The film Sherlock Holmes, which stars Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, is set to be released in December and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Conan Doyle, the original author.
Tourist offices throughout Kent, where much of the film was made are counting on the film inspiring visitors to visit Kent locations linked to Conan Doyle, including some featuring in the movie such as Chatham's historic dockyard. Kent also hosted the films Long Memory, Gravesend; A Canterbury Tale and Green Grow the Rushes, set in New Romney and surrounding countryside.
Other Kent places with Conan Doyle connections include Margate; where they filmed part of the Big Sleep; Whitstable and Dover, where Girl With Pistol was partly shot. The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, also used St Paul's Cathedral, Liverpool Docks, with The Magnet and Clouded Yellow and Manchester with Kind of Loving, A Taste of Honey, Hell is a City and Billy Liar.
In May 2010 yet another version of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave and William Hurt, will hit the silver screen. Locations used in the movie include Sherwood Forest, which has trees, in Nottinghamshire; Virginia Water in Surrey, which has more trees, but perhaps of a different variety and Bourne Woods in Farnham, Surrey, with, would you believe even more trees. Perhaps a tree spotters guide could be incorporated into ReelStreets. ReelTrees.com?
The VisitEngland hopes that these and other movies will help the continuing trend of more people touring in their own country, and foreigners coming specifically to walk in the footsteps of the stars. It’s called Film Induced Tourism see the blog/article 22 August 2009. Visit England, This England and all the tourist agencies and offices should be taking space on ReelStreets to promote their local areas.
A remake of the 1947 film Brighton Rock; where they also made Quadrophenia; which starred Richard Attenborough, begins shortly and will include scenes in the Sussex seaside resort of Eastbourne; Millions Like Us. So why don’t they, with rare genius call it Eastbourne Rock, or for one of the biggest rocks why not Beachy Head! Lost and the Chalk Garden were shot in, on or around.
Nowhere Boy, John Lennon's childhood, is released in December and includes locations from Liverpool; Flight of the Doves, Beyond this Place and Violent Playground; and Blackpool; Sing As We Go, Taste of Honey & Forbidden.
In February 2010 The Wolf Man, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, is released. Locations for this movie included the Yorkshire towns of Doncaster, Tread Softly Stranger and used in the opening scenes of The Cinema of Darkness; Barnsley, Kes of course and Sheffield; Girl With Pistol as well as Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
And, talking of Hammersmith…………..who was talking of Hammersmith?.........Cassandra’s Dream was partly shot there, and the uncanny connection with twenty other films and a number of missing persons is the story gruesomely revealed to the audience in the Cinema of Darkness
Original info from uknews/yahoo.com