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Life of Lowestoft (2020 Film)

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Life of Lowestoft
Directed byJoshua Freemantle
Produced by
  • Phil Aves
  • Helen Johnson
  • Rachel Tucker
Written by
  • Jack Grint
  • Joshua Freemantle
  • Bob Collis
  • Caroline Knollys
Screenplay byJack Grint
Narrated byCaroline Knollys
Music byAKM Music
CinematographyJack Grint
Edited byJoshua Freemantle
  • Joshua Freemantle Photo & Video Services
  • Joshua Freemantle Productions
  • Lowestoft Rising
Distributed byLowestoft Rising
Release date
15th September 2020
Running time
45 Mins Approx
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£7,000 Approx

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Life of Lowestoft, is an upcoming 2020 documentary produced by Joshua Freemantle Productions (Joshua Freemantle Photo & Video Services) on behalf of Lowestoft Rising.[1] [2] Filmed over the course of a year, the documentary focusses on the coastal town of Lowestoft, located in Northern Suffolk, and at Britain's most easterly point, locally known as Ness Point. [3] The documentary highlights Lowestoft's prominent location and explores its history, present and what the future holds for the coastal town. [4]

Life of Lowestoft is due to be premiered to the local community at the East Coast Cinema in Lowestoft, before being released to the public.[5]


Initially, the idea of Joshua Freemantle[6], Life of Lowestoft was ultimately commissioned by Lowestoft Rising to "celebrate and promote the town of Lowestoft" and to build on the towns rising reputation in the area as "a centre for arts and culture" and as a "renewable energy hub" [7] [8] [9], after previous industries such as fishing and shipbuilding (the towns' traditional trade) and oil & gas decline rapidly. [10] Entering into a partnership between Lowestoft Rising and Joshua Freemantle, the contract to produce the project was awarded to his company, Joshua Freemantle Photo & Video Services, a locally based production company. Pre-Production and early planning started in March 2019, with Joshua Freemantle Productions (the company's film making department) beginning production on the 17th June 2019, in line with Lowestoft's first-ever 24 hour First Light Festival. [11][12]

Life of Lowestoft's Director, Joshua Freemantle


The documentary aims to document the coastal town of Lowestoft, looking at its past which included its "propserous and famous fishing industry", victorian seaside resourts, ship building and tourism, its present which includes oil & gas and where the future for the town lies. The documenary explores and looks at Lowestoft as a diverse, culturally special place, complemented by its special location as the UK's most easterly settlement.[13] Having been filmed over the course of 1 year, the project sets out the ultimate ambition of "supporting Lowestoft in regenerating and promoting the town and its growing economoy, particular with offshore renewable energy",[14] , which is current experiencing high levels of deprivation and unemployement. [15]

The manager of Lowestoft Rising, Phil Aves, also the Producer of Life of Lowestoft, commented:[16]

“The concept of this Lowestoft Documentary is to capture some of this history and culture of our great Town and contrast that with the new and exciting developments that are now taking place here. Historically we have not captured the past well and we are in danger of not capturing the current changes as they happen. This project is an attempt to put that right and capture both our past and our present in a series of chapters leading to a full-length documentary film.”

The Director of the project, Joshua Freemantle commented: [17]

"Life of Lowestoft is a brand new landmark documentary film, depicting Britain’s most easterly town and aims to tell the town’s “well deserved story”. Through showing it’s cultural activities, diverse heritage and culture within the town as well as showcasing it’s coastal industries and diverse opportunities the north suffolk town is facing presently."

