Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011)

 

 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie Poster © Warner Bros. L-R Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr infront of a view of London

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie Poster © Warner Bros.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Producer:  Bruce Berman

Writers: Michael Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney (Screenplay) & Arthur Conan Doyle (Novel)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Eddie Marsan, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris & Stephen Fry

Production Company: Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Wigram Productions

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Port of Dover, White Cliffs of Dover, The Waverley Paddlesteamer, Knole & Fort Amherst

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law revisit their roles as the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsdan-Law and Order UK ) believes it to be suicide. But Holmes deduces that the prince has been a victim in a murder that is part of a larger and more elaborate plot designed by Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris- Fringe).

Holmes tracks down the clues to a gentleman’s club where he and his brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry-Alice in Wonderland) celebrate to Dr Watson’s final night of bachelorhood. There Holmes meets the mysterious fortune teller Sim (Noomi Rapace-The Girl Who kicked the Hornet’s Nest) whose unwitting involvement with the Crown Prince’s murder makes her the next target for the killer.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was adapted by Michele Mulroney (Unlikely Hero, Sunny & Share Love You) and Kieran Mulroney (Paper Man) and directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla).  Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder) and Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Enemy at the Gates) return in the starring roles alongside Noomi Rapace (The Drop, Child 44), Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight), Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta Alice in Wonderland) and Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Boxtrolls).

A number of popular Kent locations take a starring role in this latest blockbuster from director Guy Ritchie. The cast and crew returned to The Historic Dockyard Chatham where the Punchbowl Pub fight scenes and the hanging of Lord Blackwood amongst other scenes were filmed for the first movie.  Eagle eyed viewers should watch the trailer below and see if they can spot the dockyards alongside the other Kent Locations! The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location, having previously featured in Rustom (2016) and Oliver Twist (2007).

The production company also visited the Port of Dover  where they boarded the Waverley Paddle Steamer to film the White Cliffs of Dover. The paddle steamer was re-built in 1947 after the original was sunk off Dunkirk in 1940 and now sails around the country offering tours to the general public. The Port of Dover can be seen in Johnny English (2003) starring Rowan Atkinson and in the James Bond classic Diamonds are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery as the location for a dramatic hovercraft scene.

National Trust Property Knole in Sevenoaks was also used, though you’ll have a hard time spotting the structure of the inner courtyard in its new Alpine setting. Adored by Henry VII and given to him by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1538, it later was presented to the Sackville family by Elizabeth I. The house showcases stunning architecture, priceless Stuart furniture and is set at the heart of the only remaining deer park in the county.  A popular film location it has appeared in Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).

Lastly, crews took to Fort Amherst in Chatham to shoot scenes for the film. The extensive tunnels were the perfect double for the Paris sewer system. The fort is Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress and with an impressive network of historic buildings across 20 acres, it is becoming a firm favourite for film productions. Fort Amherst has also featured in Jekyll and Hyde (2016) and The Saint (1997). Considered one of Britain’s most haunted Forts, it is open to the public, though apparently you’ll risk meeting one of the many poltergeists and ghostly apparitions that walk there.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was released in cinemas in  December 2011 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

For more information about Port of Dover: http://www.doverport.co.uk/

For more information about Knole: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-knole/

For more information about Fort Amherst: http://www.fortamherst.com/

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Find My Past (2011)

Find My Past: Battle of Britain Chris Hollins in fron of an old army airplane

Find My Past: Battle of Britain © Pete Dadds Yesterday UKTV

Production Company: Lion TV

Kent Locations: Royal Engineers Museum, Dover Castle, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and Watchdog Presenter Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites the public to delve into their family history.

Those on the show will have the opportunity to see how they are linked to some infamous events in modern history. Links to The Titanic, Dunkirk and Jack the Ripper are just a few of the famous connections made over the 10 episode series which starts this Thursday on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.

Those who tuned into the first episode of the show last week may have recognised Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Dover Castle. Both locations have strong links to the Battle of Dunkirk: Ramsgate Royal Harbour was the chief embarkation point for the evacuations. Resident historians will also know that Dover Castle was the site where Operation Dynamo was carefully planned and coordinated. Due to the opening of a new exhibition earlier this year, visitors to the castle can explore the tunnels where the operation was masterminded.

