From Yosemite to Japan, these film locations that form incredible backdrops to BAFTA-nominated movies are worth a visit.
Taking place on 10th February, the BAFTA’s awards ceremony will celebrate the best in film, spanning a wide category of awe-inspiring movies. From the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park to the wild party scenes at Coachella music festival, here are a number of our favorite film locations from this year’s nominees.
The Favourite – Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England
- Nominated in 12 categories
The brilliant comedy The Favourite starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone was shot in Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. As film locations go, this Jacobean mansion couldn’t be prettier or more evocative as a royal residence. Only 21 miles from London, this gorgeous countryside setting also offers lovely country walks.
A Star is Born – Greater Palm Springs, California
- Nominated for seven awards including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’
Romantic drama, A Star is Born, tells the story of two artistic souls coming together on stage and in life through music. Depicting the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, the film has been nominated for seven BAFTAS, including Best Film and Best Director.
Several filming locations were used in the film across the Coachella Valley and provided the perfect scenery to compliment the duo’s musical journey. Several scenes were shot in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Centre and also in Indio at the Empire Polo Club and with real footage from past festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach. You can soak in the vibe of the Coachella Music Festival, taking place April 12 – 21. Headline acts this year include Ariana Grand, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala.
Free Solo – Yosemite National Park, California
- Nominated for ‘Best Documentary’
Standing proud at 3,000 feet, the sheer granite wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park set the scene for one of 2018’s most thrilling and awe-inspiring film – Free Solo. The film documents Alex Honnold’s 2017 successful attempt to climb El Capitan without ropes. The region is famed for world-renowned climbers and the earliest climb was recorded in 1869 by naturalist, John Muir who climbed the technical Cathedral peak in the northern Sierra ropeless.
Known for breathtaking beauty and a variety of wildlife, Yosemite Mariposa County is also home to Mariposa Grove, which recently reopened after three years of restoration and houses more than 500 mature giant sequoias trees.
Beautiful Boy – San Francisco, California
- Nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ with Timothee Chalamet
Based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addition by David Sheff, Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet and follows the story of David and his son Nick, dealing with the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son.
During the film, Nic travels around the US from New York, towards Los Angeles and then later, San Francisco. Whilst in San Francisco, the film focuses on some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods and structures, including Upper Haight – birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement with a historic hippie vibe – and the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge, viewed from the Presidio National Park.
Isle of Dogs – Japan
- Nominated for ‘Best Animated Film and ‘Best Original Music’
Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion-animated science-fiction comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson. Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the story follows a young boy (Koyu Rankin) searching for his dog after the species is banished from Tokyo to an island following the outbreak of the canine flu. The film takes place on an imagery waste island and in Nagasaki, which reflects contemporary Japan and everyday aspects of street life, like boarding houses, ramen shops, and red lanterns.