The Victorian Sleuth returns to our screens in an all action film
Writer: Simon Kinberg, Anthony Peckham
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Kelly Reilly
Production Company: Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Wigram Productions
Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Boxing day 2009 saw the release of the new Sherlock Holmes movie directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Fans expecting a classic ‘Sherlock’ adaptation complete with smoking pipe and deerstalker hat will be disappointed. This interpretation of Holmes is fast paced and action filled, taking its cue from modern graphic novels.
Based on an unpublished comic book by Lionel Wigram, the film features
Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr Watson (Jude Law). Set in 1891, the film sees Holmes and Watson trying to stop Lord Blackwood’s (Mark Strong) conspiracy to destroy Britain. To thwart this deadly plot, Sherlock’s brilliance and intellect are called upon alongside some newly acquired skills:bare knuckle and sword fighting.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper) and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word, Invictus) and starring Robert Downey Jr (Zodiac, Iron Man) and Jude Law (Cold Mountain, Alfie). Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook), Mark Strong (Body of Lies, The Young Victoria), Eddie Marsan (V for Vendetta, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles.
Ritchie and the all star cast came to The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film parts of the movie. The Historic Dockyard Chatham proved to be an ideal location with its cobbled streets, industrial buildings and authentic Victorian architecture. If you watch carefully you will notice the following locations.
- Punchbowl Pub interior: fight scene
- Punch Bowl pub exterior: various characters entering the pub
- Main Gate (the seal): entering the prison to see Blackwood
- Hemp House 3: Hanging of Lord Blackwood
- Ropery courtyard: Prison exterior scene with Holmes and Watson locked up in the prison yard
- Chain and Cable shed: chase scene with hansom cabs before the slip 7 scene where the ship enters the Thames
- Slip 7: The fight with Dredger around the ship in slip 7
The Historic Dockyard Chatham remains a top Kent filming location due to its unblemished historical surroundings, authentic backdrops, cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture. It has previously been used in productions such as BBC’s Oliver Twist (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and Vanity Fair (2005).
Sherlock Holmes was released in cinemas on December 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.
For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.