Daredevil – Manhattan NY

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The Netflix 13 part series of “Daredevil” starts in a park in New York. The location where Wesley, the right hand man of “Kingpin” persuades a cop to help them is Abe Lebewohl Park. In fact it is one of the smalest parks in NYC named after a refugee from Ukrania (who did a lot of good for the community).

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Jordan

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UNESCO’s world heritage “Wadi Rum” has been used for movies for many years. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1960) is well known for using this location, and the red sand makes it a popular location for films that appear to have been shot on Mars (“The Martian”).

In 2016 the crew for Rogue One turned Wadi Rum into the dessert location Jedha where a great battle takes place. Jedha is a pilgrmage planet for Force believers…

Although the wide exteriors were filmed in Jordan, other shots are actualy filmed at Elstree Studios in London.

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Iceland

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Iceland has become a very popular location for film and tv-productions. Recently, many scenes for “Game of Thrones” were filmed here as well as “Prometheus” and “Batman”.

But also “The Force Awakens” was filmed here (snow scenes). Rogue One does not visit Iceland for the snow, but for the rough exteriors. Jynn’s home is on the planet of Eadu, what we know as Iceland. In the south, Mýrdalssandur beach, Reynisfjara and Hafursey and Hjörleifshöfði (the haunted mountain of Iceland) mountains can be spotted in the film.

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Maldives

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White tropical beaches and palm trees is not something that you might assiciate with a Star Wars movie. And that is why director Gareth Edwards choose this location for the planet of Scarif. Never before was there such a location in the Star Wars Universe. And it is very unlikely we see this location in future films… but then again, you never know…

Most scenes of Scarif were filmed in the Maldives (Laamu Gan), but some shots took place in a far less tropical location, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire England.

Laamu Gan is not the only Island used, also Berasdhoo Island, one of the largest islands was used.

Good luck Jynn!

The Shawshank Redemption – Ohio

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One of the most famous, if not the most famous, prison in film history, must be the Shawshank State Prison. In the original story by Stephen King, the prison is located in Maine. Actual production took place in Ohio. Mansfield Reformatory, or Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Road), was used for the film, This prison was build in 1886 and when the film was made, they were about to destroy this historic building.

Most of the prison is still intact and open for visitors. Some of the original film location became a new (real) prison.

Other movies that are filmed in this prison are “Air Force One” and “Tango and Cash”.

Broadchurch – Clevedon

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Broadchurch location (Pier not seen in series), Clevedon

Clevedon Pier

A small community is about to be torn apart when a young boy is murdered. This exciting Brittish story was set in a small seaside town in the south of England. Most scenes were filmed in Clevedon (for season 1, 2 and 3).

The marine lake, with its stunning view over the Bristol Channel is the setting for the boat burning in series 1.

The Church used throughout the series is St. Andrews Church and cemetery. It is Clevedon’s oldest church (12th century).

The interior of Jack Marshall’s newsagent’s is not a set, but a real store. Alexandra News (on Alexandra Road) provided the property.

Hill Road is Broadchurch’s High Street. With Number 22, the Hotel (Trades), where David Tennant stays. In fact, this used to be a Llods bank (although people did try to book a room or table at the Hotel while te crew was filming in Clevedon). Interiors were filmed at Walton Park Hotel, a little further down the coast.

Other locations in the area uses are Poet’s Walk, Wain’s Hill, Clevedon Pill, Marshall’s Field and Bank.

The Clevedon Pier was not used for Broadchurch (possibly because it is so iconic and people might recognise it immediately). One Direction used it for one of their videos (You and I, 2014) and also Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield  were filmed here for “Never Let me Go” (2010).

A New Hope – Djerba

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Why not travel to a galaxy far, far away? There is one place filled with the most wretched scumm and villany on the planet, where you are able to find a captain bold enough to take you there. Mos Eisley spaceport ofcourse, filmed on the small Island of Djerba, Tunesia. The home of Obi Wan was also filmed there.

Doctor Who – Llansannor Court

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The building used for Agatha Christie’s house in the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp” is Llansannor Court. Another nice movie fact is that the father of David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) has a very small cameo appearance in this episode. Also, Felicity Jones stars in this episode. Much later she will play a much larger part, Jyn Erso in “Rogue One”. An episode to watch, for sure.