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Aberdeenshire’s incredible filming history…

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Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe

The much-anticipated release of Twentieth Century Fox’s sci-fi-influenced Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland), which was filmed at Dunnottar and in Glen Callater.

2015
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Pressure

Thriller Pressure, shot in Aberdeen and Stonehaven and starring Danny Huston (son of legendary Hollywood director John Huston), takes on the perils of deep-sea diving. A new adaptation of Sunset Song starring Peterhead-born Peter Mullan (Trainspotting) and Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans) is filmed at nine different Aberdeenshire locations.

2014
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2013: For Those in Peril

BAFTA-winning dramatic feature For Those in Peril explores life and death in a present-day Northeast fishing community.

2013
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2012: Brave and Dark Knight Rises

3-D animated versions of Dunnottar and Braemar appear in Disney-Pixar’s royal smash Brave, while the skies over Aberdeenshire’s Mar Lodge estate witness the (literally) high adventure of Bane’s escape in The Dark Knight Rises.

2012
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2011: You've Been Trumped

Feature documentary You’ve Been Trumped, about the standoff between an American billionaire developer and an ordinary Buchan farmer, becomes a cult hit around the world.

2011
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2010: Centurion

The mighty Cairngorms once again become the backdrop to high adventure in a distant era – this time, the Roman Empire of 117 A.D. – in Centurion starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class; 12 Years a Slave) and Dominic West (The Hour; The Wire).

2010
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2008: Man Fights Bear

John West Salmon advert, filmed at Invercauld in 2000, is voted ‘Funniest Commercial of All Time’

 

2008
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2006: Castle Fraser and Cluny Castle

Major locations for The Queen starring Helen Mirren.

2006
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2005: Pennan

Voted ‘Best Film Location in the UK’, despite no feature films other than Local Hero having been made there up to that time.

2005
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2000s: Reality TV

Digital filming technology allows production costs to drop once again, and Aberdeenshire shares fully in the resultant crop of reality-TV shows and innovative independent features. Four different programmes about ghosts and haunting are taped at Fyvie Castle alone. Food is another major theme.

2001
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Digital filming technology

Digital filming technology allows production costs to drop once again, and Aberdeenshire shares fully in the resultant crop of reality-TV shows and innovative independent features. Four different programmes about ghosts and haunting are taped at Fyvie Castle alone. Food is another major theme.

2000
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1997: Invercauld Estate

Aberdeenshire’s Invercauld estate portrays 19th-century Balmoral in ITV biopic Victoria and Albert.

1997
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1994: North Sea Oil

Roughnecks, a popular BBC drama series about offshore oil personnel starring James Cosmo (Trainspotting and A Game of Thrones), is filmed and set in Aberdeen, Dyce and Stonehaven as well as on an actual North Sea drilling platform, the Dan Countess.

1994
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Roughnecks

Roughnecks, a popular BBC drama series about offshore oil personnel starring James Cosmo (Trainspotting and A Game of Thrones), is filmed and set in Aberdeen, Dyce and Stonehaven as well as on an actual North Sea drilling platform, the Dan Countess.

1994
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1992: Fraserburgh and Macduff

Fraserburgh and Macduff portray their 1950s selves in romantic drama Salt on Our Skin starring Vincent d’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi.

1992
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Salt on Our Skin

Fraserburgh and Macduff portray their 1950s selves in romantic drama Salt on Our Skin starring Vincent d’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi.

1992
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1990: Dunnottar and Muchalls

Franco Zeffirelli’s action-film-influenced Hamlet features Dunnottar and Muchalls, doubling as 16th-century Denmark.

1990
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Zeffirelli’s Hamlet

Franco Zeffirelli’s action-film-influenced Hamlet features Dunnottar and Muchalls, doubling as 16th-century Denmark.

1990
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1987: Buckie

Buckie plays itself in TV comedy classic Tutti Frutti starring Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson.

1987
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Tutti Frutti

Buckie plays itself in TV comedy classic Tutti Frutti starring Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson.

1987
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Box of Delights

Beloved children’s adventure Box of Delights is shot in Banchory and Lumphanan, doubling for southwestern England and the Welsh borders.

