Sydney Filming Locations: Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Whilst I was in Sydney I was interested in seeing the church where Muriel got married in ‘Muriels Wedding‘ which admittedly is a bit sa-a-a-a-a-a-d but that is what I do. Following google’s directions on my iPad I walked there in an hour from my base in Randwick on the final day of my trip. Luckily it was nice weather although the glaring sunshine did ruin my shot of the church a bit. Its located on 53 Darling Point Road and is known as the not-so-snappy St. Mark’s Anglican Church Darling Point. All the photos on the left side below are screenshots from the film with my own ones next to them on the right.

         

Melbourne Filming Locations: Various

It may not have been featured as much in international movies as much as its rival Sydney but Melbourne has had its moments on the big screen albeit in lesser known productions. It was way back in 1959 that ’On The Beach‘ was filmed in parts of Frankston including the beach seen below. Needless to say that the place looks very different but I guess I have just said that! Its first screen appearance is on 16 mins.

     

A much more famous landmark used was Melbourne’s iconic central railway station, Flinders Street Station (above) which serves over 100,000 commuters every day. It also appears to be very busy when its seen after 57 mins.

Russell Crowe is a famous actor now but when he filmed ‘Romper Stomper‘ in 1992 around Footscray Station (below) he was just starting out in the acting world. This film is quite a hard watch due to its strong violent and racial content. You have been warned! Following the movies opening title credits we see the station appear with skateboarders going along its platform.  However, I have since read that it was actually Richmond station filling in for Footscray but given that its 20 years on now and the screenshots are very dark I really can’t tell if theres any validity in that statement.

    

Singer Alliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash in 2002 shortly after filming ‘Queen of the Damned’. It was released six months later and just as tragic is how awful the film is! Small things like that don’t deter me from hunting down some of its locations but I sure wasn’t gonna bust a gut to do so. Below left is RMIT University on Swanston Street which doubled up as a Warner Brothers Records HQ in London. Below right is the bar on 95 Flinders Lane which became the vampire nightclub.

   

Just round the corner from that is Duckboard Place (above) where Jesse can be seen walking around the streets of “London”.

Mad Max‘ is one of Australia’s most famous exports and this 1979 film which brought Mel Gibson to fame was filmed around Melbourne and Victoria. My primary goal was to locate the car park within Melbourne University but I left empty handed on that one due to the sheer size of the place and possibly the fact that it was a Sunday when I was on site and a lot of it was closed. However, on the way home I did get off at South Yarra station where I walked round the corner to Claremont Street which was the car park setting (below) where Goose burns rubber on his exit. Thanks to this Mad Max site for the info.

   

My favourite Bollywood film has to be 2005′s ‘Salaam Namaste‘. Oh Ok its the only one I’ve ever seen but I found it enjoyable enough, even the parts where they break into typical Indian song and dance. As well as Bourke Street Mall there were three other such scenes taking place at the following:

* Yarra Bridge (below) – The screenshot on 66 mins with Nick in it features Flinders Street Station in the background whereas my shot was taken from the other side of the river.

 

* Federation Square (below) – I couldn’t find a clip from the film featuring this place but I did come across the behind-the-scenes shot below left.

 

* St Kilda Beach – I didn’t actually go to St Kilda on this trip (apart from the F1 Grand Prix) but I used to live there and returned five years ago to take a trip down memory lane. The beach you see in the ‘Salaam Namaste‘ theme title song after 28 mins is St Kilda (below) though it looks far more impressive on screen than in reality. I can only presume it was filmed over the other side of the pier but I’m really not sure.

  

Melbourne Filming Locations: Neighbours (1986 – Present)

For a lot of British people their images of suburban Australia life are based solely on how the residents of Ramsay Street spend their lives in ‘Neighbours‘. This soap opera has been on the air since 1986 and I saw almost all of the episodes from the first nine years before taking a five year hiatus. I haven’t seen a moment of the show since 2005 but it will always have a place in my heart.

