Horizon: My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War (2018)

Richard Gray lies in a hospital bed at Darent Valley Hospital. The front right side of his head is dented from removal of part of the brain

Richard Gray at Darent Valley Hospital, September 2013 © BBC F. Lloyd-Davies

:  Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Production Company:  Studio 9 Films / BBC

Kent Locations Used:  Trosley Country Park, Darent Valley Hospital.

Horizon follows the story of Richard Gray and his remarkable recovery from a catastrophic stroke.  Recorded over four years by his documentary film-maker wife, Fiona, this film chronicles the hard work of recovery.

Bed bound and unable to do anything, including speak, the initial outlook was bleak until the occasional, small glimmers of hope emerged.  Always armed with her camera, Fiona captures the moment Richard moves his fingers for the first time, and then documents his months long struggle to relearn how to walk again.

The story also features poignant footage delivered in a series of flashbacks, in which we see and hear Richard at his professional best. He was a peacekeeper with the United Nations, immersed in the brutal war in Sarajevo, Bosnia. We also hear from the surgeons and clinicians who were integral to Richard’s remarkable recovery, from describing life-saving, high-risk reconstructive surgery to intensive rehabilitation programmes that pushed the former soldier to his limits. As the film starts, Fiona asks ‘will Richard, my Richard still be there?’ By the end the answer is clear.

Kent-based film maker Fiona Lloyd-Davies filmed the trees from Trosley Country Park throughout the seasons. In winter without leaves they resemble the brain’s neural pathways, and later in the year as they come into leaf they serve as a useful metaphor for regrowth and recovery. Part of the documentary also shows Richard’s stay in Darent Valley Hospital.

Richard Gray in his New Zealand Army uniform going to Anzac Day commemorations with his wife Fiona, April 2017

Richard Gray in his New Zealand Army uniform going to Anzac Day commemorations with his wife Fiona, April 2017 © BBC F. Lloyd-Davies

Trosley Country Park is situated on the top of the North Downs, and covers 170 acres.  There are fine views of the Weald of Kent.  The steep grassland slopes are home to a whole variety of wildlife especially butterflies and flowers.

The Tonbridge and Malling District is a popular area of Kent for filming. Cape Wrath (2007) a 7-part thriller was filmed at Leybourne Lakes and Kings Hill. The areas have great transport links, local amenities, a network of cycle paths and a number of sports facilities.

My Amazing Brain: Richard’s War will be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm on Monday 5th February 2018.  


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David Jason’s Secret Service (2017)

David Jason appears in a vintage car in front of a historic espionage building

David Jason’s Secret Service – © More 4

Director: James Tovell

Starring: David Jason

Production Company: October Films

Kent locations Used: Folkestone

Sir David Jason presents this three-part documentary series which reveals the secret places, people and stories from Britain’s 20th Century spy history. Episode One explores the inception of the British Secret Service in 1909 by Sir Mansfield Cumming. In 1914, when the First World War broke out in Europe, this group of spies were crucial in securing Allied victories and Folkestone became the frontline for British spy organisations.

In June 2017, the production team filmed at various locations in Folkestone, including the clifftop promenade, The Leas.

The Leas boasts sea views to France and Folkestone itself is renowned for its Creative Quarter with many galleries, shops, relaxing bars and restaurants. Tourists can visit the Kent Battle of Britain Museum which pays homage to the aircrews that defended Britain during the Second World War or visit Folkestone Harbour to explore Kent’s maritime history.

The town has been used previously for filming by productions such as Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row (2017) and Digging for Britain (2011), not to mention the seaside episode for Darling Buds of May, starring Mr Jason himself (1991-1993).

The three-part series first airs on More4 on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 9pm and runs weekly until the 19th December 2017.

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

For more information on programme/film visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/david-jasons-secret-service

For more information on locations used: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/

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Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies (2016)

Richard E. Grant standing in front of a "Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies" graphic

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies © UKTV

Production Company: Phil MacIntyre TV

Kent Locations Used: Kent and East Sussex Railway Tenterden Station, Leeds Castle

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies is a three part series exploring the history of Ealing Studios and the iconic films that were made there including the silent films made at the turn of the 20th century, music hall comedies of the 1930’s and the 1940’s film that started the phrase ‘an Ealing comedy’ – Passport to Pimlico.

Throughout the series, Richard is joined by special guests including Jonathan Ross, Michael Palin, Mike Leigh, Peter Capaldi and Carrie Fisher.

Richard E. Grant on a train at the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Richard E. Grant on the Kent and East Sussex Railway © Kent and East Sussex Railway

In April 2016, the Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies team visited Kent and East Sussex Railway Tenterden Station and Leeds Castle which was used as a film location for Ealing Comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Kent & East Sussex Railway is a ten and a half mile rural light railway from Tenterden to East Sussex. Kent & East Sussex Railway has previously featured in film and TV productions including Mapp and Lucia (2014) Last Passenger (2013) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011).

Near to the county town of Kent is the stunning Leeds Castle. Sitting on a 500 acre estate, this location boasts period rooms, beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. The castle has previously been used as a film location for Rustom (2016), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), and Lady Jane (1987).

Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies airs on GOLD (Sky 110, Virgin 124, BT 310) from Sunday 18th September 2016 at 19:00.