1984
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1983: Pennan, Banff and Boyndlie

Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) teams up with an as-yet-obscure Scottish filmmaker named Bill Forsyth to make Local Hero in Pennan, Banff and Boyndlie. A masterpiece of tone, the heartwarming comedy grosses $1.3 million more than its modest budget in the first three months of U.S. release alone.

1983
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Local Hero

Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) teams up with an as-yet-obscure Scottish filmmaker named Bill Forsyth to make Local Hero in Pennan, Banff and Boyndlie. A masterpiece of tone, the heartwarming comedy grosses $1.3 million more than its modest budget in the first three months of U.S. release alone.

1983
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1981: Cairngorms

In Quest for Fire, co-written by Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) and starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy), French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud uses the Cairngorms to double as the Europe and Africa of 80,000 BC.

1981
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Quest for Fire - Anthony Burgess

In Quest for Fire, co-written by Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) and starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy), French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud uses the Cairngorms to double as the Europe and Africa of 80,000 BC.

1981
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1977: Eastern Cairngorms

Ridley Scott’s visually lavish first feature – The Duellists starring Harvey Keitel – includes a long sequence shot in the eastern Cairngorms, doubling for Russia during Napoleon’s invasion of 1812.

1977
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Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott’s visually lavish first feature – The Duellists starring Harvey Keitel – includes a long sequence shot in the eastern Cairngorms, doubling for Russia during Napoleon’s invasion of 1812.

1977
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1971: The Mairns

Camera and sound technology have evolved to a point that outdoor production is again within the grasp of filmmakers on moderate budgets. Leading the charge is Moira Armstrong, whose telefilm version of Sunset Song is BBC Scotland’s first drama in colour and the first to feature a nude scene.

1971
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Outdoor production

Camera and sound technology have evolved to a point that outdoor production is again within the grasp of filmmakers on moderate budgets. Leading the charge is Moira Armstrong, whose telefilm version of Sunset Song is BBC Scotland’s first drama in colour and the first to feature a nude scene.

1971
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1963: Documentaries

Local literary master John R. Allan scripts Beyond the Grampians, a celebratory yet realistic documentary portrait of the Northeast region, this time in colour.

1963
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Documentaries

Local literary master John R. Allan scripts Beyond the Grampians, a celebratory yet realistic documentary portrait of the Northeast region, this time in colour.

1963
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1940s:

The documentary movement continues, with John Eldridge’s North East Corner (1944), focusing on life in Peterhead, and the unintentionally funny but sociologically invaluable Scottish Universities (1948), among others.

1940
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Documentaries in the 40s

The documentary movement continues, with John Eldridge’s North East Corner (1944), focusing on life in Peterhead, and the unintentionally funny but sociologically invaluable Scottish Universities (1948), among others.

1940
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1938: Aberdeenshire

Legendary British documentary producer John Grierson sends director Mary Field to Aberdeenshire to film They Made the Land, inaugurating a quarter century of vibrant theatrical documentary making in the area.

1938
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Royalty

Legendary British documentary producer John Grierson sends director Mary Field to Aberdeenshire to film They Made the Land, inaugurating a quarter century of vibrant theatrical documentary making in the area.

1938
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Theatrical documentaries

Legendary British documentary producer John Grierson sends director Mary Field to Aberdeenshire to film They Made the Land, inaugurating a quarter century of vibrant theatrical documentary making in the area.

1938
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1932: Angus and Mearns

Auchterless-born Lewis Grassic Gibbon, soon to die at the tragically young age of 33, publishes Sunset Song, classic novel of pre-WWI Northeast folkways.

1932
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Sunset Song

Auchterless-born Lewis Grassic Gibbon, soon to die at the tragically young age of 33, publishes Sunset Song, classic novel of pre-WWI Northeast folkway

1932
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1899: Upper Deeside

Charles Urban produces a series of documentary shorts on Upper Deeside, featuring the royals, Highland Dancers, and military scenes.

1899
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1897: Dracula

Publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which was inspired by New Slains Castle, Ecclescraig Castle and the Buchan coast, and written in a hotel in Cruden Bay.

1897