Last Sentinel (2023)

A large iron tower stands in the middle of the ocean, waves crashing against it. A small rowboat with two passengers is battling the ocean. In the bottom right-hand corner is written Last Sentinel in yellow text.

Last Sentinel (2023) © Vertical Entertainment

Director: Tanel Toom
Kate Bosworth, Lucien Laviscount, Martin McCann, Thomas Kretschmann
Production Company:
Allfilm, Altitude Film Entertainment, BR/Arte, CrossDay Productions Ltd, Head Gear Films, Kick Film, Sentinel Entertainment, Stigma Films, Tallifornia
Kent Locations Used:
Redsand Towers Sea Forts

Set in the year 2063, Last Sentinel (2023) follows a platoon of soldiers, stranded in an abandoned military base in the middle of the ocean, the last line of defence against an unknown enemy.

Directed by Tanel Toom (Truth and Justice), the film stars Kate Bosworth (SS-GB (2017), Superman Returns), Lucien Laviscount (Snatch, Emily in Paris), Martin McCann (The Survivalist, Blue Lights) and Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Resident Evil: Apocalypse).

The film is set on a single tower of the Maunsell Army Forts (aka Redsand Towers Sea Forts), and the exterior of the tower features in various establishing shots throughout the film.

Located 8 miles off-shore, the Redsand Towers Sea Forts are a complex of 7 towers originally erected to defend the Thames Estuary during WWII. Inside, the forts provide on average two floors with five small rooms each. The Towers also feature in Series 1 of Whitstable Pearl (2021-2022).

Last Sentinel (2023) was released on Saturday 1st July 2023 and is available to stream on Amazon.

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SS-GB (2017)

Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer staring at the camera with barbed wire behind him on a red background

Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY) © Sid Gentle Films

Writers: Robert Wade and Neal Purvis

Starring: Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, Aneurin Barnard, Rainer Bock, Jonathan Cass, James Cosmo, Maeve Dermody, Lars Eidinger, Kit Connor and James Northcote

Production Company: Sid Gentle Films, BBC

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyards Chatham

Set in the 1940s, in an alternate world where the Germans won the Battle of Britain, BBC’s new five part series SS-GB follows Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley), who is investigating a murder in German-occupied England. The gripping new drama is an adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1978 novel and will be split into five parts.

Writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis both studied Film and Photographic Arts at the University of Kent. Since then they have forged a successful career writing screenplays together, with their first success being the controversial drama Let Him Have It (1991). Both writers have also co-written five James Bond films, including Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), which was the UK’s highest grossing movie!

Archer (Sam Riley) and Harry Woods (James Cosmo) standing in an office room

Episode 1 Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (SAM RILEY), Harry Woods (JAMES COSMO) © Sid Gentle Films

SS-GB brings together a fantastic cast including, Sam Riley (Maleficent, Control), Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns), Aneurin Barnard (Citadel, The Truth About Emanuel), Rainer Bock (War Horse, Inglorious Basterds and Unknown), Jonathan Cass (Transformers: The Last Knight, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), James Cosmo (Braveheart and Troy), Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Marcella), Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria, Everyone Else), Kit Connor (Get Santa, Mr Holmes) and James Northcote (The Imitation Game).

Exterior street scenes were shot at The Ropery and Anchor Wharf and also around the church and South Stables. The Tarred Yarn store was featured as a mortuary and there was also a small scene in The Commissioners House garden.

Set over 80 acres with more than 100 Victorian and Georgian buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular film locations and has previously been used for the BBC TV series Call The Midwife (2012-present), The Crown (2016) and most recently The Halcyon (2017).

SS-GB premiers on Sunday 19th February 2017 at 21:00pm on BBC One



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