Summerland (2020)

Alice (Gemma Arterton) laying on the grass with a book smiling at the camera with white cliffs as a backdrop.

Gemma Arterton in Summerland (2020) © Michael Wharley Flying Castles Ltd

Writer: Jessica Swale
Director: Jessica Swale
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay
Production Company: British Film Institute, Quickfire Films
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Set during WWII, Summerland is a period drama from writer and first time director Jessica Swale (Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, Leading Lady Parts) tells the story of reclusive writer Alice (Gemma Arterton) as she learns to open her heart to Frank (Lucas Bond), a young Blitz evacuee.

This BFI and Quickfire Films production features Gemma Arterton (St. Trinian’s, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time ) as Alice , Lucas Bond as Frank (The Cleansing Hour, The Miniaturist) alongside other cast members Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle 2013), Concussion 2015), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , Shaun of the Dead) and Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, 45 Years).

Production for Swale’s directorial feature film debut visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham, making use of multiple areas at the location including; the exterior of the Captain’s House, the Officers Terrace, Old Pay Office, and Sail & Colour Loft.

Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is a popular Kent filming location, especially for period dramas. Recent productions include Hetty Feather (2015-2020), Call the Midwife (2012-2020) and Pagalpanti (2019).

Summerland is currently set to release in UK cinemas on July 31st 2020.

 

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The Complex: Lockdown (2020)

Michelle Mylett wearing an orange top points a hand gun towards the camera. White walls and plants are behind her.

The Complex: Lockdown – Michelle Mylett – © 101 Films

 

Writer: Lynn Renee Maxcy
Director: Paul Raschid
Starring: Michelle Mylett, Kate Dickie, Al Weaver, Kim Adis
Production Company: Little Jade Productions, Red & Black Films
Kent Locations Used: Discovery Park Ltd, Sandwich Bay Estate, Upton Farm

The Complex: Lockdown is a Sci-Fi Thriller based on a computer game of the same name and set in a locked-down London laboratory after a bio-weapon attack on the city. With time and air running out, two scientists are tasked with saving the life of a bioweapon’s terrorist.

Written by Lynn Renee Maxcy (The Handmaid’s Tale, Covert Affairs) and directed by Paul Raschid (Winterstoke House, White Chamber). It stars Michelle Mylett (Bad Blood, Letterkenny), Kate Dickie (The Witch, Game of Thrones), Al Weaver (Colette, Grantchester (2014), and Kim Adis (The Turning, Get Even).

Production visited Discovery Park Ltd, Sandwich Bay Estate and Upton Farm whilst filming.

Discovery Park Ltd is a popular filming location, which offers a large office complex with science labs and warehouses. Discovery Park Ltd was previously featured in World War Z (2013), Baptiste (2019) and The Tunnel (2013).

Sandwich Bay Estate, is another Kent filming location used for this production. It offers a rural, step shingled beach and at low tide there are large sand flats.

Upton Farm is a Wholesale farm situated in Kent. It offers green fields and pastoral lands. Izo FitzRoy’s 2019 music video for I Want Magic was previously shot here.

The film is being released online via 101 Films on 27th July 2020.

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Above the Clouds (2020)

Above the Clouds movie poster- Two characters sat and leant up against a yellow car with clouds in the background. Animated style image.

Above the Clouds (2020) © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

Director:  Leon Chambers
Writers: Simon Lord (screenplay), Leon Chambers, Simon Lord, James Godden
Starring: Naomi Morris, Andrew Murton, Philip Jackson
Production Company: Third Light Films
Kent Locations Used: Margate – Turner Contemporary, Seafront and The Harbour Arm, Marine Drive and The Parade, Thanet Way

Above the Clouds is an offbeat coming-of-age comedy of one girl’s marathon quest to find her real father. When headstrong Charlie (Naomi Morris) discovers her parents have been keeping her biological father secret from her, she recruits a rough sleeper (Andrew Murton) to be her ‘responsible adult’ and sets off for Scotland on her provisional driving licence to go and find him.

Above the Clouds is a feature film directed by Kent filmmaker Leon Chambers who has directed a number of film shorts including Stolen Youth (2008), Lonely Hearts (2013) and The Long Lonely Walk (2010), which won five Film Festival awards. Above The Clouds was written by Simon Lord from a story by Leon Chambers, Simon Lord and James Godden.

Above the Clouds, starring Naomi Morris (Pennyworth (2019) and Back (2017)), Andrew Murton (Let Me Go (2017)), Philip Jackson (Peterloo (2018), The Good Karma Hospital (2017- 2018)), has screened at major international festivals including Austin Film Festival 2018, Naples International Film Festival 2019 and Margate Film Festival 2019 and has won seven awards including Austin Film Festival 2018 Best Narrative Feature – Audience Award, Oxford Film Festival 2019 Best Actress Award & Best Director Award and Naples International Film Festival 2019 Indie Spirit Award. For the full list of festival screenings and awards see here.

