Published: 00:00, 07 December 2016
| Updated: 11:30, 07 December 2016
A car was blown up at Leysdown as a film crew shot scenes for a new TV series.
Kiss Me First, an emotional six-part thriller written by Bryan Elsley, stars Tallulah Haddon as a 17-year-old girl drawn into a series of mysterious murders after becoming hooked on a computer game.
The explosion was filmed last Tuesday (Dec 6) at exactly the same location which former Take That star Robbie Williams used for his latest music video Love My Life.
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The series, based on the book by Lottie Moggach, will be shown in the UK on E4 and streamed worldwide by Netflix next year.
A source on the production team said: “We were originally going to use Canvey Island but Sheppey suits the series much better.”
Scenes were first shot on The Promenade where Miss Haddon, 19, who has appeared in The Living and the Dead and Spaceship, was filmed arriving on a bus.
Action then switched to Shellness Road and the car park behind Leysdown Football Club’s changing rooms where a green VW Polo was blown up as part of the plot.
Special effects experts led by Ed Smith, who has worked on the Star Wars movies, used sand mortars to blast the doors and bonnet from the car.
Three larger maroons were triggered to explode inside the car when the windows were shattered by detonators.
A fire crew dowsed the blaze as a small group of spectators watched from the seawall.
The film crew used Leysdown FC changing rooms as its base for the day.
Groundsman Larry Corneille, of Kent Avenue, Minster, said: “The money they gave us will be ploughed back into the club to provide balls and kit.”
The plot is as follows: Leila (Tallulah Haddon) is a lonely 17-year-old girl addicted to the fictional online gaming site Agora.
It is there she meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret.
In the real world, the two girls become friends but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity.
In doing so, she is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.
The series combines live action with computer-generated virtual world sequences to create the parallel worlds of Leila and Tess’ real life and that of their online alter-egos Shadowfax and Mania in the virtual world.
It will also feature state-of-the-art animation sequences.
Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at Channel 4, said: “This is a thrilling and truly ground-breaking series which takes an emotional look at the lives of a group of young gamers and the truth which exists behind their online life.”
It is written by Bryan Elsley who wrote Skins.
He said: “We hope to thrill and mystify our audience on a headlong ride through emotions, intrigue and virtual reality.”
The series is being made by Balloon, the production company co-owned by Elsley and comedian Harry Enfield.