Borders’ film heritage on the map

Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015

qxmzkpkjntz70026mxrcThe Scottish Borders’ stunning scenery has played a starring role in film and TV productions alongside the likes of Gillian Anderson, Dame Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Helena Bonham Carter and Jamie Bell for years.

To celebrate, Film Edinburgh has teamed up with Scottish Borders Council and VisitScotland to create a new movie map to highlight the region’s top 20 film locations. VisitScotland is working with Scottish Borders Council to distribute the maps to tourist offices, attractions and hotels throughout the Scottish Borders and North of England. It is hoped the map will encourage visitors and film-lovers to visit and further explore all the region has to offer.

With VisitBritain reporting that 40 per cent of visitors to the UK are influenced by the images they see on screen, it is hoped the new map will reaffirm the Scottish Borders’ connections to famous films and internationally acclaimed TV dramas such as Mrs Brown, The Escape Artist, House of Mirth, Case Histories and Greystoke- the Legend of Tarzan.

The Scottish Borders’ rural scenery, golden beaches and historic buildings, combined with its logistical ease of access for production crews, have made it a popular location choice in recent years. Ranging from the grandeur of Floors Castle, as seen in Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan and Manderston House in The House of Mirth, to the Innerleithen valley in Hallam Foe and the village of Peebles, the backdrop to Almost Heaven, footage of the Scottish Borders has been seen around the world by millions of people.
Rosie Ellison, Film Manager for Film Edinburgh, said: “The variety of productions featured on the map reflects the versatility and quality the Scottish Borders has to offer as a film location. With plans for a film studio in the southeast of Scotland currently under consideration, everything we can do to raise awareness of productions made in the region and promote a film friendly environment to attract new projects is only a good thing.

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