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Last night my wife and I watched 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society', staring Lily James, on TV. I read the book a couple of years ago having picked it up in a charity shop in St Peter Port. 

My first thought, apart from how wonderful Lily James is, was that the scenery didn't look like Guernsey. The colour of the stones used in the buildings just looked wrong - too dark - and St Peter Port was far too compressed into a very steep-sided valley rather than being strung out along the terraced hillside. The cliffs and beaches were also too vast and there was no pink granite to be seen. 

A look at Wikipedia revealed that the film was made in Devon, and Clovelly stood in for the harbour sequences. No matter, and it certainly wouldn't even be noticeable for anyone who has never been there, as the performances were excellent - especially Penelope Wilton and Lil... well you get the idea. 

A ferry was used in the film, the MV Balmoral (actually laid down in 1947 although the film takes place in '46) sailing from Weymouth (but filmed in Bristol) to the island. 

This got me thinking about other films featuring ferries. Obviously most establishing slots of New York show the Staten Island Ferry and the same is true with the ferries in Sydney and Hong Kong for films set there. Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds' also features a ferry being attacked from below. 

Aside than those, I'm struggling to think of other films featuring ferry travel. People always fly on screen due to the the time constraints I suppose. So can you suggest any others?

Right, I'm off to dig out my 'Baby Driver' DVD.

Ed

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Not ferries, but remember watching Moonfleet on TV one afternoon and the scenery was anything but the area around Portland, which I don’t believe is sand dunes. Remember a horse and cart being driven through quite sandy scenery.  

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9 minutes ago, Trun said:

How about the 1964 film, 'Night Train to Paris'. I've never seen it, but it is supposed to have scenes of the train being loaded on to a ferry at Dover.

https://moreobscuretrainmovies.movie.blog/2021/05/01/night-train-to-paris-1964/

Excellent. I shall try and find the relevant part in the link you gave. 

I've also remembered that 'Batman - The Dark Knight' features a hostage situation on a ferry in Gotham but I think they used a Staten Island Ferry for the sequence.

Ed

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The 2001 film The Shipping News, based on Annie Proulx's novel, shows the main character travelling to Newfoundland by ferry. The ferry shown in the film is the  Beaumont Hamel which (I think) ran between Farewell and Joe Batt's Arm, in  Newfoundland.  In real life, the characters would have travelled from North Sydney in Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland, and on Marine Atlantic's larger vessels (around 200m in length compered with the Beaumont Hamel's 53m). I've travelled that route four times, usually on The Joseph and Clara Smallwood.

Here's the extract although the ferry only appears at the very beginning and the on-board scenes last only 40 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2uxTq38UPc&ab_channel=ScreenThemes

 

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1 hour ago, BBCone said:

The 2001 film The Shipping News, based on Annie Proulx's novel, shows the main character travelling to Newfoundland by ferry. The ferry shown in the film is the  Beaumont Hamel which (I think) ran between Farewell and Joe Batt's Arm, in  Newfoundland.  In real life, the characters would have travelled from North Sydney in Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland, and on Marine Atlantic's larger vessels (around 200m in length compered with the Beaumont Hamel's 53m). I've travelled that route four times, usually on The Joseph and Clara Smallwood.

Here's the extract although the ferry only appears at the very beginning and the on-board scenes last only 40 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2uxTq38UPc&ab_channel=ScreenThemes

 

That's a good one. Plus you get some excellent steering wheel shuffling from Kevin Spacey. 

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I also came up with this one. It's from 'The Ghost Writer' (adapted from Robert Harris' book) with images of the loading lanes, the garage deck and interior spaces. This from Wikipedia:

"The majority of exteriors, set on Martha's Vineyard, were shot on the island of Sylt in the North Sea, and on the ferry MS SyltExpress."

It's standing in for the real ferry as the director, Roman Polanski, was (and still is) unable to work in the USA for legal reasons.

Ed

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6 hours ago, zuludelta said:

I think this was filmed onboard the Quiberon.

Not 100% sure though.

Go to 29:55.

 

Interesting to see that, if you are correct about Quiberon, the sequence is preceded by a shot of a P&O ticket.

Ed

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The movie "in the name of the father'  (1993) with daniel day -lewis the scene boarding the ferry and bar scene onboard the ferry was shot onboard B+I LINE mv munster .The scenes were shot in Dublin port when the mv munster was in lay up awaiting sale.The mv munster was built as the Prins Oberon in 1970 by Werft Nobiskrug. From 1990-93 she was chartered to B&I LINE renamed mv Munster sailed between Rosslare-Pembroke Dock wales, She was sold in April 1995 to Shipping Partners Inc who sent her to A&P Appledore for conversion to a Casino ship. She began day casino cruises from Florida on the 17th of June 1999 named Ambassador II  scrapped in 2010image.png.b165c464d6862ce6505663e54e7808f3.png

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Time of their lives with Pauline Collins and Joan Collins features some scenes on Mont St Michel. There are also scenes supposedly set in France but which appear to be Southsea and I'm sure there is a glimpse of Bretagne passing (although I may be wrong about that)

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The 2001 movie The 51st State ...with samuel l jackson and Robert Carlyle...there is a scene in it and in the background in the liverpool dock is merchant ferries brave merchant on lay up (dublin/liverpool)...pending Brave Merchant charter to the UK Ministry of Defence...

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in the 1998 movie called the general ...stena line  HSS 1500 Class Stena Explorer is seen loading  at Dun Laoghaire port in Dublin, Ireland  THE GENERAL is an Irish crime film written and directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill...

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5 hours ago, chris990 said:

Time of their lives with Pauline Collins and Joan Collins features some scenes on Mont St Michel. There are also scenes supposedly set in France but which appear to be Southsea and I'm sure there is a glimpse of Bretagne passing (although I may be wrong about that)

I remember someone mentioned that on here at the time but have never seen it. 

 

31 minutes ago, mr.t said:

in the 1998 movie called the general ...stena line  HSS 1500 Class Stena Explorer is seen loading  at Dun Laoghaire port in Dublin, Ireland  THE GENERAL is an Irish crime film written and directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill...

You have been busy finding these answers. I know that Brendan Gleeson played the title role in 'The General' and I'm now wondering whether he travelled by ferry to Belgium in the film 'In Bruges' too. I've seen the film but can't recollect how they got there.

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And fans of ferries from Swinoujscie in Plan should check out the Nordic Murders series - set just over the border in Germany and available on Walther Presents, All4 (Channel 4).  It's a kind darker "Murder She Wrote" (just imagine that Jessica Fletcher murders her husband in episode 1 and you'll get the idea). I think the German name for the series is "Der Usedom-Krimi"

 

TV/Fernsehen Seite 4.838 - Krimi-Reihe "Der Usedom-Krimi", Folge 1:  "Mörderhus", 2014, BRD, präsentiert von Diethelm Glaser

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2 hours ago, VikingVoyager said:

An animated version appears on the main credits too (it appears to be docked by the Tyne Bridge!

 

The teacher at 1.02 is the director of the programme, Andrew Agnew, who was PC Plum in Balamory. His brother was my eldest's history teacher.

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The Trip to Spain, made as both film and TV series features Pont Aven on a crossing from Plymouth to Santander.

 

One of the North Sea Ferries boats, I think it's supposed to be Norland, but actually isn't, appears in an episode of Only Fools and Horses too.

 

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