The Crimson Petal and The White (2011)

 

Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and The White @ BBC

Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and The White @ BBC

 

A four-part adaptation of Michel Faber’s international best-selling novel about Victorian Life.

Starring: Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss.

Production Company: Origin Pictures, Cité-Amérique

Kent Filming Locations: Eastgate HouseThe Historic Dockyard Chatham

In this four-part tale of love, lust, desire and rage, Victorian life is revealed in a way never seen before on screen.

The tale takes viewers into a hidden world in which a young prostitute and a prominent businessman embark on a dangerous relationship with epic consequences.

This version of Michel Faber’s novel, The Crimson Petal and The White, has been adapted by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target, The Danish Girl) and directed by Marc Munden (Touching Evil, Utopia).

The four part series stars; Romola Garai (Atonement, Suffragette), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, This Is 40), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall), Richard E Grant (Withnail & I Downton Abbey), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary), Amanda Hale (Bright Star, Persuasion) and Mark Gatiss (Match Point, Sherlock).

The production visited Kent where they filmed on location at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Eastgate House in Rochester.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location in Kent due to its authentic period backdrops, including cobbled streets and Georgian as well as Victorian architecture. Victor Frankenstein (2015)Grantchester (2014), and The Golden Compass (2007) have previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Eastgate House, situated on Rochester High Street, was formerly a large private town house. Built by Sir Peter Buck; it has now been restored and is owned by Medway Council. Productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015),  BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in Rochester.

The Crimson Petal and The White will be shown on BBC Two on Wednesday 6th April at 21.00 

Links

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zxc4d

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

For more information about Eastgate House visit: http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/localhistoryandarchives/museums/eastgatehouse.aspx

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Jack The Ripper – The Definitive Story (2011)

 
Film street scene at Chatham Historic Dockyard © Jeff Leary

Street scene at Chatham Historic Dockyard © Jeff Leary

In this two-part docudrama, the famous investigations into the Jack The Ripper crimes are examined in a new way using re-enactments and computer technology.
Production Company: Bulls Eye Lantern
Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Courtyard Studios
Jack The Ripper: The Definitive Story takes viewers on a journey to recreate the famous police investigations and examine the notorious killings for themselves.
The two-part docudrama uses witness statements, coroner reports, actor re-enactments and CGI technology to reconstruct 3D virtual environments.  It delves into history and reconstructs what actually happened on the night of each murder, taking viewers back in time to Victorian Whitechapel and dispelling the myths that still surround the case to this day.
Filming took place in Kent at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Courtyard Studios.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location and has been used for television and film for more than 20 years.  Its credits include big screen pictures Children of Men (2006), The Golden Compass (2007) and Oliver Twist (2007).
Courtyard Studios is located near Maidstone and offers access to 5,500sq ft of state of the art studio facilities.  
 Jack The Ripper aired on Channel 5 in 2011. 
Links
For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel5.com/shows/jack-the-ripper-the-definitive-story
For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/
For more information about Courtyard Studios: http://www.courtyardstudios.co.uk/
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Veer 2010

Zarine Khan as Princess Yashodhara © Eros International

Zarine Khan as Princess Yashodhara © Eros International

Director: Anil Sharma

Writers: Salman Khan

Stars: Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff

Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester Castle

Set in 1875 and starring Bollywood legend Salman Khan as Veer, this is the love story of an Indian warrior under the British Raj. With the arrival of the British, Indian Kings and Nawabs entrust their treasured kingdoms to the foreigners. Not so Veer. Being a member of the Pindari, he prefers death to dishonour and decides to fight the invaders.

Salman Khan as Veer walking down a street with horse and carriages

Salman Khan is Veer © Eros Entertainment

The stakes are raised when he falls in love with Princess Yashodhara (Zarine Kahn), daughter of a British collaborator and his sworn enemy, played by Jackie Shroff.  Veer takes on the might of the British Empire and its allies not only for justice, but also to win his true love.

Salman Khan, who wrote the story for the film, gained one and half times his body weight to fit the role.  Over 20 years in the making, Khan’s hard work and determination finally paid off when he completed his ‘dream project’.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided the perfect period location for Director, Anil Sharma, to stage a funeral sequence, a winter scene and a Victorian Street, all within its grounds.

Rochester Castle became the romantic backdrop for a musical sequence complete with horse and carriage.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres on part of the site of the former royal/naval dockyard at Chatham. The site boasts 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, cobbled streets and a Cold War submarine and Victorian ropery. Previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include The Crown (2016)Great Expectations (2012) and Wayfaring Stranger (2008).

Rochester Castle is a 12th Century Castle which prides itself on being one of the best preserved castles in England. The castle is set in beautiful gardens and overlooks the River Medway and has been used for filming by ITV’s Rugby World Cup Opening Titles (2015) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).

Veer is out on DVD.

