If you're interested in using Thurrock as a film location, go to Filming in Thurrock.
Thurrock has been used as a location for a wide range of film and television productions for many decades. The most popular locations have included the State Cinema in Grays, Tilbury Docks and Coalhouse Fort. Below is a list of the appearances Thurrock Museum is aware of, with additional information where available. If you can contribute any further details or if you know of any omissions from our list, please let us know!
Films – pre-Second World War
Unnamed British-made 'Western' films, Edwardian period.
Scenes often filmed at Purfleet (Botany Gardens, chalk cliff area and around the Royal Hotel.) Article in Panorama no.10, p.33.
The Guns of Loos, 1927.
About events during the First World War. Gibbs's Pit, West Thurrock, chalk pit recreated as battlefield setting. See G&T Gazette 1927.
The Berg, 1929.
About the sinking of the Titanic, filmed in Tilbury Docks, later called Atlantic. Made in English and German with two sets of actors.
Me and Marlborough, 1935.
Filmed at Goldsmith's Wharf, Grays. See G&T Gazette.
The Stoker, 1935.
Filmed in Tilbury Docks.
Glamorous Night, 1937.
Filmed at Tilbury Landing Stage, see G&T Gazette, March 20th, p13.
Films and television – after 1945
You can find details of films and television programmes that have been filmed in Thurrock since 1945 on our Filming in Thurrock: filmography page.
(Selection from Pathe newsreel archive. More at British Pathe website)
1932 – England cricket team filmed leaving Tilbury Docks for Australia to play for the Ashes.
1934 – Chief Scout Lord Baden Powell departing from Tilbury Docks on world tour. Scouts see him off.
1948 – Empire Windrush filmed arriving at Tilbury Docks carrying Jamaican immigrants.
1953 – Queen Elizabeth II tours flooded areas of Tilbury and Purfleet.