News | PR19-008 | Stan & Ollie leading lights as filming takes off in Worthing – Adur & Worthing Councils

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Worthing is set to take centre stage on big screens across the UK as the town's iconic seafront features as a backdrop for Hollywood blockbuster Stan & Ollie.

The BAFTA-nominated film, which stars Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as Laurel and Hardy, has been hotly tipped to be a hit with UK audiences after release today.

Alongside stellar performances from the headline acts, a familiar location in Worthing is set to be an unlikely star – with the town’s Lido used as a backdrop for a key scene in the movie.

Worthing Borough Council, which owns the art deco attraction in the seafront, is hoping the motion picture acts as a catalyst to encourage more film and television crews to use the area as a location in the coming years.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Worthing has a fine heritage when it comes to film with some of the first moving images in the UK created on our very own pier.

“More than a century on I’m delighted to see that continuing with this high-profile feature-length production about the world’s favourite comic duo shot on our seafront.

“With the movie now released I know I am not the only one who is looking forward to seeing Worthing on the big screen.

“The feedback we received from the production company was excellent and I know that word is getting round about the beautiful coastal, urban and country backdrops that our town has to offer. For those reasons I look forward to welcoming many more crews down in the coming months.”

Stan & Ollie, which has been made by BBC Films and Entertainment One, focuses on the comic duo’s final UK tour in 1953.

The scene in Worthing comes at a crucial point of the movie and features Laurel and Hardy judging a beauty pageant when disaster strikes.

Filming took place in the town in May 2017 with crews adding a 1950s flavour to the Lido complete with a bespoke mural which remains in place today.

For more info, and to read a review of the film by James, the film manager at Worthing Theatres, visit: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/news/pr19-008.html

News | PR19-008 | Stan & Ollie leading lights as filming takes off in Worthing – Adur & Worthing Councils



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