Links

For more information about the film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185412/

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit http://www.chdt.org.uk/

For more information about Rochester Castle: http://www.visitmedway.org/attractions/rochester-castle/8208

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes Poster - Robert Downey Jr

Sherlock Holmes Poster

The Victorian Sleuth returns to our screens in an all action film

Director: Guy Richie

Writer: Simon Kinberg, Anthony Peckham

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Kelly Reilly

Production Company: Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Wigram Productions

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Boxing day 2009 saw the release of the new Sherlock Holmes movie directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Fans expecting a classic ‘Sherlock’ adaptation complete with smoking pipe and deerstalker hat will be disappointed. This interpretation of Holmes is fast paced and action filled, taking its cue from modern graphic novels.

Based on an unpublished comic book by Lionel Wigram, the film features

Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr Watson (Jude Law). Set in 1891, the film sees Holmes and Watson trying to stop Lord Blackwood’s (Mark Strong) conspiracy to destroy Britain. To thwart this deadly plot, Sherlock’s brilliance and intellect are called upon alongside some newly acquired skills:bare knuckle and sword fighting.

Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper) and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word, Invictus) and starring Robert Downey Jr (Zodiac, Iron Man) and Jude Law (Cold Mountain, Alfie). Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook), Mark Strong (Body of Lies, The Young Victoria), Eddie Marsan (V for Vendetta, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles.

Ritchie and the all star cast came to The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film parts of the movie. The Historic Dockyard Chatham proved to be an ideal location with its cobbled streets, industrial buildings and authentic Victorian architecture. If you watch carefully you will notice the following locations.

  • Punchbowl Pub interior: fight scene
  • Punch Bowl pub exterior: various characters entering the pub
  • Main Gate (the seal): entering the prison to see Blackwood
  • Hemp House 3: Hanging of Lord Blackwood
  • Ropery courtyard: Prison exterior scene with Holmes and Watson locked up in the prison yard
  • Chain and Cable shed: chase scene with hansom cabs before the slip 7 scene where the ship enters the Thames
  • Slip 7: The fight with Dredger around the ship in slip 7
 

Behind the scenes image of the shipyard at Ship 7 at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Behind the scenes image of the shipyard at Ship 7 at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

 

Behind the scenes image of the exterior of the Punch Bowl Pub at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Behind the scenes image of the exterior of the Punch Bowl Pub at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham remains a top Kent filming location due to its unblemished historical surroundings, authentic backdrops, cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture. It has previously been used in productions such as BBC’s Oliver Twist (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and Vanity Fair (2005).

Sherlock Holmes was released in cinemas on December 2009 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 visit http://www.warnerbros.com/sherlock-holmes

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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Wayfaring Stranger (2008)

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of a house

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O’Connell) © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

Director:  Richard West 

Writer:  Billy MacKinnon & Richard West 

Production Company: Screen South, Sentinel Entertainment

Kent Filming Locations: Whitstable, The Old Neptune pub, The Kings Ferry Bridge, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Wayfaring Stranger was filmed entirely in Kent and examines the less than easy relationship between young offender and aspiring comedian Bobby (Jack O’Connell) and his drifter dad, Ronnie (Christopher Fulford). Released from a spell in prison, much to his surprise and disgust, Bobby is picked up by his Father.

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of Chatham Dockyards which doubles as a Prison

Chatham Dockyards doubles as the Prison © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

A touring musician, Ronnie abandoned his wife and son for the warmth of Bangkok and pursued a singing career. Appearing in local pubs and sleeping in his trusty van, Ronnie sees an opportunity to reconnect with his son by attempting to incorporate him in his act.

A recipient of Screen South’s Digital Short award, Wayfaring Stranger was shot at various locations throughout Kent including Whitstable at The Old Neptune pub and  The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the Kings Ferry Bridge.

The grand entrance gates complete with the coat of arms of George the Third at The Historic Dockyard Chathamproved to be the ideal double for the prison doors through which Bobby’s is released from incarceration.  

A local institution in Whistable, The Old Neptune pub is located on the sea wall, giving it a fantastic view across the estuary. The pub is no stranger to fame and fortune as it was Peter Cushing’s local haunt and the Landlord boasts ‘Why not have a special meal; Peter O’Toole did in the Movie Venus?’

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.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab(2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Set over 80 acres is The Historic Dockyard Chatham which contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. A popular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has featured in Close To The Enemy (2016), Rustom (2016) and Mr Turner (2014).

Links:

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

For more information about Screen South’s Digital Shorts Scheme: http://www.screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=920

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

For more information about The Old Neptune pub: http://www.neppy.co.uk/index.html

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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The Bank Job (2008)

Jason Statham standing in a train door

Jason Statham in The Bank Job © Lionsgate Films

Writer: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Director: Roger Donaldson 

Production Company: Mosaic Media Group , Relativity Media, Skyline, Atlas Entertainment, Omnilab Media

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Starring Jason Statham (The Italian Job, The Transporter) and Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal, Enigma), The Bank Job is inspired by true events. When Martine, an attractive model from Terry’s old neighbourhood, offers information on a bank, Terry finds that it is too tempting to resist.

