Donovan Slacks (2007)

Ashley Penrose as Donovan Slacks

Ashley Penrose as Donovan Slacks © Scott Robinson

Writer/Director: Kivmars Bowling

Production Company: Dog Animal Films

Kent  Filming Locations: Margate

Donovan Slacks on Set © Scott Robinson

Donovan Slacks on Set © Scott Robinson

Filmed predominantly in Margate, with a largely local cast, Donovan Slacks tells the story of a hospital patient who discovers the bitter truth about his past and leads a fishermen’s uprising against the Government.

Donovan Slacks (Ashley Penrose), is based on the real life leader of a militant fisherman’s uprising on the Kent coast in the 1920’s.  Shot partly as a silent movie, partly as a talkie, it mixed Super-8 film with digital video to great effect. The movie received backing both from Screen South and the UK Film Council.

Despite working on a micro budget, the production managed to recreate 1920’s Britain complete with a cast of over 75, vintage cars, trains, bathing machines, cliff stunts, and battle scenes.

Margate is a seaside town with a pleasant mix between a charming Old Town and modern architecture such as the Turner Contemporary. Traditional theme park Dreamland has also reopened in the town. Margate has been used as a film location in a number of productions including Coast (2015), Edge of Heaven (2014) and True Love (2012).


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