‘Star Wars Episode III: ‘Revenge Of The Sith’ Filming Locations

Ok so this entry is pretty lame and not such a serious one but as today (19th May) is the 7th anniversary of ‘Revenge of the Sith‘ I thought I might as well follow up my articles on ‘The Phantom Menace‘ and ‘Attack of the Clones‘. So here goes with all that I’ve managed to cobble together regarding the final piece of the Star Wars jigsaw.

Whilst Episodes I and II were filmed both in the studio and on location the third and final part of the Star Wars saga was filmed almost entirely in the studio. That studio was Fox Studio’s Australia which is in Moore Park in Sydney which I went by in March when I was on holiday down under.

Obi-Wan Kenobi makes his first appearance in this film on 3 mins and here is a Pepsi promotional can I have with his face on it. I did warn you that this would be full of some tenuous links!

Plate shots of Guilin in China and Phuket in Thailand were used to make up Kashyyk; the planet where the wookies including Chewbacca live. It seems that there is no information on the internet about what parts of these places were shot though the mountains of Guilin can be made out around the 49 minute mark. Not sure what part of Phuket was used so here is a random photo of me somewhere in the Thai place!

The Rebel Blockade Runner spaceship a.k.a. the Tantive IV, which first appeared in ‘Episode IV: A New Hope‘, is back on our screens on 86, 90 and 130 mins. There is a set piece of this at the London Film Museum on Southbank next to the London Eye and it costs £7 per photo (two for £10) on top of the entrance fee. Richard Richard and I had no qualms about spending that money on the photos below.

     

Undoubtedly the icon of the Star Wars saga is Darth Vader and in the scheme of things he first appears in ‘Revenge of the Sith‘ after 127 mins. I have met the evil with lord on various occasions and in many guises but I have limited it to these pictures taken at Star Wars Celebration Japan in 2008.

Finally a proper location appears for the films climax on 132 mins as Padme’s twins are delivered to their new families with Obi-Wan arriving on Tatooine at the Lars Homestead exterior in Chott el Djerid, Nefta. This Tunisian location was of course used far more prominently in Episodes I, II and IV. The picture of me in front of the binary sunset is undoubtedly just me taken in front of a big picture at the aforementioned Star Wars Celebration Japan event. You don’t need to be a Jedi to work that one out!

    

After the film came out ‘The Art of Star Wars’ exhibition was around in Tokyo for a couple of months which I went to with fellow SW fan and rival blogger Gideon.

The final tenuous link in this ever-so-lame feature on ‘Revenge of the Sith‘ comes by way of this FunFax file which I picked up in a second hand book shop a few years after the film came out.

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Sydney Filming Locations: The Matrix (1999)

Can’t say I ever cared too much for this 1999 film but it does have some great action scenes which in some ways compensate for the “as if!” moments. Even though it doesn’t reference Sydney that is where most of it was filmed as the city’s Central Business District portrayed a generic metropolis better than most of its world city counterparts due to the lack of highly recognisable skyscrapers.

Keanu Reeves plays Neo; the computer programmer who leads a double life and is chased down by Matrix agents on 12 mins at the Westpac Plaza (below left) on 273 George Street where he works. He does try to escape from them by climbing out on to the window ledge on 16 mins before admitting defeat and giving himself up for capture.

 

The combat training featuring the distracting woman in the red dress takes place at Martin Place (above right) on 57 mins where the street meets Pitt Street. This circular fountain is where Morpheus tries to explain something or another about the Matrix and six years later the very same fountain appeared in ‘Superman Returns‘. A screenshot and different photo from that film can be seen here.

Chifley Plaza at 2 Chifley Square is the tower (below left) holding the restaurant which comes on screen after 64 mins where Cypher switches sides over a juicy and delicious steak with Agent Smith whilst uttering some b*llocks about his steak not really existing.

 

The Westin Hotel at 1 Martin Place (above right) was used for interior shots involving the chase scenes and the ‘deja vu’ cat around the 78 min mark on the hotels grand staircase below.

 

 

Above left is the Colonial State Bank Centre which can be found at 52 Martin Place. Agent Smith holds Morpheus captive here on 91 mins after their slowly choreographed fight 27 mins earlier. On 106 mins the Aon Tower (above right) at 201 Kent Street can be seen behind the building rooftop where Neo and Trinity take part in one of the most ridiculous slow-mo shooting scenes in cinema history before they take a helicopter on 107 mins and fly in front of the aforementioned Bank Centre where they fire at the evil Smith and his fellow kidnapping pals. Morpheus leaps for freedom and is miraculously caught by Neo as tends to happen in films. The helicopter then flies over Sydney’s relatively anonymous skyscrapers with them dangling down from it. Having dropped off Morpheus, Neo lands safely on the Allianz Centre (below left) on 110 mins but the helicopter crashes into the British Telecom Tower (below right) opposite it. These two buildings are located at 2 Market Street and 1 Market Street respectively.

 

Much of the film was of course made in the studio with Fox Studios Australia (below left) in Moore Park being the ones used. ‘Star Wars Episode III‘ and ‘Moulin Rouge‘ among others were also shot here. The corner of Pitt Street and Hunter Street (below right) was the location for the fake phonebox where Neo makes a final phone call to the machines on 128 mins.