Cumbria Crack
Arts

VIDEO: Cumbria’s scenery is light years ahead #MayThe4thBeWithYou


[A]s Star Wars day comes to an end, it is only right that we take a quick look at the contribution the beautiful Lake District made to the film The Force Awakens.

With the beautiful scenery and gorgeous views it is an obvious choice for a big blockbuster franchise like Star Wars.

Martin Joy, Supervising Location Manager, Star Wars: the Force Awakens said that England holds “a huge variety of studio facilities and location facilities” that make it one of the world’s leading nations for filming.

Speaking about the Lake District, which featured as backdrop for several scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Joy said: “If you’re looking for lakes in the UK, obviously the first place you’re going to go is the Lake District, and Derwent Water is an incredible vista. When you tie that in with the iconography of Star Wars, it takes you to another world.”

International screen tourism is worth £140 million to English regions, and overall films, TV, radio and photography contribute over £10 billion to the UK economy.

Film making and the creative industries are a clear part of the Northern Powerhouse, benefiting the economy of Northern England and Wales. Other locations across the North that have appeared in famous films include:

  • Redcar Beach in Tees Valley which played a leading role in the Oscar-winning drama Atonement where more than 1,000 local extras were recruited to play a part in the World War Two love story
  • North Yorkshire’s Aysgarth Falls where Kevin Costner fought an epic river battle with Little John in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Penrith in the Lake District hosted Uncle Monty’s countryside retreat in the cult classic Withnail & I which starred Richard E Grant
  • Newcastle set the scene for seventies British crime drama Get Carter which starred Michael Caine
  • Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and Durham Cathedral appear in the Harry Potter series as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Easington Colliery in County Durham where young a Billy Elliot dreamt of becoming a professional ballet dancer
  • North Yorkshire’s Aysgarth Falls where Kevin Costner fought an epic river battle with Little John in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Related posts

Lake District brewery launches wholesale ales

Cumbria Crack

Olympian takes Honister Challenge

Cumbria Crack

Carlisle and Penrith residents urged to attend meeting to discuss significant future housing developments

Cumbria Crack

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More