This week’s episode “Find My Past: Titanic” sees presenter Chris Hollins travel to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Earlier this year the “Titanic- Honour and Glory” exhibition found a temporary home at the location where rare artefacts from the tragic voyage were available on public display. One of the most popular filming locations in the county, the Historic Dockyards have welcomed both TV productions, such as the 2009 drama Foyles War, and feature films like Sherlock Holmes.

Earlier this month the programme came to the Royal Engineers Museum in Medway.  Home to a vast collection of artefacts covering the long and varied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, there is something of interest to any visitor. With Victorian architecture and a state of the art gallery, the location is also ideal for any filming project. It will be featured in “Find My Past: Firing Squad” to be aired on the 1st of December later this year.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has featured in a variety of film projects such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. Dover Castle has previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. A popoular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in productions such as Rustom (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Find My Past is on this Thursday (27th October) at 9pm on Yesterday (Sky Channel 537, Virgin Media Channel 203, Freeview 12)

Links

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

For more information about Ramsgate Royal Harbour: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/

For more information about Dover Castle: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle/

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

For more information about the Royal Engineers Museum: http://www.re-museum.co.uk/

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

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The Crimson Petal and The White (2011)

 

Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and The White @ BBC

Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and The White @ BBC

 

A four-part adaptation of Michel Faber’s international best-selling novel about Victorian Life.

Starring: Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss.

Production Company: Origin Pictures, Cité-Amérique

Kent Filming Locations: Eastgate HouseThe Historic Dockyard Chatham

In this four-part tale of love, lust, desire and rage, Victorian life is revealed in a way never seen before on screen.

The tale takes viewers into a hidden world in which a young prostitute and a prominent businessman embark on a dangerous relationship with epic consequences.

This version of Michel Faber’s novel, The Crimson Petal and The White, has been adapted by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target, The Danish Girl) and directed by Marc Munden (Touching Evil, Utopia).

The four part series stars; Romola Garai (Atonement, Suffragette), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, This Is 40), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall), Richard E Grant (Withnail & I Downton Abbey), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary), Amanda Hale (Bright Star, Persuasion) and Mark Gatiss (Match Point, Sherlock).

The production visited Kent where they filmed on location at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Eastgate House in Rochester.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location in Kent due to its authentic period backdrops, including cobbled streets and Georgian as well as Victorian architecture. Victor Frankenstein (2015)Grantchester (2014), and The Golden Compass (2007) have previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Eastgate House, situated on Rochester High Street, was formerly a large private town house. Built by Sir Peter Buck; it has now been restored and is owned by Medway Council. Productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015),  BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in Rochester.

The Crimson Petal and The White will be shown on BBC Two on Wednesday 6th April at 21.00 

Links

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zxc4d

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

For more information about Eastgate House visit: http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/localhistoryandarchives/museums/eastgatehouse.aspx

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Jack The Ripper – The Definitive Story (2011)

 
Film street scene at Chatham Historic Dockyard © Jeff Leary

Street scene at Chatham Historic Dockyard © Jeff Leary

In this two-part docudrama, the famous investigations into the Jack The Ripper crimes are examined in a new way using re-enactments and computer technology.
Production Company: Bulls Eye Lantern
Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Courtyard Studios
Jack The Ripper: The Definitive Story takes viewers on a journey to recreate the famous police investigations and examine the notorious killings for themselves.
The two-part docudrama uses witness statements, coroner reports, actor re-enactments and CGI technology to reconstruct 3D virtual environments.  It delves into history and reconstructs what actually happened on the night of each murder, taking viewers back in time to Victorian Whitechapel and dispelling the myths that still surround the case to this day.
Filming took place in Kent at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Courtyard Studios.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location and has been used for television and film for more than 20 years.  Its credits include big screen pictures Children of Men (2006), The Golden Compass (2007) and Oliver Twist (2007).
Courtyard Studios is located near Maidstone and offers access to 5,500sq ft of state of the art studio facilities.  
 Jack The Ripper aired on Channel 5 in 2011. 
Links
For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel5.com/shows/jack-the-ripper-the-definitive-story
For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/
For more information about Courtyard Studios: http://www.courtyardstudios.co.uk/
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Veer 2010

