Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots seen standing in the dark in a long dress, with a maids at each side

Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots ©Universal Pictures

 

Writer: Beau Willimon

Director: Josie Rourke

Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie

Production Company: Universal Pictures International

Kent Locations Used: Penshurst Place

Historical drama Mary Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart and tells the story of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), Queen of France, who becomes widowed at 18, defies pressures to remarry and instead, returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. However, when Mary’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Margot Robbie), fails, she is condemned to years of imprisonment before finally facing execution.

The film was directed by Josie Rourke and written by Beau Willimon and  stars Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Brooklyn) and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan).

Filming took place at Penshurst Place in Sevenoaks, with lead actress Saoirse Ronan featuring in scenes set in the Baron’s Hall and the Inner Courtyard. The medieval Baron’s Hall also features at the start of the official trailer as a backdrop for Mary’s execution. The solemn procession of spectators waiting to witness Queen Mary’s execution was staged in the Inner Courtyard.

Penshurst Place is a 14th Century Manor House with preserved interiors, including the unique medieval Baron’s Hall as well as eleven acres of Elizabethan walled gardens. Previous productions using this location were The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Mary Queen of Scots will be released in UK Cinemas on Friday 18th January 2019.

Links:

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

For more information on Mary Queen of Scot visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328900/

For more information on Penshurst Place visit: www.penshurstplace.com

For more information on Sevenoaks visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks-district/

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

 


Catastrophe Series 4 (2018)

Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob (Rob Delaney) cast from the series. The two are sitting on a rock by the side of the road, looking up to the sky.

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney ©Channel 4

 

Writers: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Director: Ben Taylor

Starring: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Chris Noth

Production Company: Avalon Television

Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Catastrophe, Channel 4’s popular comedy series,  follows the lives of American Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) his Irish wife from Ireland who first met on a business trip to London. The latest series catches up with them four years after they first met as Rob tackles his alcoholism and we see its impact on their relationship. It also includes the fictional funeral of Mia (Carrie Fisher), Rob’s mother as actress Carrie Fisher who sadly passed away after the filming of Series 3.

Starring Sharon Horgan (Game Night, Moone Boy) as Sharon Morris, Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2, Action Team) as Rob Norris, Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Take Down) as Chris, and guest starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) and Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Tyrant).

Filming for Mia’s funeral took place at Beacon House in the seaside town of Whitstable, which doubled as a house in Boston. The house is situated above a natural promontory, called The Street, which stretches out to sea for about half a mile. Another location used in Whitstable was The Lobster Shack, which is located at the edge of the harbour with stunning sea views.  Whitstable is a popular filming location and previous productions include Wayfaring Stranger (2008), The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008), and Mr Turner (2014).

The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells also featured in the new series and doubled as Boston. This area with shops, bars and live music offers a great shopping experience. The buildings, some of which are over 400 years old, still have some original features, though the overall impression is of a Georgian terrace that plays host to events from farmers markets to live Jazz and Christmas fairs. Royal Tunbridge Wells is credited in films and TV series such as The Royals Season 4 (2018) and Four Weddings (2010).

The Channel 4 comedy will run over six episodes, the first of which is expected to air on 7th January 2019 at 10pm on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information about Catastrophe please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4374208/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

For more information about Whitstable please visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/info/37/whitstable

For more information about Beacon House please visit: http://www.thebeaconhouse.co.uk/index.html

For more information about The Street: https://www.coolplaces.co.uk/places/uk/england/kent/whitstable/1767-the-street

For more information about the Lobster Shack: https://www.thelobstershack.co.uk/

For more information about Royal Tunbridge Wells please visit: https://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

For more information about The Pantiles: http://thepantiles.com/

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

 


The Favourite (2019)

 

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite ©Fox Searchlight

Writer: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz

Production Company: Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment

Kent locations Used: Knole

The Favourite had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in August 2018 where it won two awards. The film is a historical comedy-drama and is set in early 18th Century England. The story follows the life of dysfunctional monarch, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Anne’s close friend and lover, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), who effectively rules the country. However, her efforts to control Anne are undermined when Sarah’s impoverished younger cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) comes to work for Anne as a maid and the two women vie for Queen Anne’s favour.

