Feature film shoot in Portsmouth after filming on Brittany Ferries Mont St Michel

13th July 2016

A forty-strong film crew returned to Portsmouth Port today, following a shoot on board Brittany Ferries’ Mont St Michel crossing from Caen to Portsmouth last weekend.

Called the Time of Their Lives, the film stars Joan Collins and Pauline Collins and is due for release in Spring 2017.  Writer-director Roger Goldby and producer Sarah Sulick were on board with the main stars to film scenes on Mont St Michel’s deck, in the bar and on the main stairwell before the stars left the ship.

Today the crew returned to Portsmouth Port, having filmed additional scenes in Portsmouth yesterday. It began with a stunt involving a bus arriving hastily on site just missing two ‘passengers’, while later the two main characters were filmed leave the port via a specially created Brittany Ferries check-in desk and border control area on the first floor of the terminal.

“We were delighted to host the team from Bright Pictures and superstars Joan Collins and Pauline Collins last weekend and again today,” said Mike Bevens group commercial director Brittany Ferries. “The filming was a great experience for the 500 passengers who made the crossing on Mont St Michel, many of whom watched within the bar area and on deck as it happened. We are excited to be part of a delightful story, involving these much-loved superstars and we can’t wait to see the film.”

To be released early in 2017, the Time of Their Lives is a character driven British comedy, with a distinctly French twist. Joan Collins plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France to gate-crash her ex-husband’s funeral. Pauline Collins plays a housewife in a failing marriage who joins Joan on the trip. En route to the Il de Ré the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.

Produced by Sarah Sulick for Bright Pictures, The Time of Their Lives also has the King’s Speech designer Eve Stewart on board together with three-time Oscar winner Sir Tim Rice, who will executive produce and oversee the soundtrack.


About Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. The company was set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth with the first crossing taking place on 1 January 1973, the date the United Kingdom joined the EEC (forerunner to the EU).

The aim then was to bring French agricultural products to a wider British market. However, the service quickly developed into an operation carrying hundreds of thousands of British tourists, eager to experience the delights of Brittany and Normandy. Today Brittany Ferries is the market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain. Further information can be found by visiting: www.brittanyferries.com.


Christopher Jones on 02392 402 965 or 07917 540 878 or [email protected]

Nigel Wonnacott on 02392 402 943 or 07833 446 729 or [email protected]