The Halcyon (2017)

The Halcyon cast standing in a hall

The Halcyon © ITV

Writer: Charlotte Jones

Starring: Kara Tointon, Steven Mackintosh, Alex Jennings, Olivia Williams, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Hermione Corfield, and Matt Ryan

Production Company: Left Bank Pictures, ITV

Kent Locations Used: The Ropery and Anchor Wharf at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Set in the 1940s, ITV’s The Halcyon charts the lives of staff and guests in a five-star hotel during World War II. The story is told from the point of view of Joe O’Hara (Matt Ryan), an American journalist and illustrates how the war permeated all areas of London life; be it that of the guests seeking an escape from the war or the forbidden love affair of the hotel’s resident jazz singer, Betsy (Kara Tointon). Samuel Sim’s soundtrack punctuates the action with sultry jazz tunes, and will be released the day the show airs.

The Halcyon brings together an incredible ensemble cast, including Kara Tointon (Eastenders, The Sound of Music Live!), Alex Jennings (The Queen, Babel) and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, An Education), Steven Mackintosh (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Sope Dirisu (Undercover, Humans) and Matt Ryan (Constantine, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour).

Exterior scenes of bombed London streets were shot at The Ropery and on Anchor Wharf, at  The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.

Set over 80 acres in the Medway area of Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has more than  100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously welcomed filming from The Crown (2016), Partners in Crime  (2015) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows  (2011).

The Halcyon premiered on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 21:00 on ITV

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week1/halcyon

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

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

 

 

 


Bargain Hunt Christmas Special (2016)

Behind the scenes at Leeds Castle - presenter Charlie Ross at a Christmas table

Charlie Ross behind the scenes at Leeds Castle © Leeds Castle/BBC

 

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Kent Showground in Detling, Leeds Castle

Popular BBC daytime show Bargain Hunt comes to Kent for a festive edition. Charlie Ross presents at the Kent Showground alongside experts Raj Bisram and Richard Madley who assist the two teams in their Christmas shopping. Charlie also pays a visit to Leeds Castle where he learns about the history of Christmas decorations.

The Kent Showground in Detling is near the county town of Maidstone. The event venue sits on over 200 acres and hosts the renowned Kent County Show every July as well as fares and conferences. Bargain Hunt (2012) has previously been filmed at the Kent Showground.

Set in 500 acres on the outskirts of Maidstone, is the beautiful Leeds Castle which boasts stunning period rooms, gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. A popular film location, Leeds Castle has previously been used by projects such as The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Gadget Man (2014) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

The Bargain Hunt Christmas Special filmed in Kent will air on Friday 9th December 2016 at 12:15 on BBC One. Leeds Castle will also feature in the second Christmas episode on Friday 16th December at 12:15 on BBC One.

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0854pzt

For more information on Leeds Castle: https://www.leeds-castle.com/home

For more information on Kent Showground: http://kentshowground.co.uk/

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Grand Designs: House of the Year (2016)

Grand Designs House of The Year North Vat at Dungeness © Channel 4

Grand Designs House of The Year North Vat at Dungeness © Channel 4

Production Company: TalkBack Productions

Kent Locations used: North Vat House at Dungeness

Grand Designs: House of the Year is a Channel 4 property where presenter Kevin McCloud explores homes in the running for the RIBA House of the Year Award, focusing on properties that create space from the smallest of sites.

In episode three of the new series, the team visit North Vat House at Dungeness which blends beach living and high architecture. Although the exterior looks compact, the interior is open planned with a modern design and breath-taking views of the shingle beaches and ocean at Dungeness.

Dungeness is an expanse of shingle beach with many ramshackle huts as well as extremely modern residences, two lighthouses, a historic train station, two pubs and artist galleries along with a nuclear power station. Projects previously filmed here include Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016), The Poison Tree (2012) and EastEnders (2007).

This episode of Grand Designs: House of the Year featuring Dungeness will air on Thursday 8th December at 21:00 on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs-house-of-the-year

For more information on locations used: http://www.dungeness-nnr.co.uk

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Robbie Williams music video Love My Life (2016)

Shellness

Kent Locations used: Shellness, Isle of Sheppey

Love My Life is the newest single from Robbie Williams taken from his new album ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’.

The grasslands, beach and roads in Shellness on the  Isle of Sheppey were used for filming and around 100 people took part in the video.

Shellness is a small coastal settlement in the east of the Isle of Sheppey near to Leysdown which has sandy beaches, amusement parks and camping sites. The Isle of Sheppey has been used for filming by projects such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Great Expectations (2012).

