Invisible Eyes (2009)

close up of Pia Mechler staring away from the camera in front of a black backgroun. Invisible Eyes is written in white on top.

Actress Pia Mechler starring as Gaby © Hide Films

Writer/Director – Olivier Cohen

Producer – Liz Rosilio

Production Company: HiDe Films

Kent Filming Location: Old Romney

‘Invisible Eyes’ follows successful model Gaby (Pia Mechler) as she tries to begin a new life away from  the glamour and glory of the catwalk. Reluctant to accept her career is on a downward spiral, Gaby retreats to a country house to cheer herself up. Soon she begins to feel observed by invisible eyes. Is there truly someone watching her, or is she sliding into madness?   Co-starring Simon Merrells (The Wolfman and ITV’s The Bill) and Michael Mears (The Colour of Magic and Sharpe) this thriller promises to surpise you!

Invisible Eyes premiered at this years Cannes Film Festival and has just been selected in the ‘Breakthrough Strand’ of the London UK Film Focus (LUFF) taking place on the 28 June to 1 July at the BFI Southbank.

Old Romney is in the Shepway district of Kent where the area has welcomed filming from The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), The Only Way is Essexmas (2014) and The Harry Hill Movie (2013).

For further information regarding screenings and festival submissions please see the Invisible Eyes website below.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map. 

DEREK (2008)

Tilda Swinton and Issac Julien behind a grey gravestone in a graveyard

Tilda Swinton and Issac Julien © JN Films

Director: Issac Julien

Production Company: Normal Films

Kent Locations: Dungeness, Prospect Cottage, St Clements Church, Old Romney

Drawing of Derek Jarman in black and white

Derek Jarman © Steve Pike & JN Films

Starring Tilda Swinton (The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Michael Clayton) and directed by Issac Julien, DEREK explores the many faces of Derek Jarman and looks at his life as an artist and filmmaker. The film is based around previously unseen footage of an interview which was conducted with Jarman in 1991, which is interwoven with clips of his work including pop promos and feature films, as well as rare home movies depicting his family life.

In 2007, Tilda Swinton and Issac Julien visited Kent to film at Derek Jarman’s home ‘Prospect Cottage’ on the Dungeness estate. His garden, made from shingle, driftwood and other material salvaged from the beach, is much treasured and continues to attract both visitors and film crews alike.

Derek Jarman died in 1994 after a long battle with AIDS and he is now buried at St Clements Church in Old Romney.

DEREK was originally shown on More 4 as part of the Jarman Season and has garnered critical acclaim across the globe. This summer the documentary was shown at the Sundance Festival and at The Berlin Film Festival.

Dungeness is a unique coastal landscape with a shingle beach, two lighthouses and a power station. The area is a popular film location having previously been used for productions including Homes By The Sea (2014) and Parades End (2012).

Recently the documentary also received a nomination for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.