Directors: Stephen Daldry, Benjamin Caron, Philip Martin, Julian Jarrold

Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow

Production Companies: Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television Production UK

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Crown is a Netflix Original ten part historical drama series focusing on the reign of the young and newlywed Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy). The series promises a world full of intrigue and revelations from behind the closed doors of Westminster and Buckingham Palace as The Queen steps up to represent the world’s most powerful monarchy and forge a relationship with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) during the dissolution of the British Empire.

Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) writes The Crown which is said to be the most expensive series to be produced by Netflix, estimated at £100 million. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours), Benjamin Caron (Wallander, Scott & Bailey), Philip Martin (Prime Suspect: The Final Act, Hawking) and Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots) direct various episodes of the series.

The cast includes Claire Foy (Wolf Hall, Little Dorrit), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mad Men), Vanessa Kirby (About Time, Everest) and John Lithgow (Interstellar, Shrek).

The Crown production team chose to visit Kent to film at The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they filmed a dockside scene on Anchor Wharf after building part of the side of a ship.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham dates back to the 17th century and contains over 100 buildings from the Georgian and Victorian periods. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location that has previously featured on screen in Suffragette (2015), Downton Abbey (2013) and Les Miserables (2013).

The first series of The Crown is released on Netflix on Friday 4th November 2016.

Links:

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

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

To watch The Crown: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80025678

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Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016)

Time machine at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Time machine at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © BBC South East

Production Company: BBC South East

Kent Locations Used: Sandgate, Folkestone, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, St Clere Estate, Sevenoaks

To mark H.G. Wells’ 150th birthday, Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells, presented by Dominic Sandbrook, discovers how a sleepy corner of the country inspired some of the most fantastic ideas in science fiction.

The BBC South East production team filmed at Sandgate beach and Wells House in Folkestone, The Historic Dockyard Chatham which is doubles as The Time Machine Workshop and St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. They also filmed in East Sussex, Surrey and London.

Folkestone is a seaside town with an elegant clifftop promenade, a lower coastal park, a fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. The area has featured in a wide range of productions including The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Lifeline (2012) and Is Anybody There? (2009).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. It has been used extensively for filming, appearing in productions such as Rustom (2016), Partners in Crime (2015) and The World is Not Enough (1999).

Set across 2,800 acres of the rolling Kent countryside, St Clere Estate offers stunning views of the North Downs. The house itself was built in 1630 and has some fine architectural examples of the Caroline era. St Clere Estate has been previously featured on screen in Road Games (2016) and The Mirror Crack’d (1980).

Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells will air on Friday 16th September 2016 at 19.30 on BBC One South East can be found wherever you are in the country: Sky Channel 963, FreeSat 959, Freeview 858.

Links:

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

For more information on programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w13lz

For more information on Folkestone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

For more information on St Clere Estate: http://stclere.co.uk/

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Level Up (2016)

Level Up poster - animation of a man holding a gun

Level Up poster © Fulwell 73, Independent, Quickfire Films

Writers: Adam Randall, Gary Young

Director: Adam Randall

Starring: Josh Bowman, Neil Maskell, William Houston, Leila Mimmack

Production Company: Fulwell 73, Independent, Quickfire Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Level Up is a thriller about Matt (Josh Bowman), a young, unambitious man whose world changes instantly when his girlfriend is kidnapped. Forced to make his way across an increasingly sinister London, Matt tries to save his girlfriend, but will he succeed?

Written by Gary Young (Harry Brown, Vera) and Adam Randall (iBoy, Hooded), who also directs, the film was produced by Danny Potts (Piggy, The Guvnors) and stars Josh Bowman (Revenge, Prowl), Neil Maskell (Humans, The Football Factory), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans), Leila Mimmack (Home Fires, High-Rise) and Christina Wolfe (Need for Speed, Fury).

The production largely filmed in London but also visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent where they used a warehouse in the ropery for the final scenes of the film where Matt (Josh Bowman) looks for his girlfriend.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres with more than 100 period buildings, dry docks, submarines and period streets.One of Kent’s most popular film locations, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in Rustom (2016), Mr Turner (2014) and Oliver Twist (2007).

Level Up is available on DVD and online download.

Links:

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

For more information on film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4447108/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_2

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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