Great Britain, star of the Oscars 2019

It’s been another remarkable year for the British film industry, reflected by the raft of nominations for UK films, actors and directors for The Oscars 2019. We are especially excited to see British actors represented including Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Christian Bale and Richard E. Grant!

The Favourite tied with Roma for 10 leading nominations, and British talent or content is up for 23 top awards. Additionally, British projects are well represented in the Directing, Best Picture Costume Design, Production Design and Cinematography categories.

The Favourite

The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama about Queen Anne in 18th-century England. Both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are nominated for best Actress in a Supporting Role, with the film itself nominated for Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Cinematography, among others. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.

Hatfield House, Gardens, Parks and Woodland Walks will be open to the public from 6 April 2019.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Another nomination for Best Picture, Rami Malek’s portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury means he’s also nominated for best Actor in a Leading Role. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.

Mary Queen of Scots

Josie Rourke’s historical drama features an array of exciting and engrossing film locations across both England and Scotland. Nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling alongside Costume Design, the enthralling tale of Mary Queen of Scots takes in Seacliff Beach and North Beach in East Lothian, as well as Blackness Castle in Linlithgow. Derbyshire’s Hardwick Hall, Gloucester Cathedral and Penshurst Place also feature in the epic portrayal of life in Elizabethan Britain.

Blackness Castle is open all-year-round, with extended opening hours between 1 April and 30 September.

Hardwick Hall is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and opens for 2019 from 27 February.

Penshurst Place and Gardens is open daily from 16-24 February, on weekends in March and then daily from 30 March to 27 October.

Gloucester Cathedral is open all-year-round.

Mary Poppins Returns

The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that has been put forward for best Production Design, Music (Original Score) and Costume Design.  

The following list of Oscar nominations features British themes and talent, and we’re thrilled to see the UK represented on the global stage!

Best Picture

“The Favourite”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Lead Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody (American)

Lead Actress

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Supporting Actor

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (American)


Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” (Greek)

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara


“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

Film Editing

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

Sound Editing

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst

Sound Mixing

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Production Design

“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Original Score

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Makeup and Hair

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Costume Design

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Britain on the silver screen

Travelling through the UK, you may experience a sense of déjà vu - that’s because Great Britain is filled with locations you'll recognise from the movies. Several are being honoured this year with a host of BAFTA and Academy Award nominations so here are some of those places that you can visit in real life.



Nominations: Eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and eight BAFTA Awards including Best Film.

Most of Dunkirk was filmed in France, but Britain makes some stunning cameos. Think of the scene when the civilian fleet sets sail from the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset while on their return, they're bolstered to see the white-chalk cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Weary soldiers receive a hero’s welcome when they pull into a postcard-pretty train platform; you can book your own journey on the Swanage Steam Railway.


Paddington 2

Nominations: Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA Awards.

London’s busy Paddington station appears in the sequel although exterior shots filmed at Marylebone Station. Visit the Paddington Bear Shop, then find the statue near Platform 1 and follow the rest of the Pawprint Trail. You can also follow in Paddington’s pawsteps at Portobello Market or wander the towpath of Little Venice where the bear gave chase to the thief from Mr Gruber's antique shop.


Phantom Thread

Nominations: Four Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Actor.

The Victoria Bay Hotel near Whitby, North Yorkshire, was stripped back to fit the 1950s setting. Visit the modern incarnation and enjoy familiar views over the fishing village of Robin's Hood Bay - you might even recognise some of the staff who appeared as extras. The opulent glamour of Blackpool Tower Ballroom also made the cut as the perfect setting for a lavish party scene. Take a tour, enjoy afternoon tea, or spin on the famous dance floor.


Darkest Hour

Nominations: Six Academy Awards including Best Picture and nine BAFTA Awards including Best Film.

London’s Cabinet War Rooms, where Winston Churchill orchestrated Allied troops during World War II, were meticulously recreated for their role in this film. And of course, you can visit the real-life underground bunkers too, which stand exactly as they did in 1945. And while the Commons Chamber in the Palace of Westminster was another carefully constructed set, get a glimpse of the real thing with a guided tour of Parliament. Also in the capital is the film’s backdrop, picturesque Greenwich; explore the rest of this World Heritage Site which includes the Royal Observatory, the historic Cutty Sark, and the Meridian Line.

