Film Locations

Yes, this was supposed to be done at the start of August but everything this year is late. It covers all films mentioned on the blog up to March 2nd 2016.

All non-fictional locations:

All real locations 2019

UK and US located films make up more than half of the films, although the exact percentages have gone down since the last time.

Including fictional locations:

Including fictional locations

This trend of fewer films set in the US/UK or more films set elsewhere also occurs if you take fictional locations into account. Last time US and the UK locations made up more than half of those as well, but it’s now the US, UK and France make up half of locations.

It would be interesting to see if the locations change over time as more films need multiple production companies and those sometimes require non-US/non-UK locations as part of the agreement for funding. Not sure how I’d measure that since obviously the films I watch are a very small microcosm of all films.

UK-based films:

Where the UK films are set

Are still all England and Scotland and mostly England.

Terracotta Warriors

In October, I took advantage of going home anyway to visit the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at Liverpool Museum (which is now called the World Museum for reasons I do not understand. I mean the one next to the Walker Art Gallery).

It was really good. They did a really good job of setting the Qin Emperor in context, admittedly, tidied up for international consumption, but still context, and why he was so important. And why he was the sort of person who was buried with 8000 odd terracotta soldiers.

(I feel I need to add that we were encouraged to take photos, provided we had flashes turned off. If they’d told me earlier I would have brought my camera, but instead I had to use my phone.)

Horse and terracotta warrior Chariot and rider

These horses are up to something Close up of 4 chariot horses Close up of two horses

Photo 2018-10-11 16.06.11

The warriors themselves come in a variety of different poses, to represent different parts of the Emperor’s army.

There are figures of infantry generals – Infantry general

Lower ranking infantry officers – Lower ranking infantry officer And plain infantry men – Infantry solider As you can see in the background, the warriors were originally painted, and had glorious uniforms.

Outside the exhibition, there was an example of what they think the General’s looked like in full colour.

Replica infantry general in colour This one is a chariot warrior, minus his spear – Chariot warrior

Chariot driver – Chariot driver A kneeling archer – Kneeling archer

and a standing archer – Standing archer

Probably my favourite not-actually-an-artefact was the “how the warriors were made” diorama that ran along the wall opposite where the individual warriors were placed. It was very stylised but I did like the foreman figure going “argh! You’ve dropped one of the heads!!!” Which was remarkably clear given they were stylised blank-featured figures.

There were also really interesting artefacts from the grave of a later emperor. I promise that once I’ve found the exhibition guide book, I will update this with the name of the Emperor in question.

Smaller warriors

Smaller horse statues Some of these warriors had movable arms, but they were made of wood and therefore lost to history –Warriors without arms

Also, a menagerie – Terracotta animals More terracotta animals

There was a very interesting bit that dealt with how little we know about the history of the time. For instance; it wasn’t clear whether this Emperor had smaller grave goods because he wasn’t as powerful as the First Emperor, or because by then fashion and faith had changed so you didn’t need life-sized grave figures.

I was lucky enough to visit after the Golden Horse of Maoling was put on show. Golden Horse of Maoling

The Horse was the last major exhibit of the exhibition, and led into the last room. I shall leave that as a mystery, in case a similar exhibition is put on near anyone else and they get the chance to go.