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7 great films with a Brighton backdrop

The Argus: 7 great films with a Brighton backdrop 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.

Quadrophenia (1979)

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.

Wimbledon (2004)

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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3:54pm Thu 10 Apr 14

micklin says...

WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK
WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK micklin
  • Score: 11

3:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jamesthegill says...

While The Damned United is a good film (and a great book), it never actually filmed here - just Scarborough with some CGI.
While The Damned United is a good film (and a great book), it never actually filmed here - just Scarborough with some CGI. Jamesthegill
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

You've missed Brighton's greatest film - "Carry on at Your Convenience". Set in Bogg's lavatory factory it features a day trip to Brighton. Second place goes to "Carry on Girls" which is set in Fircombe - a run down seaside town AKA Brighton.
You've missed Brighton's greatest film - "Carry on at Your Convenience". Set in Bogg's lavatory factory it features a day trip to Brighton. Second place goes to "Carry on Girls" which is set in Fircombe - a run down seaside town AKA Brighton. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 22

4:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Hector66 says...

how can you forget the Long Good Friday or the gay film, The Fruit Machine, made by the guy after he did Letter to Breshnev.
how can you forget the Long Good Friday or the gay film, The Fruit Machine, made by the guy after he did Letter to Breshnev. Hector66
  • Score: 8

4:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Hector66 says...

robbie coltrane was one of the stars, it was a pretty dire flick.
robbie coltrane was one of the stars, it was a pretty dire flick. Hector66
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Thu 10 Apr 14

tykemison says...

7 great films!! Lol.must be wonderful having low expectations!
7 great films!! Lol.must be wonderful having low expectations! tykemison
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Just trying to earn a crust says...

No mention of Genevive?
No mention of Genevive? Just trying to earn a crust
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

hoveguyactually says...

Under Suspicion
Genevieve
Dirty Weekend
The End Of The Affair
Jigsaw
The First Gentleman
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Bank Holiday
Pink String And Sealing Wax

I'm sure there are masses more.
Under Suspicion Genevieve Dirty Weekend The End Of The Affair Jigsaw The First Gentleman On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Bank Holiday Pink String And Sealing Wax I'm sure there are masses more. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Iain Chambers says...

That's quite an odd description of the film Quadrophenia. What are the tragic consequences (apart from Sting's acting)?
That's quite an odd description of the film Quadrophenia. What are the tragic consequences (apart from Sting's acting)? Iain Chambers
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Thu 10 Apr 14

BlackRocker says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
Under Suspicion
Genevieve
Dirty Weekend
The End Of The Affair
Jigsaw
The First Gentleman
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Bank Holiday
Pink String And Sealing Wax

I'm sure there are masses more.
Well done, and very impartial, particularly as none of them was (actually) set in Hove! If the esteemed 'Argus' or, indeed, anyone else wants a longer list, they might like to check out: http://www.brightonf
ilm.com/films_made_i
n_brighton_sound_2.h
tm.
I have to confess there are a few here that I haven't yet come across, particularly any involving Britain's consistently bad 'actor', Bill Nighy.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Under Suspicion Genevieve Dirty Weekend The End Of The Affair Jigsaw The First Gentleman On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Bank Holiday Pink String And Sealing Wax I'm sure there are masses more.[/p][/quote]Well done, and very impartial, particularly as none of them was (actually) set in Hove! If the esteemed 'Argus' or, indeed, anyone else wants a longer list, they might like to check out: http://www.brightonf ilm.com/films_made_i n_brighton_sound_2.h tm. I have to confess there are a few here that I haven't yet come across, particularly any involving Britain's consistently bad 'actor', Bill Nighy. BlackRocker
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7:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

rubberflipper says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
You've missed Brighton's greatest film - "Carry on at Your Convenience". Set in Bogg's lavatory factory it features a day trip to Brighton. Second place goes to "Carry on Girls" which is set in Fircombe - a run down seaside town AKA Brighton.
Absolutely!
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: You've missed Brighton's greatest film - "Carry on at Your Convenience". Set in Bogg's lavatory factory it features a day trip to Brighton. Second place goes to "Carry on Girls" which is set in Fircombe - a run down seaside town AKA Brighton.[/p][/quote]Absolutely! rubberflipper
  • Score: 5

8:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

P.Dant says...

micklin wrote:
WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK
Your boneheaded comments are the very reason comments are disabled.The Argus is right,occasionally.

