Film Making in Sussex

Film Making in Sussex

Film Making in Sussex

There are many reasons why we've chosen to base Picture Book Films in Sussex. The county's mix of long stretches of seaside, an abundance of rolling countryside little changed over the centuries such as the South Downs, a number of historic houses and gardens, easy transport connections to London and Continental Europe, and not forgetting the wealth of creative talent here, all make it one of the most attractive places for video production in the UK.

The Picture Book Films production team know the area very well, having made films for local clients incuding the South Downs National Park, the University of Brighton, Brighton Marathon, local high tech firms and Gatwick based aviation companies. We've also filmed at numerous Sussex locations including the Amex Stadium, Brighton Pier and Beachy Head. 

The University of Sussex offers very respected filmmaking courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which means that the cream of their alumni often stick around and contribute to the industry.

Sussex has a long tradition of film making too. Many of Britain's first filmmakers in the early years of the 20th century hailed from Hove and other Sussex coastal towns. Some were already established as seaside entertainers and swiftly sought to make the most of this new medium for its obvious novelty value and wow factor.

Famous Films Made in Sussex

You might be surprised to learn just how many popular feature films have been made in Sussex. Brighton has had a starring role in many a movie of course, as this blog post explains, but the wider areahas its fair share of credits under its belt too.

The National Trust's stately mansion Petworth House featured in Mr Turner, Mike Leigh's biopic of the renowned landscape painter.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire made the most of Sussex's scenic coastline, with locations including Beachy Head, Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters. The dramatic chalk cliffs here lend themselves especially well to cinematography, while scenes from the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything were shot at Camber Sands Beach.

Even the adolescent antics of The Inbetweeners Movie has a Sussex connection, with a scene filmed at Gatwick Airport, and on a similar tack Ron Howard chose the handsome Art Deco Shoreham Airport to stand in for Le Bourget Airport in The Da Vinci Code.

The historic terrain lends itself well to period pieces like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the highly photogenic 14th century Bodiam Castle in East Sussex featured memorably in scenes from the Holy Grail.

Other Sussex films include A View to a Kill, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Of course it's not just feature films that are made in Sussex. Many TV shows and adverts are also shot here. Some recent examples include Kevin Bacon's ads for EE Mobile Phones, Keith Lemon's TV comedy show Keith & Paddy Picture Show, Giff Gaff's Spartacus themed-ad and Goldie's music video for his Castaway single.

How to Make Films in Sussex

If you're considering making your next film in here Sussex we're confident that you'll find it amenable. So where to begin?

Your first port of call, well second after Picture Book Films naturally, should be the fine folk at the Sussex Film Office. They can advise you on suitable locations, help you obtain all the necessary permissions for filming, point you in the right direction when it comes to sourcing services and equipment and generally help get your Sussex film plans moving. The Film Office is based in Arundel, West Sussex, and you'll find their website packed with useful advice and resources too.

The Sussex countryside offers a good number of farms and rural locations to shoot in. If you're looking for something a little more unusual, the landscape is studded with quirky structures such as the conical Sugar Loaf Folly in 1066 Country near Battle and mysterious landforms such as the Long Man of Wilmington.

Whatever your requirements may be for filmmaking in Sussex, we're always here to help of course. Check out our showreel and then drop us a line. 

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