Yardie (2018)

Idris Elba in Yardie leans against a car with a graffiti wall behind. He wears a leather jacket.

Amel Ameen in Yardie (2018) which makes its world premiere 20 January 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival © Alex Bailey

Writer: Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman
Director: Idris Elba
Starring: Amel Ameen, Akin Gazi, Mark Rhino Smith, Fraser James, Naomi Ackie
Production Company: BFI Film Fund, BFI, Wrap Films, Studio Canal
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Yardie is the film adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel of the same name. When a young boy witnesses the murder of his brother in Jamaica in 1973, a powerful don offers the boy a home and new life. Ten years later when he moves to London,his past catches up with him.

This feature is the directorial debut of Idris Elba (Luther, Thor: Ragnarok)  and was written by Brock Norman Brock (Bronson) and Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia). The Yardie stars Amel Ameen (The Maze Runner, Sense8), Mark Rhino Smith (Zootropolis, Creed), Fraser James (Holby City, The Loch) and Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who, The Five).

Several scenes, including high-paced car chases set in London, were actually filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham doubling up for East London in the 1970s. The Dockyard also features as the wider area where Rico’s (Stephen Graham ) club is located and D.( Aml Ameen ) is chased through the streets and over the roofs at night by Rico’s men. Thanks to its old Victorian and Georgian buildings the Dockyard is a popular filming site for crime dramas set in London such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mr Holmes (2015).

Amel Ameen talking to director Idris Elba on set stood in front of a white van

Amel Ameen (D) and Idris Elba in his directorial debut in Yardie (2018) © Studio Canal

Yardie makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 20th January 2018 and is due for UK release on 31st August 2018.


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

For more information about this film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5862902/?ref_=ttrel_rel_tt

For more information on the Chatham Historic Dockyard visit: http://thedockyard.co.uk/

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




Guerrilla (2017)

Guerrilla Poster © Sky UK Limited

Writer: John Ridley, Misan Sagay

Director: John Ridley, Sam Miller (3 episodes each)

Starring: Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Wunmi Mosaku, Giorgio Spiegelfeld

Production Company: Fifty Fathoms, ABC Signature

Kent Locations Used: Chatham Docks & River Medway

Idris Elba as Kent Fue © Sky UK Limited

New six-part drama Guerrilla follows political activist couple Jas (Freida Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay) who have formed an underground cell following the death of a pacifist friend by the police. When they break activist Dhari Bishop (Nathaniel Martello-White) from jail they embark on a journey into the underground that tests their relationship and values. Set in the 1970s, the story explores the UK’s social upheaval and political activism of the decade.

The new series stars Idris Elba (Prometheus, Luther), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Babou Ceesay (Free Fire, Eye in the Sky and Rogue One), Wunmi Mosaku (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Philomena) and Giorgio Spiegelfeld (United, Strings).

The production filmed at Chatham Docks and on the River Medway, which provides the setting for the final sequence of the series.

Chatham’s riverside runs from Ship Pier in the West, past Sun Pier to the Council Offices in the East. It fronts the River Medway at the Limehouse Reach. The riverside has previously welcomed Great Expectations (1999).

Guerrilla will premiere on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 13th April at 9pm


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

For more information on the programme visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5650574/

For more information on the River Medway visit: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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