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SETS: Glasgow film locations you might have missed

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Scotland has come a long way in the world of film. No longer do production companies use our country as a backdrop for films about drug addicts and our seemingly never-ending war with the English.

No, my friends – now they come to showcase our sweeping vistas and famously friendly culture (you may think that they come for our equally famous tax breaks, but this is a lie. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about production companies, it’s that money is not important to them…).

In any case, Scotland has played host to a range of Hollywood big hitters such as Avengers: Infinity War and Fast and Furious 9. And just to further prove to you that producers love our cheap little country, here’s a few films that have made their way to Glasgow; the home of Scotland’s largest nightclub and the UK’s lowest life expectancy.

1917 – Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow

Golden globe winner, 1917, made port at the Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow to shoot one of its intense battle scenes. The production came to Glasgow in Spring last year and built many structures including a collapsed bridge.

World War Z – George Square, Glasgow

Brad Pitt’s relatively successful World War Z sank its teeth into Glasgow back in 2011 when it filmed an apocalyptic zombie attack at George Square. The city of Glasgow was transformed into Philadelphia for the scene and changes were made to building exteriors, cars and even traffic lights.

Wild Rose – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Wild Rose sang and danced its way into Glasgow’s embracing arms when it shot its heartfelt finale in the city’s Old Fruitmarket. In the scene, lead actress, Jesse Buckley, performs to a crowd as her character finally finds happiness in herself and in her music.

For more info on Scotland’s revived relationship with film, check out this site.


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