5 things to do in Sussex this week - Visit Sussex’s filming locations

PUBLISHED: 12:43 30 November 2020 | UPDATED: 12:43 30 November 2020

Petworth Park (c) richard evea, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Petworth Park (c) richard evea, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


While Sussex’s busy events schedule takes a hiatus during this latest lockdown, we’ll be suggesting a selection of outdoor and home-based activities that all comply with the latest guidelines

This week we’ll be featuring a selection of Sussex’s filming locations that you can visit yourself or spot in one of these hit films. Please check all local information through the links provided before heading out as indoor locations may not be open but outdoor areas may still be accessible

Jigsaw (1962)

This satisfying murder mystery set in Brighton benefits from the reassuring presence of Jack Warner (Dixon of Dock Green himself) as the detective on the case. Director Val Guest adopts an unsensational, pseudo-documentary approach that concentrates on the often laborious details of police procedure, as the identity of the dead woman is ascertained and her killer is slowly unmasked.

Click here for a walk near Brighton.

Wish You Were Here (1987)

Brighton, Worthing and Bognor Regis feature in this film about Linda Mansell’s rebellious adolescence in 1950s Sussex, loosely based on the life of the famous British brothel-keeper Cynthia Payne. Locations include the Dome cinema in Worthing. Emily Lloyd (daughter of the late Roger Lloyd Pack) stars.

Here’s a guide to Worthing.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2004)

Ralph Fiennes makes his first appearance as Lord Voldemort in this fourth instalment in the Harry Potter film franchise. The Seven Sisters make a welcome appearance, too, as the magnificent backdrop to the Quidditch World Cup. Teasing terrors and skin-crawling set pieces earned this film a 12A certificate.

Click here for a walk providing views of the cliffs.

My Boy Jack (2007)

David Haig is a dead ringer for Sussex writer Rudyard Kipling in this TV film tracing the author’s search for his 17-year-old son Jack (Daniel Radcliffe) after he is reported missing during World War I. Based on Haig’s 1997 play of the same name, this BAFTA-nominated drama, co-starring Kim Cattrall and Carey Mulligan, was partly filmed at Kipling’s former home, Bateman’s, in West Sussex.

Here’s another walk that goes nearby this National Trust property.

Mr Turner (2014)

Petworth House and Park, the home of one of JMW Turner’s greatest patrons – George Wyndham, third Earl of Egremont – shines in Mike Leigh’s biopic of the great Romantic painter. Timothy Spall gives an admirably warty and unpleasant performance as Turner, an arrogant and uncompromising man who’s annoyed by his celebrity in Britain but shocked when the public turns against his work.

Click here for more about the history of Petworth.

Click here for our full list of films produced in Sussex


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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