The Last Jedi – Sybil Head

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On one of the most beautiful locations in the World (as written by National Geographic), on the west coast of Ireland, a historic scene was created for a ‘galaxy far far away’.

The crew for ‘The Last Jedi’ had used the Island of Skellig Michael for the scenes where Luke Skywalker is found by Rey. On this Island, beehive huts can be found. These are not the actual ones used for the film, instead on the mainland of Ireland, at Sybil Head, these amazing huts were recreated.

Doctor Who – St. Mark’s Church – Cardiff

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Season 11 filming for the tv show: Doctor Who has taken place in a little Church in Cardiff. St Mark’s Church is rumored to be the location of a wedding…. we will know in 2018….

Torchwood – UK – The Old Rectory

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Gwen Cooper, from the top secret agency Torchwood, moves out of Cardiff for season four in the TV-series with the same name.

She and her husband (Rhys) and child hide on a lonely cottage on the beach supposedly near Swansea. The cottage is “The Old Rectory“, owned by Brittish National Trust and is available for rent.

 

 

Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life – Wales (Snowdonia)

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Originaly, Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life was going to be filmed in China near the Great Wall. The Chinese authorities refused the crew to film in their country, so an alternative had to be found. The United Kingdom was chosen, Snowdonia area in particular. The bike chase near the great wall was filmed at Pen y Pass. The wall was added later.

Lara crashed her pod at lake Llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert. More mountains were created by an effects studio to give the area a more Chinese look. But the Chinese village was real, build for the movie near the Welch lake.

A drop was filmed at Alexandra Slate Quarry – Gwynedd (also enhanced later by special effects to make it more spectacular). Here the Terracotta army is stored. The LongMen Grottoes at LuoYang, China were also used for these scenes.

Other locations used are Moel Siabod and Fynnon Llugwy.

Another famous movie, starring Warwick Davies, was recorded in the area as well. “Willow” was filmed in and around Llanberis.

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.

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”.

Game of Thrones – Ireland – Redhall Estate

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In “Game of Thrones” you can find the Inn at the crossroads in Northern Ireland. The private estate that the production company used is “Redhall Estate“. you can actualy book this place for weddings… so if you are a real GoT fan and want to get married in a nice location, why not there…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Scotland

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In 1974 a small crew went to scotland to film their movie “The Holy Grail”. The National Trust of Scotland gave them permission to film at several location, but denied them that shortly before filming. With very little time to find alternative locations, Doune Castle was chosen. This one castle became the location for Camelot, Castle Anthrax and Swamp Castle. The hilarious film became a great succes.

If you go and visit this Castle, you can take the audio tour by Terry Jones, one of the original Pythons!

In 2015, this Castle turned from the famous Camelot to the also famous Winterfell for the TV series “Game of Thrones”, who decided to come and film here as well.

Doctor Who – Lanzarote and Tenerife

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The volcanic Island of Lanzarote can be a different planet with a little movie magic. This is what the production team for “Doctor Who” must have thought when looking for a location for “Kill the Moon”. Lanzarote was used as the moon….

The nearby Island Tenerife doubled as the wasteland of Skaro in “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”.

Kingsman – London (Kennington)

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In the James Bond-like movie “Kingsman”, the main character can be seen in a pub, The Black Prince. This pub is very real in can be found in London in the UK. Interiors and exteriors were used for filming.

At Prince consort road, Imperial College can be visited. In the movie, this is where Harry meets Prof. Arnold (no other then Mark “Luke” Hamill).