Movie scene throwback to 80s mods and skinheads on Margate seafront

'Mods' and scooters on Margate seafront Photo Frank Leppard

A scene with mods and skinheads depicting unrest and racial tensions in the 1980s has been shot today (April 27) on Margate seafront.

Photo Frank Leppard

The Empire of Light movie is a love story set in that period and today’s filming was for a scene of a race-related altercation.

The movie team say the scene, which included fascist banners, shot on Marine Terrace outside the Dreamland Cinema and the stage set cinema copy built at Godden’s Gap is a small part of overall story.

Photo Frank Leppard

A spokesperson said: “Our film is set in the early 1980s when racial tensions were running high in many parts of the UK and there are some scenes in Empire of Light that reflect those times.”

Photo Louis Mclaren

The Sam Mendes production starring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Colin Firth has been shot on location around the town since the end of February.

Photo Frank Leppard

The film also stars Toby Jones, Tanya Moodie and Crystal Clarke. Director Mr Mendes is known for works including  James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre and the war film 1917 as well as numerous West End stage shows.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

Locations used include Margate’s main seafront road, the Old Town, Cliftonville and Darcy’s Café.

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Dreamland’s neon sign on the fin of the Grade II* listed cinema has been replaced with Empire Cinema signs and the 20,000ft set at Godden’s Gap contains a replica of Dreamland’s old cinema, including the staircase and chandeliers, with a ticket booth outside.

Filming will wrap up at the end of next month.