Peterloo (2018)

 

Various actors in film 'Peterloo' standing on a stage, surrounded by a cheering crowd

Peterloo 2018 ©IMDb

 

Writer: Mike Leigh

Director: Mike Leigh

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley

Production Company: BFI Film Fund

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham and St Mary’s Marshes

Oscar nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh (Mr Turner) portrays one of England’s bloodiest episodes, the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Government guards charged and attacked a peaceful protest held by 80,000 people in Manchester demanding democratic reform.

Peterloo stars Rory Kinnear (Spectre, The Imitation Game) as Henry Hunt, Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, The Village) as Nellie, Pearce Quigley (The Rovers) as Joshua.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a well-known film location in Kent and has been used on many projects. Production used the Tarred Yarn Store and the exterior of the Ropery to double as a Cotton Mill in Manchester.

With its Victorian and Georgian architecture, the Dockyards provides many varied locations and has also appeared in Victoria and Abdul (2017), Mr Turner (2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) among others.

St Mary’s Marshes on the Isle of Grain appears in a short scene at the beginning of the film, a lonely figure walking along the marshes. The marshes are on the Isle of Grain, between the River Thames and the River Medway. The Medway area has been used in various TV Series and films such as Black Sea (2014).

The film will be released in the UK on 2nd November 2018.

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The Escape (2018)

Gemma Arterton staring at the camera with a plain brown background behind her,

Gemma Arterton in the escape (2017) © Improvised Films LTD

 

Writer: Dominic Savage

Director: Dominic Savage

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper

Production Company: Shoebox Films, Lorton Entertainment

Kent Locations Used: Dartford, Gravesham

The film The Escape follows the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) at a crossroads in her life, as she struggles to chase her dreams alongside her responsibilities as a mother and a wife. She decides on a change and heads off to Paris to find herself.

Director, writer, Dominic Savage, has previously worked on BBC films Born Equal and Freefall. Gemma Arterton has starred in high-profile films such as Hansel & Gretel: Witch-Hunters and Clash of the Titans. Dominic Cooper has been credited in Captain America: The First Avenger and Mamma Mia! .

Scenes were filmed in and around the Gravesend area, including Northfleet Nursery which was used as Tara’s son’s day centre. Imperial Business Park also features, as Tara’s local place for shopping.

Production also filmed in and around Dartford, at a property in Caspian Way which features as the family’s home. Crayland Primary School features as Tara’s daughter’s school and the park off of Broomfield Road is visited by the whole family at the weekend.  As well as filming at a nearby kids’ playground in Swanscombe, and Ebbsfleet International Station, where Tara (Gemma Arterton) watches the trains on one occasion and later leaves for Paris.

The Escape was released in the UK on Friday 3rd August 2018.

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BBC’s Imagine (2018)

Artist Rose Wylie and presenter Alan Yentob pictured standing together in Rose's home against a messy painted wall.

Rose Wylie and Alan Yentob ©BBC One

 

Directors: Lindsey Hanlon and Katy Homan

Starring: Alan Yentob, Rose Wylie, and Tacita Dean

Production Company: BBC Studios

Kent Locations Used: Faversham and Romney Marsh

BBC’s series Imagine returns this weekend with presenter and executive producer Alan Yentob. Imagine is an arts series which was first broadcast in 2003. The latest series contains three episodes. Each episode is based on a different topic, and two episodes were filmed in Kent.

Rose Wylie: This is Blooming

This first episode of the series, produced by Lindsey Hanlon, tells the story of artist Rose Wylie, now at the prime of her profession at the age of 83. Her unlikely subjects are drawn from the world around her – from footballers and popular movies, to memories of her childhood during the London Blitz, to the stuff of everyday life. Alan Yentob meets Rose Wylie and delves into her colourful world to discover how her memories and experiences have helped shape the artist that she is today.

