Today on the Sykes Cottages blog, we’re taking a trip to Hollywood as we explore some of the biggest films, either just released or set to hit the screens in 2016. But it’s not just any random collection of blockbusters; instead they’re all films that showcase the UK at it’s finest, whether it’s through using the Gloucestershire countryside as the scene of alien planets or bringing a touch of magic to Merseyside. So if you like to think of yourself as a bit of a film buff, why don’t you take a look and see what you think?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Where else is there to start than with the highest grossing film of all time? Yes that’s right, sections of the latest instalment in the ever popular Star Wars series were filmed in our very own Forest of Dean. Now Puzzlewood is no stranger to the limelight, having served as locations in both Doctor Who and the BBC’s Merlin, as well as inspiring both Tolkien and J.K Rowling’s famous works. However this is its biggest stage yet. This time round, the forest plays the role of the planet Takodana in one of the film’s most important sequences. As well as the Forest of Dean, you might be able to catch glimpses of Skellig Michael off the West Coast of Ireland and RAF Greenham Common.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Next up, we’ve got Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the latest foray into J.K Rowling’s world of Harry Potter. Based on the 2001 book written in aid of Comic Relief, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the adventures of Newt Scamander around 70 years before Harry et al studied his books at Hogwarts. Nearly all of the filming took place in the Leavesden Studios, the site of the Harry Potter studio tour, however the film did see St George’s Hall in Liverpool transformed into a snow covered New York city for the visit of the renowned “Magizoologist” amongst plenty of others.
Of course we’ve got to include the reboot of the British institute that is Dad’s Army. The remake for the big screen follows the mishaps of everyone’s famous bungling Home Guard platoon and features an array of household names from Sir Michael Gambon to Bill Nighy and Cathering Zeta-Jones. It might be set in the fictional Walmington-on-Sea on the south coast but the filming actually took place in the delightful seaside settlement of Bridlington, as well as the nearby spots of Beverley and Flamborough.
And finally we’ve got the upcoming re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s famous novel, The BFG. The collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Disney will see snozzcumbers and frobscottles all-round north of the border, with some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery serving as the settings for Giant Country. From The Quiraing to Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye, as well as spots in the Outer Hebrides and Orkney, they’ll all be used as the home of the BFG and the other giants.
So there you go, a short highlights reel of the various starring roles that the UK is playing in some of the biggest films of the moment. I’m sure that you’ll get to see them at some point on the big screen but you could still visit them and experience it all in person! We’ve got a wide choice of cottages in Scotland, on the Yorkshire Coast and around the Forest of Dean that are perfect for a trip, so why don’t you have a look?