Gangsters, Guns and Zombies (2012)

Gangsters, Guns & Zombies movie poster

Gangsters, Guns & Zombies movie poster © LMV Productions

Director: Matt Mitchell

Writer: Matt and Taliesyn Mitchell

Starring: Vincent Jerome, Huggy Leaver, Fabrizio Santino, Cassandra Orhan, Frank Rizzo, Charlie Rawes

Production Company: LMV Productions

Kent Locations: Swanscome and Whitstable

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies is a horror film about Q (Vincent Jerome), a getaway driver for a group of gangsters who finds himself up against an unexpected enemy when his latest job coincides with the start of a zombie apocalypse.

The film is directed by Matt Mitchell (Quackers, The Rizen) and stars Vincent Jerome (Need to Know, The Few), Huggy Leaver (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Fast & Furious 6), Fabrizio Santino (Captain America: The First Avenger, Hollyoaks) Cassandra Orhan (It Never Sleeps, Breathe), Frank Rizzo (Doghouse, Run Away with Me) and Charlie Rawes (Skiptrace, Olive Green).

The production visited Kent where they filmed at Manor Way Business Park in Swanscombe which the location for the first safe-house visited by Q and the gang before it is attacked by zombies. The business park was also used as a stand in for an abandoned hospital and car park.

Gangsters, Guns & Zombies screenshot © LMV Productions

Gangsters, Guns & Zombies screenshot © LMV Productions

Whitstable Harbour also features heavily in the film’s climax involving Q and the other survivor’s desperate attempts to seek a boat in order to escape the country.

Swanscombe is a town in the Dartford district of Kent which is a historic market town with a rich industrial heritage and Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Don’t Tell the Bride (2013), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Oscar winning Short Film Wasp (2003) have previously filmed in the Dartford area.

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.

This film was originally released in cinemas on 2nd October 2012 and is now available to buy on DVD or through online purchase.

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2151633/

For more information about Dartford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

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

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A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010

Mark Gatiss © BBC

Mark Gatiss © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Harbour Street and Cushing View in Whitstable

League Of Gentlemen star and Doctor Who writer, Mark Gatiss, celebrates the horror film in this new three-part series for BBC Four.

The series looks at the genre by examining the golden age of Hollywood horror of the thirties and forties and looking at some of the iconic films directed by Englishman James Whale.

In the second episode, Mark highlights changes in the genre with the 1958 remake of Dracula and saw the move from black and white films to colour and the introduction of an element of sex.  The second episode features scenes filmed in Whitstable, home of horror legend Peter Cushing.

Finally, the series looks at the gritty and graphic new wave of horror films; from Night Of The Living Dead in 1968 to the movie Halloween ten years later – the first of the great slew of Slasher films to dominate the next decade. Mark details the shifts in the horror genre, and meets leading film-makers from the era.

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.  Whitstable has been used for filming projects including Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

A History of Horror will be shown on BBC Four, Monday 11 October

Links

For more information about the series visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2010/08_august/25/visualarts.shtml#panel1

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Coast (2009)

The Presenters of Coast in front of the sea

The Presenters of Coast © BBC

More explorations of the UK coastline by the popular team

Production Company: BBC, The Open University
Kent Locations: Whitstable, Redsand Forts

BBC’s seven Coast presenters will once again don their cagoules and walking boots to traverse the UK’s glorious and diverse coastline.

In this series, the experts visit Kent where they taste the delights served at the Whitstable Oyster Festival and visit the distinctive Redsand Forts

The annual festival commemorates Whitstable’s heritage as an Oyster fishing port which dates back to Norman times and is one of the quintessentially British events in any seaside calendar. These days, a week-long regatta is only one of many other attractions, such as parades, live music and, of course, oyster eating!

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).

The Redsand Forts, located just off the coast of Whitstable, were built during World War II to defend the coast around the Thames Estuary from potential air attacks. The seven towers are interlinked by bridges and have since played a part in the development of oil platforms and hosted resident artists,an offshore radio station as well as many film projects, including Blue Peter and a Prodigy music video!

