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Early Night

Even after a long day filming there is always the prospect of a pleasant surprise. I was running late and stopped for some quick bits at Tesco in Harlow at just the right time.

The Silver Darlings


I saw this fantastic old film, recently, set in Scotland called: The Silver Darlings. It was from the 1940s and neither Gordon Jackson nor Finlay Currie were in it. Still a good film though.
And with new videos and films being created and uploaded by the second how can you ever hope to catch up?
It got me thinking. How can you sort the good from the bad from the great to the wish I hadn’t bothered? 
Are there too many choices or are we not focused on what we really want? 

See You In The Gift Shop

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Who could possibly walk past a cannon without taking a photo of it? This one was at Rochester Castle, Kent by the Medway River as if to be defending the bridge and river. I have absolutely no idea whether it was historically accurate or not. But, hey, it’s a cannon.

But should it matter whether it’s historically accurate?

Do historical sites, museums, and heritage centres have to be historically accurate?

Should they concentrate on getting visitors through the door?

Once through the door and when interest is, hopefully, piqued perhaps that is the time to explore historical accuracy.

So remember if you run any kind of museum, gallery, heritage attraction, and want to attract visitors get a cannon.

And if no one else goes, well, I might go. And I most certainly will if you have a gift shop…

Arts Means Business

Looking forward to working again with ever innovative Gibberd Gallery’s on their Arts Means Business project #artsmeansbusiness 
Love this Frink, part of the The Gibberd Gallery ‘s permanent collection. Always something new to discover and appreciate at the gallery.

Location, Location: A Marsh

We’ve been location scouting in Kent. It’s always important to find not only the right location but also the right people to work with. Fortunately we found both great people and great locations in this fabulous county. We always think time spent in pre -production is never wasted. Hope to be filming near St. Mary’s, Higham later in the year. The area is close to Charles Dickens’ former home at Gads Hill, and close to some great Kentish marshes, which feature in Great Expectations.

Hay There

Spotted these while location scouting on the Kentish marshes nr Higham and Cliffe. Dicken’s country. Hope to be filming here soon.

Beside the Sea, Beside the Gallery 

Always sunny in Margate. Caters for all. It now has the fantastic Turner Contemporary Gallery, and of course it’s also Margate with its great beaches, old town, artists’ and creative quarter, and let’s not forget those slots.
We’ve been really lucky filming along the Kent coast over the last few days. There are so many interesting artists in this part of Kent, a great creative environment to work and live.

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