The music video is available to view soon on Robbie Williams on YouTube:

Links:

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

To view the music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ggyO-OFXU&feature=youtu.be

For more information on Shellness: http://www.visitsheppey.com/discover-sheppey/leysdown-warden-shellness/

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Coast Vs Country (2016)

Presenters Kerr Drummond and Sara Damergi standing on a cliff top with sea and beach in the background

Presenters Kerr Drummond and Sara Damergi © Channel 4

Production Company: Freeform Productions

Kent Locations Used:  Broadstairs & Viking Bay, Joss Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Herne Bay

Coast Vs Country is Channel 4’s brand new property series from the creators of A Place in the Sun, helping house hunters find their dream property either by the sea or in the countryside.

The series is presented by interior designer, Kerr Drummond and buying expert and current face of A Place in the Sun, Sara Damergi.

Kent features throughout the series including Thanet locations Broadstairs & Viking Bay, Joss Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, as well as Canterbury and Herne Bay.

The Thanet area boasts the beautiful coastal towns of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate which has sandy bays, parks and open spaces, galleries and amusements. Thanet has been used for filming by productions such as The Lady in the Van (2015), Eastenders (2015) and The Hotel Inspector (2012).

Herne Bay is a seaside town which has a pier and shingle beach and is set just outside of the historic City of Canterbury. Previous productions which have filmed in the area include Rustom (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Got To Dance (2012).

The Kent episodes will air on Channel 4 on:

  • Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – 16:00
  • Monday 28th November 2016 – 15:00
  • Tuesday 13th December 2016 – 15:00

Links:

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

For more information about the show visit:  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/coast-vs-country

For more information on Thanet: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

For more information on Canterbury and Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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Secrets of Great British Castles (2016)

Presenter Dan Jones standing in front of the moat and Leeds Castle

Dan Jones at Leeds Castle © Sideline and Channel 5

Production Company: Sideline

Kent Locations Used:  Leeds Castle

Secrets of Great British Castles returns for a second series, where historian Dan Jones explores the turbulent history behind Britain’s castles. Exploring the secrets behind the castles, Dan uncovers stories of intrigue, drama, romance, rebellion, and murder.

Between May and June 2016, the production team filmed at Leeds Castle where Dan Jones delves into its history, seen and unseen, such as the hidden 13th Century bathhouse built for Edward I. For the first time visitors will be able to hear about top secret letters between Winston Churchill and Geoffrey Lloyd, Minister in charge of the Secret Petroleum Warfare Department, detailing fascinating World War II plans that had their inception at Leeds Castle.

Set in the outskirts of the county town of Kent, Maidstone is the beautiful Leeds Castle which is set over 500 acres and boasts stunning period rooms, gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary boasts medieval themed rooms. Leeds Castle has previously been used as a film location by film The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Gadget Man (2014) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

The Leeds Castle episode of Secrets of Great British Castles airs on Channel 5 at 20:00 on Friday 25th November 2016.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme visit: http://www.channel5.com/show/secrets-of-great-british-castles

For more information on Leeds Castle: https://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Close To The Enemy (2016)

Kathy Griffiths (PHOEBE FOX), Brigadier Wainwright (ROBERT GLENISTER) sitting in a car

Kathy Griffiths (PHOEBE FOX), Brigadier Wainwright (ROBERT GLENISTER) © BBC Little Island Productions

Writer and Director: Stephen Poliakoff

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, August Diehl, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Alfred Molina

Production Company: Little Island Productions in association with Endor Productions

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Dieter Koehler (AUGUST DIEHL) standing by an army vehicle

Dieter Koehler (AUGUST DIEHL) © BBC Little Island Productions

Set in the aftermath of the Second World War, Close To The Enemy tells the story of Captain Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), an intelligence officer who is given the task of recruiting captured German scientist Dieter (August Diehl), to work for the RAF on the development of the jet engine by the British army.

The seven part series is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing on the Edge, The Lost Prince) and stars Jim Sturgess (Deception, Spike Island), August Diehl (Le jeune Karl Marx, Come What May), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, The Journey), Charlotte Riley (In the Heart of the Sea, Edge of Tomorrow), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Love is Strange).

The Close To The Enemy production team chose to film at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on HMS Cavalier, inside and outside Slip 3 and the upper floors of the Ropery which doubled as the arrival halls at the docks.  They also used a drone to fly across the river where the boat arrives.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres and contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. Previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham was Call the Midwife (2010 – 2016), Downton Abbey (2013) and The Golden Compass (2007) among others.

