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New movie The Fight - starring comedian Russell Brand - filmed in Folkestone

A new film set in and around Folkestone and starring funny man Russell Brand has hit cinemas.

The Fight, written and directed by Folkestone's very own Jessica Hynes, was filmed almost entirely in the seaside town.

The Harbour Arm, Folkestone Coastal Park and The Warren are just three of the locations that delighted viewers will recognise.

The Fight, which was filmed in and around Folkestone, is now in cinemas (7870683)
The Fight, which was filmed in and around Folkestone, is now in cinemas (7870683)

In addition scenes were filmed in Cornwallis Avenue and Radnor Park.

Permission to film in these five locations was given by the Kent Film Office, who also provided the film's production team with trainees to assist on set.

The production contributed an estimated £5,000 to the Kent economy, for four days of filming.

The Fight is actor and writer Jessica Hynes' directional debut, and also stars well-known faces Anita Dobson, Rhona Mitra, Christopher Fairbank and Sally Phillips.

Hynes features as Tina, a mother of three who is dealing with a hectic lifestyle despite living in a quiet seaside town. Her mother is threatening to leave her father, her daughter is being bullied and she and her husband Mick are juggling full time jobs and three children.

The Fight was filmed in several Folkestone locations, including The Harbour Arm
The Fight was filmed in several Folkestone locations, including The Harbour Arm

With the re-appearance of a former school rival Tina steps into the boxing ring and discovers how to fight for herself.

Comedian Russell Brand - who has stared in several Hollywood blockbusters - also makes an appearance as the character 'Guru'.

Although it is Hynes' first time directing, it is not her first time in the writing seat, having co-written TV comedy series Spaced with friend Simon Pegg.

The Fight, which was filmed in and around Folkestone, is now in cinemas. Pictured Jessica Hynes and Shaun Parkes(7870741)
The Fight, which was filmed in and around Folkestone, is now in cinemas. Pictured Jessica Hynes and Shaun Parkes(7870741)

Hynes said of the film: "The Fight is not a boxing film in the traditional sense, although I very much enjoy them and have been inspired by the many boxing films I have seen over the years, I wanted to make one about someone like me – a middle aged woman with children trying to keep things together.

"It’s a family drama with warmth, humour, and an amateur boxing theme."

Russell Brand also features
Russell Brand also features

Hynes says that the film is very much a local film, adding: "During pre-production and filming I was constantly struck by the generosity and spirit of everyone I encountered.

"I visited Pelham care home many times before we filmed there in order that when we finally did we could get as much material as we could and cause as little disruption as possible.

"Folkestone Academy invited me to do a workshop there and all the school children in the film apart from Liv Hill and SenniaNanua are from the academy.

"In every sense this is a local film, inspired by the town and to a great extent made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of its people."

The Fight was released in UK cinemas on Friday, March 15 and is showing at Folkestone's Silver Screen.

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