The Last Lighthouse Keeper by Lucy Nordberg looks at the role of the keeper as it evolved from a practical necessity to an occupation surrounded by intrigue and mystery - before finally falling into redundancy. Recited as the last keeper prepares to take final his journey back to shore, the poem casts light on the way we transform the mundane to the mythic, and how change and innovation can both create and destroy legends.

LV21 is a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility. Built in 1963, Lightvessel 21 is the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. She saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations. In 1981 she was involved in the worst lightvessel collision in which the lightvessel had survived. She was retired from service in 2008.

LV21 is now a unique venue based on the River Thames at Gravesend and has become one of Kent’s prime platforms for cultural activities across diverse artistic disciplines.

Cast & Crew

John Locke, the keeper

We were very pleased to cast John due to his experience and skill. He had an affinity with the script from the start, as a friend of his family was a lighthouse keeper. 

John returned to film, TV and stage in 2012 following a career in social policy for local government and at Westminster. Film credits since include Oliver Wilson in Darkest Hour for Joe Wright, The Favourite for Yorgos Lanthimos, Teen Spirit for Max Mingella, Jupiter Ascending for The Wachowskis, Tempest for Justin Spray, To Hunt a Tiger for Elliott Hasler and A’l’ouest for Cedric Tanguy and Nicolas Bellenchombre. TV includes Year of the Rabbit for Channel 4 and Ben Taylor (Autumn 2019) and on stage for What’s My First Line? for Peter Mantle.

A keen supporter of film makers, John runs a blog promoting the independent film industry worldwide, which can be reached here.

Lucy Nordberg, co-producer and writer

Lucy engages in many forms of writing, from poetry to film scripts. In the theatre, productions of Lucy’s work range from cabaret comedy material set in nightclubs to large-scale performances in the grounds of a castle. Among these diverse styles, Lucy is an expert in modern blank verse, an approach which has attracted academic attention and involvement in a cross-cultural project between British and Chinese universities.

Marc Green, co-producer and director


Marc is experienced in sales and graphic design, as well as having a background in art and photography. He works closely with the creative team to oversee the visual style of our productions and our marketing imagery.

Alexx Paul Sherman, cinematographer

Filmmaker and technology fanatic Alexx has been creating content for the last five years. Having shot and edited live music events and festivals, video interviews with established bands such as Def Leppard, Duff McKagan, Europe, Corey Taylor as well as corporate content for the NHS, Golden God Awards, NewsPepper, TotalRock Radio and Blink TV. Alexx has honed his skills in narrative filmmaking and using his passion and career in technology to shape his creative vision.