Washed up on a deserted beach with no recollection of how she got there and who she is, Grace’s (Alex Reid –Life on Mars, The Descent) world changes dramatically as she collides with a man (Jamie Drevan, – Billy Elliot, Ultimate Force) who is intent on killing her.
In a desperate attempt to recall her memories and stay alive, Grace goes on the run. I her mind, the chaos of the city mixes with the bleak and savage coast and she begins to piece together her past, frantically working out how she became embroiled in a world of betrayal and espionage.
Filmed on a budget of less than £3000, Jetsam premiered at this year’s London Film festival to packed cinemas, forecasting a very promising future for the film.
Simon Welsford, a Kent resident, was inspired by his surroundings and the Margatecoast provided the perfect backdrop for the moody, volatile atmosphere the thriller demanded. The weather was even on hand to help reflect the mood.
Filmed predominantly in Margate, with a largely local cast, Donovan Slackstells the story of a hospital patient who discovers the bitter truth about his past and leads a fishermen’s uprising against the Government.
Donovan Slacks (Ashley Penrose), is based on the real life leader of a militant fisherman’s uprising on the Kent coast in the 1920’s. Shot partly as a silent movie, partly as a talkie, it mixed Super-8 film with digital video to great effect. The movie received backing both from Screen South and the UK Film Council.
Despite working on a micro budget, the production managed to recreate 1920’s Britain complete with a cast of over 75, vintage cars, trains, bathing machines, cliff stunts, and battle scenes.
Starring: Bernard Hill, Ger Ryan, Daniel Percival, Clare-Hope Ashitey
Production Company: Artangel Media, Arts Council of England, Channel 4 Television Corporation
Kent Filming Locations:Margateand surrounding areas.
Produced and commissioned by Artangel in collaboration with Channel 4 and the Arts Council UK, EXODUS is a retelling of the Old Testament story of Moses’ search of the Promised Land in a contemporary setting. Filmed entirely in Thanet, the feature length drama is directed by Penny Woolcock, featuring artwork by Anthony Gormley (Angel of the North).
The film stars Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic) as the Pharaoh and Ger Ryan (Queer as Folk, Fat Friends) as his wife. Moses is played by Daniel Percival (Vital Signs) and Zipporah by Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men). All other characters, as well as the supporting cast, were played by people from Margateand the Isle of Thanet who also assisted behind the scenes.
A highlight of the film is ‘Exodus Day’ which culminated in the burning of ‘Waste Man’ a 25 metre structure made of unwanted rubbish by artist Anthony Gormley. It also featured a performance at Margate’sWinter Gardens by local musicians, performing songs written exclusively for Exodus by artists like Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, The Tiger Lillies and Imogen Heap. The theme for he music were the ten Biblical plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Death of ivestock, Boils, Hailstones, Locusts, Darkness and death of the first born
The entire project revolved around the involvement of the local community including students and staff from MargateAdult Education Centre. The students took on speaking roles and helped to make the props and sets for the film in their classes. Programme manager, Viv Smith, even abseiled Anthony Gormley’s Waste Man to help in its creation.
The crew of Exodus were delighted at the help they received and gave their thanks in the credits of the film for KAES, the students in the film and the tutors who help build the sets and worked on textiles.
Gypo is a 2005 feature length film follows the breakup of a working class family when their teenage daughter befriends a Romany Czech refugee. Gypo told in three revelatory narratives, each from a particular character’s point of view, reveals how the disintegration of an ordinary working class family finally comes to a head when unexpected emotions are unleashed. An innovative, gripping and engaging journey into the heart of a dysfunctional British family on the Kent coast, Gypo reveals how suburban fears and tabloid sensationalism have come to perpetuate the myths surrounding refugees.
Jan Dunn (The Calling, Ruby Blue) directs and writes the screenplay to her debut feature length film. Pauline Mclynn (Father Ted, Eastenders, Angela’s Ashes) stars as Helen with a supporting cast including, Chloe Sirene (United 93, The Calling, Ruby Blue), Paul McGann (Alien 3, Withnail & I, Queen and the Damned).
Since their success with GYPO, Elaine Wickham and Jan Dunn, the team behind Medb Films have made a second feature set in East Kent, RUBY BLUE starring Bob Hoskins, as well as a short, MY MOTHER, both currently in post-production.
The film was released in November 2005 and is now available for DVD release.
With thanks to Jan Dunn and Elaine Wickham from Medb Films for the photos
In 2005, Scrapheap Challenge came to Margateand invited two teams to construct a vehicle that could travel both on land and in the sea. The programme challenges two teams on a weekly basis to construct a vehicle made entirely from scrap in 10 hours. The two teams then face each other in a battle to win a place in the series final.
In this episode of Scrapheap Challenge, a team of Forklift Drivers (The Powerlifters) battled against a team of Army Helicopter Pilots (Apache Wariors) to build an amphibious car. Their underwater adventure provided hilarious results, particularly from the Apache Warriors, who ended updragging a buoy half way round the course!
