Above the Clouds (2020)

A picture containing two people and a yellow car

Above the Clouds (2020) © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

Director:  Leon Chambers
Writers: Simon Lord (screenplay), Leon Chambers, Simon Lord, James Godden
Starring: Naomi Morris, Andrew Murton, Philip Jackson
Production Company: Third Light Films
Kent Locations Used: Margate – Turner Contemporary, Seafront and The Harbour Arm, Marine Drive and The Parade, Thanet Way

Above the Clouds is an offbeat coming-of-age comedy of one girl’s marathon quest to find her real father. When headstrong Charlie (Naomi Morris) discovers her parents have been keeping her biological father secret from her, she recruits a rough sleeper (Andrew Murton) to be her ‘responsible adult’ and sets off for Scotland on her provisional driving licence to go and find him.

Above the Clouds is a feature film directed by Kent filmmaker Leon Chambers who has directed a number of film shorts including Stolen Youth (2008), Lonely Hearts (2013) and The Long Lonely Walk (2010), which won five Film Festival awards. Above The Clouds was written by Simon Lord from a story by Leon Chambers, Simon Lord and James Godden.

Above the Clouds, starring Naomi Morris (Pennyworth (2019) and Back (2017)), Andrew Murton (Let Me Go (2017)), Philip Jackson (Peterloo (2018), The Good Karma Hospital (2017- 2018)), has screened at major international festivals including Austin Film Festival 2018, Naples International Film Festival 2019 and Margate Film Festival 2019 and has won seven awards including Austin Film Festival 2018 Best Narrative Feature – Audience Award, Oxford Film Festival 2019 Best Actress Award & Best Director Award and Naples International Film Festival 2019 Indie Spirit Award. For the full list of festival screenings and awards see here.

Leon Chambers and Simon Lord are currently in development with their next collaboration, sci-fi satire A Certain Tomorrow.

The film makes use of multiple filming locations in Margate including the Turner Contemporary gallery, Margate Seafront and The Harbour Arm, Marine Drive and The Parade and Thanet Way.

Two people sitting in front of a window at Turner Contemporary Gallery

Above the Line (2020) production still – Turner Contemporary © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

Margate is a seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and the ultra-modern art gallery Turner Contemporary which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities.

Margate seafront in the district of Thanet is a popular film location and has been used as in various productions such as in feature films King of Thieves (2018) and King Lear (2018). Ramsgate is also a popular location in Thanet and has featured in several productions such as Baptise (2019), Hurricane (2018) and The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

Two people standing on Margate beach

Above the Line (2020) – Margate Seafront © Leon Chambers – Third Light Films

The film was released on 28th January 2020 and is available to view via iTunes, Amazon Prime and various other on demand channels. For more information see the film’s website: http://www.abovethecloudsfilm.co.uk/

Links

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

For more information on the film visit: http://www.abovethecloudsfilm.co.uk/

For more information on Turner Contemporary visit: https://www.turnercontemporary.org/

For more information on Margate visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/margate-broadstairs-and-ramsgate/margate/

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

 


LAMDA-on-Sea

Still from 'Lost Village'

Still from ‘Lost Village’

On Tuesday 12th May, LAMDA (the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) will be screening five shorts, all set in Whitstable, at the Curzon in Soho.

Four professional writers were commissioned by LAMDA to write five short films, which graduating actors on the Foundation Degree in Professional Acting star in. As well as being directed and edited by industry professionals, the films were supported by students on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Foundation Degree.

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.

Still from Driftwood

Still from ‘Driftwood’

The films examine a range of different topics and situations all centred around the coastal town. Bride of Blood is a tale of love; a gothic couple taking a romantic break to Whitstable. Meanwhile, Driftwood identifies directly with the students as Ella finishes university and struggles with her friendships. Ebb and Flow presents a divide in friendships and finding an unexpected body on the beach. House of Dreams presents two characters inheriting a huge sum of money and their decision on whether they should buy their dream house. Lastly, Lost Village explores four people divided by personalities and differences.

The five shorts are screened as part of the students’ final year degree programme.

Many well-known actors have graduated from LAMDA demonstrating its reputation for finding and developing talent. Alumni include Benedict Cumberbatch (2015 Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominee for The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominated for the 2014 Best Actor Oscar for 12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (nominated for the 2015 Best Actor Golden Globe for Selma).

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.

 

Tickets cost £5 and are available for purchase from Wednesday 6th May at noon by calling the Box Office on 020 8834 0550 or online via the LAMDA website.

 

Links:

 

For more information about LAMDA: http://www.lamda.org.uk/drama-school

For more information about the Curzon: http://www.curzoncinemas.co.uk/soho

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx