The Aeronauts (2019)

 

A man standing in a hot air balloon looking over the countryside with a women sitting high up on the edge of the balloon looking out into the distance.

The Aeronauts ©IMDb

 

Writer: Tom Harper

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel

Production Company: Amazon Studios, Mandeville Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Chatham Dockyard Ropery

In The Aeronauts, a fictionalised account based on some real events set in the 1860s, fictional pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and historical meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make scientific discoveries in a hot air balloon.

The film is written and directed by Tom Harper (Electric Dreams, The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death), and stars Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, The Theory of Everything), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Fantastic Beasts), and Himesh Patel (Yesterday, Damned).

Production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham for filming at No. 3 Slip 3 Mezzanine to film a scene in a balloon factory.

“When presented with a brief to find a balloon factory location there was really no other choice than The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. There are very few places left with an authentic Georgian timber structure that have stood the test of time.

No 3 Slip is the real deal with the added benefit of the film friendly aspects of the Dockyard filming team who are very welcoming with an easy can-do attitude,” commented Christian Huband, Production Designer, The Aeronauts.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a historic tourist attraction on the site of a former Royal Naval Dockyard and has been the location for several recent productions set in the Victorian period including Year of the Rabbit (2019), Peterloo (2018) and Vanity Fair (2018).

The Aeronauts will be released in UK cinemas on Monday 4th November 2019.

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King Lear (2018)

 

Portrait shot of character King Lear sitting on a chair with his three daughters by his side in the palace. Background is black and white chequered floor with black wall panels.

King Lear and his three daughters ©BBC

 

Director: Richard Eyre

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, John Macmillan, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston, Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf and Karl Johnson

Production Company: Playground Entertainment, Amazon Studios and BBC

Kent Locations Used: Dover

King Lear is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film tells the tragic story of King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) who abdicates his throne in favour of his two corrupt daughters Regan (Emily Watson) and Goneril (Emma Thompson), rejecting his loving and honest third daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh) when she fails his test of flattery.

Director, Richard Eyre, has previously worked on films Notes on a Scandal, Iris, and Stage Beauty. Anthony Hopkins who plays King Lear, is best known for his role in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hitchcock. Emma Thompson as eldest daughter Goneril, was previously in Love Actually and The Remains of the Day.

Scenes were filmed in various locations in Dover, such as at Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe, and Abbot’s Cliff.

King Lear will air on Monday 28 May 2018 at 9:30pm on BBC Two.

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