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The Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones filmed at Chatham Historic Dockyard

A newly-released blockbuster about taking to the skies was filmed in a location close to home.

The Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones was released in cinemas yesterday.

Felicity Jones as Amelia Wren and Eddie Redmayne as James Glaisher in the Aeronauts
Felicity Jones as Amelia Wren and Eddie Redmayne as James Glaisher in the Aeronauts

They play fictional pilot Amelia Wren and historical meteorologist James Glaisher, who have to fight to survive when a voyage of discovery in a hot air balloon goes wrong.

The pair, who acted together in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, filmed part of their latest work at Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Slip 3 Mezzanine was one of their main locations with additional shooting around The Ropery.

Production designer Christian Huband said: “When presented with a brief to find a balloon factory location, there was really no other choice than The Historic Dockyard in Chatham.

"There are very few places left with an authentic Georgian timber structure that have stood the test of time.

The Ropery in Chatham Historic Dockyard was used in filming
The Ropery in Chatham Historic Dockyard was used in filming

"No 3 Slip is the real deal, with the added benefit of the film-friendly aspects of the Dockyard Filming Team who are very welcoming with an easy can-do attitude.”

If you want to watch the film just metres away from where it was shot, head to the Chatham Odeon next to the Dockside outlet centre.

It will be shown throughout this month.

The preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture at the dockyard has made it a popular place for big budget films.

Many have been shot there.

Slip 3 Mezzanine, similar to the building on the right was used in filming
Slip 3 Mezzanine, similar to the building on the right was used in filming

A team behind Game of Thrones, Sex in The City and The Avengers, are believed to have filmed part of period drama scifi series The Nevers, there this summer.

Most famously, the site is home to BBC's Call The Midwife and was used in the opening scenes of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

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