Thanet feature film Leave Now to be screened in Broadstairs

Leave Now was filmed in Thanet

A feature film shot in Ramsgate will be screened at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs this month.

Leave Now tells the story of Rose Montefiore, recently bereaved, who revisits an old seaside haunt where her chance meeting with a teenage boy re-opens channels of communication with the past.

Filming took place in 2014 and after three years of post-production the movie has now been on the 2018 Film Festival circuit, winning Best Feature and Best Screenplay at the Brighton Rocks Film Festival and Best Feature at the Fisheye Film Festival.

Ninety-per-cent of the film was shot in Ramsgate, the rest being filmed not much further afield in Broadstairs, Margate, and – for one day – in Kingsdown, the film-makers’ furthest location.

The crew used local streets, schools, houses, the beach, and of course the harbour. They also wanted to use Thanet’s special light and micro-climate – a holy grail for film-makers. All crew and cast were also from Thanet as director Stephen Frost, and producer Tracy Russell, who both live in Ramsgate and felt it was important to give film-making experience and employment to local people.

The film was shown at the Granville in Ramsgate last November and now returns for the Broadstairs viewing.

Leave Now (15) will be screened at the Palace Cinema on Sunday April 14 at 4.30 pm Tickets £6/£5

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