Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, out on Netflix on 27th September, was shot in Kent, at Maidstone Studios.

The 39-minute adaption is the second Roald Dahl to be directed by Wes Anderson. It tells the story of a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes, then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling.

The short film is adapted from an anthology of short stories contained in the 1977 collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, written by Roald Dahl, and stars Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel , Ben Kingsley and Richard Ayoade.

Filming in Maidstone Studios took place within the 12,000 sq. ft Studio 1—one of the largest independent, regional studio facilities in the UK— Studio 2 (6,000 Sq ft) and several outdoor sets constructed within the backlot. The production made use of many of Maidstone studios ancillary spaces for hair, make up, props & catering.

Chairman and owner of Maidstone Studios, Geoff Miles said: “We are enormously proud and delighted to have worked with Wes Anderson and Indian Paintbrush on their latest short film for Netflix. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a talented team across the year and on such an iconic Roald Dahl story. We cannot wait to see this air soon.”


Pippa Considine

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