Northern Ireland is quickly becoming the go-to place to film the latest TV shows and films. On the back of success stories such as Game of Thrones, who have consistently used Northern Irish landscape as their backdrop, we took a look at some of the other amazing Belfast film locations in and around the city from some of this decade’s top films.
Starred Up 2013
A British prison crime drama starring up and coming young actor Jack O’Connell, and Rupert Friend, from Pride and Prejudice, Starred Up was mainly filmed inside HM Prison Crumlin Road.
The gritty movie details the experiences of a voluntary therapist working inside a Category B prison dealing with the countries most dangerous criminals.
Initial photography began in Crumlin Road Jail in February 2013 and the promotional photography and initial scene testing took place inside the historic landmark prison.
Crumlin Road Jail was used for filming scenes in the cells, corridors and courtyards and today tours of the facility can be taken. Crumlin Road Jail is now regularly used as an events venue as well as a place for spooky ghost tours and even the odd dinner party.
Dracula Untold 2014
Starring one of Hollywood’s hottest heartthrobs, Luke Evans, the latest version of the Dracula story was filmed exclusively in Belfast.
The city’s most picturesque locations provided the eerie alternative to a Gothic 15th century Transylvania.
The story tells of a Transylvanian Prince who gives up his humanity to protect his people and his own son against the threat of the Ottoman Empire.
Epic battle scenes were filmed on Divis Mountain, and popular tourist destination, the Giants Causeway served as a fictional Transylvanian mountain top even the stunning National Trust property Mount Stewart and its gardens represented Dracula’s gothic castle.
After the film was released in 2014 it was expected to bring a wave of film lovers to the city and a specialised tour was concocted to give fans of the movie a chance to follow the blood trail of Dracula around Belfast.
High Rise 2015
Another of Hollywood’s greats, Tom Hiddleston, stars in the adaption of 1975 satirical cult novel High Rise. Alongside Luke Evans, Hiddleston plays a resident in a tower block of apartments which has its own exclusive society and private amenities.
The entire film is set exclusively inside a Bangor Co-op building, Bangor Castle’s walled Garden and the derelict Bangor leisure centre.
Thanks to clever CGI effects, the walled garden seems to be elevated above ground in the top levels of the tower block which looms larger than life against the city sky.
The Lost City of Z 2016
Based on the real-life expeditions of Colonel Percy Fawcett, The Lost City of Z, tells the tale of a man in search of a lost civilization hidden deep in the Brazilian jungle.
As Fawcett served in the First World War, some of the scenes from the film were set on the Battle of Somme but filmed in the Antrim Hills just outside Belfast where everything from explosions to life in the trenches was recreated.
The First World War-era ship HMS Caroline was also a set location for filming as was Myra Castle, Belfast City Hall, the Titanic’s Pump-house and Belfast’s Botanical Gardens.
Up and Coming
Film crews have been flocking to shoot scenes in and around Belfast city in their droves and with them come a following of film fans ager to capture sights of their favourtie superstars at work.
Brand new TV shows such as the Women in White, an adaption of the Wilkie Collins novel dubbed the first ever murder mystery, is set in London’s Hampstead Heath but has been shot in sweeping countryside and stately homes surrounding Belfast.
Even the Chinese have travelled from afar to take advantage of Belfast’s beauty and began filming the up and coming romantic comedy ‘Special Couple’ in March this year.
Not much is known about the plot of the story, other than it is set in London in the past, and that’s thanks to the old style red phone box and a vintage car that were shipped on set on one day of shooting.
Suffice to say that Belfast has become a backdrop that will soon be recognised all over the world, known in main for its sweeping landscapes and dramatic coastlines.
Visitors to the city who are interested in scouting out best film and TV show destinations can take a number of citywide tours that will highlight all the major Belfast film locations all over the city.
Once our luxury hotel The Crum is open to the public it will be the perfect base from which to take in all of Belfast’s most popular sights. Guests will find it easy to check out the cultural landmarks and Belfast film locations from top movies and TV shows such as historic destinations and stately homes.
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