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Seaford Provides Centre Stage for ‘Hope Gap’ Stars Bill Nighy and Annette Bening

Submitted on 02 August 2018 by STC Officers

Seaford Provides Centre Stage for ‘Hope Gap’  Stars Bill Nighy and Annette Bening

Seaford Town Council was recently delighted to secure the filming of a major film in the Town.

Oscar nominated screen writer William Nicholson has returned to his home town of Seaford to film and direct his screenplay HOPE GAP, starring Bill Nighy and Annette Bening.

The film is about a couple whose son comes to visit them by the seaside, but the visit soon takes a dramatic turn when the father tells the son he plans to leave his mother; showcasing the spectacular character acting abilities of the stars.

Filming took place in various locations around Seaford, including Hope Gap Beach, Seaford Head, Seaford Head Golf Course, Seaford promenade, Seaford Train Station and Maurice Road; all enabling the film crew to capture the true essence of Seaford and providing breathtakingly atmospheric backdrops for the film.

Hollywood actor Bill Nighy famed for his roles in The Best Exotic Marigold’s Hotel and Love Actually, was very pleased to pose for photos with local residents in between scene takes and said, ‘Seaford is a great place to come and film in’.

Bafta award winning actress Annette Bening, who earned this title from American Beauty, was starring alongside Bill Nighy. British actor Joshua O’Connor, who has starred in Ripper Street and The Durrells, took on the role of the couple’s visiting son.

Seaford Town Council worked closely with the film crew during the weeks leading up to and the week of the filming itself. Assisting with the recce of film locations within the town and considering areas which would need to be highlighted to the general public that filming would be taking place; the Town Council was pleased to be able to get so involved with such a special project for the town.

Seaford Town Council Mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven said ‘I know how hard the Council staff work to secure filming of this kind in the town. It not only brings in direct revenue but also raises the town’s profile and tourism for the area, generating revenue for the whole town’.

William Nicholson and the film crew will take the film to the festivals and all going well, it will reach the big screen soon!


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