The new series of Coast starts on BBC 2 on the 14th July 2009 at 8pm  

Links

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

For more information about the series Coast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/coast/

For more information about the Whistable Oyster Festival: http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/

For more information about the forts and Project Redsands: http://www.project-redsand.com/

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The Man Behind the Masquerade (2009)

Kit Williams holiding the Golden Hare sculpture

Kit Williams and the Golden Hare © BBC and Thane Bruckland

Documentary reuniting Kent born artist Kit Williams with the Golden Hare

Production Company: BBC
In 1979, Kit William’s children’s book ‘Masquerade’ was published. The meticulously illustrated book gave clues to the whereabouts of an object hidden by Kit. This was supposed to be a great treasure in the shape of a jewel encrusted Golden Hare.. It was hidden in a plain ceramic sculpture, also depicting a hare.

The release of the book triggered a publicity storm that saw people digging up gardens and land all over Britain in their quest to find the priceless hare. Consequently, the book was a huge success and the Golden Hare was eventually found in the summer of 1982 by Ken Thomas. The Hare was later sold at auction for £31,900.

Kit was vilified by his fellow artists who felt that his credibility had been tarnished by the hunt for the hare. The BBC Four programme looks at the effect of the book on Kit Williams and his career and includes interviews with the elusive artist, as well as reuniting him with the Golden Hare for the first time in 30 years.

Kit Williams was brought up in Kent and re-visited the county and the locations that inspired him during filming. When Kit lived in Whitstable, he wrote messages on pieces of driftwood before sending them out to sea, a scene dramatised in Littlestone, at the edge the Romney Marsh, another landscape that inspired the young artist. The beautiful church St Thomas A Beckett at Fairfield, as well as Walland Marsh feature in the programme. The Marsh Tableaux were recreated on the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve near Canterbury.

The programme will be aired on BBC Four on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 9pm.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p5wpv

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The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008)

The Cast of Things I Haven't Told You by the seafront

The Cast of Things I Haven’t Told You by the seafront © Tiger Aspect/BBC Three

Writer: Lisa McGee

Director: Marcal Fores

Starring: Elizabeth Day, Nathalie Lunghi, Sophie Loftus, Haruka Abe, Mark Adams, Ryan Sampson and Lenora Chrichlow

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Herne Bay, Whitstable, King Ethelbert School in Birchington

 Elizabeth Day as Aisling Hunter and Nathalie Lunghi as Geri West in school uniforms in a school coridor

Elizabeth Day as Aisling Hunter and Nathalie Lunghi as Geri West © Tiger Aspect/BBC Three

The Things I Haven’t Told You is a BBC Three drama which follows six adolescents attempting to make their way through the traumas of being a teenager.

When super popular Geri West and barely average girl Aisling Hunter suddenly become friends, everyone is suspicious. What does Aisling know about Geri and what does she want in return for her silence?

Then Aisling disappears after a bizarre car accident.  Immediately rumours abound: was it really an accident or was it deliberate?

Starring Elizabeth Day, Nathalie Lunghi, Sophie Loftus, Haruka Abe, Mark Adams, Ryan Sampson and Lenora Chrichlow and Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers).

The filming took place in the summer of 2007 and King Ethelbert School in Birchington, Whitstable and Herne Bay are featured.

Whitstable and Herne Bay are popular seaside destinations for Londoners on day trips. Herne Bay is a traditional pebble stone beach flanked with quaint and picturesque beach huts whilst Whitstable has a traditional fishing harbour. Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Venus (2007).

Birchington is a coastal village near to Margate which is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. The Carer (2016), Free Speech (2014) and Exodus (2007) have previously used the Margate area for filming.

