Black Sea shows UK talent and infrastructure is far from sub-standard

Today sees the UK release of thriller Black Sea (Focus Features/Film4/Cowboy Films), which follows Jude Law’s rogue submarine captain, who as he charts a voyage into the eponymous body of water on a quest for lost gold. US audiences will have to wait until 23 January to find out what happens.

UK awash with great facilities and locations

With considerable underwater filming requirements, the production made full use of the 1,200,000 litre capacity offered by the globally unique, permanently filmed Underwater Stage at Pinewood Studios. The ‘U Stage’ is the most advanced water filming facility in the world.

Black Sea was not anchored to Pinewood though, also shooting on the picturesque River Medway in Kent – where the crew made use of a moored Russian submarine – as well as in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Camden.

All aboard! UK talent in full effect

The film features an array of UK acting talent, with Law being joined by Jodie Whittaker, David Threlfall and Tobias Menzies, recently seen in major Scotland-shot television series Outlander (Starz/Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank) and The Honourable Woman (Sundance/BBC), which shot extensively in the UK.

Oscar-winning Director/Producer Kevin MacDonald was just one of the many Brits working behind-the-camera alongside Sound Designer and fellow Oscar winner Glenn Freemantle, Cinematographer Christopher Ross, Costume Designer Natalie Ward, producer Charles Steele, Co-producer Jane Robertson and Location Manager Ben Mangham.

Visual effects work on the film was provided by Union VFX, while an array of UK companies provided post production services, including Warner Bros. De Lane Lea and Cinelab, ensuring that UK talent featured throughout the filmmaking process.

Find out more about water filming in the UK