Small Axe (2020)

A woman is struggling with two policeman stood either side of her holding her arms. They are outside a building.

Rochenda Sandall pictured centre © McQueen Limited

Starring:  Joshua Viner, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Letitia Wright, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Joshua Viner

Production Company: Amazon Studios for BBC

Kent Locations Used:  Canterbury Prison

Oscar-winning writer and director Steve McQueen (Widows (2018), 12 Years a Slave (2013)) brings a new series to BBC One with six one hour-long anthologies about London’s West Indian community spanning three decades.

The name of the series is derived from the Jamacian proverb ‘if you are the big tree, we are the small axe’ (Bob Marley) and focuses on the lives of a group of friends and their families living in West London from 1968 to 2014 and has a stellar cast featuring Letitia Wright (Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)), John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)), Rochenda Sandall ((Line of Duty (2012), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)), Malachi Kirby (Curfew (2019), Devils (2019)) and Joshua Viner (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)).

Production visited Canterbury Prison to shoot for two days. Canterbury Prison was sold to Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014 and is now part of the university campus. Most recently BBC TV Drama The Capture (2019) filmed at the Prison. The surrounding area of Canterbury is also popular for filming with previous productions including The Rizen (2017) and The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

The six-part series is due to air on 15th November 2020 on BBC One.

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For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on the series please visit: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2019-09-17/small-axe-bbc1-steve-mcqueen-drama-air-date-cast-trailer/

For more information about the conversion of Canterbury Prison visit: https://canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/estate-master-plan/prison-conversion.aspx

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Fixer (2008)

Jody Lee Latham, Peter Mullan, Andrew Buchan and Tamsin Outhwaite all in a row staring at the camera with a block of flats behind them

Jody Lee Latham, Peter Mullan, Andrew Buchan and

Tamsin Outhwaite cast of The Fixer © ITV1

Written by: Neil Cross

Directed by: Alrick Riley

Starring: Peter Mullen, Andrew Buchan, Jody Lee Latham ,Tamsin Outhwaite

Production Company: Kudos Film and Television

Kent Filming Locations: Botany Bay

From the award winning production company Kudos, who also brought you Hustle, Life on Mars and Spooks , comes a six part drama starring Tamsin Outhwaithe (Eastenders, Hotel Babylon), Peter Mullan (Children of Men, The Magdalene Sisters), Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals) and Jody Lee Latham (Ruby Blue, Shameless).

Retired police officer, Lenny Douglas (Peter Mullan), heads up a renegade group acting outside  the law to bring order to the spiralling criminal activity in the country. He hires John Mercer (Andrew Buchan), a former Special Forces member who has just been released from prison, to fix problems by carrying out assassinations. Rose (Tamsin Outhwaite), a disgraced ex police officer, and petty thief Calum  (Jody Lee Latham) help Mercer carry out his hits effectively, making them a deadly force to reckon with.

The production team visited Kent briefly in 2007 to shoot scenes at Botany Bay in Thanet.

Botany Bay is a beautiful sandy bay popular with tourists but it was once the home of notorious smugglers! In fact, Botany Bay is said to have been the location of the infamous Battle of Botany Bay, where Joss Snelling’s gang were caught red handed smuggling goods into the county. Botany Bay has previously welcomed projects such as the BBC drama True Love (2012).

The seclusion of the bay provided the perfect backdrop for a dark and sinister hit by The Fixer!

The first series aired on the 10th March on ITV and is now available to buy on DVD

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