Putting Eastbourne on TV and film map

Brighton Rock
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OSCAR season may well have been and gone but tourism chiefs here in Eastbourne hope the town’s movie heritage can attract film fans.

When the gongs are given out, interest in all things cinematic tends to increase so Eastbourne Borough Council’s head of leisure is keen to remind people the Sunshine Coast has had more than its fair share of big screen sparkle sprinkled on it in recent years.

The local authority has produced an online map highlighting local locations which have featured in a string of hit films in recent years.

Among the most well known are scenes from the stylish remake of the 1947 John Boulting film Brighton Rock. Eastbourne Pier, Cavendish Place, the seafront prom and the main beaches all featured in Rowan Joffe’s 2010 version, which saw Eastbourne step in as a 1960s version of nearby Brighton.

Slightly less obvious to the eye was the use of Beachy Head as the setting for Harry Potter’s quidditch match in 2005’s Goblet of Fire – with Beachy Head also playing host to filming for the cult kids class Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Back in the town centre, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging featured scenes at the bandstand, Warren Hill, Carpet Gardens and Duke’s Drive.

The critically acclaimed 2010 film Made in Dagenham was, surprisingly, shot in Eastbourne, and on the small screen the town has played host to episodes of Poirot, The Thick of It, Miss Marple and sketches on Little Britain.

Tennis rom-com Wimbledon was filmed locally and Green Wing, Foyle’s War, Eastenders and even the odd Bond film all benefiting from a little Eastbourne magic.

The hope now is some less popular parts of town can reap the rewards of move tie-ins.

Head of tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley, told the Herald, “With the Oscars taking place last weekend, it has given us a great opportunity to put the spotlight on Eastbourne’s film locations with people around the world talking about their favourite movies.

“Eastbourne has been a popular location with TV and film makers for many years and we are using our Lights, Camera, Eastbourne TV and Film Map to promote Eastbourne to set-jetters.

“Film tourism has become increasingly popular and our Tourist Information Centre often receives requests from visitors asking where film locations are in Eastbourne.

“We hope our TV and Film Map acts as a useful information resource for film tourists and offers a quirky way to discover locations around the town.”

To see the map, visit www.visiteastbourne.com/film.