Emma Stone as Abigail in The Favourite

Emma Stone as Abigail in The Favourite ©Fox Searchlight

The film was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Starring are Olivia Colman  (The Crown), Emma Stone (La La land), Rachel Weisz, and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Knole Park was used as the exterior of Westminster Place in a carriage scene that sees our protagonists abused by the peasantry. Sadly, we think this scene may have ended up on the cutting room floor, but do let us know if you spotted it!

Knole in Sevenoaks is the last medieval deer park in Kent surrounding a 600-year-old estate which has previously doubled for The Palace of Westminster during Tudor Times. Other features that filmed at Knole included The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Burke and Hare (2010) and Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011).

The Favourite will be released in UK cinemas on 1st January 2019.

 

Links:

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

For more information on The Favorite visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5083738/?ref_=ttco_co_tt

For more information about Knole Visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

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


Holmes & Watson (2018)

Movie poster of Holmes and Watson (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly)

Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Watson (John C. Reilly) ©Columbia Pictures

 

Writer:Etan Cohen​

Director: Etan Cohen

Starring: Will Ferrell​, ​John C. Reilly​, Ralph Fiennes

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Gary Sanchez Productions, Mosaic Media Group, Mimran Schur Pictures

Kent Locations Used​: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Holmes & Watson is a comedic revision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries and his famed literary characters, detective Sherlock Holmes (played by Will Ferrell​) and his sidekick, Dr John Watson (played by John C. Reilly​). The pair join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace and learn that they have just four days to stop their arch enemy, Professor Moriarty (​Ralph Fiennes)​, or the queen will become his next victim.

The film was written and directed by Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3 and Tropic Thunder), and stars Will Ferrell(​Anchorman,​ Zoolander, Step Brothers), ​John C. Reilly​ (Step Brothers,Guardians of the Galaxy, We Need to Talk About Kevin​) and ​Ralph Fiennes​ (The Grand Budapest Hotel​, ​Schindler’s List, Harry Potter​).

Holmes & Watson​ features much of ​The Historic Dockyard, Chatham​. Numerous exterior shots around the site were used, including the interior of the Tarred Yarn Store as a bar, the interior of the Ropery, external street scenes around the Ropery and Anchor Wharf, as well as external street scenes around Officers Terrace.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham has been used in an array of productions such as Mr. Holmes (2015), Partners in Crime (2015), and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014).

Holmes & Watson​ will be released in UK cinemas on 26​th​ December 2018.

Links:

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

For more information on Holmes & Watson please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255919/

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham please visit: 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/

 


Call the Midwife Christmas Special and Series 8 (2018)

 

Image of four of the Nurses and Midwives featuring in the Call the Midwife Special 2018

Nurses and Midwives featuring in the Call the Midwife Special 2018 ©BBC ONE

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Starring: Victoria Yeates, Jennifer Kirby, Leonie Elliot, Linda Bassett, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Ella Bruccoleri, and Mirriam Margoyles

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The long running BBC period drama Call the Midwife is back! The series follows the lives of nurses & midwives working in the East End of London during the 1950s and 60s. Series 8 will begin with a Christmas Special on Christmas Day. The first official episode of series 8, consisting of eight episodes in total, will then air on Sunday 13th January 2019 on BBC One at 8pm. We can expect to see familiar faces along with some new characters as everyone tries to look forward following the tragedy which occurred at the end of the last series.

The Christmas Special for series 8 sees the usual team reunited with Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Jennifer Kirby (Nurse Valerie Dyer), Leonie Elliott (Nurse Lucille Anderson), and Linda Bassett  (Nurse Phyllis Crane). As well as Helen George (Nurse Trixie Franklin), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), and newcomer Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), and guest-star Miriam Margoyles (Sister Mildred).

In line with the previous series, Call the Midwife will continue to make use of the settings of The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. Various locations around the Dockyard featured heavily in the series. For example, Anchor Wharf which featured as the dockyard, the Ropery streets which featured as streets in Poplar, Admirals Offices as Maternity Home, the exterior of the Ropery as a Paint Factory, South end Ropery were used in driving scenes for Sargent Wolf, and Hemp House cellars as the Sings basement flat.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location and has been featured in many other productions throughout the years, including Vanity Fair (2018), Suffragette (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Victor Frankenstein (2015) to name but a few.

