Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 05 December 2012

Brighton's Film-Friendly Approach Brings 'The Fear' To The City

Brighton is the star in an exciting new four-part drama running this week on Channel 4 and 4OD.

Paul Nicholls, Peter Mullan and Harry Lloyd

The Fear is set among the criminal ganglands of Brighton, and shot its exterior scenes at some of the city’s most iconic seafront locations. 

Brighton Pier, the West Pier and the famous seafront all feature in the drama, which filmed in Brighton over a two-week period in September.

Additional scenes were also shot at Birling Gap in Eastbourne.

The Fear chronicles the disintegration of the mind of Brighton crime boss, Richie Beckett.

Pursuing his dream of rebuilding Brighton's derelict West Pier, Beckett’s hard-earned respectability is threatened by two new enemies: an invading Albanian mafia and an aggressive form of early onset dementia. 

The drama is the latest production to choose Brighton for its locations.



It follows Caught In Flight, Schutzengel and numerous other television programmes including Grand Designs, A Place In The Sun, Rory Bremner’s Great British Views and Location Location Location , which all filmed in Brighton within the last twelve months.

Charlotte Wright, the Location Manager on The Fear, said:

“I have worked in Brighton on a number of projects throughout my career and it is always a joy to work with such a dedicated Events team promoting the city and helping fire fight the usual issues that come with a sizable production trying to film in the heart of this iconic City.

"Without the city's support from Events/ Highways/ Parking/ Police and council wardens, filming would have been much more taxing.”


It stars Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady), Paul Nicholls (The Passion, Clapham Junction) Anastasia Hille (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Awakening) and Richard E Grant (The Crimson Petal & The White), and is written by Richard Cottan (Wallander, Hancock & Joan) and directed by Michael Samuels (Any Human Heart).

Brighton & Hove Council is working to attract more film and television production to the region as the industry generates jobs and revenue as well as attracting tourism.

In November the Council entered into a partnership agreement with Creative England as part of a new city council led initiative called Film City in Brighton & Hove.

Under the arrangement, Creative England’s Locations and Production Services team for the South of England will become more proactive in promoting locations in the Brighton and Hove area to the film and television industry.

Properties in the region can already be listed and researched for free on Creative England’s database.



Now, new properties will be researched, photographed and featured in regular industry newsletters, with the aim of attracting the attention of location and production managers looking for suitable filming sites.

The Council’s film-friendly approach is one that is appreciated by incoming productions. 

Rebecca Snook, Creative England’s Production Liaison and Partnerships Manager, said:

“It’s great to see Brighton showing such support for film and TV production. The city has many great locations and landmarks, and we are looking forward to working more closely with the Council to promote them to the industry.

"We are also keen to invite residents and businesses to consider taking advantage of the economic benefits filming can bring by registering their properties as potential locations on our database.”




by: Mike Cobley


Share    

“I want young people to realise that they have the power to change the world right from their bedroom, kitchen table or garden shed."
Next year will see the UK's biggest Pride Festival mark twenty-five years of Pride in the City. and it is widely anticipated to be the biggest Pride celebration in the City to date.
Off the back of last summer’s major festival stages, as well as playing guests to Arctic Monkeys at two huge shows in London's Finsbury Park and at Dublin's Marlay Park, Brighton band Royal Blood's reputation is building internationally, as they set off to prove to the world that rock is definitely not dead.
Same Sky is turning to crowdfunding and local business support to deliver Brighton's Burning the Clocks on its 21st birthday. 
Pic WaterAid/ Eliza Deacon
Local fundraiser, Sophie Goodall, from Brighton, saw first-hand the difference the money she has raised for WaterAid is making  during an unforgettable trip to Uganda, with the international development charity.
A funny fella with a brain as razor sharp as his wit - and don't you just love him for it - Jimmy Carr has honed his craft and now uses his audience as the backbone of his stand-up.
Elvis Costello had fallen out of love with his home country after a bad experience at Glastonbury back in 2005. The memory was recounted by Elvis as one of the worst forty-five minutes of his professional life: 
Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon is the new album from English national treasures The Wave Pictures,  It was co-written and produced by one of their all time heroes Billy Childish.
A competition is now open to design the front cover of the new-look Brighton Fringe Family Guide; now an A5 booklet, available in early March 2014. 
Sussex's arts calendar will be bolstered by a brand new event next year as Chestnut Tree House children's hospice and Brighton Dome join forces to host the Big Heart charity art auction in March 2015.
After playing a total hit storm when they appeared in Glastonbury's much coveted 'special guest' slot, last summer, Kaiser Chiefs are about to do the same when they visit Brighton, early next year.
The Unthanks first came to our attention when they were headlining a Great Escape night. A packed Spiegeltent next to St Peter’s Church, in Brighton, emptied rapidly as support, Bon Iver, left the venue. 

Ten couples are set to make history in Brighton & Hove when they are married at the same time on the first day the law allows.
Tick, tock the hour is near. It's the 9th December 1982 and there's a gig ticket on top of The Jam's pile of vinyl that lay neatly piled on the Dansette. Not just any old gig ticket, but one so I can say a fond farewell at the Brighton Centre to the band that had defined the last six years of my life.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...






Latest Brighton Jobs

Charity Fundraiser 19,500

Previous experience in a customer-facing, KPI-driven working environment such as Direct Sales, Charity Fundraising (Indoor or Street), Field Sales, Estate /...
Alphastaff Recruitment - Brighton
More details

Dutch Telemarketer

To work as a Market Researcher you will need a good telephone manner and be confident talking to businesses....
Alphastaff Recruitment - Brighton
More details

Health Care Support Worker / Care Assistant

This particular role will require the candidate to provide the highest levels of care and support, dealing with a variety of service user needs within a...
Diamond Resourcing plc - Burgess
More details

Care Home Chef

Good communication skills, team player, NVQ level 2, food hygiene certificate, CRB (DBS) requested. Report immediately to the Home Manager, or Person in Charge,...
Forte Agency - Shoreham by Sea
More details
Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd