STAR SCENES

A new book CEL­E­BRATES THE PLACES AROUND THE WORLD USED TO cre­ate TV and movie magic

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We go on a jour­ney to those lo­ca­tions that have a spe­cial mean­ing for TV and movie fans all around the world.

It may be just a cul-de-sac in the Mel­bourne sub­urb of Ver­mont South, but to TV lovers around the world it’s where magic is made: this is Ram­say Street.

The real-life Pin Oak Court has been home to the dra­mas of Neigh­bours for the past 32 years, host­ing a gal­axy of star names – from KYLIE MINOGUE, CRAIG McLACH­LAN and GUY PEARCE to MAR­GOT ROBBIE, JESSE SPENCER and ALAN DALE.

It’s also one of Mel­bourne’s top tourist at­trac­tions as fans from across the globe make it one of the essen­tial spots to visit, to see the place they have come to know and love through a TV screen. It’s lit­tle sur­prise that the Neigh­bours lo­ca­tion made it into the lat­est Lonely Planet book, Film and TV Lo­ca­tions: A Spot­ter’s Guide, which fo­cuses on the real-world places that have pro­vided the back­drops and set­tings for some of the most mem­o­rable TV and movie screen dreams. Writ­ten by Lon­don film critic

LAU­RENCE PHELAN, he notes in his in­tro­duc­tion: “The movies take you places: cin­ema is a mode of trans­port. In just 90 min­utes you can be whisked all the way around the globe. Some films take you even far­ther, out of this world and to other gal­ax­ies far, far away.”

Two other Aussie lo­ca­tions made it into the book – the desert land­scapes of Sil­ver­ton in far-western NSW, where MEL

GIB­SON filmed Mad Max 2, and the haunt­ing Hang­ing Rock near Mel­bourne where the clas­sic Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock was made.

Some lo­ca­tions have played as im­por­tant a role in the var­i­ous tales as any of the stars ap­pear­ing in them. Take, for ex­am­ple, the land­scapes of New Zealand’s North and South Is­lands that stood in for the myth­i­cal Mid­dle Earth in The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy, star­ring

OR­LANDO BLOOM and

ELIJAH WOOD. Tours of the film’s set, Hob­biton, on the North Is­land and the rolling lo­ca­tions of Fiord­land Na­tional Park on the South are among New Zealand’s top tourist draws.

Then there’s the stun­ning

Royal Naval Col­lege Chapel in Green­wich, Lon­don, which was the set­ting for the ou­tra­geous sec­ond wed­ding in Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral. It was a high­light of the ro­man­tic

ad­ven­ture, when newly or­dained min­is­ter ROWAN ATKIN­SON hi­lar­i­ously butch­ers the wed­ding vows as HUGH GRANT

and ANDIE MacDOWELL look on. What would Thelma & Louise be like with­out the shat­ter­ing fi­nale as the two women drive off the cliff to­gether and into the canyon be­low? That scene, fea­tur­ing SU­SAN

SARANDON and GEENA DAVIS, was shot on a cliff over­look­ing the Colorado River in the Dead Horse Point State

Park in Utah. So mem­o­rable was it that many movie lovers travel to the park just to see where it was filmed – but not to copy their screen hero­ines! Far more whim­si­cal is the Tif­fany & Co

jew­ellery store on Fifth Av­enue in New York’s Man­hat­tan, where a Givenchy­clad AU­DREY HEPBURN went win­dow shop­ping in the clas­sic Break­fast at Tif­fany’s.

At the other end of New York on East Hous­ton Street is the Katz Deli, where vis­i­tors still queue to sit at the ta­ble where MEG RYAN moaned and groaned in sim­u­lated de­light over lunch in front of a stunned BILLY CRYS­TAL in When Harry Met Sally.

An­other New York eatery with leg­endary sta­tus is Tom’s Diner on the cor­ner of Broad­way and West 112th Street, used as the ex­te­rior of the cafe in Se­in­feld where Jerry, Ge­orge, Elaine and Kramer would reg­u­larly meet. More re­cently, fans of Game of

Thrones have thrilled at the chance to visit the lo­ca­tions of scenes set in Dubrovnik, Croa­tia. Roofs with orange ter­ra­cotta tiles, im­pres­sive stone and wild seas set the scene to stand in as King’s Land­ing, com­plete with high cliffs and the an­cient city wall over­look­ing the Adri­atic Sea.

“Some of th­ese lo­ca­tions played them­selves and oth­ers were dressed up to look like some­where else,” Phelan says. “But they all added tex­ture and colour and weight to the vi­sions of our best TV and film mak­ers.”

GAME OF THRONES Main: Dubrovnik, Croa­tia. Left: Con­leth Hill as Lord Varys and Peter Din­klage as Tyrion. THE LORD OF THE RINGS Fiord­land Na­tional Park on New Zealand’s South Is­land. In­set: Frodo (Elijah Wood).

MAD MAX 2 Above: Mel Gib­son as Max. Be­low: Sil­ver­ton in New South Wales.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Katz’s Del­i­catessen, New York FOUR WED­DINGS AND A FU­NERAL Old Royal Naval Col­lege, Green­wich, Lon­don. Be­low: Andie McDow­ell and Hugh Grant THELMA & LOUISE Above: Su­san Sarandon and Geena Davis on lo­ca­tion at Dead Horse State Park, Utah.

Meg Ryan and Billy Crys­tal in When Harry Met Sally

Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Lo­ca­tions: A Spot­ter’s GuideLau­rence Phelan RRP: A$14.99

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