Renegade Nell (2024)

Louisa Harland as Nell is stood in a muddy woodland clearing. Behind her is an ornate gold and blue carriage, its contents strewn on the ground. She is wearing a white shirt, red trousers, brown boots, a long tan coat and a black hat. She is holding a pistol in her hand and is looking off into the distance.

Renegade Nell © Disney

Writer: Sally Wainwright
Starring: Louisa Harland, Nick Mohammed, Joely Richardson, Adrian Lester
Production Company: Lookout Point, Walt Disney Television
Kent Locations Used:
Dover Castle, Penshurst Place

Renegade Nell (2024) is an 8-part fantasy series for Disney+. Wrongly accused of murder and forced to steal to keep herself and her younger siblings alive, Nell Jackson soon finds herself unwittingly becoming the most famous highwaywoman in the country.

Written by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack), the cast is headed up by Louisa Harland (Derry Girls, The Deceived) as Nell Jackson. Also starring are Nick Mohammed (Christopher Robin (2018), Ted Lasso) as Billy Blind, Joely Richardson (The Rook (2019), Nip/Tuck) as newspaper magnate Lady Eularia Moggerhanger, and Adrian Lester (Trigger Point (2022), Hustle) as Nell’s nemesis the Earl of Poynton.

Filming for the series took place at Dover Castle and Penshurst Place.

Dover Castle is a stunning medieval castle and keep with WWII  tunnels.,It is situated on the White Cliffs of Dover looking out over the English Channel. Recent productions to have filmed there include Summerland (2020) and Into the Woods (2015).

Penshurst Place is a 14th Century Manor House with preserved interiors, including the unique medieval Baron’s Hall as well as eleven acres of Elizabethan walled gardens. Previous productions using this location were The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016)Wolf Hall (2015), and Mary Queen of Scots (2018).

Renegade Nell (2024) will be released on Disney+ on Friday 29th March 2024.

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Christopher Robin (2018)

Christoper Robin Movie Poster of Christoper robin in a suit and coat carrying a briefcase and umbrella. Winnie the pooh, piglet, tigger and eeyore surround him. Disney Christopher Robin is written in gold with Ewan McGregor written in green on top. Sooner or later, your past catches up to you is underneath in black.

Christoper Robin Movie Poster ©The Walt Disney Studios

 

Writers: Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder

Director: Marc Forster

Starring: Ewan McGregor Jim Cummings Hayley Atwell Chris O’Dowd Brad Garrett Toby Jones Nick Mohammed Peter Capaldi Sophie Okonedo.

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures.

Kent Locations Used: Port of Dover Cruise Terminal One (Dover Marine Station), Shakespeare beach.

In this feature by Disney Studios, AA Milne’s Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), is a working man with a wife and family, who is helped by his childhood friends, Pooh (Jim Cummings) and Co. to rediscover the joy of living. Over a period of four weeks, production transformed the entire historic Grade II Listed Dover Marine Station, an old Victorian railway station at the Dover Cruise Terminal into a London railway station, including running trains. A short film for the end credits was also shot on Shakespeare Beach in Dover.

Starring Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Trainspotting) as Christopher Robin, Jim Cummings (Princess and the Frog, Shrek) as the voices of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Cinderella) as Robin’s wife Evelyn Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Mist) as Owl, Nick Mohammed (The Martian, Bridget Jones’s Baby) voices Piglet, Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, World War Z) as Rabbit and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things) as Kanga.

The Railway Station at Dover Western Docks was first opened in January 1915, to receive wounded soldiers during WWI via the newly built Dover Harbour in 1909 and dispatched them to hospitals across the UK with best possible speed. The Unknown Warrior was returned to Britain here before being laid to rest in Westminster Abbey. From 1919, the station served the civilian population wishing to take the Express Boat Train to the Continent, though during WWII, it once again served the military. After its closure in 1994, it has served as Dover Cruise Terminal 1 which opened in 1996.

Production for Christopher Robin in Dover started in September 2017 and the listed and fully intact station building of Cruise Terminal 1, was transformed back into a railway station, complete with trains, shops and almost 400 local extras providing the background of a busy London terminal for a few days. Cruise passengers were diverted to Terminal 2, which gave production unusual, sole use of a large station set.

Port of Dover PR & Media Relations Officer, Justine Wingate said: “Dover Marine Station here at the Port of Dover, is a unique and versatile location. Not just because it is a beautiful example of a Victorian railway station but it is situated in a large secure area with little public access and plenty of space for unit bases and equipment.
The team from Disney spotted its potential as a featured location straight away and did an outstanding job in bringing it to life for Christopher Robin.”

Kent Film Officer, Gabrielle Lindemann said: “Once the location was secured, the biggest challenge was to accommodate the sometimes additional two to three hundred crew and cast. Local businesses stepped up to provide additional unit support and Kent accommodation providers across the whole of East Kent hosted our visitors.
Christopher Robin presented Kent Film Office with a great opportunity to show the sector that the county can successfully host and manage large scale productions.”

Dover houses Europe’s busiest ferry port, connecting the UK with the European mainland. Dover Castle towers above the town, signalling Dover’s strategic importance in the defence of the country and the White Cliffs are one of the most recognised landmarks in Britain. Some other feature films shot around Dover are ‘King Lear’, ‘Avengers’, ‘Into the Woods’, and ‘The Ones Below’.

The film will be released in the UK on 17th August 2018.

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