Visit Essex has launched This is Essex, a short film which sees the good people of Essex stepping forward to showcase the real Essex and to take on (and dispel) some long-standing stereotypes. The film, made earlier this year and delayed due to Covid-19, is part of a wider, ‘Place Making’ strategy to promote Essex as a prime location to live, work, study and invest.
In the film, comedian Ellie Taylor takes a wry look at the Essex accent, pantomime dame Anthony Stuart-Hicks shows off his white stilettos with tongue firmly planted in cheek and eighth generation Mersea oysterman, Tom Haward, proves going ‘out, out’ doesn’t always mean getting out the false eyelashes and fake tan! On top of all that, female rally champion, Nabila Tejpar shows us all that, surprise surprise, the county is not full of ‘boy racers’ after all.
The film also stars Essex treasures like Michelin starred chefs, the Galvin Brothers, Super Scientist Dr Miles Adcock, Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike, Coggeshall Vintner, Jane Mohan, Harwich Town Crier, James Cole, Hedingham Castle owner, Demetra Lindsay and metal detectorist, Adrian Gayler.
And don’t forget if you are visiting Essex, pop along to Hanningfield Waterside Park for a delicious meal, a play in the park, a spot of fishing, or a stunning nature walk.