The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler Joss Snelling. Joss Bay is Kent’s best-known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. The site offers an ideal set for many film productions.
The Dracula mini-series will air on BBC One on three consecutive days starting at 9pm on 1st January 2020. The series will subsequently be available to stream on Netflix.
Starring: Megan Salmon Ferrari, Amber Butler, Chloe Patton, Sassi Simmonds and Shannon Wise Production Company: True North Productions Kent Locations Used: Margate
Teen Mom UK is back for its sixth series. The UK’s spin off from the hit American TV show Teen Mom, is a reality show which focuses on young mothers and how they deal with pregnancy, children, family and their day to day lives. The new series continues to be full of drama as it follows Amber Butler and Steven Rankine as they take the next steps in their relationship, as well as Shannon Wise’s exciting gender reveal party.
Filming for one of the upcoming episodes took place in Margate, where one of the teen moms takes a trip to the beach with her partner before the birth of her second child. The show journals their holiday in Margate.
The series started on MTV UK on Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 8pm. Margate will feature in a later episode airing sometime in September 2019. The first episode can still be viewed on MTV player and on NowTV.
Margate NOW, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances will be held across Margate from 28 September to 13 October 2019 to celebrate the world famous Turner Prize coming to Turner Contemporary for its 2019 edition. Developed by a consortium of partners and artists, the town-wide programme will be bigger than ever before and will place art works in unexpected places. This follows a successful bid to the Arts Council for £219,000 of National Lottery funding as well as further contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate.
As part of an open call, led by Margate Festival, artists were invited to respond to the theme ‘NOW’. 500 artists and performers will produce 60 events and have been selected to be part of the programme guest curated by Russell Tovey. There will be music, dance, exhibitions and installations. The festival runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October, with a number of events and exhibitions continuing until the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition leaves Margate on 12 January 2020.
Guest Curator, Russell Tovey says:
“I’ve always had a close relationship with art and began collecting art in my mid 20s whilst acting in The History Boys. Initially, I was excited by the buzz of investing in art and buying something that would outlive me. As my collection has grown my interest has developed into supporting emerging and mid-career artists as well as becoming a patron for a number of not-for-profit public art institutions. Margate NOW is such an exciting programme. Art can be powerful and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing the town brought to life in unusual, surprising and entertaining ways. I’ve really enjoyed helping to curate and select artists for the festival. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the creation of new art and new ideas.”
In addition to the open call programme, there are a number of co-commissions. Turner Contemporary is working with international sound artist and electronic musician, based in London and Margate, Yuri Suzuki to create a new work for the gallery’s South Terrace, in partnership with Kent Libraries. Suzuki will use artificial intelligence to bring together sound and sculpture, inspired by people from across the county. A new work, ‘Printed Whispers’, is also being developed by Yemi Awosile in collaboration with Open School East. Awosile is collaborating with local groups and organisations and will make use of natural resources and reconditioned objects, sourced from the local area.
Further highlights include; theatre company 1927’s fantastical sequence of evening projections, created in collaboration with 500 local primary school children; specially programmed events from Dreamland; as well as a creative installation by Studio TAC at Margate Train Station delivered in partnership with Southeastern. Once the town-wide programme is in place, Turner Contemporary will work with children and a designer to create a child’s view of the town and realise an exciting new map drawn from their perspective. The gallery will train 150 new volunteers under a programme supported with funding from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust. Volunteers will greet visitors and act as guides to all the events and happenings across the town.
