Hollywood comes to Medway with new films

February 23, 2013 by  

Hollywood has taken more than a passing interest in the Kent region recently after the region was chosen to be the backdrop of two blockbuster films. Medway Dockyard has been the unlikely star in the films, both of which feature some very famous faces.

The latest film to be shot at the docks is the forthcoming Muppets movie, starring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, which is slated for release early next year. The Muppets movie will see the return of on-screen favourites like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Medway docks were also used as the backdrop for some of the scenes in the Oscar-nominated film Les Miserables, which stars Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.

An onlooker spoke to Kent Online about the recent filming, saying:

“I didn’t see any of the Muppets or the famous actors like Ricky Gervais but it all looked very interesting. They set up two scenes in the Dockyard. In one they were walking down a foggy river along Anchor Wharf and another was an outdoor farm area full of chickens. It looked fantastic.”

Film crews always attract attention from tourists and locals who also bring extra business into the region, which is good news for the local economy. Films tend to spark the imagination of the public as soon as they are advertised using trailers or poster printing and Strood and Medway residents will have even more reason to be excited about the release of a film if it has been filmed in the local area.