Thursday, August 30, 2007

Genevieve / The Man Who Haunted Himself / Crossplot

Hi John,

I can confirm at least twenty locations from the three above films plus the mews and market street used in The Italian Job. I've been a location hunter for about 20 years now (primarily on 60s/70s British TV series such as The Saint, The Avengers, The Persuaders!, etc) and have found a lot (used to live in London!).

Check out then A Guide to Avengerland.

Will send you a load of location info and images in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Film locations boost UK tourism

Article from the BBC website :

British tourism has enjoyed a huge boost from a rise in visits to film and TV show locations, says a report.
Film and tourism bodies identified increased visits to the settings of productions including The Da Vinci Code and Gosford Park and TV's Balamory.

The Harry Potter films led to a 120% rise in visitors to Northumberland's Alnwick Castle, and had brought about £9m worth of tourism to the region.

The report said the effect lasted years for cult films such as Trainspotting.

Television programmes, such as Balamory and Monarch of the Glen, also gave a boost to tourism in the areas where they were shot.

Lyme Park in Cheshire, the setting for Mr Darcy's wet shirt scene in the TV series of Pride and Prejudice, saw visitor numbers almost triple from 32,852 in 1994 to 91,437 in 1995.

In 2003, the village of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull - the setting for children's programme Balamory - was host to 160,000 more visitors than the year before.

The permanent population of the town is about 1,000.

According to VisitScotland, the series contributed an estimated £5m a year to the tourist economy of Mull and the Western Islands.

The Harry Potter series is thought to have brought about £9m in tourist revenue to Northumberland.

The strongest pull on tourists is from locations set at stately homes, historic and religious sites, and rural or village landscapes.

John Woodward, chief executive of the UK Film Council, said: "British films and television programmes play a powerful role in showcasing the UK to the rest of the world and boosting tourism.

"There are countless examples of visitors flocking to locations they've seen in films or on TV and the effect can last for years."

Margaret Hodge, minister for film and tourism, said: "We have beautiful scenery and awe-inspiring buildings across the length and breadth of Britain.

"Our thriving film and television industries provide a platform to show the rest of the world just how much we have to offer.

"It is a terrific benefit that, not only are our films successful, but their locations are becoming destinations in their own right as people seek to relive their favourite movie moments."

The report entitled Stately Attraction - How Film and Television Programmes Promote Tourism in the UK, was commissioned by the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, EM Media, East Midlands Tourism, Screen East, South West Screen, Film London and Visit London.

Read the article - click here

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Constant Husband

Hi John
Found your website whilst looking for a film name with scenes from Newquay and Aberaeron in West Wales that I saw several years ago.
The opening scene is in Newquay West Wales where Rex is waking up. Then there scenes from Aberaeron village which is about 5 miles from Newquay. Hope information is of some help.
Kind regards Mr Ewart Morgan

Saturday, August 18, 2007

London Film, Location Guide

Simon James has just spent a few days at La Preghiera, my home, and provided a most entertaining and informative period. It really was a great pleasure having him here in Italy and discussing all the film/movie scenes that are so dear to both of us.

"Simon James' new book "London Film, Location Guide", is an immense achievement, covering, as it does, in depth, almost all the films that have ever used London's busy and ever-changing streets as their backdrop. An important work, not only for film buffs, but, perhaps more importantly, for social historians who, through the scenes in these films can not only identify the streets, but also, through watching the films themselves will understand more fully the ways in which our accents, manners, and clothing have changed in the last 75 years, as well as the differences in the food we eat, or ate, the drinks we drank, or drink, and also the life styles of, not only the rich and famous, but also of those less fortunate.
Simon has pulled together a wealth of cinemategraphic detail on the films and the actors, and, through his encyclopedic knowledge of the medium has managed to make thousands of links to other films made in the same or adjacent areas."

Publication date mid September, a Batsford book.

Simon also brought out the copy videos, discs and original photos, all of which will help to fill in more parts of this huge jig-saw that we have started upon.

The most filmed city in Britain, outside London

From BBC / Liverpool

Could be Chicago, Dublin, Paris or Moscow - but no, they fooled's actually Liverpool, the most filmed city in Britain outside London. Whether doubling for the back-alley fire escapes of New York City or the cobbled streets of a Victorian period drama, Liverpool's broad spectrum of concert halls, cathedrals, stately homes, synagogues, roman buildings, and courtrooms make for the perfect low-cost solution for filmmakers. Locations such as St George's Hall, Canning St, Castle St, and the Docks have co-starred alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

The Liver Buildings

The Liverpool Film Office have recently produced a full colour movie map caled 'Boomtown' which details some of the high profile pictures that have been made or shot scenes in the city.

In the Name of The Father (1993) :
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis.
The courtroom and the prison cells inside St George's Hall were used to shoot the interior court and prison scenes. The exterior of Liverpool museum was used for the famous scene where Daniel Day-Lewis is released from prison, and Canning St was the location for his 'London' squat.

Parole Officer (2001) :
Starring: Steve Coogan.
The former Bank of England building on Castle Street was used for the scenes where Coogan has to break into a bank vault.

Liverpool can double as many cities.

The Hunt for Red October (1989) :
Starring: Sean Connery.
A snowy Moscow street was created using the neo-classical grandeur of William Brown St, and a lot of artificial snow. Take a look in the movie, it's true!

From period dramas to 50's gangsters.

The 51st State (2001) :
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson.
City centre locations including Water Street, Dale Street, Liverpool Football Club and the India Buildings were featured.

Other Movie Highlights
Revengers Tragedy (2001)
Parole Officer (2001)
The 51st State (2001)
Al's Lads (2000)
Goin' Off Big Time (1999)
An Awfully Big Adventure (1994)
Back Beat (1993)
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Hear My Song (1992)
Let Him Have It (1991)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
The Hunt for Red October (1989)
Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Yentl (1983)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Help (1965)
A Hard Days Night (1964)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New films uploaded

New films uploaded to Reelstreets (with their locations):

Adventures of a Plumbers Mate (London)
The Amorous Milkman (West London)
Arabesque (London, Crumlin)
Carry on Girls (Windsor, Brighton)
Carry on Loving (Windsor)
Checkpoint (Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, London)
Entertaining Mr Sloane (South London)
Follow a Star (London, Harrow, Eton, Windsor?)
The Frightened City (London)
Girl with Green Eyes (Dublin, Wicklow)
Green Grow the Rushes (Romney Marsh, Kent)
Help (London, Liverpool, Bahamas)
The Italian Job (Central London, Ireland, Italy)
The Quare Fellow (Dublin, Kilmainham Prison)
True as a Turtle (Central London, Piccadilly, South East)

More to follow shortly....