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).


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/

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