With its massive investment in original material, NETFLIX has come to Brighton to film its new psychological thriller. The twist and turns of the Lanes must be a director's dream for all sorts of movie genres. However, filming so far has led to the closure of Upper St James's Street for a day. But will they come out to film in Saltdean given its filming heritage.
This summer has been busy on the Undercliff Walk at Saltdean for film crews this year. Walking through the tunnel, heading to the seafront, and then taking a left turn, head out to the beach huts you will find a favourite spot.
This year there have been at least three fashion shoots on the beaches opposite the beach huts. There was, of course, that famous scene in the BBC police drama series The Level filmed in Brighton, where a hectic arrest was made where the water tap used to be at the far end of the beach huts going towards Telscombe Cliffs.
Music videos have been filmed on these three beaches, including Will Young's Friday's Child and last year a promotional film was made for a new SUV - on the wide part of the Undercliff just past the beach huts. The vehicles had a backdrop of the white cliffs one way and the waves crashing on the beach in the other direction. A spectacular setting for any filmmaker.
The White Cliffs Cafe has been used by several film crews, including the aforementioned police drama series, based in Brighton. The view from this cafe is breathtaking, surprisingly though the directors don't always seem to make the best use of it.
Image courtesy of The Movie Blog/BBC
Going back a long way, Doctor Who was filmed on these beaches, with the chalk and shoreline doubling for an alien world at Telscombe Cliffs in the episode called Trial of a Time Lord - Mindwarp which featured Colin Baker as the Doctor with Peri (Nicola Bryant) his assistant at one point chained to the rocks, the story also had Brian Blessed playing warrior king Thoros Beta. 1980s Dr Who producer John Nathan-Turner actually lived at Teynham House in Saltdean and after leaving the BBC series named his new productions outfit Teynham Productions! If one, leaves the Undercliff and one then goes towards Peacehaven, normally when the tide is out, one can easily imagine being in another time and place.
Saltdean has had a lot of interest from film crews - an episode of Poirot called The Jewel Robbery At The Grand Metropolitan was filmed at the entrance of the Art Decor Ocean Hotel, and the Saltdean Oval has also been used more recent reality TV type programmes.
Also, soon to be televised is a documentary on the Saltdean Lido and its buildings and their restoration, with Michael Portillo. Last year he presented one of the History Of Britain programmes from the lido.
Clearly, Saltdean is a popular film location. Let's hope NETFLIX will be with us soon - watch this space!