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Revealed: 9 Oscar and Blockbuster Movies Shot in Mystery Destinations

March 18, 2019

Revealed: 9 Oscar and Blockbuster Movies Shot in Mystery Destinations

March 18, 2019

From Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings, film and TV have put destinations like New Zealand and Croatia on the travel map. However, holidaymakers should be careful when booking a film-inspired trip, as analysis by Travelbag.co.uk of the UK’s 50 bestselling movies of 2018 shows that nearly half are shot in destinations that are not part of their own storyline. A fifth were not even filmed in the foremost destination of the movie*.

GREEN BOOK (2018)

Nominated for five Oscars this year, ‘road trip movie’ Green Book tells the story of a world-class African-American pianist and his Italian-American driver as they set out on a concert tour during a period of segregation in the 1960s. While their journey takes in several states across the Mid-West and Deep South, the film was shot almost in entirely in theatres, diners and towns in the one state of Louisiana.

 

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

Set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, movie-goers could be forgiven for assuming that the five-times Oscar-nominated Marvel film Black Panther was filmed exclusively in Africa. However, South Africa, Zambia and Uganda have only very small roles in its production. Most of the film was shot in Atlanta including the High Museum of Art, City Hall and at indoor-recording studios. Argentina’s awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls also provided the stunning backdrop to the lead character’s (T’Challa) dramatic fight for the throne.

FORREST GUMP (1994)

Although much is made of the titular character’s upbringing in Alabama, Forrest Gump was actually filmed almost entirely in South Carolina. Most of the town in which Forrest lived and the iconic scene where he recalls his past from a public bench was also shot in neighbouring Savannah, Georgia. Forrest’s time serving in the US Army in Vietnam was also filmed in Fripp Island and Hunting Island State Park, off the Beaufort coast of South Carolina.

AVATAR (2009) & AVATAR 2 (2020)

Reminiscent of the Amazon or Hawaii, Pandora’s lush tropical forests inspired a generation of movie watchers in 2009 and helped make Avatar the bestselling film in history. The backdrop to the famous battle scene with the floating mountains is actually Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China’s Hunan Province. While the visual effects are largely computer-generated, they were heavily inspired by New Zealand’s Maori culture and landscapes. So much so that live action scenes for the sequel Avatar 2, due out next year, will be shot in New Zealand this spring.

BOND 25 (2020)

It’s been 57 years since Dr. No. In that time Bond has been all over the globe, often turning relatively undiscovered sites into “must see” destinations along the way. The island of Khao Phing Kan was rarely visited until it was used as Scaramanga’s island home in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun. Details on set locations for Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s last film (due for release in 2020), are sparse but leaks suggest that Canada will be significant in the movie. The last time Bond was seen in the ‘Great White North’ was 42 years ago in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me.

JURASSIC PARK (1993 – 2021)

Set in the fictional Central American Island of ‘Isle Nublar’, the original Jurassic Park movie is a classic for children of the 1990s. However, the movie sequels – including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which was the third highest-grossing movie last year – were all shot in Hawaii. Sites across the islands of Oahu and particularly Kauai provided a spectacular backdrop to the film.

INCEPTION (2010)

Set in ever-changing dreamworlds made of seemingly anonymous land and cityscapes, viewers would be forgiven for thinking that Inception was an entirely CGI and studio-based production. That’s despite nearly every scene being shot in (or based on) a real location across four continents. In addition to stunning sites in Canada, the film takes in many unexpected destinations – such as the opening scene, which sees Leonardo DiCaprio wash up on a Japanese beach that’s actually located near Los Angeles.

THE REVENANT (2015)

Academy award-winning film The Revenant is perhaps one of the best destination movies of the last decade. A story of betrayal and survival, it is set in the brutal and wild 19th century US Frontierland. While some filming took place in Montana, most of the locations are actually in Canada including at sites of natural beauty, such as Fortress Mountain, across Alberta and British Columbia.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

Critically acclaimed for its genre, fans will be forgiven for assuming that Mad Max: Fury Road – with its deadly high-speed car chases in a post-apocalyptic dessert – was filmed in Australia. Although every other movie in the Mad Max franchise was shot Down Under, one of the country’s wettest rainy seasons on record altered the landscape and forced production to be moved to the Namib desert of Namibia.

Paul Hopkinson, Marketing Director at Travelbag comments: “Films are often made in unexpected locations, so fans looking to retrace the steps of their onscreen heroes should thoroughly research the destinations behind their favourite movie scenes before booking a holiday. With the buzz around the Oscars, we have created an interactive travellers’ guide that reveals the real destinations behind recent blockbusters, much-loved movie classics and Academy Award-winning films. We want to inspire holidaymakers to discover unforgettable trips packed full of movie magic.”

