Filming in Adur and Worthing
Adur and Worthing has a fine heritage when it comes to film, with some of the first moving images in the UK projected and created right on our own doorstep.
The first movie ever shown commercially in West Sussex was screened in 1896 in the Pavilion at the southern end of Worthing Pier. A couple of years later in Spring 1898, the 'father of film making', William Dickson, made a series of seven short films in the town. A game of water polo in the Heene Baths featured in one of the films, making the Worthing Swimming Club one of the first sports teams in the world to appear in a movie.
British movie-makers soon began to recognise the attraction of our part of Sussex, and the first of these was the scenic artist Francis Lyndhurst, grandfather of the actor Nicholas Lyndhurst. He founded the Sunny South Film Company and made his first professional movie film on Shoreham Beach in 1912, followed by a further four titles over the next two years.
In 1915 he purchased land at Shoreham Beach to build a giant 75ft by 45ft glass film studio, which relied on sunlight rather than electricity for lighting, after hearing Sussex's reputation for more hours of sunlight than elsewhere in Britain. Although the business failed, The Progress Film Company arrived in 1920, with Walter Morgan as its Principal Director. His daughter Joan Morgan, one of the leading stars at the Glasshouse Studio in the 1920s, is commemorated on Shoreham Beach at the Sustrans Portrait Bench near to the Adur Ferry Bridge.
In more recent years, Box Office hits including 'Wish You Were Here', 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Stan and Ollie' have all used locations in Adur and Worthing within the filming of their productions. Walkers Crisps, McDonalds Monopoly Competition and Sainsbury's Supermarket have also featured our towns within their adverts.
In 2015, Adur & Worthing Councils assisted the BBC with filming for their police drama series 'Cuffs', which used the Adur Civic Centre, Worthing Town Hall and Colonnade House as locations for the eight part mini series.
During 2019, keep a look out for TV shows including Flirty Dancing (C4), Mother, Father, Son (BBC), Cheat (ITV), Hypothetical (Dave) and Perfect Ten (BBC Film).
We welcome enquiries and applications for all types of filming across our towns. Whilst we love seeing our hometowns starring on the big screen (and the silver screen) we also encourage other types of film and photography, from students creating masterpieces for their degrees to local businesses using our locations as the backdrop for their next marketing campaign.
If you would like to discuss your next filming project or you would like some more information about filming here in Adur and Worthing, please contact our Place and Economy team (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01903 221304), or make an enquiry through our filming partner, Sussex Film Office:
If you already know where and when you would like to film on council-owned land in Adur or Worthing, please make an application through Sussex Film Office:
So that we are able to give the best service to our producers, filmmakers, photographers and all film persons in between, Adur & Worthing Councils are now working with 'Sussex Film Office'. We can provide advice on filming in our locations and assistance with applications to gain permission to film. By working closely together, we offer an efficient and effective service using accessible and simple working practices, ultimately boosting our local economy.
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Page last updated: 12 August 2021