Red Joan (2019)

Sophie Cookson wearing a green jumper talking to one of the other characters in the film who has his back to the camera, outside in what looks like a field.

Sophie Cookson in Red Joan ©YouTube

 

Writer: Lindsay Shapero
Director: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Judi Dench
Production Company: Trademark Films
Kent Locations Used: Historic Dockyard Chatham

Feature film Red Joan follows the life of the KGB’s longest-serving British spy, Joan Stanley (Judi Dench). Sophie Cookson plays Joan in her younger years, when, as a Soviet and communist party sympathizer, she is recruited by the KGB while employed as a British government civil servant. She successfully hands over information about the manufacture of nuclear arms which allows the Soviet Union to keep up with NATO in the arms race, managing to remain undetected for over half a century.

The film is directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables, School of Rock) and stars Oscar winning actress Judi Dench (Murder on the Orient Express, Victoria & Abdul), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), and Tom Hughes (Victoria, About Time).

Some scenes were filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham using the HMS Cavalier as well as Anchor Wharf.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with its Victorian and Georgian architecture has featured in films such as Victoria & Abdul (2017) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015).

Red Joan is due to be released in UK cinemas on Friday 19th April 2019.

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Killing Eve (2018)

Killing Eve poster- Killing Eve written in red on a black background. Jodie Comer is stood up holding Sandra Oh by the neck.

Killing Eve © Copyright Sid Gentle Films

 

Writer: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Director: Jon East, Damon Thomas, Harry Bradbeer

Starring: Fiona Shaw, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

Production Company: Sid Gentle Films for (BBC America)

Kent Locations Used:  Nells Café – Gravesend, M2 Motorway

Based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve is a spy thriller in which MI5 security officer Eve (Sandra Oh) and psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) go head to head in an game of cat and mouse…

Killing Eve has already developed a large following in the US where it first aired on BBC America in April this year. The series has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and its second series is already being filmed as we speak.

Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Crashing), and directed by Jon East (Downton Abbey, EastEnders), Damon Thomas (Penny Dreadful, Monroe) and Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag, Grantchester), Killing Eve stars Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, The White Princess) as Villanelle, the fearsome female assassin. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways), Fiona Shaw (The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Kim Bodnia (Pusher, The Bridge).

The production filmed at Nell’s Café, a popular roadside café off the A2 near Gravesend, as well as the M2 motorway.

Gravesend is on the southern bank of the River Thames and boasts a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international rail links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. The Gravesend area has previously welcomed film productions such as Babylon (2014) and Age of Heroes (2011). The Interceptor (2015) also filmed at Nell’s Café.

Killing Eve will air in the UK on Saturday 15th September 2018 on BBC One at 9.15pm and will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer.

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