FIVE FAMOUS FILMS FILMED IN CORNWALL
7 March 2014
With this year’s Oscars still in the back of our minds and seeing the ever-present Dame Judi Dench on the red carpet, we thought this would be a great time to tell you about some of the famous films, old and new, that have been filmed in our wonderful region. So when you’re staying at our cottages in Cornwall on your holidays why not take a visit to these locations. We think you might be wowed by some of the films that were filmed here.
Ladies in Lavender
Speaking of Dame Judi Dench, her role with Maggie Smith in the 2004 English drama film written and directed by Charles Dance- Ladies in Lavender- was shot around the Lizard in Cornwall. The film was set in picturesque coastal Cornwall, in a tight-knit fishing village in 1936, and included Cadgwith, Helston, St. Ives and Prussia Cove in the movie.
James Bond – Die Another Day
Dame Judi Dench features in another film that had scenes shot in Cornwall - Die Another Day- a James Bond movie.
The opening scenes of Die Another Day see Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, coming ashore post surf session. These images were filmed at Cornwall's Holywell Bay. This was in fact used as a double for a North Korean beach seeing the surf hut transformed into a pill box and defences being set up on the golden sand.
The Eden Project also boasts being used as a location double for the motion picture.
Alice In Wonderland
If you’re staying in Cornwall take a visit to the grade I listed Antony House then you can step onto a location used in Tim Burton’s remake of popular children’s film, Alice in Wonderland. The National Trust property saw a boost in visitors following the film’s release- this may have had something to do with the fact that Johnny Depp had a leading role in the film!
Two of the Victorian studies at the property were used in scenes for the famous Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Pirates Of The Caribbean – On Stranger Tides
Scenic St Ives in Cornwall was chosen as part of the filming for Pirates Of The Caribbean’s fourth release- On Stranger Tides.
Of course with the legendary history of St Ives and its pirates and smuggling, it was the fitting location for Captain Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure. On a sunny day, it is simple to see how the divine shores of St Ives acted as a double for the tropical seas of the Caribbean.
World War Z
The most recent of the films in our feature comes in the form of the 2011 Hollywood hit World War Z. This is arguably the most exciting for movie lovers as American heartthrob Brad Pitt arrived on set in Falmouth to film dramatic scenes for action-packed zombie movie.
The filming that was shot in Falmouth occurred on the docks there and took place on-board RAF Argus.
There were some 500 lucky locals who were casted as extras in the film following an open casting call in Truro.