Things I Haven’t Told You was shown on BBC Three at 9pm on 17th March 2008.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk
For more information about Things I Haven’t Told You: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009hmcw
For more information about the Canterbury area visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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Venus (2007)

Peter OToole and Jodie Whittaker in front of a painting of Venus

Peter OToole and Jodie Whittaker in front of a painting of Venus © Buena Vista International Photo Credit Nicola Dove Eyebox

Writer: Hanif Kureishi

Director: Roger Michell

Starring: Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, Beatrice Savoretti, Jodie Whittaker

Production Company: Miramax, FilmFour, UK Film Council, Free Range Films

Kent Filming Locations: Whitstable and The Old Neptune Pub

From the director of Notting Hill (Roger Mitchell), Venus marks the return of Peter O’Toole and Leslie Phillips (Maurice and Ian respectively) to the big screen and  is the tale of two aging thespians who never quite hit the big time. When not working, they spend their days bickering until their lives are disrupted by Ian’s grand-niece Jessie (Jodie Whittaker) coming to stay.

Whilst she annoys Ian, Maurice is completely captivated by Jessie and proceeds to show her London’s sights. Spending time together, both learn valuable lessons from the other. Maurice soon realises that despite his age and experience he knows very little of the world and worldly wise Jessie learns the value of respect for herself and others.

A Kentish seaside town provided the location for Maurice’s last trip. After an accident, Maurice realises how frail he is and decides to return to his childhood haunts. Accompanied by Jessie, he is able to dip his toes one last time into the sea at Whitstable.

Landlord of The Old Neptune Pub Dixie Flynn said: ‘We had a great time when they filmed here last year – one of the locals was asked to sit in on one of the scenes. I expect all of us at the pub will go and see it and have a few more drinks. I heard Peter OToole on the radio saying he doesn’t care about an Oscar nomination, but he wants an Oscar. We all hope he gets it.’

The film has won numerous accolades and Peter O’Toole gained a “Best performance by an actor in a leading role” Oscar nomination for his role in the film.  O’Toole and Leslie Philips were both nominated for Baftas, for Best Actor in a leading role and best actor in a supporting role respectively.

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.

Venus was released in cinemas in 2007 and is now available to purchase on DVD.

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

For more information about Venus visit: http://www.venus-themovie.com/

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

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

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Tipping the Velvet (2002)

Rachel Stirling and Keeley Hawes are sitting together in their victorian under garments infront of a large red curtain. The text Tipping the Velvet is in white italic writing above them.

Tipping the Velvet © BBC

 

Production Company: Sally Head Productions

Starring: Keeley Hawes, Rachael Stirling, Anna Chancellor, Sally Hawkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville

Kent Locations used: Whitstable, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Tipping the Velvet is a BBC television drama serial based on Sarah Waters best-selling  novel of the same name. Set in the 1890’s, the story focuses on  the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes) and Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling).

The series stars many familiar faces including Rachael Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsman, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Keeley Hawes (Death at a Funeral, The Bank Job), Anna Chancellor (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Dreamers), Sally Hawkins (All or Nothing, Layer Cake), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris).

 The production team visited Whitstable which doubled as the coastal village where Nancy Astley (Rachael Stirling) lives with her family before she leaves for London and The Historic Dockyard Chatham which was used for the London street scenes.

 

Photograph of a handful of the production team standing on the jetty on Whitstable beach.

Production team at Whitstable © Kent Film Office

 

Rachel Stirling dressed in a red victorian style dress is walking under an umbrella being held by a member of the production team. They are walking down a narrow street in Whitstable surrounded by small white houses.

Rachel Stirling on set © Kent Film Office

Whitstable is a traditional seaside town renowned for its Oysters, which are integrated into its rich history and culture. Whitstable has been used previously for other TV and film projects such as Cook Me the Money (2013), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Venus (2007).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a very popular filming location due to  its varied Victorian and Georgian period architecture a and has previously welcomed productions such as Mr Selfridge (2013-2014), Les Miserables (2012) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

Tipping The Velvet was shown in 2002 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 Tipping the Velvet please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/tippingthevelvet/

For more behind the scenes images:http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_The_Scenes_at_Whistable_for_Tipping_The_Velvet_.html

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

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

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