Margateoffers a wide and diverse range of attractions including a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and historic architecture that are appealing to both tourists and film companies alike. Productions that have filmed in the area include Edge of Heaven (2014), True Love(2012), and The Apprentice (2009).
The town has recently seen a surge in filming interest, for example the filming of Exodus, which culminated in the burning of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Waste Man’ at Margate’s Dreamland.
The Margate episode of Scrapheap Challenge was shown in 2005.
Last Orders is based on the novel of the same name by Graham Swift, and tells the story of how one man’s death affects the lives of those close to him as his best friends make a journey to pursue his final wish to have his ashes scattered at sea.
Throughout the journey, Jack’s companions share their own individual memories of him and how he made an impact on their lives. Flashbacks are used throughout the film stretching through six decades telling the story of the group of London pals as they make their heart felt journey to say goodbye to their friend.
Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation, A Cry in the Dark) and starring a host of acting talent including Michael Caine (The Italian Job, Batman Begins), Ray Winston(The Departed, The Sweeney), Bob Hoskins(Made in Dagenham, Ruby Blue), David Hemmings(The Rainbow Jacket, Gangs of New York), Tom Courtenay(Doctor Zhivago, The Golden Compass) and Helen Mirren(Calendar Girls, The Queen).
Rochester was used as a stop off during the friend’s journey and you can see them drive over Rochester Bridge and also walk down the high street. Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle and has many links with Charles Dickens. Previous productions to have filmed in the area include Long Lost Family (2012), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)and Veer (2009).
The Mount in Old Wives Lees was also one of the stop offs on the groups journey and is used for the flashback scenes of how Jack met his wife Amy. Neighboring village to Chilham, has a remarkable fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings and has been used for a variety of filming projects including Top Gear (2011), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011)and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).
Margate features in the final scenes of the film where the men scatter Jack’s ashes from the harbor arm.Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular location having previously welcomed productions such as Mary Queen of the High Street (2013), BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009).
Last Orders was released in UK cinemas in January 2002 and is now available to buy on DVD.
In director Pawel Pawlikowski’s debut feature film, a young Russian woman named Tanya (Dina Korzun) travels to the UK with her son, hoping to begin a new life with her fiancé. On arrival, airport security immediately question her intentions and feeling trapped, Tanya makes a rash decision to apply for political asylum. While their claim is considered, the pair are taken to the fictional seaside town of Stonehaven. Unable to get hold of her fiancé, Tanya has to face the reality that returning home isn’t going to be a quick or easy process and turns to arcade worker Alfie (Paddy Considine) for help.
The film stars Dina Korzun, (Cold Souls, Forty shades of Blue), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, Submarine), Artyom Strelnikov (Russian Ark), Adrian Scarborough (Les Misérables, The Kings Speech) and Bruce Byron (The Bill, The Mummy Returns).
The Jolly Boys’ Outing is the 1989 Christmas Special of the popular BBC series Only Fools and Horses and sees the Trotter brothers go on their annual coach trip to Margate with the Nag’s Head regulars. However, the trip doesn’t go to plan and forces the gang to stay overnight where Del bumps into his old flame Raquel.
Renowned British comedy Only Fools and Horses is about the Trotter brothers who live in Peckham, South London and thehighs and lows they face trying to get rich. The sitcom was created and written by John Sullivan (The Two Ronnies, Roger Roger) and ran from 1981 – 2003, becoming one of the most loved sitcoms.
The Jolly Boys’ Outing episode was directed by Tony Dow (Babylon 5, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show) and stars David Jason (Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May) as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Goodnight Sweetheart, Rock & Chips) asRodney Trotter and Buster Merryfield (Shroud for a Nightingale, Strangers and Brothers) asUncle Albert.
The supporting cast also boasts many familiar face including Roger Lloyd-Pack (The Vicar of Dibley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Tessa Peake-Jones (Marchlands, Holby City) and Paul Barber (The Full Monty, Coronation Street).
Margatewas the main destination in the episode where the boys visit theme park Dreamland. The former BroadstairsPolice Station also features in the episode as well as the now closed Roman Galley Pub in Herne Baywhich was used for the pitstop location where the gang stop off on their journey to Margate.
Margateis a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The area has been seen on screen before featuring in productions such as BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders (2002).
O Dreamland is a short documentary film made in 1953 by just the director Lindsay Anderson and a cameraman and is about amusement park Dreamland in Margate.
The film takes the audience on a tour of Dreamland in Margate and its various attractions such as bingo, arcades, rides, café and mechanical puppets set to background noise and music.
The 12 minute film was made with basic equipment – a single camera and an audiotape recorder and after completion it was shelved and likely never to be shown however Anderson decided to screen the film as part of the Free Cinema programme.
Dreamlandhas been closed since 2006 but there are redevelopment of the site is being undertaken with plans to re-open in 2014.
Margateis a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, galleries and period housing. Margatehas become a popular location having previously welcomed productions such as Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel (2012), BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012) and feature film Last Orders (2002).