Discover films and TV shows filmed in Edinburgh and the Lothians, that you can watch during lockdown. With its spectacular skyline, charming cobbled streets and beautiful scenery, it's no wonder that Edinburgh is so attractive to filmmakers. Thank you to Film Edinburgh for the following content.
Sunshine on Leith
Dexter Fletcher's film about life, love and home, was taken from the hit stage play and features music by The Proclaimers. Set and filmed in Edinburgh, locations include Leith, Constitution Street, Bernard Street, Mound, Grassmarket, Shore, Calton Hill, North Bridge, Hanover St, Royal Mile. All sunshine in the film was real!
Fletcher told Film Edinburgh that Sunshine On Leith is "a love song to Edinburgh; a family story, full of art and hope." He went on to say "the city of Edinburgh is absolutely integral to the film. The city gives us our backdrop and that's how we use it.
Julian Fellowes new period drama Belgravia is a "story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century". The series stars Tamsin Greig, Harriet Walter, Alice Eve and Philip Glenister.
We were fortunate enough to be able to attract Carnival Films to shoot some of the series here in the Edinburgh city region in the summer of 2019. Keen eyes will spot: Moray Place, Edinburgh City Chambers, Parliament Square, Manderston and Hopetoun House.
Some of the key scenes of this poignant romantic drama, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, were filmed in Edinburgh. One Day tells the story of Emma and Dexter who meet at Edinburgh University and go on to spend the rest of their lives entwined with one another.
Perhaps the most prominent location of this movie is the intersection of Moray Place and Forres St (pictured above), where the characters' iconic kiss is featured on the main film poster. However, this film also features lots of other beautiful locations in Edinburgh, including Arthur's Seat, Parliament Square, Calton Hill and Victoria Street.
The 2011 comedy by Ken Loach is yet another Scottish classic that features some key scenes in the capital. Starring Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw and Roger Allam, The Angels' Share follows the journey of four friends who are trying to turn their lives around through the world of scotch whisky.
The movie is predominantly set in Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland, however Edinburgh plays an important part when the gang attend an important whisky meeting in the Pompadour Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel. Also keep an eye of for Edinburgh Castle, The Mound and Princes Street.
Chariots Of Fire
Hugh Hudson's Oscar winning feature film about runners Eric Liddell and Harold Williams has its fair share of iconic scenes shot in Edinburgh. Chariots of Fire tells the story of the competition between the two athletes, who eventually overcome their differences to emerge triumphant at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Filming locations in Edinburgh include Inverleith Park - which played home to the Scotland-Ireland Athletics, Assembly Hall - where Liddell races to a meeting, and Holyrood Park. Also keep an eye out for Broughton McDonald Church on Broughton Place, which plays The Church of Scotland in Paris.
The Da Vinci Code
A highly anticipated adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, The Da Vinci Code follows Professor Robert Langdon as he tries to unravel the mysteries of a chilling murder in Paris. Starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, this gripping film takes the audience on a quest around the world as Langdon uncovers some extraordinary secrets that shake the world of religion forever. A key scene in this movie is filmed at Rosslyn Chapel, which can be found just to the south of the city.
Keeping on the theme of blockbusters starring Tom Hanks, Cloud Atlas also features some key scenes that were set and filmed in Edinburgh. A sci-fi epic that spans five centures, this film explores how the actions of individuals can have consequences that echo through the past, present and future.
Scenes starring Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy were filmed in the capital, including a beautiful shot featuring the Scott Monument. Other key scenes include a dream sequence filmed at India Buildings, hotel shots of the City Chambers on the Royal Mile and an exciting chase down Victoria Terrace.
Just outside Edinburgh, East Lothian and South Queensferry host some key locations featured in Outlander. This gripping TV series tells the story of 1945 British Army nurse Claire Randall, who is mysteriously transported back in time to the 18th century. Separated from her husband some two hundred years in the future, she meets rugged Scottish warrior Jamie Bell and finds herself torn between two different men in two different timelines.
Season 1: Preston Mill, Hopetoun House in South Queensferry
Season 2: Gosford House – Versailles
Season 3: Craigmillar Castle (plays Ardsmuir Jail), Bakehouse Close (Jamie’s printing shop), Tweeddale Court (market), Signet Library (Ambassador’s Ball).
Season 4: Newhailes House (NTS) on the east of Edinburgh and Arniston House (theatre).
Season 5: Manderston House in the Scottish Borders.
Avengers: Infinity War
Smashing box office records around the globe, Avengers: Infinity War was the biggest movie release of 2018. Mostly filmed in studio stages, Edinburgh featured as the only location outside the US.
Edinburgh's Old Town acts as the hideout for Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), and is the backdrop for a thrilling battle between the Avengers and Thanos' henchmen. Explore more of Avengers: Infinity War in our locations guide.
Avengers: End Game
In 2017 Marvel landed in the Edinburgh city region to film Avengers: Infinity War. At the same time, they quietly slipped into the Scottish Borders to film scenes for Endgame.
Thor is living in a quaint settlement called New Asgard (filmed in St Abb’s), five years after his crushing defeat at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War. The location is depicted as a fishing village with a picturesque harbour that lies amid rolling hills.
Trainspotting & T2: Trainspotting
The Trainspotting films are arguably two of the most famous films set in Edinburgh, so it's unsurprising Trainspotting's iconic opening sequence was filmed in the Scottish capital. Fleeing the police, Renton and his pals sprint down Princes Street to Calton Road and under Regent Bridge, a scene recreated twenty years later in the sequel.
The 1996 black comedy drama, based on the novel by author Irvine Welsh, is widely recognised as one of the best British films of all time, and was followed up in 2017 with T2 Trainspotting, based on Welsh’s novel Porno.
Brian Cox plays iconic wartime leader Winston Churchill in this ticking-clock thriller which follows the lead up to the D-Day invasion as the British Prime Minister, terrified of repeating the disastrous Gallipoli landings of the WW1, battles with himself as well as the Allied leaders in preparation of the invasion.
The film is written by author and historian Alex von Tunzelmann while Jonathan Teplitzky takes up directing duties. Teplitzky is no stranger to the area having filmed The Railway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in Edinburgh and East Lothian back in 2012. Churchill is currently on Netflix.
Six-part psychological thriller from Skins writer Jess Brittain that follows two friends in their first year of university in Edinburgh where they soon find themselves drawn to an elite clique.
With series one and two being set and filmed in Edinburgh there is a host of recognisable spots – including, The Meadows, Dynamic Earth, Potterow and Parliament Square to name but a few.
Director David Mackenzie returned to Scotland for his follow up to the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water with Netflix’s Outlaw King starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce.
Mackenzie has reunited with Pine for this David v Goliath story of the War for Scottish Independence. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Bruce’s right hand man, James Douglas, as they plot to defeat the much larger oppressing English army.
Substantial sets were built and filmed at Historic Environment Scotland’s Craigmillar Castle and Seacliff Beach in East Lothian.