1. Mamma Mia! (Mamma Mia !, 2008). Greece
The action of this sparkling musical based on the songs of the Swedish mega-group ABBA takes place on the fictional island Kalokairi. His role was played by the two Greek islands of Skopelos and Skiathos, located in the Aegean Sea. Both are part of the Northern Sporades Archipelago. Some scenes were filmed in the small fishing village of Damouchari on the Pelion Peninsula.
The main roles are played by Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård. An American architect, an English banker and a Swedish sailor, at the invitation of the former sweetheart, come to their daughter’s wedding. It’s just not clear which of the three of them is her father…
By the way, the continuation of this film will be released next year: Mamma Mia! Here we go again. The plot is still kept a secret, but it is known that the shooting took place on the island of Vis in Croatia.
2. Cote d’Azur (By the Sea, 2015). Malta
Insanely annoying husband and wife come to relax on the Cote d’Azur of the French Riviera and settle in a tiny hotel, right on the seashore … Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play a husband and wife. And Jolie, moreover, acted as the director of this rather chamber film.
For us, the intrigue lies in the fact that the film was shot not in France, as one would expect, but in Malta. More precisely, on the island of Gozo. And more precisely, in the bay of Mgarr. Few street scenes filmed in the small town of Gharb, also in Gozo.
The Universal Pictures film company allocated Jolie money for the film, provided that she later withdraws from them in a couple of blockbusters, and the money for the production of “Cote d’Azur” will be deducted from her future fees.
3. The Talented Mr Ripley (The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999). Italy
The film Anthony Minghella starring Matt Damon takes place in the late 1950s in Italy in the town of Mongibello on the seashore. True, in Italy there is no city with such a name. But Positano, one of the best resorts on the Amalfi Coast, has quite successfully managed its role. It can easily be identified by the dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta, which from time to time appears in the frame. Especially for the filming of Positano make up antique. The film shows a local festival in honour of the statue of the Black Madonna and Child, which is carried on a stretcher from the sea. Noted in the film and the famous beach of Positano. It is on him that the fateful acquaintance of the hero Matt Damon with Dickie Greenleaf performed by Jude Law takes place.
4. Beach (The Beach, 2000). Thailand
The film Danny Boyle with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role was filmed on the island of Phi Phi Le in Thailand. However, according to the book by Alex Garland, which the film was based on, the “secret paradise” described in it was most likely not here, but on one of the islands of Angthong National Park, located forty kilometres west of Samui. The location of the “Beach” shooting, Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le, surrounded on all sides by sheer cliffs covered with wood, is considered one of the most beautiful in Thailand, and during the shooting, it really was almost paradise. Unfortunately, today this “paradise” has lost its original charm because of the crowds of tourists attracted by the film. In addition, it is a reserve, so visiting the beach is paid.
5. The Blue Lagoon (The Blue Lagoon, 1980). Fiji
Despite the fact that this film is relatively old, it looks quite modern. Because the dream of living on a secluded paradise island will be in demand at all times. Recall the plot: a boy and a girl after a shipwreck find themselves on a desert island, where they grow up and comprehend the world. Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, who performed the leading roles, became after this film superstars and youth icons.
All these heavenly splendour was filmed in very different places. In Fiji (Nanuya Levu and Turtle Islands, which are privately owned by businessman Richard Evanson), Vanuatu (Champagne Bay Bay on Espiritu Santo Island), Jamaica and even Comino Island in the already mentioned Malta.
But the geography of the sequel – “Return to the Blue Lagoon” (1991) with a young Mila Jovovich – much more modest. The film was filmed in just one place, on the island of Taveuni, in Fiji.
6. Kon-Tiki (Kon-Tiki, 2012). Maldives
The film, based on real events, recreates the historic voyage of the famous Norwegian traveller and scientist Thor Heyerdahl and his international team on a reed raft across the Pacific Ocean. It was the ocean that became the main character and the main stage of this film. Most of the scenes were filmed in the Maldives, as well as on the islands of Khao Lak and Phuket in Thailand.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003, 2006, 2007, 20011). Islands of the Caribbean
It is known that the creators of this epic at the very beginning did not expect such huge popularity. The task was more than modest: to revive interest in one of the pirate rides of Disneyland. What came out of it, everyone knows. The first part of the film – “The Curse of the Black Pearl”, was shot on the island of Grenada, which is located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea, as well as on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, all in the same Caribbean. In The Dead Man’s Chest, the geography of filming has expanded at the expense of the Bahamas, and California and Hawaii are involved in the film At the End of the World. On Stranger Tides, Puerto Rico joined this motley company.
And now, surprise. In the last film of this year’s franchise – “The Dead Do not Tell Fairy Tales” – the film crew radically changed landscapes. No Hawaii, Bahamas and Puerto Rico … The whole movie was shot entirely in Australia. In Queensland.