Close To The Enemy starts on Thursday 10th November 2016 at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Links:

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

For more information on programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082sy3q

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

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Max Payne Retribution trailer released

Max Payne Retribution film poster - characters standing over the graphic

Max Payne Retribution film poster

Writer and Director: Leroy Kincaide

Starring: Joan James Muixi, Leroy Kincaide, Gracie Tyrrell and Jon Campling

Kent Locations used: Maidstone, Thanet, Rochester

The trailer for Max Payne Retribution film has been released and was filmed in Kent! The 35 minute live action thriller features all the Max Payne action gaming fans love and follows the same characters, world and storylines from Max Payne 1 and 2.

Max Payne Retribution was directed by Leroy Kincaide (Vengeance, Dead Zone) who also stars and produced by Chloe Chudasama (Freeman: New World Order). It stars Joan James Muixi (In the Fog, Price of Freedom), Gracie Tyrrell (Death of a Tree, Unforgivable) and Jon Campling (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Director Leroy Kincaide said: “It feels so great to see the project finally come to life, but also being able to contribute to the legacy that is Max Payne. Being such a huge part of my teenage years it gives me great pleasure to still see so many fans support the games and project. I want to also give huge thanks to Sam Lake and Remedy Entertainment for bringing such a legendary game into our lives- it really has been one of the main reasons I want to pursue my career as a Film Director.”

According to the independent filmmakers, they have bigger plans for the short film, so you may have to wait until mid 2017 before we get to view the 35 minute live action thriller.

Private locations in Maidstone, Thanet and Rochester were used for filming.

Maidstone is town has many shops and restaurants along with the River Medway running through its town centre and linking it to other towns such as Rochester and Chatham. Previously filmed in Maidstone was Don’t Tell the Bride (2013), DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013) and Four Weddings (2010) among others.

Medway is a district of Kent that includes the towns Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

Thanet is a district of Kent that includes the towns Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Filming projects that have used the Thanet area include Emelie Sande music video (2016), The Lady in the Van (2015) and Eastenders (2015).

Rochester is a mediaeval city with a cathedral, castle ruins and a high street on the River Medway. Previously filmed in Rochester were Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and Long Lost Family (2012) among others.

Max Payne Retribution will premiere in mid-2017.

Links:

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

For more information on film visit:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4581198/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

For more information on Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information on Thanet: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

For more information on Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/rochester

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Emeli Sande music video Hurts filmed in Kent!

Botany Bay - sandy beach with white cliffs

Botany Bay

 

Kent Locations used: Botany Bay

Hurts is the newest single and music video from Emeli Sande taken from her second album ‘Long Live the Angels’.

The Scottish singer’s debut album Our Version of Events, was the biggest selling album of 2012 and the second best selling of 2013 and Emeli has to date two Number 1 singles, 11 Top 10’s and 15 Top 40 singles.

The white cliffs at Botany Bay were used as a backdrop for the video as well as the sandy bay and the ocean. A vulture was also used from The Hawking Centre in Doddington.

Botany Bay is a sandy bay that offers views of chalk stalks and the sea whilst being set against white cliffs. Previously filmed here were Humans (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and D-Day: The Last Heroes (2013) among others.

The music video is now available to view on Emeli Sande on YouTube:

Links:

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

To view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TqUlGyWSEk

For more information on Botany Bay: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/attractions/botany-bay/8670

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Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (2016)

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate - Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner standing at the harbour arm

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate © Storyvault Films Limited

Production Company: Storyvault Films Limited

Kent Locations Used:  Scotney Castle, Margate 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is the annual competition searching for the nation’s best landscape painter. The artists compete for the chance to win the acclaimed title, win a £10,000 commission for the National Trust’s art collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

The series is presented by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner and the judges are award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle - artist painting in the grounds

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle © Storyvault Films Limited

In June and July 2016, the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year production team visited Kent where they filmed the first heat at Scotney Castle. The semi-final in Margate at the Harbour Arm by the Turner Contemporary gallery. Filming in Margate was the first time the production had filmed on location at a non-National Trust property.

Scotney Castle is a National Trust property set in beautiful Tunbridge Wells countryside. The location boasts a spectacular country house, romantic garden and 14th century moated castle. Scotney Castle has previously welcomed filming from BBC drama Hunted (2012).

The seaside town of Margate has a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurants, a cutting edge creative scene plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has been used as a film location by productions including  The Carer (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Coast (2014).

Episode 4 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year was filmed at Scotney Castle and will air on Tuesday November 1st 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

The semi-final was filmed in Margate and can be seen on Tuesday November 22nd 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

Turner Contemporary have an exhibition with the semi-finalists Margate paintings from 6 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, find out more here.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme visit:  http://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/

For more information about Scotney Castle visit:  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle/

For more information on Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

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