Leon Chambers and Simon Lord are currently in development with their next collaboration, sci-fi satire A Certain Tomorrow.

The film makes use of multiple filming locations in Margate including the Turner Contemporary gallery, Margate Seafront and The Harbour Arm, Marine Drive and The Parade and Thanet Way.

Two characters sitting on a white bench in front of a white wall and window at the Turner Contemporary Gallery. Sea can be seen through the window.

Above the Line (2020) production still – Turner Contemporary © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

Margate is a seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and the ultra-modern art gallery Turner Contemporary which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities.

Margate seafront in the district of Thanet is a popular film location and has been used as in various productions such as in feature films King of Thieves (2018) and King Lear (2018). Ramsgate is also a popular location in Thanet and has featured in several productions such as Baptise (2019), Hurricane (2018) and The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

Two characters wearing casual clothes standing and talking in front of Margate beach leant against the railing.

Above the Line (2020) – Margate Seafront © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

The film was released on 28th January 2020 and is available to view via iTunes, Amazon Prime and various other on demand channels. For more information see the film’s website: http://www.abovethecloudsfilm.co.uk/

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The Flood (2019)

Actor Ivanno Jeremiah starring at the camera in a dark coat

Ivanno Jeremiah in The Flood (2019) © Joel Frakes

 

Writer: Helen Kingston

Director: Anthony Woodley

Starring: Lena Headey, Ivanno Jeremiah, Iain Glen, Peter Singh, Mandip Gill

Production Company: Megatopia Films

Kent Locations Used: Joss Bay, Port of Ramsgate

The Flood follows the story of an asylum seeker Haile (Ivanno Jeremiah) as he makes a perilous journey to England with his newfound friends Faiz (Peter Singh) and Reema (Mandip Gill). Wendy (Lena Headey), a hardened immigration officer hears his story and must decide his fate. His dangerous trip is recounted through various emotional flashbacks.

The Film Stars Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans, London Unplugged), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Danger Mouse), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Delicious), alongside Mandip Gill (Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital) and Peter Singh (Gigglebiz, Coronation Street).

The Flood was written by Helen Kingston (Googly, The Carrier) and directed by Anthony Woodley (The Carrier, Outpost 11).

In the film Joss Bay doubles as an Italian shoreline as Haile crosses the ocean in a boat full of other refugees and lands on the beach. The toilet block also doubles as Italian Port toilets. The Port of Ramsgate is featured as the lorry carrying Haile pulls into passport control.

Joss Bay a Blue Flag sandy bay in Thanet. Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, parking, toilets, deckchairs, windbreaks, parasols, sun beds and a Kids Corner with bouncy castle and trampolines. It is home to the Joss Bay Surf School. Other productions to film here include Coast Vs Country (2016) and various music videos.

The Port of Ramsgate offers thirty-two acres of dedicated Port Land including three modern Ro-Ro bridges and Water and bunker facilities on all berths. Often used as a ‘stand-in’ for The Port of Dover. Previous productions to have filmed here include Britain at Low Tide – Series 3 (2019), Big Bad World (2013) and Will (2011).

 

The Flood is due for release on 21st June 2019.

 

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Jellyfish (2018)

Jellyfish Poster- A woman riding a bike in a coat along the seafront at night is at the bottom of the poster with the jellyfish text at the top.

Jellyfish (2018) © Jellyfish Feature Film LTD


Writers
: James Gardner, Simon Lord
Director: James Gardner
Starring: Liv Hill, Sinead Matthews, Cyril Nri
Production Company: Nik Holttum Productions
Kent Locations Used: Margate, Thanet

Jellyfish is a drama about a teenage carer discovering an unlikely talent for stand-up comedy. Fifteen-year-old Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) struggles to care for twin siblings and a bed-ridden, manic depressive mother (Sinead Matthews) as well as bullying from her school peers. Jellyfish tells the story of how stand-up comedy becomes an unlikely outlet for Sarah’s frustration and quick-tempered wit.

Jellyfish is a feature film directed by James Gardner, who co-wrote the piece with film producer Simon Lord. Gardner has won six awards for Jellyfish, including three for Best Film, and is known for directing other works such as Barry Glitter and Ferris and the Fancy Pigeon, for which he won the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Best Post-Graduate Drama. Simon Lord has worked with Gardner on previous projects including Barry Glitter, and wrote the screenplay for the 2020 film Above The Clouds.

Jellyfish, starring Liv Hill (The Little Stranger (2018) and Three Girls (2017)), Sinead Matthews (Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Boat That Rocked (2009) and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)) and Cyril Nri (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), This Life (1996) and Tale of the Mummy (1998)) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018 and had its International premiere shortly after at Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it won the Michael Powell Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film.