For those wanting to know what my first ever filming locations were then Ramsay Street in fictional Erinsbrough is the answer not that my obsession with locations started till many years later. In reality the street is known as Pin Oak Court in Vermont South (Melbourne) and I first went there in March 2001 with Chris and Dave who I was travelling with at the time. I then returned to the street with Richard Richard in January 2002 as he wanted to go with someone and may have even offered to pay for my train ticket in return for accompanying him. Mind you, he did only buy me a children’s train ticket!

Just days after my nephew Eifion was born my sister Ruth and I went with him to the street for my third visit. I wasn’t really planning to go there this time but when we didn’t bother to go to the ‘Meet the Neighbours’ night as we had planned I thought I should get my ‘Neighbours’ fix by going to the street yet again.

There are only six houses in the street which are used for filming outside from time to time even though in the show the house numbers are known as 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32. These are real houses and people do live there and have to put up with people like me taking pictures and hanging around the street all the time. I lived in a similar style cul-de-sac when I was younger which was great as we could play in the street without trouble but that probably wouldn’t be possible or certainly not advisable here with all the visitors to the street. The pictures of the houses below are in the order you find them on the street going from left to right. The interiors you see on screen are not the same as in these houses and are of course all set in the Global Television studios.

     

The photos below show how the street looks from the bottom (below left & lower left) and the top (below right)

      

Bonus: Three of the above photos were taken back in 2001 and 2002. The top right one is the ‘Neighbours’ kitchen from 26 Ramsay Street which is in the Melbourne Museum. The two lower pictures were shot at the ‘Meet the Neighbours Night’ in St Kilda in January 2002 featuring actresses Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) and Steph Scully (Carla Bonner).

Australia Filming Locations – The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (1994)

“I have always wanted to travel to the center of Australia, climb Kings Canyon as a queen, in a full-length Gaultier sequin, heels and a tiara.”

No, they’re not my words but the ones uttered in the 1994 comedy ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ which brought this canyon to my attention many many years after its release. I had to get up super-early to be ready for a 4am departure so that we would be at the canyon early morning to do the walk. There were two walk options which were basically down below (canyon creek walk) or up top (rim walk) of which I chose the latter.      

After 88 mins of ’The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ the three drag queens begin their ascend of Kings Canyon starting off on the same steps and going on through some fairly nondescript parts before they reach the area below where there is a gap between the two rocks.

   

We then see the strange dome shaped rocks above for a brief second or two before we see some helicopter shots looking down at the three characters from above so I wasn’t quite able to replicate that so you’ll have to settle for the one above!

The day before that I was in Alice Springs and took a fairly long walk in the early evening to Lasseters Hotel Casino but not to gamble. No, I went there purely and solely because it featured briefly in ‘The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert‘ in 1994 and was the place where the trio of drag queens put on a performance at.

 

Beyond The Movies: This Is Where It Starts…

Welcome to ‘Beyond The Movies’; a spin-off of the hugely successful Tokyo Fox website. This site came about from the name of my numerous Facebook filming locations albums taken around the world from Tokyo to Tunisia and from California to London.

This site will take you, as the name suggests, beyond the movies with detailed descriptions of where you can find the filming locations as well as screenshot match-ups where possible (or rather if I can get screenshot grabs of the specific film!).

As well as the filming locations Beyond The Movies will feature reviews of films ‘set’ in Japan with the word ‘set’ being of particular importance as these movies are often shot in different countries due to the tough laws on filming in this country, particularly in Tokyo.

I live in Tokyo by the way if you hadn’t guessed and my favourite films include Back to the Future, Terminator, Bourne, Star Wars, 007, The Karate Kid, Mission Impossible and many more so I will of course focus heavily on those movies but that doesn’t mean I won’t include other stuff as I travel around the world on my holidays in search of the shooting scenes from many, many films.

Please check back here every few days for updates.

Kind Regards

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