Films shot in Wales
All of the following movies were filmed in or had scenes filmed in Wales. You might be surprised by some of them!
[Dobby's Shell Cottage at Freshwater beach, West Wales cited Wales Screen.com]
The World War one epic, Journey's End (2017) had many scenes filmed in Wales and director Saul Dibb made use of Pinewood Studios Wales;
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) had scenes shot in the Brecon Beacons, the Ystrad Quarry in Blaenau Gwent and included Welsh legends Merlin and King Arthur;
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) was filmed in the area around Llyn Ogwen, North Wales;
The Dark Night Rises (2012) - Henrhyd Falls, in the Brecon Beacons was used as the location of the Batcave.
Wrath of the Titans (2012) - the sequel to Clash of the Titans had scenes filmed in Tredegar and a Quarry near Trefil in the Brecon Beacons. In fact, the same quarry has been used for the Dr Who, Merlin and the cult movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) - battle scenes were shot at Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - an old military base in Caerwent (between Newport and Chepstow) was used as the hydra compound in the movie.
Patagonia (2010) - filmed in Wales and Patagonia.
Ironclad (2011), starring Paul Giamatti, was filmed in South Wales at the Dragon International Film Studios.
Clash of the Titans(2010) starred Welsh Actor Luke Evans and had scenes filmed in north Wales.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 & Pt. 2 (2010 & 2011) Freshwater West, one of Wales' top surfing destinations beach made it into the filming locations of the last Harry Potter films.
[Robin Hood 2010 - at Freshwater West - cited Wales Screen.com]
The Edge of Love (2008) - Starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and our very own Matthew Rhys, the romantic drama was filmed in Ceredigion and is based around Welsh writer Dylan Thomas
28 Weeks Later (2007) - Although the film was shot in London, Principality stadium was used to mimic Wembley stadium.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Tomb Raider 2 – Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life (2003) locations in Snowdonia were used to mimic other countries, including Llyn Gwynant.
In the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) Penbryn Beach in Ceredigion serves as a stand-in for North Korea and Snowdonia is a backdrop in both in The World is not Enough (1999) and From Russia with Love (1963).
First Knight (1995)
An American Werewolf in London (1981) - scenes featuring the Yorkshire moors were, in fact, the Black Mountains in mid Wales.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - the legendary film based on the exploits of a military officer, archaeologist and writer TE Lawrence had scenes filmed at the Merthyr Mawr beach near Bridgend, on the second largest dune system in Europe.
Moby Dick (1956) -the iconic film was partially filmed in Fishguard, West Wales.
Wales and Welsh legends have also inspired a number of films. Dylan Thomas has been the focus of a number of productions including, The Edge of Love, a film about the poet's life starring Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, which was filmed on location in west Wales. Set Fire to the Stars was filmed exclusively in Wales and starred Welsh actor Celyn Jones alongside Elijah Wood and Kelly Reilly.
Bollywood star Mayur (Raj) Verma relocated here, saying "Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and it's a great place to raise a family."
Useful websites if you want to discover more:
- Wales Screen encourages film and television productions to use locations, crew and facilities throughout Wales. Part of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector team, Wales Screen assists both inward investment and indigenous productions on a practical basis, ensuring that their spend within the Welsh economy is maximised.
- Film Cymru Wales The national development agency for the film industry in Wales
- MEDIA Antenna Wales Promotes and administers the European Union’s MEDIA funding programme in Wales to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, television and new media industries.
- Film Hub Wales – one of nine ‘hubs’ funded by British Film Institute to form the Film Audience Network, the Hub aims to increase the opportunities to engage with cinema and raise the profile of the Welsh cinema sector.
- Film Festivals: