Sam Mendes Final Movie Scenes – Transformation of Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Cafe Darcy – Up News Info
Margate’s Cafe Darcy has been given a makeover and turned into a pharmacy for the Empire of Light movie being filmed in the town.
Stars Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward – of Topboy – were spotted on location today (March 21) alongside Sam Mendes as final filming began.
The ‘chemist’ will feature in the 1980s-themed love story. And don’t worry if you miss your breakfast at Cafe Darcy, the guys will be open as usual again on Friday (March 25) ! The cafe is run by brothers Kevin and Darren Barrett who said the venue’s role in the film was an “exciting and well-rounded experience”.
Empire of Light will star Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Oscar winner Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Crystal Clarke and Tanya Moodie. Tom Brooke and Hannah Onslow join the previously announced cast.
Scenes already shot include a snow-covered Marine Terrace and the move from Dreamland Cinema to the Empire – as well as a stage version at Godden’s Gap – and fireworks over Margate Main Sands.
Produced by Oscar nominee Pippa Harris (1917, Call The Midwife, Penny Dreadful) and Mendes (1917, Skyfall and American Beauty) under their Neal Street Productions, the film will be released by Searchlight Pictures with a slated release date this fall. year.
Filming will take place in Thanet and along the Kent coast until May 21.
Neal Street Productions recently confirmed that it had offered to donate the fairy lights used on Margate seafront to the town after filming was completed. The offer was made to the Kent Film Office last week.
Today, a spokesman for Thanet Council said: ‘A very generous offer has been made by Neal Street Productions to provide the town of Margate with the festoon lighting which has been installed as the backdrop for the filming.
“While this is a kind gesture, there are rightly a number of practical and financial considerations that need to be taken up with the organizations involved to understand the safe and long-term feasibility.
“We understand the public sentiment behind this offer and will work with the organizations involved to understand what is achievable and realistic in the long term.
“At this time, we are delighted to be working alongside Neal Street Productions to ensure filming runs smoothly and are proud that our original resort town will once again feature in such a prestigious production.”