The Third Day (2020)

Jude Law as character Sam stands silhouetted by the sun looking towards the ground

The Third Day (2020) with Jude Law © Sky UK Limited

 

Writers: Dennis Kelly, Dean O’Loughlin, Kit de Waal
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe, Marc Munden
Starring: Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Mark Lewis Jones, Amer Chadha-Patel, Katherine Waterston
Production Company: Plan B Entertainment, Punchdrunk International, SKY Studios
Kent Locations Used: Fog Signal Station, Allens Farm, Harty Ferry Road, Chiddingstone, Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest, Hever Castle, Shellness Beach and Huts, Quex Park, St Clere Estate, Grain Coastal Park and Walpole Bay Tidal Pool and other private Kent locations.

Jude Law (Captain Marvel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) leads the cast in mysterious six-part limited series The Third Day (2020) due to air in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, the adventure tale finds Law’s character Sam traveling to a strange island off the British coast where he encounters its inhabitants, eventually clashing with them as his sanity is threatened.

Produced by Plan B Entertainment for HBO, The Third Day also stars Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Spectre ), Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown , Chernobyl , The Accident ), Amer Chadha-Patel (Beecham House , Year of the Rabbit ) and Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , Alien: Covenant ). Directed by Marc Munden (Utopia , National Treasure ) and Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls ,The Crown ) the show was written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia , Black Sea ) with Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin contributing two episodes.

Production visited many locations in Kent for filming, including Fog Signal Station at Dungeness, Allens Farm, Harty Ferry, Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, St Clere Estate, Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest, Hever Castle, Quex Park, Grain, Chiddingstone and Shellness Beach.

Chiddingstone is one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in Kent. Within the Sevenoaks District, the village sits on the River Eden between Tonbridge and Edenbridge. Previous productions to film there include Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Flog It! (2014).

Hever Castle is an outstanding 13th century Tudor castle and moat. The grounds include stunning Italianate gardens, a large lake, as well as a mock Tudor Village. It was the original home of the Boleyn family. Inkheart (2008) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) have previously filmed there.

Set in 2800 acres of the rolling Kent countryside, St Clere estate offers stunning views of the North Downs, formal gardens, paddocks, a meadow, ploughed fields, a kitchen garden, orangery, green houses, workshops and stunning features such as a hawthorn archway, lime avenue and a temple by the lake. Gangs of London (2020) and The Great (2020) have recently filmed here.

Shellness Beach has an area of mixed sand and shingle beach adjoining Shellness on the Isle of Sheppey. The beach is bordered by private chalets, some of which are available for filming. Both Dark Heart Series 1 (2018) and Kiss Me First (2018) have previously filmed here.

Situated in Dungeness on the Kent coast, The Fog Signal Station has been re-furbished to an incredible standard from old government buildings into contemporary dwellings. The interior leads outside via large glass doors on to decking and shingle. Vistas from the site include two light houses and a look-out tower. Una (2017) and All Or Nothing (2002) have previously filmed at Dungeness.

Allens Farm is a beautiful in the heart of the Sevenoaks district. Recent productions to have filmed in Sevenoaks include Gangs of London (2020) and The First Team (2020).

Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest in Tunbridge Wells has the world’s finest collection of Conifers. The site is a mixture of lakes, valleys, parkland and denser forest with a large variety of tree species. There are also adventure playgrounds, a Go Ape facility, restaurant, cafe and bike hire. Rupert, Rupert and Rupert (2019) and Queens of Mystery (2019) have previously filmed in Tunbridge Wells.

The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is located in Margate and made up of concrete blocks reinforced by iron tram rails. The Tidal Pool was built in 1937 just before the Second World War. The Music Video for Balcony – Inside Out (2019) as well as several commercials have recently been filmed there.

Quex Park is a regency-style country estate with a unique museum containing dioramas of African landscapes and gardens. The science fiction show Blakes 7 – Bounty (1978)  was filmed here.

Grain Coastal Park on the Isle of Grain gives visitors a chance to walk along two miles of shoreline and pass by ancient Forts. There are also leafy avenues with tunnels of trees that host a variety of wildflowers. Peterloo (2018) and London Spy (2015) have both previously made use of the various locations available on the Isle of Grain.

Production also filmed in the dramatic landscape of Harty Ferry near the Ferry House Inn. The Inn is an Isolated Grade II listed 16th Century Pub offering accommodation on the edge of the salt marshes overlooking the Swale Estuary. It has moorings and clay pigeon shooting facilities, as well as a restaurant in the converted barns. Productions such as Ginger and Rosa (2012) and The Hide (2009) have previously made use of the picturesque Swale Estuary.

The Third Day (2020) will be available to stream on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV from 15th September 2020.

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The Current War (2019)

 

Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, leaning over the shoulder of a child and teaching them by a desk.

Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) in The Current War ©IMDb

 

Writer: Michael Mitnick
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult
Production Company: Weinstein Company
Kent Locations Used: Swale

The Current War is an upcoming historical feature and depicts the infamous race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, deciding which form of electric current will be powering the modern world.

Edison will be portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock, Doctor Strange) and his rival, George Westinghouse will be played by Michael Shannon (Midnight Special, The Shape of Water, Boardwalk Empire). Other cast members include Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Alien: Covenant) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War).

The Current War features the Kentish location of Home Farm in Swale, a colonial style weather boarded villa. The exterior doubling for Eddison’s residence.

The Home Farm location offers a period feel with a backdrop of flower meadows, woodland and greenery that can be seen from the veranda. This specific location was also starred in The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2017) and Juliet, Naked (2018).

The Current War premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the US on the 24th November 2017. It will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 26th July 2019.

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