This is our Family (2020)

A group of people standing in front of a house

This Is Our Family 2017 ©Sky UK ltd

Director: Ellena Wood
Executive Producers: Ben Gale, Helen Littleboy, Natasha Bondy, Marvyn Benoit
Production Company: Little Gem
Kent Locations Used: Margate

“This Is Our Family” follows four families from across the UK, to tell the stories of their lives over a three year period. This ambitious docu-series began filming four years ago and is split into four 60-minute episodes.

The episode directed by Ellena Wood (Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (2017)) and co-directed by Holly Moy, follows three generations of strong women living under one roof in Margate. Maree Miles lives with her three daughters, Ellie, Lily and Dolce in her mum Irene’s house. 86 year-old Irene has dementia and her condition seems to be getting worse.

Executive Producers are Ben Gale and Helen Littleboy for Little Gem, with Natasha Bondy as Creative Director. Marvyn Benoit is Executive Producer for Sky.

Production visited Margate to film at the participants’ home as well as the seafront, including wide aerial drone shots that show the true scale of the town.  Scenes were also filmed at The Rodney Pub, Margate Hospital, Margate Crematorium, Margate High street and a local hairdresser.

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.

Other productions to visit Margate include Interior Design Masters (2019), The Empty Housing Scandal (2019) and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – Series 8 (2018).

The ‘The Miles Family’ episode will debut on Sky Atlantic at 10PM on Tuesday 14th January 2020.


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From Soup to Nuts (2013)


From Soup To Nuts - chef playing the flute in The Goods Shed

From Soup To Nuts © Tim Leandro

Director: Tim Leandro

Kent Locations:  The Goods Shed, Canterbury 

Join the stall-holders, artisans and chefs working within Canterbury’s renowned farmer’s market, The Goods Shed, for one magical day in their extraordinary lives.

Kent-based television director and writer, Tim Leandro, and a group of dedicated high-end industry film makers have come together to tell a modern Canterbury tale.

Two-time BAFTA nominee Leandro, whose film making roots are firmly planted in documentary film, was inspired by the micro-community that work, create and live in Canterbury’s famous The Goods Shed farmer’s market and restaurant. The 35 minute film concentrates on the personal stories of the individuals whose lives are intertwined in The Goods Shed

Leandro said; “This film is classic documentary with a twist.  I am very fortunate in that a group of highly talented collaborators worked with me for no fee to make it happen.   It’s a zero budget film and has taken over a year to complete because we had to fit it around our working schedules, but the effort has been well worth it”.

From Soup to Nuts is being broadcast throughout July on The Community Channel (Sky 539,  Virgin 233 and Freeview 87):

Friday 5th July at 23:00

Friday 12th July at 23:00

Friday 26th July at 21:00

Monday 29th July at 22:00


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Coming Up: Ben and Lump (2012)

Ben and Lump on Sheerness Beach

Ben and Lump on Sheerness Beach © Channel 4


Writer: Tom Wells

Director: MJ Delaney

Starring: Lewis Reeves, Thomas Turgoose

Production Company: Ideal World Productions, Touchpaper Television

Locations used: Sheerness, The Isle of Sheppey

Coming Up is Channel 4’s annual talent initiative for British writers and directors. Seven short, original dramas will be shown over the summer to showcase up-and-coming talent and launch them into the field.

Ben and Lump, written by Tom Wells, is a short film starring Lewis Reeves and Thomas Turgoose (This is England). Ben, who returns home for Christmas after his first term at university, and best friend Lump, who can’t find a job so his dad is pushing him to join the army, find that their lives are heading in different directions: Can their friendship survive?

Ben and Lump

Ben and Lump © Channel 4

The crew visited The Isle of Sheppey and filmed in various locations in Sheerness, including the beach, promenade and high street.

Coming Up is now in its eleventh year, and previous participants have shot to success including Nicole Taylor who showcased ‘Emo’ in 2008 and went on to write popular shows such as Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Ashes to Ashes and recently Scott and Bailey.

Sheerness is the principal town of The Isle of Sheppey and has a heritage formed by it’s industrial port as well as it’s  beaches, drawing many summer visitors to the island. Previous productions that have filmed in the area include Top Gear The Sweeney (2012), Our Food (2012) and The Hide (2009).

Coming Up – ‘Ben and Lump’ is the second short film and will be shown on Monday 9th July 2012 on Channel 4 at 23:05.


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Wasp (2003)

Wasp - Zoe a young mum walking with her children around an estate

Wasp screenshot © Cowboy Films

Director/Writer: Andrea Arnold

Stars: Natalie Press, Danny Dyer

Production Company: FilmFour, UK Film Council, Cowboy Films

Kent Location Used: Dartford

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).

Zoe looking out of her window onto the estate

Wasp screenshot © Cowboy Films

The film is set on a housing estate in Dartford, overlooking the QEII Bridge and industrial areas along the Thames.

Dartford is a historic market town in North Kent with a rich industrial heritage and is near to one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and the high speed rail link at Ebbsfleet. The Dartford area has hosted filming from Who Do You Think You Are? (2014), BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One (2010).


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O Dreamland (1953)

An image of the exterior of Dreamland

Dreamland © Markus Kellmann

Director: Lindsay Anderson

Kent Filming Location: Dreamland, Margate

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.

Dreamland has been closed since 2006 but there are redevelopment of the site is being undertaken with plans to re-open in 2014.

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, galleries and period housing. Margate has 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).


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