Production Company: Shoebox Films, Lorton Entertainment
Kent Locations Used: Dartford, Gravesham
The film The Escape follows the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) at a crossroads in her life, as she struggles to chase her dreams alongside her responsibilities as a mother and a wife. She decides on a change and heads off to Paris to find herself.
Director, writer, Dominic Savage, has previously worked on BBC films Born Equal and Freefall. Gemma Arterton has starred in high-profile films such as Hansel & Gretel: Witch-Hunters and Clash of the Titans. Dominic Cooper has been credited in Captain America: The First Avenger and Mamma Mia! .
Scenes were filmed in and around the Gravesend area, including Northfleet Nursery which was used as Tara’s son’s day centre. Imperial Business Park also features, as Tara’s local place for shopping.
Production also filmed in and around Dartford, at a property in Caspian Way which features as the family’s home. Crayland Primary School features as Tara’s daughter’s school and the park off of Broomfield Road is visited by the whole family at the weekend. As well as filming at a nearby kids’ playground in Swanscombe, and Ebbsfleet International Station, where Tara (Gemma Arterton) watches the trains on one occasion and later leaves for Paris.
The Escape was released in the UK on Friday 3rd August 2018.
The Rizen was written and directed by Matt Mitchell (Gangsters, Guns & Zombies, It Never Sleeps). The film stars Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Decoy Bride), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy, Rush), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge, Everest) and Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Bottom).
The production was largely based in Kent and the Manor Way Business Park in Swanscombe was used as their studio, supplemented by Gravesend Old Town Hall which featured as a Grand Hall and one of the endless, dark corridors in the Powerhub in Maidstone.
Manor Way Business Park is an industrial area with offices and warehouses located in Swanscombe , famous for its spectacular finds of Early Man. The site has excellent transport links and previously featured in Gangsters, Guns & Zombies (2012) and Doctor Strange (2016).
Returning in 2015 for its fifth year is The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, in aid of BBC Children in Need. With help from The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, six young riders embark upon an epic 470-mile journey pedalling a rickshaw.
Starring: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Benedict Wong, Vicky McClure
Production Company: IM Global, Shoebox Films
Kent Locations: Dartford Crossing – QEII Bridge
Hummingbird is an action thriller film about ex-Special Forces officer Joey (Jason Statham) who returns to London from the Afghan war and finds himself homeless. After assuming another man’s identity and becoming lost in alcohol, drugs and criminality, Joey tries to turn his life around with the help of a nun, Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek).
The film is directed and written by Steven Knight(Locke, Peaky Blinders) and stars Jason Statham (Snatch, Crank), Agata Buzek (Valerie, Lena), Benedict Wong (Prometheus, The Martian) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch, This Is England).
The BBC is hosting a primetime season on tackling old age and discussing some of the issues that the elderly face in today’s society.
Produced by ‘Daisy Goodwin (The Apprentice, Pulling) and Robert Thirkell (Speed, Only Human). ‘When I Get Older’ is presented by a host of familiar faces: journalist John Simpson, TV and Radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, actress Lesley Joseph, Eastenders favourite June Brown and actor/comedian/historian Tony Robinson, all of whom are of pensionable age.
‘When I Get Older’ visited Kent locals from Dartford and Westerham to discuss their life and the challenges they face. The presenters spent time with the contributors, in the hope of understanding more about what it really means to be an older person in the UK. The series addresses issues like working past the age of retirement, failing health, loneliness and what it is like to live in a care home.
Comedian John Bishop took on a grueling challenge to raise money for Sport Relief! Don’t miss the special programme which shows how John was tested to the limit when he cycled, rowed and ran more than 295 miles from Paris to London in just five days.
The 45-year-old started his journey in Paris at 8am on 27th February and didn’t arrive in Calais until nearly 3am, a punishing day of cycling 185 miles. After very little sleep, day two saw John row across the choppy waters of the English Channel to Dover with the help of celebrity friends TV presenter Davina McCall, athlete Denise Lewis and cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
Back on British soil, John had to start the first of his three marathons in three days, which saw him run from Dover to Faversham, passing through Lydden, Shepherswell, Bridge, Canterbury, Dunkirk and Boughton. Along the way, he was once again joined by some famous faces for support – Comedy Dave from The Chris Moyles Show and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary.
Despite being in a lot of pain, John pushed on through day four of the challenge and ran 28 miles from Faversham to Gravesend via Sittingbourne, Rainham and Rochester, this time joined by his wife, as well as Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and comedian Frank Skinner.
Day five, the final day of John’s “Week From Hell” saw John start his run in Gravesend, passing through Dartford and Bexleyheath and being joined by footballer Robbie Savage and his sons. His challenge ended in Trafalgar Square in London, where he was met by hundreds of supporters cheering him along and comedian Jason Manford, who announced John had raised over £1 million pounds.
Sport Relief is a charity that was set up in 2002, when Comic Relief and BBC Sport collaborated to make the new charity which would combine sport and fundraising for people who are living in challenging circumstances in both the UK and across the world.
To date, John challenge has raised more than £1.6 million. Don’t miss John Bishop’s Week of Hell on Thursday 22nd March 2012 at 21:00 on BBC1.
TV channel Dave is making a “big splash” this month as comedian Jo Brand returns to our screens.
The show sees one of the country’s favourite comics explore the watery side of life. Accompanied by some of her fellow funny men, Brand takes us through a journey of the pools, sewers, canals and bathrooms of Britain.
Participating in the notorious Maldon Mud race with comedian Sean Lock and trying the trendy new sport of “wild swimming” with Bill Bailey, the show is guaranteed to have you laughing till you cry.
One programme in the series sees Jo come to our very own Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford. It is here that she explores some lifesaving skills in her pyjamas – a familiar childhood memory for many of us!
Returning for its third series, this hit comedy finds out what’s on the mind of the average sixth-form boy and discovers it’s less about college and jobs and more about getting to know girls.
Marooned in suburbia, The Inbetweeners follows four friends as they navigate the minefield of the Comprehensive Education with their hormones at full blast. There’s vomit, offensive language, and a trip to Thorpe Park.
None of the heroes are exceptional, all are distinctly average. And trying to convince the world they are sophisticated, sexy human beings usually ends in wretched disaster.
Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Julie Walters
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Heyday Films
Kent Filming Locations: Dartford Crossing
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is the seventh instalment of the popular Harry Potter series based on the novels by JK Rowling. The story follows Harry racing against time to destroy the Horcruxes, Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality. During his pursuit he uncovers the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
With an A-list British cast, including those who grew up on the film set, Daniel Radcliffe(The Woman in Black), Rupert Grint (Wild Target), Emma Watson(The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes);and veteran actors such as Michael Gambon (The King’s Speech), Maggie Smith (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List)and Helena Bonham-Carter (Les Misérables).
The Dartford Crossing became part of movie history in 2010 when it was used for the scene where Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) race through the toll road and tunnel on a flying motorbike, being chased by Death-Eaters. At the end of the scene, as they take to the air, make sure you spot the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in the background!
Wasp is an inspiring short film, written and directed by Dartford born Andrea Arnold. Zoe, a single mother, is struggling to provide for her children in 21st century Britain. When her ex-boyfriend David asks her out, she pretends she is just babysitting her children and has to balance caring for them whilst trying to rekindle her relationship with David.
The 26 minute long film won an Oscar for best short film in 2005 and has won 22 other awards since 2003.
Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road Red Road, Wuthering Heights) directed and wrote Wasp, which stars Natalie Press (My Summer of Love, Ill Manors, Fifty Dead Men Walking) and Danny Dyer (EastEnders, The Football Factory, The Business).