Film, Television & Photography
The Balmoral offers a variety of locations and opportunites, ranging from unaltered 1940’s character and machinary, to providing backdrop and platforms for filming. Each of the ships unique locations can be used for filming, television, photo shoots and external hire; and are full of period detail from the 1940’s – Present.
Adapt the vessels cosmetics as required, then ensure you get the perfect backdrop by sailing to one of your chosen locations – whether it be pier, harbour, port or at sea. The ship is versatile enough to provide for an easy filming environment. Whilst on board, the ship can provide covered accommodation for cast, crew and models – including full electrical power, full cabins, changing areas, showers and washrooms.
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The Balmoral was a gem of a find. Its conserved beauty was the perfect setting for a crucial moment in the film and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful support of Bristol.
Due to the period setting, a very specific look was needed to recreate 1940’s Guernsey both during and just after the occupation. Bristol has a fantastic dockside museum, which has been beautifully preserved. It has enabled us to transform the exterior to represent Weymouth Docks in 1946.
When we first set out to make this film, one of our main challenges was sourcing a sizeable 1940’s steam ship onto which our Jersey deportees would be loaded. The quayside by the Balmoral was ideal for our film. The period cranes, the other barges and the great support of the Bristol Film Office and the Harbour Master helped us to achieve fantastic production value for one of our film’s biggest scenes.
Bristol Harbour is one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic ports and it’s fantastic to see it serve as a backdrop in one of the largest scenes in Another Mother’s Son. It further cements Bristol’s strong reputation for film and TV production and I look forward to seeing the iconic Bristol landmark on the silver screen.
Shoots like these are major operations that employ local crew and bring an influx of cast and crew to the city to spend in our local economy. The benefits to Bristol are significant, worth more than £16 million to the city last year alone, not to mention boosting Bristol’s profile as a world class filming destination.