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Rex Cinema (pic: Screen East)

Rex Cinema (pic: Screen East)

Son of Rambow finds action in Hertfordshire!

Hertfordshire has once again shown its credentials as a film location as a new movie has been almost entirely shot in the county!

Son of Rambow, which was almost exclusively filmed on location in and around Berkhamsted, is set to capture the imaginations of all who see when it hits the cinemas in April.

Set during a long English summer in the early 1980s, Son of Rambow is a comedy about friendship, faith and growing up; a slice of how wonderful it feels to be 11-years-old with no limits to what you and your friends can do.

The Ashridge Estate (pic: Screen East)

The Ashridge Estate (pic: Screen East)

Son of Rambow was based at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, and other locations in the county that were used in the film include the Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted, the Ashridge Estate where the boys Will and Lee carry out their stunts, and Borehamwood Village Hall where the church meetings were held.

“We scouted all over the place and found just about everything we needed in Berkhamsted" said director Garth Jennings.

"Ninety per cent of the film was shot around that location."

Feel good

Tipped by Empire to be the ‘feel good hit of the year’, Son of Rambow has really made a positive impact on the local community. Not only did the locations benefit from location fees but students and teachers from Ashlyn’s School were used as extras in the film.

A special preview screening was given to staff and students of Ashlyn’s School at the Rex Cinema with Director, Garth Jennings and Producer, Nick Goldsmith making personal appearances to offer their thanks.

The production was helped with their location requirements by Screen East Locations.

Location Manager David Broder told us:

“Berkhamsted was the perfect location to set Son of Rambow, a very normal but interesting English town with a lovely setting nestling at the start of the Chiltern Hills.

"The people of Berkhamsted really got behind the film and the production team are full of thanks”.


Screen East have some 7,000 locations registered them, and receive over 3,000 enquiries a year from productions looking for locations, crew or facilities companies such as florists, wood suppliers, courier services and construction companies.

Katie Macdonald, Film Liaison Officer for Screen East explained why having a film made in your region can really benefit the area.

"Firstly it benefits the location itself because there is usually a location fee involved" she revealed.

"This can be anything from £200 to £15,000 per day so it can be extremely profitable.

"But there are also local facilities that benefit such as accommodation" she continued.

"With all the crew and actors locating to an area, local hotels and caterers can benefit hugely."


And there's also the valuable promotional and Public Relations opportunities for the areas where filming takes place.

"Of course there's the knock-on tourism effect" she said.

"An area that has been in a film can be broadcast all around the world and if it looks nice, this can have a big impact on tourism.

"Large budget feature films are fantastic for press coverage for the region."

The locations team at Screen East are constantly seeking new locations ranging from residential houses or flats, to barns, warehouses, churches, hotels and retail establishments. They would also like to hear from companies that could supply services to film makers.

It's free to register your location or service.

Simply call 01923 495051, e-mail: or visit

last updated: 04/04/2008 at 13:39
created: 01/04/2008

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