A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION EUROPE -

FILM AND TV LO­CA­TIONS: A SPOTTER’S GUIDE Laurence Phe­lan

(Lonely Planet, $14.99)

This is the guide book of my dreams, but of the City of Dreams, Los An­ge­les, there is lit­tle. It’s all about the world’s top spots for mem­o­rable film and TV scenes, not the stu­dios where the hard yakka is done. Close to Hol­ly­wood, how­ever, you’ll want to stargaze at Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory where James Dean goes on a school trip in Rebel With­out a Cause and, in homage, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dance their hearts out in La La Land.

Fur­ther north in Cal­i­for­nia, search out The Pot­ter School­house in Bodega, where those avian hor­rors in Al­fred Hitch­cock’s The Birds perched on a chil­dren’s climb­ing frame. Why doesn’t ev­ery­one just head out of town? Hitch a ride with Thelma & Louise per­haps, al­though hop out be­fore their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, which is not the Grand Canyon, but Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.

Th­ese 100 or so list­ings (an in­dex would be help­ful) cover the globe and be­yond — travel to Wadi Rum in Jor­dan if you’re in the mood for Mars (as in The Mar­tian, Red Planet and Last Days on Mars); key scenes in Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here too. En­joy­ing series three of Broad­church? You’ll find those stark cliffs in West Bay, Dorset. And for real movie nuts, a visit to Odessa Steps in Odessa, Ukraine, is a must. Here, the guide claims, “much of the gram­mar of ac­tion cin­ema was in­vented” in Bat­tle­ship Potemkin (1925). Think jack­boots march­ing down stairs, an army fir­ing on the peo­ple and a run­away pram.

GRA­HAM ERBACHER

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