Zarine Khan as Princess Yashodhara © Eros International

Zarine Khan as Princess Yashodhara © Eros International

Director: Anil Sharma

Writers: Salman Khan

Stars: Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff

Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester Castle

Set in 1875 and starring Bollywood legend Salman Khan as Veer, this is the love story of an Indian warrior under the British Raj. With the arrival of the British, Indian Kings and Nawabs entrust their treasured kingdoms to the foreigners. Not so Veer. Being a member of the Pindari, he prefers death to dishonour and decides to fight the invaders.

Salman Khan as Veer walking down a street with horse and carriages

Salman Khan is Veer © Eros Entertainment

The stakes are raised when he falls in love with Princess Yashodhara (Zarine Kahn), daughter of a British collaborator and his sworn enemy, played by Jackie Shroff.  Veer takes on the might of the British Empire and its allies not only for justice, but also to win his true love.

Salman Khan, who wrote the story for the film, gained one and half times his body weight to fit the role.  Over 20 years in the making, Khan’s hard work and determination finally paid off when he completed his ‘dream project’.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided the perfect period location for Director, Anil Sharma, to stage a funeral sequence, a winter scene and a Victorian Street, all within its grounds.

Rochester Castle became the romantic backdrop for a musical sequence complete with horse and carriage.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres on part of the site of the former royal/naval dockyard at Chatham. The site boasts 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, cobbled streets and a Cold War submarine and Victorian ropery. Previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include The Crown (2016)Great Expectations (2012) and Wayfaring Stranger (2008).

Rochester Castle is a 12th Century Castle which prides itself on being one of the best preserved castles in England. The castle is set in beautiful gardens and overlooks the River Medway and has been used for filming by ITV’s Rugby World Cup Opening Titles (2015) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).

Veer is out on DVD.

Links

For more information about the film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185412/

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit http://www.chdt.org.uk/

For more information about Rochester Castle: http://www.visitmedway.org/attractions/rochester-castle/8208

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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes Poster - Robert Downey Jr

Sherlock Holmes Poster

The Victorian Sleuth returns to our screens in an all action film

Director: Guy Richie

Writer: Simon Kinberg, Anthony Peckham

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Kelly Reilly

Production Company: Silver Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Wigram Productions

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Boxing day 2009 saw the release of the new Sherlock Holmes movie directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Fans expecting a classic ‘Sherlock’ adaptation complete with smoking pipe and deerstalker hat will be disappointed. This interpretation of Holmes is fast paced and action filled, taking its cue from modern graphic novels.

Based on an unpublished comic book by Lionel Wigram, the film features

Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr Watson (Jude Law). Set in 1891, the film sees Holmes and Watson trying to stop Lord Blackwood’s (Mark Strong) conspiracy to destroy Britain. To thwart this deadly plot, Sherlock’s brilliance and intellect are called upon alongside some newly acquired skills:bare knuckle and sword fighting.

Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper) and Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say A Word, Invictus) and starring Robert Downey Jr (Zodiac, Iron Man) and Jude Law (Cold Mountain, Alfie). Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook), Mark Strong (Body of Lies, The Young Victoria), Eddie Marsan (V for Vendetta, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles.

Ritchie and the all star cast came to The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film parts of the movie. The Historic Dockyard Chatham proved to be an ideal location with its cobbled streets, industrial buildings and authentic Victorian architecture. If you watch carefully you will notice the following locations.