By tunnelling their way into the bank, the crew not only walked away with a jackpot of over £3 million, but more importantly, stumbled upon scandalous Royal secrets. Almost as soon as the daring heist hit the headlines, the government fearing the release of the uncovered secrets put in place a gagging order that has shrouded the true nature of this crime for over thirty
years.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided the ideal double for a London railway station of the 70’s, as well as the post office scene in the closing stages of the film.

Set over 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a poplar location for filming having previously featured in Rustom (2016), Downton Abbey (2013) and The World is Not Enough (1999).

The Bank Job was released in cinemas on 29th February 2008 and is now available 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/tt0200465/

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.chdt.org.uk/Home

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Sally Lockheart – The Shadow in the North (2007)

The Shadow in the North logo

The Shadow in the North © BBC

 

Director: John Alexander

Starring: Billie Piper, JJ Field, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Matt Smith, Hayley Atwell

Production Company:  BBC, NOVA/WGBH Boston

Kent Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) in period clothing

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) © BBC

The Shadow in the North is the second of the Sally Lockheart Mysteries and follows Sally, who, with the help of her detective friends, investigates her client’s losses of vast sums of money due to a vanished steam ship. The team find out that a mysterious stage magician and a psychic medium are part of the mystery, along with a very old enemy of Sally’s.

This BBC TV Movie is the second Sally Lockheart Mystery and is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by English author Philip Pullman.

Starring many familiar faces including Billie Piper (Doctor Who, A Passionate Women), JJ Field (The Musketeers, Captain America: The First Avenger), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, The Sweeney)and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Rush, Stardust).

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham doubled as the exterior of North Star Castings gun shop, as well as London street scenes.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham boasts many interesting features such as the HMS Cavalier, period buildings, cobbled streets and newly reconstructed smithy. Many productions have been shot at this location including Dom Hemingway (2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Oliver Twist (2007).

The Shadow in the North was shown on the BBC in December 2007 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 programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008mfcn

For more information on the Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Oliver Twist (2007)

 

Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy and Sykes standing in a street

Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy and Sykes © BBC

 

Directed By: Coky Giedroyc

Produced By: Kate Harwood, Sarah Brown & Coky Giedroyc

Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & Sarah Phelps (Adaptation)

Starring: Timothy Spall, William Miller, Adam Arnold, Tom Hardy, Sophie Okenedo, Rob Brydon

Production Company: BBC, WGBH

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

In the latest adaptation of Dickens’ Classic tale, the story of young orphan Oliver Twist is faithfully recreated by the BBC whilst delivering a modern and thrilling edge that is sure to entice audiences.

After the death of his mother, Oliver Twist (William Miller) is thrown into poverty and misfortune. Left to the mercy of the workhouse, he is routinely tormented with cruelty and starvation by the local Beadle, Mr. Bumble, and the workhouse employees.  When daring to ask for more food, Oliver is famously cast out of the orphanage and must make his own way in the world.

After narrowly escaping the clutches of his new guardians, owners of a local funeral parlor, Oliver walks the many miles to London. On arriving in the city he is found by the Artful Dodger (Adam Arnold), a pickpocket and the most senior of Fagin’s (Timothy Spall) gang. Experiencing kindness for the first time in the form of the beautiful Nancy (Sophie Okenado), girlfriend to the villainous Bill Sykes (Tom Hardy), Oliver is soon drawn in to the darker and seedier side of life in Victorian London.

Oliver Twist (Otherwise known as The Parish Boy’s Progress) is the second novel of renowned author Charles Dickens. Noted for its unromantic portrayal of criminals in London, the novel exposed the cruel treatment of children during the time.  The novel has been the subject for many adaptations on stage and screen, the most famous being Carol Reed’s musical Oliver! starring Ron Moody as Fagin and Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes.

Directed by Coky Giedroyc (Carrie’s War, Stella Does Tricks) and adapted by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders, The Casual Vacancy), starring Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, Mr. Turner), William Miller (Runaway, The Kid), Adam Arnold (Hibernation, The Bill), Tom Hardy (Inception, Locke), Sophie Okenedo (After Earth, Hotel Rwanda) and Rob Brydon (Black Books, Gavin & Stacey)

Kent welcomed the production when it was filmed in 2007 to The Historic Dockyard Chatham which was the location used to shoot one of the most famous lines of Dickens’ literary history “Please Sir, I want some more”.  The Tarred Yarn Store at The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a Grade II listed building and was used to recreate the famous workhouse scene in the film.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location, having previously welcomed productions such as The Golden Compass (2007), The Mummy (1999) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Charles Dickens’ father, who was the inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, worked at The Historic Dockyard Chatham as a clerk in the Naval Pay Office from 1817 to 1822. The young Dickens would often accompany his father on trips downriver from Chatham to Sheerness on the Naval Pay Yacht “Chatham”. This inspired Dickens and instilled in him a love for the sea and rivers which would later feature in some of his novels.

