The West Pier in the arts

Richard Attenborough on the West Pier during the shoot of Oh What A Lovely War!

Still from Oh What A Lovely War!

The Death of Bunny Munro

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The West Pier is the subject of hundreds, if not thousands, of amateur photographs and paintings by Brighton artists every year. 

But how has it featured in the mainstream arts? 

Perhaps its most famous appearance was as the setting for scenes from Richard Attenborough's 1969 film Oh! What a Lovely War starring John Mills. 

It was also used as a location for a very different film four years later in 1973 - Carry On Girls (the Palace Pier featured in the earlier Carry On At Your Convenience). 

The smouldering pier also provided a backdrop to Hove renaissance man Nick Cave's second novel The Death of Bunny Munro, set in Brighton in 2003. 

It was also the subject of Patrick Hamilton's The West Pier, which was described by Graham Greene (author of Brighton Rock) as "the best book written about Brighton".

Indie band James shot their video for Just Like Fred Astaire on the West Pier and the nearby seafront:

 

It starred Brighton actor Ralph Brown, who also directed this 2000 video by the Crocketts, Host - also shot on the pier: 

 

Keyboardist and drummer Gary Husband (formerly of Level 42) wrote this piano piece The Grand Old Lady of the Sea inspired by the West Pier:

Have we missed anything out? Let us know in the comments below. 

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