Artists, Collectives And Companies:
1927 I Adam Carr & Jan Noble I Anna Symes, Round in Circles I Anthony Giles I Appletye I Arts Education Exchange I Kavel Rafferty | Ash Mukherjee Dance Company | Bob Chicalors | Charlie Evaristo-Boyce I Coney | Connor Sansby | Dan Bass | Dan Scott | Dawn Cole, Dan Thompson, Tracey Thompson, Graham Ward | Dominic Rose, Jon Spencer, Simon Cole, Margate Stanza I Emma Gibson | Free Range Orchestra | Genetic Moo | Heather Tait | Helen Whitehead | Holly Slingsby | Invisible Women | Jay Rechsteiner | Jemma Channing | Jessica Jordan-Wrench | John Hislop | Jordan Gray | Katie Fiore | Katrin Hanusch | Laura Durward & Emily Wood | Lee Cavaliere | Leigh Clarke | Liam O’Driscoll I Liene Steinberga Cesar | Lunatraktors | Matt Mapleston | Maxine Sutton | Mel Cole | Open School East Associates 2019 | RL-a | Roy Eastland | Ruth Fox | Sadie Hennessey | Sara Trillo | SLiDE | Steve McPherson | Studio Tac | Teresa Limbrick | The Waste Free Fashion Collective | Tom Verity and Melanie Wheeler I Turner Contemporaries | Ty Locke | Well Projects | Yemi Awosile | Zoe Murphy
Bon Volks | Carl Freedman Gallery | CRATE | Dreamland, Margate | Gordon House | Joseph Wales | Limbo | Lombard Street Gallery | Marine Studios | Margate WI | Northdown Studios | Pie Factory Margate | Pump House Yard | RESORT | Theatre Royal Margate | Turner Contemporary
Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary Margate, said:“We are delighted to be leading this dynamic collaboration to ensure that Turner Prize 2019 has maximum impact on the cultural life of the UK. Artists and creativity are at the heart of Turner Contemporary’s work and this autumn offers plenty of opportunities to see and experience the diversity of contemporary practice in the gallery, around Margate and across Kent.”
Dan Chilcott, Margate Festival, said: “It’s been really exciting working with cultural leaders across the town to curate such a wide-ranging group of artists and performers. Russell Tovey’s passion and commitment to exploring contemporary practice in an accessible way through his Talk Art podcast make him an ideal guest curator. The programme is really inspiring and the fact that many of those included in the festival live and work in Margate is a testament to the quality and ambition of the creative community here.”
Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland Margate, said: “Dreamland is working with local producers to develop a handful of evening events around Margate that will celebrate the music, art and the creativity that runs through the veins of our town. We also have some incredible plans for the festival in the works to be announced soon. This is going to be an amazing year for Margate NOW, we’re thrilled as ever to be part of it.”
Anna Colin, Director and Naami Padi, Deputy Director, Open School East, said: “We are pleased to announce that the Open School East commission has been awarded to alumnus Yemi Awosile, who works across the fields of design and art. We were particularly taken by Awosile’s proposal, which blends generative material and formal research with considered engagement with local groups as well as with societal issues.”
Paul Barritt, Co-Artistic Director, 1927, said: “1927 are delighted to be collaborating with the school children of Margate, creating a series of installations, including Raree Show boxes, interactive animated scenes and outdoor video-mapping – providing community wide enjoyment for their families, friends and neighbours; Margates burgeoning artist community and the many visitors to the Turner Prize.”
Sarah Bedingfield, Service Manager, Kent Libraries, said: “Kent Libraries are excited to be involved in engaging a wide range of people in the creation of this unique artistic experience”.
Cllr Mike Hill OBE, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Kent County Council, said: “Margate NOW promises to present a rich and diverse body of work across a variety of artforms which will create opportunities for celebration, participation and reflection and provide a spectacular and memorable backdrop to Turner Prize 2019.”
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted that Turner Contemporary will host this year’s Turner Prize. It is a great tribute to everyone at Turner Contemporary and everyone at Kent County Council that has supported their success. Art, culture and creativity have all played a really impressive role in Margate’s rejuvenation over the last few years and so it is fitting that one of the art world’s biggest prizes should now be hosted there. It is particularly important to see so many partners involved and together they will produce something very special that celebrates both the local community and contemporary arts. Arts Council England will work closely with Turner Contemporary and Kent County Council to make the most of this great opportunity.”