The Christmas Special will air on Tuesday 25th December BBC One at 7.45pm.

Links:

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

For more information on Call the Midwife visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118t80

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

 


The Lost Commando Raid (2018)

 

 

The Lost Commando Raid ©BBC South East

The Lost Commando Raid ©BBC South East

 

Starring: Toby Jones, Phil Eyden

Production Company: BBC South East

Kent Locations Used:  Dover

BBC documentary film The Lost Commando Raid was inspired by Phil Eyden’s book, Dover’s Forgotten Commando Raid, and tells the story of Operation Abercrombie, a WWII raid led by Lord Lovatt on the French Town of Hardelot in 1942.

Narrating is BAFTA winning actor Toby Jones (Dr Who, Captain America, The Detectorists), as amateur historian Phil Eyden discovers mysterious graffiti in a supposedly abandoned fort in Dover that leads him to the story of a long-forgotten commando mission. The documentary includes interviews with Phil Eyden, as well as some of the relatives  of the commando’s taking part.

Production filmed in and around Dover at various locations, including the Drop Redoubt and the Grand Shaft at Western Heights, St Margaret’s at Cliffe, as well as at Discovery Park, where production filmed historian Phil Eyden using a microfilm reader and talking about Dover’s role in WWII.

Dover is the site of the famous White Cliffs of Dover and has been used in various productions such as Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (2018), Secret Britain (2016), Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016), and Time Team Special (2009).

The Lost Commando Raid will air on Friday 14th December 2018 at 7.30pm on BBC South East.

Links:

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

For more information on The Lost Commando Raid visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bts8p7

For more information on Dover visit: https://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Explore/Dover/Dover.aspx

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

 

 

 


River Walks (2018)

 

Presenter JB Gill pictured in the countryside with greenery behind him as he walks along the river

JB Gill Presenting on River Walks ©BBC

 

Presenter: JB Gill

Production Company:

Kent Locations Used: Godinton, Canterbury, Pegwell Bay

River Walks, a new BBC series, will showcase eleven spectacular walking routes across England, broadcast parallel in the Regions. Each episode will reveal how the waterways have shaped the local landscape, history and culture, with celebrity guests suggesting routes for picturesque walks.

Presenting the Southeast episode will be JB Gill (Down on the Farm, Songs of Praise). Other famous faces to explore England’s scenic riverbanks include Rachel Johnson and her father Stanley Johnson (I’m A Celebrity… 2017), as well as broadcaster Stuart Maconie and actress Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street).

The series includes a walk along the Kentish Stour,  starting at its source in Godinton in the district of Ashford and following it through the historic city of Canterbury and ending at Pegwell Bay in Thanet.

Previous filming that has taken place across the Stour Valley includes Country File (2012) which filmed in Ashford, Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018) in Canterbury, and Fantasy Homes By the Sea (2018) in Thanet.

River Walks starts on BBC One South East Channel on Monday 10th December at 7:30pm.

Links:

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

For more information about River Walks please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0btrpht

For more information on the River Stour visit: https://www.kentishstour.org.uk/major-projects-2/the-stour-catchment/englands-historic-river/

For more information on Godinton please visit: http://godintonhouse.co.uk/

For more information on Canterbury please visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information on Pegwell Bay please visit: https://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/things-to-do/pegwell-bay-p358721

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

 


Tulip Fever (2018)

Tulip Fever (C) Worldview Entertainment

Writer: Deborah Moggach (Novel), Sir Tom Stoppard

Director: Justin Chadwick

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Jack O’Connell, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison

Kent Locations Used: Cobham Hall

Tulip Fever is a film adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) romantic novel of the same name, set during tulip mania in early 17th century Amsterdam. The story focuses on artist Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) who falls in love with Sophia (Alicia Vikander), a married young woman when he is commissioned to paint her portrait.

The film is directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader) with Sir Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Enigma) adapting the novel for the big screen.

The film stars a wealth of talent including Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl), Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Paper towns, Pan), Jack O’Connell (Money Monster, Skins), Christoph Waltz (Spectre, Django Unchained) Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lawless), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Birdman), Judi Dench (Skyfall, Philomena), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Jane Eyre) and Matthew Morrison (Glee, Music and Lyrics).