The documentary is a community based project created for the town of Lowestoft where local business' and local residents have been encouraged to get involved by sending in photos/video's and by sharing their experiences of Lowestoft. [18] [19] [20]


The documentary recieved a large amount of support from various organiastions, businesses' and charities in Lowestoft and Suffolk, many of which contributed funding, publicity and other support to the project:[21]


Production for the documentary began on the 17th June 2019, at the First Light Festival Lowestoft. [22] [23] From there filming proceeded over the rest of 2019 [24] and into 2020, with production visiting many locations in Lowestoft and covering notable events including:

  • First Light Festival 2019[25] [26]
  • Ness Point, Lowestoft
  • Lowestoft Scores
  • Sparrow's Nest (Formally HMS Europa, the Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS) base in WW2), Lowestoft Maritime Muesem, RNPS Memorial, Lowestoft Movie Makers
  • CEFAS (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) including RV CEFAS Endeavour (a multi-disciplinary research vessel)
  • Heritage Open Days 2019[27]
  • Excelsior, a Former Fishing Smack
  • The Grit Project[28]
  • Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve
  • The Ness[29]
  • ABP Port of Lowestoft, The Fish Market, Port Control, Port Office[30]
  • The Third Crossing[31]
  • Lowestoft South Beach
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Lowestoft Town Centre
  • East Suffolk Council Riverside Building

The production also incorporated the use of archive historic footage from British Pathe,[32] highlighting Lowestoft's "prominent fishing history" in the past, where it was a renowned fishing hub which fielded a fleet of well over 800 fishing vessels. [33] [34] The filming concluded at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve on the 6th March 2020, marking 9 months of filming to capture the town. [35]

Filming the towns iconic Bascule Bridge from the Tug Arm of the Yacht Basin

Since the Coronavirus Pandemic, the project re-entered production[36] to capture additional footage relevant for the town, which included progress updates and new interviews mainly centred around Lowestofts proposed "Third Crossing Project". These new reshoots officially concluded in August 2020. [37] A new premiere date had also been anounced.[38]


The projects official trailer was released on Friday 20th March 2020.[39] The documentary was initially planned to be premiered at the Marina Theatre on 10th June 2020 [40], however, due to the COVID-19 outbreak this was put on hold, with the date pushed back to Tuesday 15th September 2020, at a local cinema. [41] [42] [43] [44] [45]

Promotional poster used to promote the documentary


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  2. "Lowestoft Rising". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  4. Boggis, Mark. "'Dream' documentary on town is 'really coming to life'". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  5. "World Premiere". Life of Lowestoft. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  13. "UK's most easterly point to get revamp". BBC News. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  14. "Associated British Ports | Lowestoft renewable energy hub". www.abports.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  15. Levy, Greta. "'A slice of heaven': What is it like to live in the most deprived place in Norfolk and Waveney?". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  16. "Life of Lowestoft / East Anglia Art Fund". www.eastangliaartfund.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  17. "Current Projects". Joshua Freemantle Photography and Video Services. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  19. "Lowestoft Rising". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  20. Boggis, Mark. "'Share your story': Get involved as documentary celebrates coastal town". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  25. "Lowestoft First Light Festival: Organisers look at future". BBC News. 25 June 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  26. "Solstice festival 'shines light' on town". BBC News. 2019-06-22. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  27. Boggis, Mark. "Town set for biggest ever Heritage Festival". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  28. Grant, Sheena. "Spirit of lost fishing 'village' rises again". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  29. Boggis, Mark. "'An exciting new space for everyone': Work begins on £1m park". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  30. "Filming Continues for Life of Lowestoft". East Suffolk One. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  31. "Lake Lothing Third Crossing | Suffolk County Council". www.suffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  32. Pathé, British. "The Harvest Of The Sea". www.britishpathe.com. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  33. Russell, By Steven. "Why the boom times ended". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  34. "Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Lowestoft". Fishing News. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  35. Boggis, Mark. "'Dream' documentary on town is 'really coming to life'". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  36. "Filming continues on a coastal Town's documentary". Life of Lowestoft. 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  37. We're back and we've got news for you!, retrieved 2020-08-22
  38. "Screenings". Life of Lowestoft. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  39. Boggis, Mark. "'Dream' documentary on town is 'really coming to life'". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  40. Boggis, Mark. "Town's 'well deserved story' to be showcased in documentary". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  41. "Life of Lowestoft Premiere [rescheduled]". Marina Theatre. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  42. "Photographer's mission to celebrate 'unique' town". BBC News. 2020-05-16. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
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  45. "Life of Lowestoft – East Coast Cinema". Retrieved 2020-08-22.

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Category:Film Category:Lowestoft Category:Suffolk Category:British films

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