Up in Rotherham, Yorkshire is Wentworth Woodhouse which doubles up as the interior of Buckingham Palace. Privately owned for many years, this grand historic home has recently been opened to the public.


Victoria & Abdul

Nominations: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling at both the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards.

Osborne House was Queen Victoria's beloved family home on the Isle of Wight, and the place where she first met Abdul. Peek inside royal life with a tour of the private apartments, bathing beach and children's play cottage. Queen Victoria later introduces Abdul to her Aberdeenshire getaway, Balmoral Castle, which remains the summer holiday home of the Royal Family today and open to the public from 30 March to 31 July. Don't miss the stunning setting of Cairngorms National Park that surrounds it, where the pair enjoyed a scenic picnic. 

Bond is Back - VisitBritain today launches Bond is GREAT campaign to entice more international visitors to Britain

Bond is back in SPECTRE and VisitBritain is once again utilising 007's iconic international profile to show the world what makes Britain GREAT.

SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, launches in cinemas worldwide from October 26 and in the US on November 6, 2015.

To leverage the global fascination with James Bond and the international exposure the film affords to potential visitors to Britain, VisitBritain is today launching a global Bond is GREAT Britain film tourism campaign in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

The Bond is GREAT campaign is kicking off across more than 60 countries to encourage 007 fans to choose Britain - the home of Bond - for their next holiday.

As the official national tourism partner for the theatrical release of SPECTRE, VisitBritain's global campaign is using a mix of outdoor billboards, print, digital and social media. This includes exclusive ‘behind the scenes' footage from SPECTRE through its dedicated campaign page . Three new Bond is GREAT images are also being released featuring James Bond, an Aston Martin outside Blenheim Palace as well as a scene from SPECTRE with James Bond in Whitehall.

Other highlights include the release of four new 360 images of key filming locations in SPECTRE including Blenheim Palace, Camden, Westminster Bridge and City Hall to be promoted internationally through VisitBritain's extensive social media channels. The immersive 360-degree experiences will give overseas visitors a virtual opportunity to step inside some of the iconic British locations showcased in SPECTRE with the first, of Blenheim Palace, released today on The new images build on the series of hugely popular 360 degree images of some of the UK's best loved landscapes and historical attractions launched earlier this year by VisitBritain.

It is the third time that VisitBritain, working in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, has partnered with the Bond franchise to motivate and inspire even more international visitors to come to Britain.

Its 2012 Bond is GREAT campaign around the theatrical release of SKYFALL resulted in international promotional coverage reaching 653 million people around the world as well as £3.5 million worth of exposure for the Britain brand and partners. That campaign positively affected travel with 16% of people who recalled the Bond is GREAT campaign having booked a trip to Britain and 35% of those who recalled the advert saying they strongly intend to visit Britain in the next three years. (SKYFALL also helped boost visitor numbers to Glencoe in Scotland after being used as a filming location with visits up 41.7% on 2012.*)

VisitBritain Chief Executive Officer Sally Balcombe said:

"We know that the link between tourism and film is a potent one. Recent films have demonstrated that they deliver a real increase in visitor numbers with just under half of our potential visitors to Britain wanting to visit places they have seen featured in films or TV so we are doing everything we can to capitalise on this ‘set-jetting' phenomenon. That's why we are working hard to encourage and inspire more people to holiday in Britain through our ‘Bond is GREAT Britain' campaign, leading to a measurable increase in international visitor numbers and visitor spend across the nations and regions of Britain."

As part of this year's Bond is GREAT campaign, 007 fans from around the world will also have the chance to enter an exclusive online competition at to live the Bond lifestyle in Britain - the prize includes a chauffeur driven Aston Martin, private visit to Madame Tussauds and a stay at one of the exclusive Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels. There's also a ‘Bond is GREAT' advert featuring clips from previous Bond movies and exclusive SPECTRE footage on VisitBritain's YouTube site and uploaded on to

Inbound tourism is worth £26.2 billion a year to Britain and our culture and heritage is one of the main attractions for global visitors. SPECTRE provides a great international showcase for some of Britain's iconic locations. The scope of Britain's historical and cultural tourism offer along with its film expertise including its production talent and facilities, have been drawing film-makers to Britain for years.


