Often a location cannot be used because it no longer looks historically correct. For example, the 2010 remake of Brighton Rock was filmed mostly in Eastbourne! This version relocated Graham Greene’s novel to the 1950s when Mods and Rockers clashed across the country. Eastbourne’s pier and prom do a brilliant job at standing in for the equivalent Brighton locations.
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and Dukes Mound do make an appearance and there are beautiful, yet disturbing scenes set against the backdrop of the Seven Sisters at Hope Gap.
The filming of Brighton Rock also illustrates how the budget can often force a change. When the planned £10 million became a modest £5.75 million, the planned opening scene, with Kite being killed on a crowded Brighton Station platform, was relocated to a windswept stretch of seaside.