NEW PARK SHOWS US NEW PLACES
Bob Connell, Festival Patron, outlines his sense of cinematic place.
The French have always been good at creating a sense of place in films—Xavier Beauvois’ ‘The Guardians’ is an outstanding recent example. British directors, though, seem to have slowly lost the ability to tie drama to a specific place, until Joanna Hogg showed the way with her Scilly Isles drama ‘Archipelago’ with Tom Hiddleston in 2010.
Since 2016, British films evoking a particular place have blossomed, all with superb young leads and mainly directorial debuts. In 2016, Hope Dickson Leach gave us the gritty Somerset Levels story ‘The Levelling’ with Ellie Kendrick. In quick succession after that, came William Oldroyd’s ‘Lady Macbeth’ with Florence Pugh, set in the Northumberland moors; two Yorkshire farm dramas filmed only a few miles apart - Francis Lee’s ‘God’s Own Country’ with Josh O’Connor (Airedale) and Clio Barnard’s ‘Dark River’ with Ruth Wilson (Wharfedale); and most recently, the formidable debut of Michael Pearce - his Jersey saga ‘Beast’ with Jessie Buckley. And Peter Mackie Burns’ ‘Daphne’ with Emily Beecham has a moody London setting.
Of course, all these films were shown at ‘New Park’, helping us appreciate this exciting, newfound ‘sense of place’ as an unfolding whole.
FILMED IN WEST SUSSEX
Jane Weeks disentangles those major films with a mostly British story filmed with a Sussex backdrop.
Arundel Castle and Petworth House are just some of the key film settings, playing to our love of historical dramas.
Blackbird (2019) - Chichester and West Wittering Beach
Stan & Ollie (2018) – Worthing Lido
Wonder Woman (2017) – Arundel Castle
Mr Turner (2014) – Petworth House
Maleficent (2014) – Petworth House
Young Victoria (2009) – Arundel Castle
And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007) – West Wittering beach
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) – Petworth House
The Da Vinci Code (2006) – Shoreham Airport
The Madness of King George (1994) – Arundel Castle
A View to a Kill (1985) – Amberley Working Museum
Barry Lyndon (1975) – Petworth House
Mary Queen of Scots (1971) – Parham House
The Leather Boys (1964) – Butlin’s Holiday Camp, Bognor Regis
A Personal Journey by festival Patron Bob Connell
In 1979, visiting friends in California, I met my wife-to-be, Linda, amid the peninsular towns of San Francisco. One memorable evening together was to see Woody Allen’s new film Manhattan in an old-fashioned cinema in the leafy town of Palo Alto near Stanford University.
We never forgot that enchanted evening or the wonderful film. Nearly forty years later, imagine our delight when Manhattan was selected as a Ruby Tuesday showing, at the 1979 price of £2 a pop! We snapped up our tickets and intend to have a meal before coming to the cinema to see this classic film, walking down memory lane and reliving our early days of courtship. Thank you, New Park, as always.