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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




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