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August 7th, 2018.

Oscar nominated screenwriter William Nicholson returned to his home town of Seaford to film and direct his screenplay Hope Gap, starring Bill Nighy and Annette Bening.

The film is about a couple whose son comes to visit them by the seaside, but the visit soon takes a dramatic turn when the father tells the son he plans to leave his mother; showcasing the spectacular character acting abilities of the stars.

Filming took place in various locations around Seaford, including Hope Gap Beach, Seaford Head, Seaford Head Golf Course, Seaford promenade, Seaford Train Station and Maurice Road; all enabling the film crew to capture the true essence of Seaford and providing breathtakingly atmospheric backdrops for the film.

Hollywood actor Bill Nighy famed for his roles in The Best Exotic Marigold’s Hotel and Love Actually, was happy to pose for photos with local residents in between scene takes and said, "Seaford is a great place to come and film in."

Bafta award winning actress Annette Bening, was starring alongside Bill Nighy. British actor Joshua O’Connor, who has starred in Ripper Street and The Durrells, took on the role of the couple’s visiting son.

Seaford Town Council worked closely with the film crew during the weeks leading up to and the week of the filming itself.