  • Punchbowl Pub interior: fight scene
  • Punch Bowl pub exterior: various characters entering the pub
  • Main Gate (the seal): entering the prison to see Blackwood
  • Hemp House 3: Hanging of Lord Blackwood
  • Ropery courtyard: Prison exterior scene with Holmes and Watson locked up in the prison yard
  • Chain and Cable shed: chase scene with hansom cabs before the slip 7 scene where the ship enters the Thames
  • Slip 7: The fight with Dredger around the ship in slip 7
 

Behind the scenes image of the shipyard at Ship 7 at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Behind the scenes image of the shipyard at Ship 7 at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

 

Behind the scenes image of the exterior of the Punch Bowl Pub at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Behind the scenes image of the exterior of the Punch Bowl Pub at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham remains a top Kent filming location due to its unblemished historical surroundings, authentic backdrops, cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture. It has previously been used in productions such as BBC’s Oliver Twist (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and Vanity Fair (2005).

Sherlock Holmes was released in cinemas on December 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about the film visit http://www.warnerbros.com/sherlock-holmes

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham visit http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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Wayfaring Stranger (2008)

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of a house

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O’Connell) © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

Director:  Richard West 

Writer:  Billy MacKinnon & Richard West 

Production Company: Screen South, Sentinel Entertainment

Kent Filming Locations: Whitstable, The Old Neptune pub, The Kings Ferry Bridge, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Wayfaring Stranger was filmed entirely in Kent and examines the less than easy relationship between young offender and aspiring comedian Bobby (Jack O’Connell) and his drifter dad, Ronnie (Christopher Fulford). Released from a spell in prison, much to his surprise and disgust, Bobby is picked up by his Father.

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of Chatham Dockyards which doubles as a Prison

Chatham Dockyards doubles as the Prison © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

A touring musician, Ronnie abandoned his wife and son for the warmth of Bangkok and pursued a singing career. Appearing in local pubs and sleeping in his trusty van, Ronnie sees an opportunity to reconnect with his son by attempting to incorporate him in his act.

A recipient of Screen South’s Digital Short award, Wayfaring Stranger was shot at various locations throughout Kent including Whitstable at The Old Neptune pub and  The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the Kings Ferry Bridge.

The grand entrance gates complete with the coat of arms of George the Third at The Historic Dockyard Chathamproved to be the ideal double for the prison doors through which Bobby’s is released from incarceration.  

A local institution in Whistable, The Old Neptune pub is located on the sea wall, giving it a fantastic view across the estuary. The pub is no stranger to fame and fortune as it was Peter Cushing’s local haunt and the Landlord boasts ‘Why not have a special meal; Peter O’Toole did in the Movie Venus?’

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab(2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Set over 80 acres is The Historic Dockyard Chatham which contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. A popular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has featured in Close To The Enemy (2016), Rustom (2016) and Mr Turner (2014).

Links:

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

For more information about Screen South’s Digital Shorts Scheme: http://www.screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=920

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

For more information about The Old Neptune pub: http://www.neppy.co.uk/index.html

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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The Bank Job (2008)

Jason Statham standing in a train door

Jason Statham in The Bank Job © Lionsgate Films

Writer: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Director: Roger Donaldson 

Production Company: Mosaic Media Group , Relativity Media, Skyline, Atlas Entertainment, Omnilab Media

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Starring Jason Statham (The Italian Job, The Transporter) and Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal, Enigma), The Bank Job is inspired by true events. When Martine, an attractive model from Terry’s old neighbourhood, offers information on a bank, Terry finds that it is too tempting to resist.

By tunnelling their way into the bank, the crew not only walked away with a jackpot of over £3 million, but more importantly, stumbled upon scandalous Royal secrets. Almost as soon as the daring heist hit the headlines, the government fearing the release of the uncovered secrets put in place a gagging order that has shrouded the true nature of this crime for over thirty
years.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided the ideal double for a London railway station of the 70’s, as well as the post office scene in the closing stages of the film.

Set over 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a poplar location for filming having previously featured in Rustom (2016), Downton Abbey (2013) and The World is Not Enough (1999).

The Bank Job was released in cinemas on 29th February 2008 and is now available on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about the Film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200465/

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.chdt.org.uk/Home

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Sally Lockheart – The Shadow in the North (2007)

The Shadow in the North logo

The Shadow in the North © BBC

 

Director: John Alexander

Starring: Billie Piper, JJ Field, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Matt Smith, Hayley Atwell

Production Company:  BBC, NOVA/WGBH Boston

Kent Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) in period clothing

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) © BBC

The Shadow in the North is the second of the Sally Lockheart Mysteries and follows Sally, who, with the help of her detective friends, investigates her client’s losses of vast sums of money due to a vanished steam ship. The team find out that a mysterious stage magician and a psychic medium are part of the mystery, along with a very old enemy of Sally’s.

