With 92 movies spanning from 1925’s Battleship Potemkin to 2015’s The Revenant, and nine TV series ranging from the original Star Trek (1966-69) to current favourites Game of Thrones, The Bridge and Broadchurch, this book is about the real-world places that have provided the backdrops and settings for some of our most memorable screen dreams.
Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide is written by Laurence Phelan, film critic at The Independent (UK). Laurence observes in his introduction to the book that, “The movies take you places: cinema is a mode of transport. In just 90 minutes, you can be whisked all the way around the globe – perhaps with a dotted red line marking your progress on a map as you go. Some films take you even farther, out of this world and to other galaxies far, far away.”
“What’s great is that the converse is often true: there are some places that can transport you into the world of a movie,” Laurence continues. “If you want to feel like James Bond, try going to ‘James Bond Island’ (Khao Phing Kan, Thailand). In a Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) mood? Have a Danish pastry and some coffee outside Tiffany’s in Manhattan. Or want to feel like the title character in Rocky? Then run up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum and put your hands in the air like a champ when you get to the top.”
“Some of these locations played themselves and others were dressed up to look like somewhere else,” Laurence says. “But they all added texture and colour and weight to the visions of our best TV- and film-makers.”
Other productions and locations featured include entries from Australia (Mad Max 2 - Silverton, NSW; Muriel’s Wedding - Hamilton Island, Queensland; Neighbours - Pin Oak Court, Melbourne; Picnic at Hanging Rock - Hanging Rock, Victoria), and New Zealand (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Fiordland National Park).
This is the second release in Lonely Planet’s A Spotter’s Guide series, following last year’s Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide.
ABOUT THE BOOKLonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide
Written by Laurence Phelan
Published 6 April 2017
128pp, full colour, H180mm x W180mm, hardcover / RRP: AUD $14.99 / NZD $16.99