A much-acclaimed movie about the life of artist JMW Turner features scenes filmed in Kent.
“Mr Turner” stars BAFTA winner Timothy Spall in the title role, for which he won the Best Actor award at the film’s premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Parts of the film, written and directed by Mike Leigh, were filmed on location at Stangate Creek, which is on the River Medway in Swale and was used to shoot a rowing scene.
Stangate Creek was itself immortalised in a watercolour by Turner in circa 1823.
The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was also selected as a film location where HMS Gannet doubled for a pleasure vessel on the Thames.
It was also used for scenes where Turner is tied to the mast of a ship in a storm to make some sketches for his painting “Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth”.
The Kent County Council Film Office assisted the “Mr Turner” production team by finding and arranging the locations.
Filming took place in Kent over three days with an extra two days pre and post-production days and spent an estimated £32,000.
The KCC Film Office offers a range of services to the film and TV industry such as a bespoke location finding service and film permitting system as well as the Kent (Filming on Highways) Act 2010, which allows productions to close roads for filming.
Support such as early project research and assistance with finding local trainees and businesses is also offered.
Since its inception in 2006, the Kent County Council Film Office has facilitated more than 5,000 filming days which has brought in an estimated £39 million to the Kent economy.
Turner had a rich history with Kent and drew inspiration for his works from a variety of locations including Stangate Creek, Margate and Whitstable.
Turner Contemporary, the award-winning gallery on Margate seafront, celebrates Turner’s association with the area and includes a number of Turner paintings in its current exhibition “English Magic”.
“Mr Turner” is released nationwide next Friday, 31 October.
For more details, visit http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/2014/10/mr-turner-2014/