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Isle of Wight Film and TV Information

Films made on the Island:

·  Fragile

·  Mrs Brown

·  That'll Be The Day

·  Guest House Paradiso

·  Lady Chatterley's Lover, a TV drama by Ken Russell

·  Reach for the Moon, a TV drama for ITV

·  Location for New Year's Day a film by Suri Krishnamma and 'The Winslow Boy' a film by David Mamet

·  Featured in The English Patient a film by Antony Minghella

·  Location for Crown & Country a tv series by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward


Fragile staring Calista Flockhart as a nurse who takes a new job at a desolate children's hospital during its closing days. She struggles to keep the kids safe and uncover the mystery behind apparent attacks of an unknown origin that hurt the kids so that they cannot leave the premises. Richard Roxburgh, Yasmin Murphy and Gemma Jones.

Mrs Brown:

Mrs Brown starring Judy Dench and Billy Connolly was based on events surrounding Osborne House at the time of Queen Victoria's reign. The film is set in and around Osborne house and is tastefully directed by John Madden and written by Jeremy Brock. The story is based around the period after Prince Albert's death, where Victoria is in inconsolable circumstances, and is incapable of performing her expected duties, such as the opening of State Parliament. As a result, Her Majesty's secretary, Sir Henry Ponsonby, is forced to summon John Brown from Balmoral to aid the Queen in her time of grief.

The Winslow Boy:

The Winslow Boy starring Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam and Rebecca Pidgeon was written and directed by David Marmet. The film is based on the fight for justice against the Royal Navel Academy. Arthur Winslow (Hawthorne) when toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement is informed of his 13-year-old son, Ronnie's expulsion for stealing five shillings from the Naval academy. When questioned regarding the missing money, Ronnie claims innocence regarding the matter. Arthur Winslow risks prosperity, physical well-being, and his daughter's future to pursue what he believes justice.

The English Patient:

When Island-born director, Anthony Minghella scooped nine Oscars for The English Patient in 1997, he pronounced it "a great day for the Isle of Wight". Only his third feature film, the success of The English Patient brought worldwide renown to the director and, indeed, to his home town. Set in the Second World War, The English Patient stars Ralph Fiennes, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews and Colin Firth. It features wartime footage of the Isle of Wight as well as cameo roles for his parents Edward and Gloria Minghella.

Guest House Paradiso:

Guest House Paradiso was released in 1999 and stars Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson (who also wrote and directed the film) Helene Mathieu, Vincent Cassel, and Simon Pegg. The film is based on two unemployed slackers, who have sacrificed their grotty London flat for an even grottier South Coast motel. The walls are rotting, and the location is adjacent to a nuclear power station. The light switches turn themselves off, the kitchen staff are dependant alcoholics and the children's play area hangs precariously on the edge of a cliff.

That'll Be The Day:

That'll Be The Day created in 1974 starring Ringo Star, David Essex, Rosemary Leech, Billy Fury, Keith Moon, directed by Claude Whatham and Michael Apted. The story is based on a working class boy desperate to leave his fairground dead- end job and become a rock 'n' role star. Abandoned as a child, Jim has a rebellious view of school and exams. By chance, he comes across a guitar and in a wave of rebellion drops school and attempts to advance his career.

Contact information to arrange filming.

·  National Trust property

·  Heritage Architecture

National Trust properties on the Isle of Wight:

·  Bembridge Windmill

·  Brighstone Shop & Museum

·  Mottistone Manor Garden

·  Needles Old Battery

·  Newtown Old Town Hall

·  Military Road

·  Easton Field, Freshwater Bay


For permission to film, please contact Heather Bradshaw of the National Trust on 01983 741020, with public liability insurance number and contact details.

English Heritage properties on the Isle of Wight:

·  Osborne House

·  Carisbrooke Castle

·  Yarmouth Castle

·  The Pepper Pot (an ancient lighthouse site on St Catherine's Down/Niton Down)

·  Appuldurcombe House


Direct PR, contact Jane Lawrence, Christine Appleyard or Gill Buttwell, tel. 0207 407 6882,

TV/film crews should contact;
Sarah Eastel, 13 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY, tel. 01225 460022,

Dave Russell -, Email: or Tel 0870 199 4420

Dadina Sagger - Tel-Fax : 01983 404275

Cowes Week:


PR: Sally Alexander, Focus PR, tel. 0207 845 6623,

Cowes Week dates: Saturday 11 August - Saturday 18 August 2012

Permissions and Local contacts

Although permits are not required for filming on the Island's streets, we do ask film-makers to contact us with their proposals so that the relevant Council departments and the Police can assess safety issues and the impact on residents, pedestrians and road users.We hope the Media Centre has answered your questions, and given you a broader knowledge of the Island.