Actress Olivia Colman in Margate for Empire of Light filming

Olivia Colman filming in Margate Photo Steven Collis

Award-winning actress Olivia Colman is now in Thanet for the filming of Sam Mendes movie Empire of Light.

There has been ‘snowfall’ on Margate seafront and Christmas decorations as the production team work on the 1980s-based love story.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

Empire of Light stars Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Academy Award winner Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Crystal Clarke and Tanya Moodie.

Tom Brooke and Hannah Onslow join the previously announced cast.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

Produced by Academy Award nominee Pippa Harris (1917, Call The Midwife, Penny Dreadful) and Mendes (1917, Skyfall and American Beauty) under their Neal Street Productions.

Photo Steven Collis

The film will be released by Searchlight Pictures with an expected date of Autumn this year.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who won an Oscar for best cinematography at the Academy Awards for his work on 1917, is also involved.

Photo Steven Collis

Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins are already in town for the production.

Photo Simon Willows

Last night more filming took place on Margate seafront. The area was particularly busy as a lantern parade by Mothers United walked the seafront route from Nayland to Turner Contemporary for the opening of the Power of Women Festival.

Lantern parade Photo Carl Hudson

Filming in Margate will run through to May 21.

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Tuesday 15th MarchHall by the Sea RoadFrom 0700 – 1800
Monday 21st MarchAlbert Terrace Marine DriveFrom 0700 – 1900

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Tuesday 22nd MarchMarket StreetFrom 1800 – 0300
Thursday 24th MarchHall by the Sea RoadFrom 1400 – 0600
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Wednesday 30th MarchMarine TerraceFrom 0930 – 1430
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Friday 6th MayKing Street

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Monday 16th MayMarine DriveFrom 1100 – 2100
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As a contingency, the location team has applied for 2 additional weather back up dates for Marine Terrace on May 19-20..