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Cornwall Film and TV Productions

...popular film location of repute

The news that Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their ever-expanding throng of kids are to holiday in Cornwall, while Brad shoots his latest film in Falmouth, will inevitably thrust the county into the national spotlight. But when it comes to hosting TV & film stars, camera and production crews, Cornwall is well-versed.

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remain the area's biggest draw, but Cornwall has been popular with directors and location managers for the best part of a century - its unmistakable landscapes showcased in a host of international blockbusters and British TV favourites.

Brad Pitt is filming part of zombie movie World War Z in Falmouth just a couple of years after Johnny Depp came to Charlestown Harbour and other locations to head an all-star cast in Tim Burton’s 2010 remake of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland.

In 2002 the James Bond blockbuster Die Another Day was filmed at Holywell Bay near Newquay – as well as the Eden Project which doubled as the Arctic base of Bond’s nemesis, Gustav Graves.

On the small screen Cornwall has featured in a range of popular television shows, two of the most recent being Doc Martin (with Port Isaac posing as the fictional town of Portwenn) and Echo Beach starring Jason Donovan and Martin McCutcheon, shot mainly in Looe, Polperro and at Watergate Bay.

The frequent use of Cornwall as a film location led to the foundation of related ventures based in the area, including the Cornwall Film Fund and the Cornwall Film Festival.

Figures released by tourism organisations including VisitBritain reveal settings for film and small screen productions enjoy massive boosts as film and TV buffs seek to retrace the steps of their heroes.

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, used in the Harry Potter films, saw a 120% rise in visitors, with an estimated £10m worth of added tourism to the region. The biggest pull is usually from locations set at stately homes, historic and religious sites, and rural landscapes – which is handy, as Cornwall provides the lot.

Farms, clifftops, beaches, barren moors, harbours, woodland, ancient’s easy to see why it’s so popular with location scouts.

Film tourism is proven to be an increasingly lucrative market, and for Cornwall it is yet another string to its bow.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015