Director John Jencks and Roger Allam on set © The Hippopotamus, 2017

Promenade begins filming

John Jencks and Roger Allam © The Hippopotamus, 2017
Director John Jencks and Roger Allam on set of The Hippopotamus.

50 CAST, 12 STORIES, 1 PLOT. NO HEROES. In Brighton on the South coast of England, sharpened by the sting of sea spray, and mellowed by numinous light, a tight-knit community of oddballs and heart-felts live together in a tatty old mansion, the Fletcher Apartments. When a golden feather, the priceless antique mascot of the building, unexpectedly disappears, the residents have a mystery to solve. Will they find the talisman that previously bound them together, or will their community, now divided against itself, irrevocably unravel?

Such is the premise of the playful and innovative whodunnit Promenade penned by David Wigram. With an over 50 characters and 12 stories, tied together with one overarching plot, the film features performances from Roger Allam, Anna Chancellor, Doon Mackichan and John Finnemore. The obviously very large cast also includes Richard Katz, Malcom Kamulete, Lily Loveless, Purab Kohli, Emily Coates, Bertie Caplan, Elsa Zylberstein, Alan McKenna, Rosie Day, Diana Quick, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Manpreet Bambra, Aoife Hinds, Vahid Gold, Jamie Kenna, Kola Krauze, Gala Botero, Emma West, Julia Watson and Andy Secombe.

The movie, which is in production now, is being directed by John Jencks, who previously worked on the adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel The Hippopotamus with Roger Allam starring as jaded writer and former poet Edward “Ted” Wallace, who investigates a series of miracles occurring in a manor.

Stephanie Cole, Anthony Head, Roger Allam and John Finnemore recording Cabin Pressure © Pozzitive
Stephanie Cole, Anthony Head, John Finnemore and Roger Allam recording Cabin Pressure.

Another familiar face is comedy writer and actor John Finnemore, creator of the beloved radio sitcom Cabin Pressure. It follows the exploits of the eccentric crew of the single aeroplane owned by “MJN Air” as they are chartered to take all manner of items, people or animals across the world. Among the voices is Roger Allam, lending his talents to the role of First Officer Douglas Richardson.

Promenade is fully financed by John Jencks’ The Electric Shadow Company, and produced in association with Marcie MacLellan’s company Frank and Lively.  Its production’s crew, comprising 50% women, brings an exciting rarity to the movie industry. It also proudly pioneers the use of the anonymous Call it! app for a safer, fairer place of work, and is one of the first UK films to take advantage of the new tax credit.

Stay tuned for further updates as this whimsical story approaches its release date!

One thought on “Promenade begins filming

  1. Can’t wait to see this film. I love Brighton and I adore Roger Allam so this will be perfect for me.

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