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

For more information on the show:  http://corporate.uktv.co.uk/news/article/richard-e-grant-brings-gold-dose-ealing-comedy/

For more information about Kent and East Sussex Railway:  http://www.kesr.org.uk/

For more information on Leeds Castle: https://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Sean Bean on Waterloo (2015)

Fort Amherst

View from Fort Amherst ©Kentfilmoffice


Starring: Sean Bean

Production Company: Wavelength Films

Kent Locations: Chatham, Fort Amherst

On the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo was fought between France and the Seventh Coalition; this year will mark the 200th anniversary of that Battle. To honour that anniversary, a two part documentary will air, presented by actor Sean Bean. The documentary will feature evidence from eye witness accounts, along with modern military experts to help tell the story of the conflict. Alongside military experts, Sean Bean will be testing tactics and weapons that were used during the battle and compare them with present day strategies. This documentary is hoping to “provide a ground level perspective” on the Battle.

The documentary has been produced by Independent company, Wavelength Films, and has been commissioned by A+E networks UK. Sean Bean has previously played fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe on the historical war drama ‘Sharpe’ (5 May 1993 –9 November 2008). Bean himself said “I have always been interested in the story of Waterloo especially since I played the role of Richard”. He also stated that “[Sharpe’s] adventures were based on real events 200 years ago”. When this documentary was first announced Sean Bean stated “I am excited to be following the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo to tell the story of the iconic battle on history.”

Filming for this special documentary has taken place in Belgium and England, and has also included iconic locations like Fort Amherst in Chatham, Medway, Kent which has been used for weapons testing and re-enactments of the battle.

Fort Amherst has tunnels that have featured in many films, such as Sherlock Homles: A Game of Shadows (2011- the tunnels were used as the escape tunnels at the French Resistance in Paris) and The Mission (1986- Fort Amherst’s tunnels were used as part of the convent where Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is being held after he kills his brother).


The program will air on Sunday June 14th June at 10pm on the History UK channel, Sky: 529 and 530 (+1), Virgin Media: 234, BT: 327, TalkTalk: 327.

Quadrangle Film Festival tickets on sale now!

 Quadrangle Film Festival Poster

Quadrangle Film Festival tickets on sale now!

Dates: 14th-16th September 2012

Price: £80/£60 concessions 

After a successful debut in 2011, the Kent based Quadrangle Film Festival returns to give young filmmakers a chance to attend workshops, screenings and discussions where ideas are exchanged with a wide variety of talents ranging from students to professional documentary filmmakers.

It is an intimate festival, set in Shoreham amongst the delightful Kent countryside where the only thing to pitch is your tent. 

The Quadrangle Film Festival is a retreat experience for the documentary old guard, the student vanguard, and everyone in between –  where the documentary form is questioned and challenged, where ideas are exchanged and hopefully we come away inspired and rejuvenated. 

Special guests will be attending the festival to contribute to discussions and present their own work. This event is a must for documentary makers and lovers!

Don’t miss out on the second year Quadrangle Film Festival at the Quadrangle Trust to celebrate the craft of documentary filmmaking, book your tickets now!  

For more information visit: www.quadranglefilmfest.com

To book your tickets please visit: http://quadranglefilmfest.eventbrite.com/

The Quadrangle Film Festival is being supported by the Kent Film Office, the Grierson Trust, Goldsmiths University and the Quadrangle Trust.

Red Sails (2011)


Thames sailing barge at sea

Red Sails © Peter Smith Stock Images

Directed By:  Michael Maloney

Production Company: Countrywide

Kent Locations: Faversham

Faversham Film Maker Michael Maloney set to screen his documentary Red Sails at the Royal Cinema in Faversham.

Filmed at the working Ship Yard in Faversham, the creeks in the Estuary and Redsands Fort, the documentary explores the influence of the Thames Sailing Barge in the development of trade, and its contribution to the building of Victorian London through the use of interviews and archive footage.  Looking into the lives of the craftsmen and their trade, which made the Thames Barges so unique, it was an apt time for filming as the last commercially trading vessel, The Cambria, has been recently restored.

Faversham is a town with a strong maritime history. Since prehistoric time it has been a location for the loading and unloading of cargo where boats and ships would travel down the various creeks that branch off from the Thames Estuary. The town was an associate member of the Confederation of Cinque Ports and from the 11th till the 16th centuries provided the nation with navies in which to defend the county.

The Thames Estuary Army forts, of which the Redsands Fort is one, were constructed in 1942 with the purpose to provide anti-aircraft fire within the Thames Estuary area. In 1955, the forts were deemed to be of no further operational value and were briefly the home to pirate radio stations during the 1960s and 70’s.  Since then the Forts have remained empty but still are a striking piece of historic architecture on the horizon.

Maloney has a history of enlightening audiences about Kent’s local past. In 2009 he completed a film called A Sideways Launch about the history of the Pollock Shipyard in Faversham. Between 1916 and 1969, more than 1200 ships were built by the yard on the creek and launches sideways into the narrow waterway.

Faversham is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek and is a beautiful, historic market town with nearly 500 listed buildings, many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The area has been used for various productions including Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and Great Expectations (2012).

Maloney is screening his film at the Royal Cinema in Faversham on the 7th of December at 1pm. DVD’s will be available to purchase.


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

For more information about Red Sails: http://www.cwideprods.co.uk/red-sails/

For more information on Redsands Fort: http://www.project-redsand.com/ 

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/pages/home.aspx?i_PageID=188

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Van Gogh: Painted with Words 2010

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

A drama-documentary using dialogue sourced from the artist’s letters to his brother. This is Van Gogh’s story in his own words.

Production Company: BBC
Kent Filming Locations:   Ramsgate, Thanet

A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Van Gogh.

Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and the people around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, cultured and yet tormented man. The programme includes scenes of Ramsgate, where Van Gogh once stayed.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which offers stunning Victorian architecture, a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre.  The Ramsgate area has been chosen as a film location by productions including True Love (2012), Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012) and Van Gogh: Painted With Words (2010).

Van Gogh: Painted with words will be shown on BBC1 at 5:10pm on Monday 5 April


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