Hailsham and Seaford will be starring on the silver screen when Sir Ian McKellen’s new film, in which he plays a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, is released.
He filmed scenes in town – as well as East Dean – in July last year and this week posted some sneak previews of the film on his Twitter page.
The preview shows a beautiful shot of Seven Sisters in the background as Sir Ian playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes and his young prodigy Roger, played by Milo Parker, stroll up the South Downs.
Sir Ian tweeted, “Exclusive first clip from my new film MR HOLMES. I’m Holmes, age 93, working my final case with a young confidante.”
He also tweeted the first poster for the film which is due to hit cinema screens this summer. He said, “First teaser poster for UK release of my upcoming film, ‘Mr Holmes’.
“Sorry to be a tease, but I hope you like it.”
Hailsham came to a standstill last summer when the actor turned up for filming at Hailsham Pavilion. The star took time out of his busy schedule to talk to fans and sign autographs. George Street was lined with production vehicles and crew.
When filming was done for the day, Sir Ian crossed the road from the Pavilion to meet fans and sign autographs.
He generously gave up his time to chat with Hailsham residents and have his picture taken.
He then got into a black car and was sure to wind his window down and say ‘bye’ to the crowd that had gathered outside the Pavilion, while waving enthusiastically and smiling at fans. Sir Ian, 75, plays the role of the detective who is now in his 90s.
The film is an adaptation of Mitch Cullen’s novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind. Seaford is used for the movie’s beach scenes while East Dean is featured as the place he lives.
Hailsham Pavilion was used in the film because it is a vintage cinema which fitted in with the period the story is set in – post-war England. The film is directed by Bill Condon and follows Mr Holmes as he looks back at his life, the cases and the unsolved mysteries.
If you would like to have a look at the film preview and spot Seven Sisters in the background visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR7iJg8-3Rg