See Travelbag’s new ‘Bucket List Blockbusters’ interactive travellers’ guide: www.travelbag.co.uk/bucket-list-blockbusters

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

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  • AD | Gifted 💫 I am back in England and after a couple of days off to recuperate I’m excited to get back to work on Monday. I’ve had the most INCREDIBLE three weeks exploring some bucket list locations, so expect lots of USA content coming your way. Whilst I don’t have many more photos to share on Instagram, I do have A LOT of draft posts ready to finalise and publish. I can’t wait to share everything I got up to 🙌🏻🙊🇺🇸
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❤️ Disney body gifted from @primark
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  • AD | Gifted 💫 If anyone knows how people get WDW photos without looking like a sweaty mess because of the humidity, let me know. Also next time I say I’m going to go to Florida in June, please remind me that 36 degrees heat is not the ideal temperature for walking around a theme park. In an attempt to get as much done as we possibly could, we did both Epcot and Magic Kingdom on a 1-day park hopper. After 9 hours in the heat, I gave up. Whilst I got to see the parade and go on my favourite rides, I am gutted I didn’t make it until the end of the day for Happily Ever After. At least we left right before the storm hit, right? Now I can see why people need two weeks at the parks, air con and storm breaks are necessary 😂😂
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❤️ Bodysuit is gifted from @primark
❤️ Skirt is bought from eBay ❤️ Mickey bag is gifted from @primark
❤️ Ears from Disneyland Paris #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #wdwflorida #wdw #magickingdom
  • AD | Discounted 💫 Although I spent most of my time on my Trek America trip with my hair in braids and absolutely no makeup on, there were a few opportunities to get dressed up for a night out (even if it was difficult to get ready in a tent and camp toilets). I thought I would absolutely hate not doing my hair and makeup, but I’ve actually enjoyed the break! My face is 100% thanking me for the lack of makeup I’m using, but I definitely miss being able to straighten my hair as I’m not a fan of my natural fizz. Also flip flop we’re not my original choice for this outfit, but after being stung by a wasp it was all that would fit on my foot 😂🙊🐝
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was Discounted in return for content
❤️ Dress gifted from @fashionworlduk #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #visitusa #fashionworlduk
  • AD | Discounted 💫 After 14 incredible days, I said goodbye to the rest of my Trek group a few hours ago. They were heading to Miami to end their tour but me and my brother decided to stay in Orlando to explore some of the parks. With just 5 days left in the States, I can honestly say I’m going to be sad to leave. From the quirky streets of NOLA to the live country music in Nashville, my Trek America trip has been one of my best travel experience to date. Can I book the next one now please? 🇺🇸
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was Discounted in return for content #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #visitusa #travelusa
  • AD | Discounted 💚 🎶 You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey, you’re as sweet as strawberry wine 🎶 Even though Jack Daniels gives me horrible flashbacks to pre-drinks at Uni, I loved seeing the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I had no idea that every single bottle of Jack is made at the distillery, as I thought it was so commercial it would be mass produced in the countries that stock it. Still didn’t find out why it’s called No7, though. 🥃🤷🏼‍♀️
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❤️ My trip with @trekamerica was Discounted in return for content
💚 My dress is from @forever21 #itrekhere #trekmoment #trekamerica #jackdaniels #jackdanielsdistillery #tennessee #tennesseewhiskey
  • AD | Discounted 💫 The Instagram theme has gone well and truly out of the window because all I want to do is share my favourite photos from my trip, and that’s exactly what this view of Broadway in Nashville is. On our second night in Nashville we celebrated my brother’s 21st birthday in the city. After a couple of drinks and a lot of dancing, we went up to the roof of Kid Rocks Honky Tonk for a view of Broadway from above. Hands down one of my favourite moments from the whole trip so far. ❤️🙌🏻🇺🇸
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was discounted in return for content #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment
  • AD | Discounted 💚 After a walking tour of New Orlean’s French Quarter I definitely needed the chilled out morning I have had. We tried some of Bourbon Street’s most famous cocktails including a hurricane, purple voodoo and a hand grenade. As some of the strongest drinks I’ve ever had, I was gone after the first two 😂👏🏻
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Now, time to explore the rest of the city before a voodoo tour tonight 🔮
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❤️ My tour was discounted by Trek America in return for content
❤️ Dress and bumbag were gifted from @boohoo #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #boohoo #boohooplussize
  • AD | Discounted 💫 After a busy few days we are heading out of Nashville, as much as I’d love to stay. Although I was excited to visit Tennessee, I wasn’t expecting to love Nashville as much as I did. From the line dancing and live country music in every bar to the great food and beer, it’s definitely made it into the list of best places I have ever visited. 100% coming back 🇺🇸
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❤️ Dress is bought from @boohoo who I have worked with in the past
❤️ My @trekamerica trip was discounted in return for content. Head over to their Instagram stories to see more of what we’re getting up to. #trekmoment #itrekhere #trekamerica #nashville #nashvilletennessee
  • AD | Discounted 💫 I’ve been VERY quiet the last few days but I promise I’m alive! I’ve been busy eating cheesesteaks in Philly, cycling around the monuments in Washington and breathing in the mountain air in Shenandoah. Although I’ve been taking photos, I haven’t had a chance to update Instagram until now. It’s been the best few days exploring and we still have so many amazing places to come. Best. Trip. Ever. 🇺🇸💙
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❤️ My Trek America Trip was given to me at a discounted price in return for content #trekamerica #trekmoments #itrekhere #shenandoah #shenandoahnationalpark

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