As for the Brighton films,'hoveguyactual
ly' should have written the piece.That selection is vastly better.
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK[/p][/quote]Your boneheaded comments are the very reason comments are disabled.The Argus is right,occasionally. As for the Brighton films,'hoveguyactual ly' should have written the piece.That selection is vastly better. P.Dant
  • Score: 2

9:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

What about Michael Winner's "Dirty Weekend" = good film.

Wimbledon was truly awful!!
What about Michael Winner's "Dirty Weekend" = good film. Wimbledon was truly awful!! NathanAdler
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ghost bus driver says...

I loved watching the opening scene from Brighton Rock and trying to work out where all the places shown were. Then you get William Hartnell, who of course went on to be the first Dr Who.
I loved watching the opening scene from Brighton Rock and trying to work out where all the places shown were. Then you get William Hartnell, who of course went on to be the first Dr Who. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

SmileyD says...

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa SmileyD
  • Score: 2

11:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Wide Bertha says...

micklin wrote:
WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK
*involves, *you're
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK[/p][/quote]*involves, *you're Wide Bertha
  • Score: 3

1:13am Fri 11 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

who has declared it family friendly .day trippers are not welcome in there car ,the train station is a mess out side ,the place is great if you want to find a 0ne pound shop or second hand clothes ,lets be honest with the current state the city has fallen in to who in there right mind would visit here
who has declared it family friendly .day trippers are not welcome in there car ,the train station is a mess out side ,the place is great if you want to find a 0ne pound shop or second hand clothes ,lets be honest with the current state the city has fallen in to who in there right mind would visit here whatevernext2013
  • Score: 1

5:04am Fri 11 Apr 14

JoeBlow says...

Since when has Wimbledon been in SW14???? SW19 please!

And the greatest film with Brighton in it? The Snowman!
Since when has Wimbledon been in SW14???? SW19 please! And the greatest film with Brighton in it? The Snowman! JoeBlow
  • Score: 4

9:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

micklin wrote:
WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK
Their sister paper , the Bournemouth Echo allow them, how strange.
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK[/p][/quote]Their sister paper , the Bournemouth Echo allow them, how strange. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 1

9:32am Fri 11 Apr 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
Under Suspicion
Genevieve
Dirty Weekend
The End Of The Affair
Jigsaw
The First Gentleman
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Bank Holiday
Pink String And Sealing Wax

I'm sure there are masses more.
Smokescreen (1964). Also includes Seaford Head and Hellingly Station.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: Under Suspicion Genevieve Dirty Weekend The End Of The Affair Jigsaw The First Gentleman On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Bank Holiday Pink String And Sealing Wax I'm sure there are masses more.[/p][/quote]Smokescreen (1964). Also includes Seaford Head and Hellingly Station. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

10:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

hubby says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
micklin wrote:
WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK
Their sister paper , the Bournemouth Echo allow them, how strange.
Ridiculous when travellers have such an effect on the lives of so many residents of Brighton and Hove.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: WHY DO THE ARGUS NEVER HAVE A COMMENTS COLUMN WHEN A STORY INVOVLES TRAVELLERS? SHAME ON YOU ARGUS!! YOUR WEAK[/p][/quote]Their sister paper , the Bournemouth Echo allow them, how strange.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous when travellers have such an effect on the lives of so many residents of Brighton and Hove. hubby
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Gribbet says...

"Full-Frontal Snogging"?

Oops!
"Full-Frontal Snogging"? Oops! Gribbet
  • Score: 0

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