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7 great films with a Brighton backdrop
Following the news that Brighton has been declared a ‘film friendly’ location, here’s a look back at some films that feature Brighton’s sunny coastline.
Brighton Rock (1947 & 2010)
No prizes for guessing this one made the list. Adapted from Graham Green’s classic crime novel, the film told the story of a gangster, Pinkie Brown, played by Richard Attenborough. The film was remade in 2010, but didn't receive the same plaudits as the original despite starring Oscar award winning actress, Dame Helen Mirren. It also mainly featured Eastbourne.
The Who’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, of the same name, sound tracked the story of the mods versus the rockers. Phil Daniels stars as lead character, Jimmy, and a humorous cameo from Sting makes this film a local favourite. Brighton is the destination for the two gangs making their way down to the south coast on vespas and suped-up motorbikes resulting in gang war with tragic consequences.
Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst star in this rom-com based around SW14’s summer tournament. Their characters lover affair sees them make an escape to the south coast away from Wimbledon, which features famous landmarks of Brighton’s beach front.
London to Brighton (2006)
Again, the clue’s in the name with this one. Filmed mostly on the streets of Brighton, this dark story of prostitution sees characters Kelly and Joanne attempt to raise money for their escape away from London.
The Damned United (2009)
Michael Sheen’s portrayal of football manager Brian Clough encouraged a warm reception from critics. Clough managed Brighton and Hove Albion for just eight months before his well documented 44 day reign as manager of Leeds took place. 44 days was enough time to allow him to return to the coast and patch things up with close associate, Peter Taylor.
Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging (2008)
Largely filmed in Brighton and Eastbourne, this 2008 coming-of-age film, adapted from two teen novels, took just shy of a million in its first weekend. Gurinder Chadha, director of 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, tells the story of a 14-year-old girl and her diary.
Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)
Richard Attenborough obviously loves the seaside as he returns to Brighton, this time as director and producer, in this First World War classic. The Irish Guard march along Brighton promenade and The West Pier also features.
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