First shown in 2007 in five episodes on BBC1, this adaptation is now available on DVD.

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/b008m6b8

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

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Amazing Grace (2007)

William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) in the House of Commons showing a scroll of names that have signed the petition against slavery

Amazing Grace © Roadside Attractions

Director: Michael Apted

Writer: Steven Knight

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai and Rufus Sewell.

Production Company: Walden Media, Ingenious Film Partners, Bristol Bay Productions,Ingenious Film Partners

Kent Filming Locations: Historic Dockyard Chatham

Amazing Grace follows the journey of idealist William Wilberforce as he manoeuvres his way through Parliament, endeavouring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Directed by Michael Apted (Chasing Mavericks, The World is Not Enough) from an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Dirty Pretty Things)Ioan Gruffudd (Titanic, Fantastic Four) leads a cast including Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Good Shepherd), Albert Finney (Ocean’s Twelve, Big Fish) and Rufus Sewell (Hercules, The Illusionist).

The film portrays how Wilberforce, supported by his confidant John Newton (Albert Finney) and William Pitt the Younger (Benedict Cumberbatch), England’s youngest ever Prime Minister, spoke out against slavery and fought for the freedom of others.

Dockyard Church transformed into House of Commons set

Dockyard Church transformed into House of Commons set © Chatham Dockyard

Amazing Grace House of Commons

Amazing Grace House of Commons © 2007 Momentum Pictures. All rights reserved

 

The church at the Historic Dockyard Chatham was transformed for the film to recreate the 18th century House of Commons.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is set over 80 acres and contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings. It has previously been used as a film location for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2014) Amazing Grace (2007) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

Amazing Grace was released on 23rd March 2007 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery and is now available on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about Amazing Grace

For visitor information at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

For information about filming at the Dockyard

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The Golden Compass (2007)

 

Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter and Dekota Blue Richards as Lyra

Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter and Dekota Blue Richards as Lyra © 2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

Director: Chris Weitz

Writer: Philip Pullman (novel), Chris Weitz (screenplay)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ian McKellen

Production Company: New Line Cinema, Ingenious Film Partners, Scholastic Productions, Depth of Field

Kent Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Adapted from the novel Northern Lights, first in Philip Pullmann’s best-selling His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is about orphaned tomboy Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) lives with her uncle Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) in a world where people’s souls manifesrt as animal companions called daemons.

When Lyra’s friend, Roger, is kidnapped by Gobblers, she vows to rescue him. Help comes in the shape of an offer from the enigmatic Mrs Coulter (Nicole Kidman) and the priceless gift of an alethiometer, a golden compass. This device answers truthfully to any question it is asked, but first Lyra must learn how to decipher its mysterious symbols.

 

Behind the scenes image at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Behind the scenes image at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham © Visit Kent

 

Behind the scenes image at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham © Visit Kent

Behind the scenes image at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham © Visit Kent

 

Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra at the docks © 2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra at the docks © 2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

 

Daniel Craig stars as ‘Lord Asriel’ © 2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

Daniel Craig stars as ‘Lord Asriel’ © 2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

The sequence The Landing of Lyra and the Gyptians at the fictional Norwegian port of Trollesund was filmed at the Historic Dockyard Chatham . When Lyra first disembarks at the town of Trollesund, she did, in fact, step straight into the dockyard, where the Mast Houses and Mould Loft were dressed to look like the town’s harbour. CGI mountains were added to the background to create the illusion that the town has a fjord setting.

The meeting between Lyra and Lee Scoresby (Sam Elliot) was set in the impressive Slip 3, a great domed space built in 1838 which at the time of its construction was the largest timber structure in Europe.

Philip Pullman’s trilogy was first published in 1995 and won critical acclaim in the form of the coveted Carnegie Medal for Children’s fiction. The novels draw their inspiration from Milton’s Paradise Lost and like Harry Potter; have attracted their fair share of controversy.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham boasts a variety of buildings with period features ranging from Georgian to Victorian, right up to modern day and is becoming a popular film location and has been used by productions such as Sherlock Holmes (2009), Oliver Twist (2007) and Children of Men (2006).

The location is in the care of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, an independent charity whose task is to restore and preserve this important part of Britain’s national heritage.

The Golden Compass was released in cinemas in 2007 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For information about the film:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385752/

For visitor information about the The Historic Dockyard, Chatham visit http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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