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Garden of England: Sites of Production and Pilgrimage

Brydon, Lavinia (2017) Garden of England: Sites of Production and Pilgrimage. In: Locating Imagination: Popular Culture, Tourism and Belonging, 5-7 April 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper reflects upon the research of an on-going project exploring the histories of location shooting in rural England. The county of Kent on the country’s southeast coast is an effective case study given the amount of filming that has occurred in the region across the decades, from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s iconic wartime film A Canterbury Tale (1944) to a recent instalment of the Marvel superhero franchise Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). As this paper will explore, such works not only fuel Kent’s position within popular consciousness as ‘the garden of England’ but also serve to establish the county as the UK’s most significant location for film production outside London. The paper draws on a range of materials to thus consider how filmic legacies and associations (including film-tourism) impact on the county’s identity in economic, social and cultural terms. These materials include oral history testimonies from affected members of Kent’s village communities as well as an interview with the organiser of the annual A Canterbury Tale location walk. It also includes interviews with staff from Kent Film Office, which is primarily an economic development initiative that liaises with film production companies but has, in recent years, begun exploring ways in which to better understand and, therefore, increase film-tourism in the region.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Lavinia Brydon
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 12:24 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 09:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61371 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Brydon, Lavinia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3891-0398
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