The production filmed in Kent at Cobham Hall between April and July of 2014 where they transformed a wing at the school into a 17th century Amsterdam Gracht. The production constructed the waterway from scratch, complete with barges and donkeys crossing humpback bridges. The school’s courtyard was also used as the brewery yard in the story.

Cobham Hall is a private boarding school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland. Inside is a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall is a popular filming location with productions such as Hetty Feather (2015-2016), The Great Fire (2014) and Wild Child (2008) having previously filmed here.

Tulip Fever also features in the Kent Film Office Tudor(ish) Trail which celebrates Kent’s Tudor history and film connections.

Tulip Fever is released in cinemas on Friday 7th December 2018.

Tulip Fever is available on DVD.

Links:

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

To discover The Tudor(ish) Trail: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/tudorish-trail/

For more information about Tulip Fever please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491203/

For more information about Cobham Hall please visit: http://www.cobhamhall.com/

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


Fantasy Homes by the Sea – Series 7 (2018)

Image of presenter Michelle Ackerley leaning against colourful sheds

Presenter Michelle Ackerley ©UKTV Really

Writer: Jayne Hibbitt-Smith

Starring: Michelle Ackerley

Production company: Hat Trick

Kent locations used: Broadstairs, Ramsgate Sands, Kingsdown

The series originally ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2013 on UKTV’s Style channel.

Michelle Ackerley presents the reboot of Fantasy Homes by the Sea. Each 60-minute episode follows Michelle as she takes buyers around coastal locations in the UK in the quest to find their dream home by the sea.

Production filmed in Broadstairs and Ramsgate , Kent sea-side towns in Thanet that recently featured in shows such as Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (2018) and Landscape Artist of the Year (2018).

Filming also took place at Kingsdown near Deal. The town is situated on the South Coast of Kent and has a longstanding naval history as one of the major Cinque Ports and many period features remain. Productions such as Coast v Country (2017) and Antiques Roadshow (2015) also chose this as a prime film location.

Fantasy Homes by the Sea airs on 19th November 2018 on UKTV’s Really Channel (Freeview Channel 17, Sky Channel 142, and Virgin Media Channel 129) at 8pm. The Thanet episodes will air on 22nd November and 6th December, and the Kingsdown episode will air on 11th December 2018 on Really at 8pm.

Links:

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

For more information about Fantasy Homes by the Sea: https://really.uktv.co.uk/shows/fantasy-home-by-the-sea/episodes/

For more information about Broadstairs please visit: https://www.visitbroadstairs.co.uk/

For more information about Ramsgate please visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/margate-broadstairs-and-ramsgate/ramsgate/

For more information about Kingsdown please visit: https://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Explore/Deal/Deal.aspx


Danny Boyle: Pages of the Sea this Remembrance Sunday 2018

 

Director Danny Boyle's programme poster for Pages of the Sea

Danny Boyle: Pages of the Sea ©14-18 NOW

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left our shores during WWI. In Pages of the Sea, film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking the 100 years anniversary of Armistice and the end of the war.

Director of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire 2008, Shallow Grave 1994) announced his new project from the Sunny Sands in Folkestone, where approximately 10 million men and women departed during the First World War, many never to return. The event will take place between dawn and 10.45am on November 11th 2018 and the public are invited to gather on beaches across the UK for an informal nationwide gesture of remembrance.

Speaking to Kent Online, Danny Boyle said, “You can stand here on the beach in Folkestone and imagine what they were all feeling and imagining as they were getting ready to leave and thinking about what they were facing.”

Image of Danny Boyle on Sunny Sands beach in Folkestone

Filmmaker Danny Boyle © 14-18 NOW

Various events will be taking place on the beach. A portrait of Wilfred Owen will emerge from the sands, and as the tide rises, it will be washed away, and a moment will be taken to say a collective goodbye.  Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment – The Wound in Time.  The public is also invited to explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who served in the First World War.

The event will be filmed live on Sunday 11th November at 10.45am.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent please visit: FilmOffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on Folkestone please visit: https://www.visitfolkestoneandhythe.co.uk/