This episode was filmed in the home of Rose Wylie near Faversham. Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. Previous productions which filmed there include Hetty Feather Series 3 (2018) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

The Rose Wylie episode will air this Sunday 22nd July 2018 on BBC One at 10:30pm.

Tacita Dean: Looking to See

image of artist Tacita Dean smiling at the back of a mans head towards the camera wearing a grey jumper.

Image of artist Tacita Dean ©BBC One

The second episode, produced by Katy Homan, focuses on the life of internationally renowned British artist Tacita Dean, who is exhibited in three of London’s leading galleries, and is celebrated for her works on analogue film. Alan Yentob joins Tacita Dean in various locations throughout the episode to discuss her poetic and thought-provoking work, and the medium which inspires her – film.

Tacita Dean grew up in the county of Kent and production visited various locations on the Romney Marsh to illustrate this, inclusing Whitehall Farm.  Romeny Marsh covers around 100 square miles from Rye to Hythe and is renowned for its unique natural beauty. It has previously been used as a film location for British Art at War: Paul Nash – The Ghosts of War (2014) and Books That Made Britain – Writers of Rye (2016)

The Tacita Dean episode will air on Sunday 29th July 2018 on BBC One at 10:30pm.

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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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Una (2017)

Una (Rooney Mara) standing in warehouse looking forward

Una (C) WestEnd Films

Writer: David Harrower

Director: Benedict Andrews

Starring: Rooney Mara, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies, Indira Varma, Tara Fitzgerald

Production Company: Bron Studios, Film4 Productions, Jean Doumanian Productions, WestEnd Films

Kent Locations Used: Dungeness, Greatstone, Lydd

Looking to resolve her past, Una (Rooney Mara) confronts Ray (Ben Mendelsohn ), her former neighbour, at his work place, seeking answers. As buried secrets and forbidden desires start to surface, they begin to threaten the stability they have found in their new lives.

Una (Rooney Mara) and Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) staring at each other

Una (C) WestEnd Films

The film is based on the play “Blackbird” that was written by David Harrower. Benedict Andrews (National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) directed and Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network) takes the lead role alongside  Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Bloodline) Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale, Atonement), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Hunted) and Tara Fitzgerald (Legend, Brassed Off).

The production chose to film in Kent in June 2015, using Dungeness, Greatstone and Lydd which feature as a remote hideaway location.

The Dungeness, Greatstone and Lydd coastal area boasts a unique and large expanse of sandy beach backed by dunes and the largest shingle desert in Europe. Ginger and Rosa (2012), The Poison Tree (2012) and Parade’s End (2012) have previously used the area for filming.

Una is released in cinemas from Friday 1st September 2017.

 

 

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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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Contraband (1940)

Contraband Film Poster- battle ships in the water firing at each other, two floating heads of the main characters are above. A plane is in the air. Conrad Veidt Contraband is written across the centre

Contraband Film Poster © British National Films

Director: Michael Powell

Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie

Production Company: British National Films

Kent Filming Locations: Ramsgate

Set in early World War II, Contraband is about a Danish sea captain, delayed in a British port when a blackout occurs. The darkness brings chaos with smugglers and spies wanting to take advantage and the captain is forced to participate in a game of cat and mouse through the dark streets of London looking for important papers that belong to the ship. However, he discovers something a lot bigger than a few thieves trying to make a quick profit.

Directed by Michael Powell (Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), the film stars Conrad Veidt (Nazi Agent, Casablanca, Above Suspicion), Valerie Hobson (The Voice of Merrill, Background, Knave of Hearts) and Hay Petrie (Noose, The Monkey’s Paw, The Queen of Spades).

Ramsgate, particularly the harbour and railway station doubled as the fictional town Eastgate-on-Sea in the film.

Situated in East Kent, Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town, home to the Port of Ramsgate, the only Royal Harbour Marina in the country. The area also boasts a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, restaurants and a theatre. Ramsgate has been used as a film location for Eastenders (2015), Big Bad World (2013) and Johnny English Reborn (2011).

Contraband is available to purchase on DVD.

 

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