Still Life (2013)

Eddie Marsan as John May stands on a concrete grey tiled pavement looking upwards. He wears a white shirt, grey knitted vest, black spotted tie and a black trench coat. He holds a brown leather bag.

Eddie Marsan in Still Life (2013) © Beta Cinema

Director / Writer: Uberto Pasolini
Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt
Production Company:
Redwave Films, Embargo Films, Beta Cinema, Cinecittà, Exponential Media, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
Kent Locations Used:
Whitstable, Herne Bay

Still Life (2013) follows council case worker John May as he looks for the relatives of those who died with no known family.

Written and directed by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty, Nowhere Special), Still Life stars Eddie Marsan (Deceit (2021), Southcliffe (2013)) as John May, with Joanne Froggatt (Liar (2017-2020), Downton Abbey (2013)) in a supporting role as Kelly Stoke.

Production visited Whitstable and Herne Bay to film a scene set on Whitby seafront where John May is searching for the family of a recently departed man. Local businesses V.C Jones and Mr Chips Fish Bar in Whitstable briefly feature in John’s search.

Whitstable is a thriving seaside town with working fishing harbour, shingle beach and a bustling high street. Other productions to have filmed there include Tipping the Velvet (2002), Venus (2007) and Gangsters, Guns and Zombies (2012).

Herne Bay is a coastal resort which is home to the world’s first free-standing purpose-built clock tower. Series 1 of Big Bad World (2013), Series 1 & 2 of Boomers (2014-2016), and Heartstopper (2022) all filmed in Herne Bay.

Still Life (2013) debuted at Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday 25th June 2014 and is available to watch on ITVX and Amazon Prime.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.