This BBC TV Movie is the second Sally Lockheart Mystery and is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by English author Philip Pullman.

Starring many familiar faces including Billie Piper (Doctor Who, A Passionate Women), JJ Field (The Musketeers, Captain America: The First Avenger), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, The Sweeney)and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Rush, Stardust).

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham doubled as the exterior of North Star Castings gun shop, as well as London street scenes.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham boasts many interesting features such as the HMS Cavalier, period buildings, cobbled streets and newly reconstructed smithy. Many productions have been shot at this location including Dom Hemingway (2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Oliver Twist (2007).

The Shadow in the North was shown on the BBC in December 2007 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008mfcn

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

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Oliver Twist (2007)

 

Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy and Sykes standing in a street

Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy and Sykes © BBC

 

Directed By: Coky Giedroyc

Produced By: Kate Harwood, Sarah Brown & Coky Giedroyc

Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & Sarah Phelps (Adaptation)

Starring: Timothy Spall, William Miller, Adam Arnold, Tom Hardy, Sophie Okenedo, Rob Brydon

Production Company: BBC, WGBH

Kent Filming Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

In the latest adaptation of Dickens’ Classic tale, the story of young orphan Oliver Twist is faithfully recreated by the BBC whilst delivering a modern and thrilling edge that is sure to entice audiences.

After the death of his mother, Oliver Twist (William Miller) is thrown into poverty and misfortune. Left to the mercy of the workhouse, he is routinely tormented with cruelty and starvation by the local Beadle, Mr. Bumble, and the workhouse employees.  When daring to ask for more food, Oliver is famously cast out of the orphanage and must make his own way in the world.

After narrowly escaping the clutches of his new guardians, owners of a local funeral parlor, Oliver walks the many miles to London. On arriving in the city he is found by the Artful Dodger (Adam Arnold), a pickpocket and the most senior of Fagin’s (Timothy Spall) gang. Experiencing kindness for the first time in the form of the beautiful Nancy (Sophie Okenado), girlfriend to the villainous Bill Sykes (Tom Hardy), Oliver is soon drawn in to the darker and seedier side of life in Victorian London.

Oliver Twist (Otherwise known as The Parish Boy’s Progress) is the second novel of renowned author Charles Dickens. Noted for its unromantic portrayal of criminals in London, the novel exposed the cruel treatment of children during the time.  The novel has been the subject for many adaptations on stage and screen, the most famous being Carol Reed’s musical Oliver! starring Ron Moody as Fagin and Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes.

Directed by Coky Giedroyc (Carrie’s War, Stella Does Tricks) and adapted by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders, The Casual Vacancy), starring Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, Mr. Turner), William Miller (Runaway, The Kid), Adam Arnold (Hibernation, The Bill), Tom Hardy (Inception, Locke), Sophie Okenedo (After Earth, Hotel Rwanda) and Rob Brydon (Black Books, Gavin & Stacey)

Kent welcomed the production when it was filmed in 2007 to The Historic Dockyard Chatham which was the location used to shoot one of the most famous lines of Dickens’ literary history “Please Sir, I want some more”.  The Tarred Yarn Store at The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a Grade II listed building and was used to recreate the famous workhouse scene in the film.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location, having previously welcomed productions such as The Golden Compass (2007), The Mummy (1999) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Charles Dickens’ father, who was the inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, worked at The Historic Dockyard Chatham as a clerk in the Naval Pay Office from 1817 to 1822. The young Dickens would often accompany his father on trips downriver from Chatham to Sheerness on the Naval Pay Yacht “Chatham”. This inspired Dickens and instilled in him a love for the sea and rivers which would later feature in some of his novels.

First shown in 2007 in five episodes on BBC1, this adaptation is now available on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008m6b8

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham:http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Home

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