January 2006: A location crew turns up at Redcar, checking the area out and visiting, among other locations, The Regent Cinema.
March 2006: Redcar and Cleveland Council confirms Redcar promenade is earmarked for transformation into Dunkirk 1940 for a film based on the book Atonement. Recruitment of up to 1,000 extras begins.
May 22, 2006: Production company Working Title Films draws up a draft timetable for the movie, which could see work to build sets begin in early July and closure of the Esplanade from the Regent Cinema to the boating lake at the end of August for filming.
June 26, 2006: Working Title Films announces the start of principal photography on Atonement and confirms the cast list - including Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Blethyn and Vanessa Redgrave.
July 12, 2006: The dates for shooting at Redcar are confirmed as August 21-24.
August 7, 2006: Redcar’s seafront penguins have been removed from the seafront as the town gets ready for Atonement to arrive.
August 16, 2006: Redcar seafront’s transformation into wartime Dunkirk is nearly complete. It’s also confirmed that for the 1,000 people who successfully applied to be extras, 5,000 missed out.
August 21, 2006: Hollywood rolls into Redcar as filming gets under way on an overcast morning.
August 26, 2006: In a farewell gesture, the Atonement production crew places a full page advert in the Gazette, thanking local people for their efforts.
September 6, 2006: Tallis Pictures say 70,000 people came to see Redcar filming.
December 22, 2006: Working Title confirms a September 2007 release date.
June 16, 2007: Atonement named as curtain-raiser at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
August 16, 2007: Details announced of official regional premiere, to be held on September 5, at the Regent
August 23, 2007: The Vue, Hartlepool, is the first in the region to show Atonement in a special gala preview night.
August 29, 2007: Keira Knightley and James McAvoy attend Atonement’s world premiere at Venice.
September 5, 2007: The Regent hosts the official regional premiere. Also, as a thank you from director Joe Wright, a special extras-only screening is held at Cineworld Middlesbrough.
September 7, 2007: Atonement goes on general UK release.
Posted originally by Chris - administrator on September 6, 2007 on the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette website