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Margate hits the spot for MR SUNSHINE biopic teaser!
A trailer to promote a new biopic of comedian Eric Morecambe has chosen Thanet as its backdrop.
Shooting scenes for the teaser to the film, MR SUNSHINE, the crew selected Margate as the backdrop for the trailer. With assistance from Thanet District Council’s film office, they used the T.S Eliot shelter located at Nayland Rock and the historic Theatre Royal in Addington Street.
The film is now seeking investors and will hopefully go into production in 2019. The script for the full screenplay has already been written by BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Tim Whitnall and the teaser trailer, released last month, hopes to generate a buzz about the film to aid the finance campaign.
When asked to comment on their Margate shoot, Tim Whitnall said: “Wonderful to shoot in Joan Morecambe’s hometown (and of course where she and Eric celebrated their nuptials!). A privilege to film inside the T.S Eliot shelter and the precious Theatre Royal, too. Margate is a film star!”
Director, Paul Hendy said: “We were absolutely thrilled to shoot Mr Sunshine in the stunning Theatre Royal in Margate, it was the perfect location – visually stunning with a real sense of history.”
Actor, Bob Golding, who plays Eric Morecambe said: “I am extremely excited at the prospect of making this movie. Very few comics have matched the love for Eric, and to play the great man again on film, as opposed to on stage, fills me with pride and joy. What an honour.”
Thanet continues to be a popular filming destination this summer, with a host of crews visiting various parts of Isle. Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with Peter Andre and Joe Pasquale filmed in Ramsgate, while a music video from indie band, The Kooks was filmed around Cliftonville.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Bob Bayford, said: “There are such a variety of backdrops across Thanet that continue to attract the attention of both national and international production teams. No matter how many times we hear about the latest band, fashion label or celebrity who has filmed here, it remains exciting and instills a sense of pride knowing they’ve chosen to shoot at our fantastic beaches and public spaces.”
The Council has won an Excellence Award for its Thanet Winter Shelter project. The award was presented to the council’s Housing Team alongside partners from the Salvation Army, at the Kent Housing Group’s Excellence Awards 2018 on 19 September 2018.