Liv Hill stands on a deserted beach wearing a coat looking out at the pink sunset over the low tide.

Liv Hill in Jellyfish © Jellyfish Feature Film LTD 2017

Mostly filmed in Margate, a seaside town in Thanet in Kent, production shot on the seafront, Margate train station, Dreamland and Cedar Close as Sarah’s home and the Theatre Royal. The film also features landmarks such as The Lido, Arlington House and the Main Sands as its backdrop. Margate offers amusement, culture and luxury, and is part of the district of Thanet, a popular film location. Recent productions to film in Margate include Above The Clouds (2020) and Top Boy – Series 3 (2019).

Jellyfish was released on the 15th February 2019 in UK cinemas and is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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House of Salem (2016)

House of Salem Film Poster- cloudy night sky with the film title on top and a clowns face in the centre and a hand reaching out holding a manor house. House of Salem written in white.

House of Salem Film Poster ©Last British Dragon

 

Writer: James Crow

Director: James Crow

Starring: Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, Liam Kelly, Robert Lowe, Leslie Mills

Production Company: Last British Dragon

Kent Locations Used: Evegate Manor, Dryhill Local Nature Reserve, Sole Street House

The House Of Salem is a horror film in which a child, Josh (Liam Kelly) finds unlikely protectors in the form of a group of kidnappers who discover they have been tricked and are now trapped in a house. Realising that they are to become the next sacrifice in a line of murders spanning centuries, they get ready to battle demonic forces for their freedom.

The film was written and directed by James Crow (Curse Of The Witching Tree, He Who Dares). House of Salem stars Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson (Runaway, Drop), Liam Kelly, Robert Lowe (Casualty, Primeval) and Leslie Mills (Merlin of the Crystal Cave, The Bill).

Several Kent locations were used for filming, including private houses Evegate Manor as Josh’s home and Sole Street House as The House of Salem, alongside KCC Dryhill Nature Reserve.

Evegate Manor is a grade II star listed Manor House in Ashford and until recently was used as a farmhouse. Mostly dating from 14th to 16th century the house is constructed of Kentish ragstone rubble with red brick dressing; and is part timber framed with numerous exposed beams. Previous productions to film in the Ashford district include Dead and Awake (2016).

Sole Street House in Ashford is a 10-bedroom Georgian manor house with a Victorian wing, less than 50 miles from central London and standing in 30 acres of grounds including gardens, woodland, stables accommodating some 16 horses and paddocks.

Dryhill Local Nature Reserve in Sevenoaks is on a former quarry site of Special Scientific Interest. The exceptional structure of its rocks and fossils led to it becoming the first geological Local Nature Reserve in Kent. It also has a small stretch of private road for small set-ups. Sevenoaks has previously been used by productions such as Judwaa 2 (2017) and The First Team (2020).

 

House of Salem was released on 23rd January 2018.

 

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Anti Matter (2017)

Film poster for Anti Matter showing a mysterious figure made of twigs on the bottom of a set of stairs in a burning city; the feet of the figure are on fire.

Anti Matter (2017) poster- © The Cast Iron Picture Co

Writer: Keir Burrows
Director: Keir Burrows
Starring: Yaiza Figueroa, Philippa Carson, Tom Barber-Duffy, Julia Savill, Noah Maxwell Clarke, Holly Joyce
Production Company: The Cast Iron Picture Co
Kent Locations Used: Bradbourne House

Anti Matter is a science fiction noir that follows scientist Liv (Philippa Carson) as she desperately tries to discover what happened to her after an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. She must find out who, or what, is behind the struggles in her life alongside her friends Ana (Yaiza Figueroa) and Nate(Tom Barber-Duffy).

Anti Matter stars Philippa Carson (Femme Killer, Virtual Witness) as Liv, Tom Barber-Duffy (The Befuddled Box of Betty Buttifint) as Nate and Yaiza Figueroa (The Showreel, A Beautiful Death) as Ana. Fellow cast members include Julia Savill, Noah Maxwell Clarke (Holby City, Top Boy) and Holly Joyce (Look What You Have Become, Grace). The film was written and directed by Keir Burrows (Hen party, Air).

Production used Bradbourne House in Kent as a double for Liv’s grandmother Brenda’s (Julia Savill) house. Beautiful exterior and interior shots are used as Liv, Anna and Nate visit Tinkles the cat.

Bradbourne House is a mansion set in a twenty acres of parkland located in West Malling. Features include extensive woodlands, a lake, a ballroom, conference rooms, small panelled library, glass greenhouse, walled orchard, converted stables and cellars.

Anti Matter was released in the UK on 10th July 2017.

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