EASTBOURNE is in the spotlight this week with the release of a major British film which features extensive footage of the town’s unspoilt seafront.
Brighton Rock is a reimagining of the classic film adaptation of the Graham Greene novel and a number of key scenes have been filmed in Eastbourne rather than Brighton.
And town chiefs believe the movie will bring a much-needed boost to the economy of Eastbourne – which is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after filming venues in the country. Councillor David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “We are always happy to help out our neighbours with things like this and it is a real coup for the town. There has been lots of filming in Eastbourne in recent years and people are coming to the town as a result. It definitely boosts tourism and means that people recognise Eastbourne as having a fantastic seafront.
“A film like Brighton Rock also gives Eastbourne a younger image which is great.
“Maybe they should name it Eastbourne Rock.”
Marco Giorgi, chairman of Eastbourne Hospitality Association, said, “Eastbourne has become the most used location for film and television in the country which is partly thanks to the film liaison unit at the council.
“It helps to raise the profile of Eastbourne and gives tourism a boost.
“Eastbourne is a very sought after town and filming like this brings the community together and makes residents proud of their town.
“We have a lot to be proud of here in Eastbourne. There is a real buzz about the town. I am really looking forward to watching the film next week.”
Bill Plumridge, manager of the Arndale Centre and director of the Chamber of Commerce, said, “The filming of Brighton Rock in various locations in Eastbourne brought increased income to businesses in the town.
“With the release of the film Eastbourne will be brought to the attention of potential visitors both nationally and internationally which will further boost the local economy and raise the profile of our town.”
Creators of the movie have moved the story from 1930s to the 1960s and decided Eastbourne was the ideal location because it looked more like a 1960s seaside town than Brighton in 2010.
Other films shot locally include Notes on a Scandal, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Atonement and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.