The twilight years of Sherlock Holmes ... in Eastbourne

Sir Ian McKellen pictured during filming last summer
Sir Ian McKellen pictured during filming last summer

A new movie filmed in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford and East Dean and starring Sir Ian McKellen as an ageing Sherlock Holmes is due to be released later this month.

Based on the Novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mr Holmes was filmed in Hailsham town centre’s Pavilion Cinema, the village green in East Dean, a beach in Seaford and areas of Eastbourne.

Filming took place in July last year and at one venue, Hailsham Pavilion in George Street, crowds waited in the rain to catch a glimpse of Sir Ian McKellen, who chatted to them and posed for selfies.

Production manager Kate Glover said, “The story is set in an East Sussex village so we visited some fabulous places. There was East Dean, with a pub and a lovely green, not too far from the sea.

“Then we needed to shoot a beach scene so someone recommended Seaford. That was lovely - perfect for what we needed. We also have scenes set in Rye. This is a very attractive part of the world.”

But the star of the location sessions was Hailsham’s historic Pavilion cinema as producers needed a vintage cinema which would have fitted with the period in which the story is set - England in about 1947, just post-war.

The new film which is released on June 19 and centres on an aged Holmes who becomes obsessed with one final case.

The film follows the world famous sleuth who has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company.

The film synopsis says, “Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his 

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