Cllr Ash Ashbee, Cabinet Member for Coastal Development, Thanet District Council, said:
“It’s fantastic to see so many artists and exhibitors engaged as part of this festival. Margate NOW is the perfect opportunity to celebrate art, culture and creativity in our original seaside town and marks the start of the count down to hosting the prestigious Turner Prize 2019.”
Notes To Editors
Today Tovey’s collection is a reflection of his journey with art since the early 2000s. Currently focused on emerging American-based artists employing figurative and geometric abstraction, he has recently acquired works by Jamian Juliano-Villani, Loie Hollowell , Cheyenne Julien, Lisa Brice, Jonas Wood, Jennifer Packer, Shio Kusaka and Walter Price. The collection also includes works by many Royal Academicians including Margate local Tracey Emin, Michael Craig Martin, Rose Wylie and Wolfgang Tillmans.
About Margate NOW
Margate NOW runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October, with a small number of events and exhibitions continuing until 12 January 2020.
Margate NOW has been developed in collaboration with partners. This includes; Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, Open School East, Resort, 1927, Crate and Limbo Studios, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Kent Libraries, Thanet District Council, Southeastern and local artists. The programme is funded by Arts Council England through National Lottery funding, as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland, Margate and the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.
Please note that all public events are subject to relevant permissions and licenses.
About Turner Prize 2019
Sat 28 Sep 2019 – Sun 12 Jan 2020, Entry is Free
One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London.
Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year.
The prize is renowned for triggering debates around new developments in contemporary British art. The work of the four artists will feature in the exhibition at Turner Contemporary and the winner will be announced at a major awards ceremony in December 2019.
The Turner Prize is named after J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) who was an innovative and controversial artist in his day, is now seen as one of the greatest British artists, and expressed a wish to establish a prize for young artists. Turner Contemporary is named after the artist for similar reasons; our work is inspired by Turner’s innovative and radical approach to art.
About Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary in Margate is one of the most distinctive galleries in the UK; its impact stretches beyond culture-led regeneration and the showcasing of world-class exhibitions, to pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life.
Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has:
• Generated over £70 million for the local economy
• Led to the opening of over 150 new businesses
• Safeguarded 155 jobs
• Attracted over 3.2 million visits
• In copy please refer to Turner Contemporary and not ‘The Turner Contemporary’ or ‘The Turner’
• Summer opening times: Open every day in July and August, 10am – 6pm.
• Turner Prize 2019 opening times: Open every day, Mon – Fri, 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission to the gallery is free.
• Address: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
• Information: + 44 (0) 1843 233000, turnercontemporary.org
• Turner Contemporary is a charity, receiving public funding from Kent County Council and Arts Council England.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
This new two-and-a-half-hour special for ITV pulls on its hiking boots for a countdown of Britain’s favourite walks. Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100, presented by Julia Bradbury (Countryfile) and Ore Oduba (The One Show), showcases the finest rambles, scrambles and ambles across the countryside and through cities to bring viewers the ultimate guide to the British outdoors.
Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted, the top 100 have been voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts. Famous faces, including Ade Edmondson, Janet Street Porter and Robert Bathurst hit the trails to reveal their own favourites, joined by walking experts, nature aficionados and members of the public with extraordinary stories to provide a vivid insight into the the history of the trails.
The Kent Coastline is a popular location with TV productions for its dramatic scenery and convenient connections by road to London. Most recently it played a starring role in Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel: Vengeance 2017 filmed entirely in Kent and Calais.
The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway is an access-all-areas programme exploring the everyday workings of the Dover Strait. I addition to exploring the ocean there is also footage from inside the Channel Tunnel, including interviews with those who are responsible for maintaining the system that allows 17 million people to travel across the English Channel every year.
The series starts on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at 9PM on Channel Four and the fisherman’s episode will be the third instalment of The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway, which airs on 13th December 2017 at the same time.
Bhikari follows the story of a rich young man whom having finished his higher education in London, returns to India where his mother hands over the family business to him. However, unfortunate events lead Samrat to face difficult choices in order to save his mother’s life.
