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2020 awards season is in full swing! And what better way to celebrate than to look at some of the most beautiful filming locations gracing our screens this year. If you're still working on your travel plans for the year, read on for our pick of the top TV and Film locations to visit in 2020. Take inspiration from The Secret Garden and embark on a road trip to visit some of the most beautiful ornamental gardens in the UK or follow in the footsteps of Mulan and explore the wide-open landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. All of the destinations on the list are just as spectacular in real life as they are on screen.
A lot of the movie scenes were filmed on location on New Zealand’s South Island – including the epic battle shown in the trailer which shows off the spectacular Ahuriri Valley. Other locations include Omarama's Clay Cliffs and Mt Hay.
The film is directed by NZ director Niki Caro who also directed the award-winning Whale Rider. Yifei Liu takes on the starring role of Mulan. Other filming locations in the Waitaki District reportedly include Omarama Clay Cliffs and Mount Hay. Mulan is set for worldwide release in March 2020.
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The movie stars Daniel Craig in what many believe will be his last outing as Bond. Joining him is Lashana Lynch as the first black, female, 00 Agent. The film also stars Jeffrey Wright, playing Felix Leiter – Bond’s CIA ally last seen in Quantum of Solace, and Rami Malek as the villain Safin.
The production has been mired in controversy with shoot schedules overrunning and various writers attached to the project. In 2019 Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought in to give the script some sparkle. No Time to Die is due for release in April.
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The story follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they grow up in Massachusetts after the American Civil War. Filming took place in Boston, around Harvard and in the charming town of Concord – where Alcott herself lived and worked.
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In addition to Duncombe Park, the garden scenes were filmed all around the UK. Locations include Trebah Gardens in Cornwall and Bodnant Garden in North Wales. What better excuse to enjoy the Great British summer than to tick off all the beautiful gardens in the film. The movie trailer offers a tantalising glimpse of what you can expect.
Top image: Matera's Sassi district © Stefano Valeri/Shutterstock