Cornwall: Star of the Big Screen

When you see some of the beautiful sights across Cornwall, it will come as no surprise that many TV shows and movies have been filmed in Cornish locations – most recently the BBC’s remake of Poldark.

As part of #welovecornwall week, we take a closer look at some of the most popular movie productions that have the county as an ‘extra’!

About Time (2013)

Cornwall features heavily in the Richard Curtis romantic-comedy About Time, in which Domhnall Gleesson’s Cornish character Tim discovers how to time travel in order to improve his lifestyle (in a nutshell!)

Sharing the screen with some trendy London locations, Cornwall makes several appearances, including Gorran Haven and Penkivel. Vault Beach at Gorran Haven acts as the beach under the house, and St. Michael at Penkivel for the wedding.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Although predominantly filmed with CGI, Tim Burton’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic is book-ended with a garden party filmed at the glamorous Antony House in Torpoint.

Heading further down the coast, Charlestown makes an appearance as the harbor Alice sails away from at the end. The docks have also featured in The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and The Three Musketeers (1993).

Archipelago (2010)

Critically acclaimed Archipelago staring Tom Hiddleston and Kate Fahy was almost entirely shot on location on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Reports say that several locals were hired as extras for filming. The island is just over 1 sq mile in size – so why not hire a bike and take a tour!

Die Another Day (2002)

James Bond films are widely regarded as filming in the most glamorous locations across the globe, and Pierce Brosnan’s final turn as the super-spy is marked by a trip to Project Eden near St. Austell.

The bio-domes double as the main antagonist’s diamond mines, with both interior and exterior making the cut. Newquay also makes a brief appearance for some of the shore scenes.

Dracula (1979)

Cornwall dominates all of the exterior shots in the 1979 version of the Bram Stoker classic. Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel stars as Dr Seward’s asylum and Mevagissey (one of our favourite Cornish destinations!) also appears as the harbour where Dracula tries to board a ship.

The star of the show – Count Dracula’s castle is played by St Michael’s Mount, and the castle is a National Trust property so open to the public all year around. The castle also makes an appearance in 2003 spy-spoof Johnny English.

The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

We’ve already mentioned Charlestown habour making an appearance as it doubled for Alderney in the acclaimed Michael Caine WW2 thriller.

Other areas of Cornwall were used to double for the Channel Islands, whilst the RAF station at St. Mawgans (5 miles from Newquay) appears as ‘Landsvoort Airfield’.

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