Brian Cox feature The Carer filmed in Kent
Forthcoming feature film The Carer, starring Brian Cox, was filmed across various locations in Kent.
Directed by János Edelényi, the film is a UK-Hungary co-production from Hopsctoch Films, Mythberg Films and Vita Nova Films and due for release on 5 August 2016.
Written by Gilbert Adair, Edelényi and Tom Kinninmont, the fictional story centres on Sir Michael Gifford (Cox), a world-famous actor who is terminally ill, and the young Hungarian actress who becomes his carer. The film also stars Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor and Roger Moore.
The production shot in Kent for six weeks from February 2015. It used various sites, including Boughton Monchelsea Place, a 16th century manor which has been on screen a few times before, most recently in E!’s The Royals starring Elizabeth Hurley.
Other Kent locations used in The Carer include Sutton Valence Care Home, Sutton Valence Main School, Sutton Valence Preparatory School, Headcorn, The Lord Raglan Pub in Staplehurst and the Theatre Royal Margate.
The crew was pretty much an equal UK/Hungary split. The production team worked closely with the Kent County Council Film Office, which had a previous working relationship with one of the producers who had shot Island in 2011 and who is local to the county.
The producer approached the film office in late 2012 when The Carer was still very much in conception to see if Kent could be an option.
Gabrielle Lindemann, Kent film officer, explained how the next stage panned out in terms of the locations used and the overall experience: “After The Carer was greenlit in 2014, we were able to suggest additional locations to the ones the production team had already chosen, in particular Boughton Monchelsea and the Theatre Royal in Margate.
“One of the more tricky scenes to facilitate were the road sequences as they went across various local authority boundaries and through some very small country lanes. Fortunately we are able to close roads for filming in Kent, which made it possible to achieve the production's first choice of road location despite the fast turnaround required.
“From the Kent Film Office perspective, the production was great, as they were a pleasure to work with and we were thrilled when they agreed to open up a couple of work experience places for runners from our trainee initiative with the local colleges and universities. They also sent a call out for local supporting artists which we helped them promote.”
Kent’s profile as a filming hub has been on the rise in recent years with productions such as Wolf Hall, Into The Woods and Avengers: Age of Ultron all using Dover Castle; BBC One drama The Interceptor filming at Gravesend; Call the Midwife regularly using The Historic Dockyard Chatham; Jekyll and Hyde shooting at Swale and Sky’s international co-production The Tunnel having utilised Dover, Sandwich and Folkestone.
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