Eastbourne is on the silver screen again

EASTBOURNE is on the silver screen again in a new British movie released this week.

Made in Dagenham, from the director of Calendar Girls, is a feel-good film about the female equal pay activists at the Essex Ford factory in 1968 and features scenes shot on Eastbourne seafront and the Langham Hotel.

The film-makers came to the town in August last year and set up camp at the Langham Hotel and also closed off a section of seafront during filming.

Neil Kirby, the owner of the Langham Hotel, told the Herald, "They filmed scenes inside and outside the hotel and an 80-strong crew stayed with us.

"I think they chose the hotel because they liked the 60s style of the building and the original street lights and zebra crossing outside.

"They changed the name of the hotel, cleared away all of our plants and parked their own 60s cars along the street. "It was nice to be part of it."

Made in Dagenham is the latest in a number films to use Eastbourne as a location and will also feature in a forthcoming remake of the classic cinema adaptation of Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock.

Eastbourne Borough Council said the town's unspoilt promenade and Victorian Pier make it ideal site for period locations.

Neil Stanley, the borough council's cabinet member for tourism, said, "I am very excited to see the release of Made in Dagenham and to take a look at the scenes filmed in Eastbourne on the big screen.

Not only do film companies bring a great boost to the local economy, spending in the town while they film, but to see Eastbourne featured in a movie shown around the world, is fantastic promotion for our town and a great opportunity to invite visitors keen to explore the locations included in their favourite films."