5 Film Destinations That Are Even More Awe-Inspiring Off Screen | Part 2

5 Film Destinations That Are Even More Awe-Inspiring Off Screen | Part 2

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Inspired by the big screen? Look no further.

There's no doubt about it - CGI technology has come on in leaps and bounds throughout the recent years, but there's no substitute for using real scenery on screen. 

With the release of the Mamma Mia Here We Go Again this year, we've taken a look at some of its most exciting filming locations, and other incredible destinations around the world that have been featured on screen.


MAMMA MIA! | SKIATHOS, GREECE

Alongside questionable singing and Meryl Streep, the sun, sea and sand of the Greek Islands were the true stars of 2008 ABBA musical: Mamma Mia! 

The film's fictional island of 'Kalokairi' was embodied by the very real Skiathos, in the western Aegean.

In a shock piece of recasting, however summer 2018's joyfully received sequel:

'Here We Go Again'

sees the role taken by newcomer Vis, off of Croatia's Dalmatian coast. 

Plot twist, we know.


THE HOBBIT | MATAMA, NEW ZEALAND

Marking 81 years since the publication of The Hobbit - the epic novel by J. R. R. Tolkien makes us wistful for Middle Earth's colossal mountain ranges, mythical forests and untamed rivers. 

Highlighting the dramatic landscapes that stole the show in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film series, there's no questioning as to why Matama, New Zealand is now a travel, hotspot destination.

NOTTING HILL | NOTTING HILL, LONDON

Whenever you’re feeling down, put on a Richard Curtis film: his feel-good offerings are without a doubt, bound to cheer you up. 

The 1999 film, Notting Hill, is a tried-and-tested film formula featuring classic Brit actor Hugh Grant as bumbling William Thacker, who falls in love with celeb of the day, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). 

As the title suggests, the film is set in the gentrified, oh-so-pretty London neighbourhood of Notting Hill, showing off Portobello Road market and that blue door on Westbourne Park Road.

ANGELS AND DEMONS | THE VATICAN CITY

A best-selling thriller that delves deep into the murky world of a secret society... The Illuminati, Dan Brown's first novel, Angels and Demons, was turned into a film in 2009 and has since become one of the most-loved films of the century. 

Tom Hanks plays protagonist Robert Langdon, who energetically romps around the symbol-strewn Vatican City - though of course, this isn't the real Vatican City...it's all film studios and substitution - as is the way in the filming industry.


JAMES BOND - SKYFALL | GLENCOE, SCOTLAND

Number 23 in the Bond series, Skyfall welcomes back Daniel Craig as the one and only Agent 007. 

But, we do, unfortunately, say goodbye to beloved M, played by Judi Dench, who (spoiler alert!) is killed.

Filming locations included London and Turkey, as well as Scotland - where Skyfall, Bond's family home is sequestered away in the misty glens of Glen Coe...

The house itself is actually made up of a plywood and plaster creation which was constructed in Surry, although you'd never be able to tell.

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