The Force Awakens in the Fells
In July 2014 Cumbria Tourism, was contacted by the national film agency Creative England to help them with a very hush, hush, film project being worked up by Lucasfilm.
In the following days the CT team were approached by a location manager working for the film company to help their production team identify some spectacular locations, ones that would lend themselves to some important scenes for their new project ‘The Force Awakens’…
Directed by J.J Abrams, the hotly tipped return to the ‘Star Wars’ universe picks up 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’ and follows a new group of heroes who must try to restore balance to the force. Revisiting this character-rich environment required finding locations that could pass for new worlds, alien strongholds and rebel bases, many of which were found in England, including a number of locations right here in the Lake District, Cumbria.
In the following film the production team talk about the film and a number of key locations, including the Lake District, Cumbria: http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/story/I-Love-Filming-In-England-Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens
Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism Manging Director, said: ‘’Cumbria and the Lake District, provides a range of amazing locations and fabulous backdrops for all sorts of filming projects. I’m sure you will agree the resulting film footage shows off some magnificent sections of this remarkable landscape, including the Borrowdale Valley, Derwentwater and Ullswater, as well as a number of other areas across the North Lakes. Film projects like this help us to showcase many parts of the county to millions of cinema goers around the globe. Given the unfortunate of events of recent weeks, the exposure the region is getting from this particular film can only be a good thing. It’s another welcome tool to help us profile what we have to offer as a destination, and one we are making the most of to help the county get back on its feet.’’
Kaye Elliott, Deputy Director of Regional Partnerships / Head of Production Services – Creative England, said: “It’s fantastic that one of the world’s most famous movie franchises chose to film on location at Cumbria’s stunning Derwentwater. Cumbria offers so much versatility to film crews and the breadth of locations available, which can also double for other worlds in the case of Star Wars, is a great pull for the film industry. Star Wars builds on Cumbria’s recent surge in production activity. Highlights include Jamaica Inn (Origin Pictures for BBC), Safe House (Eleventh Hour Films for ITV), Swallows and Amazons (BBC Films/Harbour Pictures) and currently in production, brand new BBC One drama The A Word (Tiger Aspect Productions). We look forward to continuing to work with Cumbria to bring more production to the area.”
Notes to Editors:
1: For further information please contact Cumbria Tourism Press Office on 01539 825075 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Cumbria Tourism is the lead organisation for tourism in the county and is at the heart of the Cumbria Visitor Economy. It is also the largest membership organisation in Cumbria with more than 2,600 members. Over 41 million annual visitors to Cumbria contribute more than £2.44 billion to the local economy and support around 58,000 jobs. To find out more about the work of Cumbria Tourism, visit www.cumbriatourism.org
3: To book accommodation in Cumbria – the Lake District, visit www.golakes.co.uk