Empire of light - More location photos. (9 replies and 11 comments)
I am sure some of you will be interested.
Copyright Kent Media group.
Thank you Mike!
Pure love!! Thank you Mike!
Thanks for the photos Mike! Wish Team Deakins and the crew the best for the remainder of the shoot!
Wonderful. Heart goes out to the boom op knee high in the cold drink!
Don’t worry about him, they probably heated the water first.
Btw, notice his submerged mic cable.
The water would have steamed if we had heated it! The photos - thankfully - don't give much of a sense of the film.
Just joking about the water, soundmen are quite naturally robust by design.
Looking forward to seeing the film especially the photography. Hope it’s all going to plan and meeting the deadline.
Any idea are they shooting here? This looks incredibly like a town I grew up in, though I haven't been back for 20 years.
It’s Margate AL, South East U.K.
Ohhh it is Margate! What a surprise, I spent my school years in Broadstairs just down the road, funny though I only remember the sea baths being in Cliftonville and Ramsgate, didn't know there was one in Margate as well.
Thanks for rekindling the memories.
I spent many happy holidays in Cliftonville when I was a school boy, didn’t know the photos were showing sea baths, is that where the soundman is standing?
Certainly seems to be Mike. Roger & James will be able to confirm
Tidal bathing pools. They were once very popular but many have been removed now, like those in Weston - Super - Mare which, I suspect, were deemed a 'health hazard'.
Brixham still has its tidal pool, very popular it is too. Pleased your filming has come to an end, perhaps you can now relax a little and put your feet up, I’m sure James can’t wait to get back to LA and soak up the sun.
Alternatively, there’s plenty of fish in the bay waiting to be caught.
Perhaps it was the Yorkshire man in my dad calling them "baths" that lead me to think they were called sea baths. Anyhow, I do remember slipping on the algae more than once around the edges as a kid, they'd seen better days by that point but were still great for spotting [small] sea-life during low tide.
Bikini clad wildlife on the beach drew my attention and using my fathers binoculars certainly gave me an ‘eyeful’. What are these strange creatures!
I think you will find Brixham has a sea water pool that is not strictly a 'tidal' pool such as those in Margate and Broadstairs, which are covered at high water.
I think you are right, the sea fills it up early in the season then somebody inserts the plug! I have seen waves crashing over the wall flooding the whole area, crabs and beasties trapped in the pool.
This pool was used in a 1958 war film starring John Slater who was portraying a survivor from a sunken ship. A rubber dinghy was bounced around with him in it while some kind soul sprayed him with water. Further scenes were made at the Boys home, Maritime pub and Lighthouse beach, Kingswear. I have a copy somewhere but where is the problem.
Yes, the pool is a mess by the end of the winter. I am sure it cost something to keep it in use every summer.
Operating costs are very high, hundreds of people put money in this pool including me But sadly it is coming to the end of its life. Sea conditions will break it up.