The film is was written by Guru Thakur, a popular lyricist and screen-writer, and directed by Ganesh Acharya (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, PK), and stars Swwapnil Joshi (Mumbai Pune Mumbai, Duniyadari) and Rucha Inamdar (Children of War, Under the Same Sun)
Both Kingsgate Bay and Botany Bay in Thanet were used as locations as backdrops for dance sequences for the feature.
The trailer for Max Payne Retribution film has been released and was filmed in Kent! The 35 minute live action thriller features all the Max Payne action gaming fans love and follows the same characters, world and storylines from Max Payne 1 and 2.
Max Payne Retribution was directed by Leroy Kincaide (Vengeance, Dead Zone) who also stars and produced by Chloe Chudasama (Freeman: New World Order). It stars Joan James Muixi (In the Fog, Price of Freedom), Gracie Tyrrell (Death of a Tree, Unforgivable) and Jon Campling (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
Director Leroy Kincaide said: “It feels so great to see the project finally come to life, but also being able to contribute to the legacy that is Max Payne. Being such a huge part of my teenage years it gives me great pleasure to still see so many fans support the games and project. I want to also give huge thanks to Sam Lake and Remedy Entertainment for bringing such a legendary game into our lives- it really has been one of the main reasons I want to pursue my career as a Film Director.”
According to the independent filmmakers, they have bigger plans for the short film, so you may have to wait until mid 2017 before we get to view the 35 minute live action thriller.
Secret Britain is a BBC series which explores the hidden corners of the UK in search of the best landscapes in the country.
Now in its third series, the production visited Kent between September and October 2015 to explore some of what Kent’s glorious countryside has to offer.
Presenters Ellie Harrison, Chris Hollins and Denise Lewis filmed at a variety of Kent locations including Sheldwich, Bonnington, Little Chart, Tonbridge, Rochester, Coolingand North Kent Marshes, The White Cliffs of Dover, Fairfield and Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
In the Ashford district of Kent is the village of Bonnington with the The Royal Military Canal running through it as well as Little Chart which is home to the Ruins of St Mary’s Church. The Ashford area has previously been used as a film location by such The Apprentice(2015), as Emma (2009) and the infamous Kentish series, The Darling Buds of May(1991 – 1993).
The West Kent market town of Tonbridge has a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery with beautiful countryside, castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Great British Railway Journeys(2014), BBC dramaMissing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).
The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm consists of 100 wind turbines which stretches for seven miles. The Thanet area has previously featured on screen in productions such as The Lady in the Van(2015), Eastenders(2015) and The Hotel Inspector(2012).
Don’t miss the Kent episode of Secret Britain which will air on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 21:00 on BBC One.
Washed Up is a short film where the stars are the countries of the European Union. 12 people are washed up on a beach with no idea how they got there. Each person has a small piece of machinery on a chain around their neck with their country’s flag painted upon it.
Bewildered and confused, they all speak at each other in their own languages. It is only by working together and learning to understand each other, that they are able to use their individual pieces to reconstruct a clockwork box they find on the beach and unlock its secret. The 12 members of the European Union are subsequently ‘United in Diversity’ which is the main motto of E3 Films.
Joseph Martin a former student of the University of the Creative Arts was awarded funding from a European filming initiative called E3 Films. The funding is awarded to projects which seek to explore and promote the diversity of Europe’s culture and linguistics. The film, along with all the other shorts that were funded through the scheme, was entered into the Priz Europa in Berlin.
Washed Up was located entirely in Thanet’s Botany Bayusing local people as extras. Botany Bayis famous for its beautiful sandy beach making it a perfect location for the film.
Joseph said: ‘Filming was crazy; we had taken a whole army down there and were the talk of the town. Our set was filled with all this amazing equipment and talent, we had individuals there who had worked with Spielberg and another of the crew had just come straight from working on a Guy Ritchie film. Incredible.’
‘I loved working with such a large crew and in such a difficult location. It gave me the sort of experience no other student will have. I managed to cope when I could have easily been overwhelmed and now feel more proven as a director. I know now I can deal with whatever is thrown at me.’
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