To download high-res versions of the 3 images click here .

*According to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Press enquiries:

Tracey Edginton, VisitBritain - +44 (0)207 578 1098

SPECTRE Synopsis

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

About VisitBritain

VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy. A non- departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we work with partners in the UK and overseas to ensure that Britain is marketed in an inspirational and relevant way around the world. Our partners include government agencies such as UKTI and British Council, airlines and operators, global brands such as the Premier League as well as the official tourism bodies for London, England, Scotland and Wales.

About Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby' Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. ("MGM") is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of films and television content. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television programming. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For more information, visit

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to

GREAT campaign ads to feature in new Paddington film

  • VisitBritain partners with STUDIOCANAL for international family marketing campaign
  • Largest ever film tourism campaign to attract first-time family visitors
  • GREAT posters will feature in the movie on a red Routemaster bus and on the Tube
  • The mischievous Bear takes VisitBritain ‘selfie’ to be used in digital marketing

The lovable bear will cause havoc once again in this new campaign with the tagline “See Britain through Paddington’s eyes”. VisitBritain will launch global PR, digital and social media activity on Facebook and Yahoo with extra investment in key markets France, Germany and the USA. VisitBritain has also captured a cheeky selfie with Paddington Bear to inspire visitors to take their own selfies at locations around the country using the hashtag #PaddingtonsBritain.

The movie is set to be STUDIOCANAL’S biggest release for 2014 and will feature Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi (the new Doctor Who).

VisitBritain GREAT branding will feature in the film, appearing in tube station scenes and on a red Routemaster bus. This is the first time the national tourism agency has placed advertising (at no extra cost) within an internationally released film.

The national tourist board will host a dedicated takeover on, including a competition, film location images and user-generated consumer images from Instagram. The national tourism agency will identify and supply destination itineraries for towns across Britain reachable via Paddington station, highlighting how easy it is to travel across the country by train and, of course, where to find the best marmalade! Members of the tourism industry across Britain have been sent Paddington Bear soft toys to feature in their own photos of local landmarks, and the best will be shared on social media. Paddington Bear products can also be purchased via VisitBritain’s online shop platform.

This film tourism GREAT campaign is predicted to provide a return on investment of 7:1 and increase the incremental spend of overseas visitors by £1.75 million across Britain over a three-month period.

Joss Croft, Marketing Director at VisitBritain said: “This film is a huge opportunity that we really could not let slip through our paws! The power of set-jetting is an important element in driving incremental tourism with the right film acting as free advertising, so we do all we can to capitalise on that. The film demonstrates the warm welcome that Britain delivers to all our visitors - albeit in this case an ursine Peruvian!

“We have worked closely with STUDIOCANAL from the outset and have even agreed an element of product placement for the GREAT campaign. Paddington Bear is popular all over the world with people of all ages, giving us the opportunity to inspire a wider pool of visitors to come in greater numbers and to spend more money across the whole of Britain.”

The Paddington CGI was created by Framestore, a BAFTA and Academy Award® winning-winning British visual effects company, which won both awards for the visual effects in ‘Gravity’ and the Harry Potter films.

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid added: “Paddington Bear is one of Britain’s most loved characters in children’s literature and his travel adventures are renowned across the world. This partnership between VisitBritain and STUDIOCANAL will capitalise on the global appeal of this endearing bear by featuring Paddington visiting famous British landmarks and shows the UK has much more than marmalade under its hat.”

Kate Lambert, Promotions and Partnerships Manager at STUDIOCANAL: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the GREAT Campaign, and for PADDINGTON to be front and centre in promoting tourism to the country, as well as highlighting the wonderful work those in the UK film industry are involved in. Paddington bear, as a newcomer himself to these shores, is the perfect icon for encouraging global visitors to discover Britain in the same way our favourite bear himself did.”

For more stories on Paddington's adventures around Britain go to

VisitBritain launches legendary tourism campaign in run-up to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film release

VisitBritain launches GIANT tourism campaign in run-up to The BFG film release and Dahl’s 100th anniversary

As Britain gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth and in the run-up to the launch of the film adaption of The BFG, VisitBritain is showcasing to the world what makes Britain a GIANT - and family-friendly - tourism destination.

Earlier this week, the national tourism organisation launched an international ‘Where Giant Dreams come to Life’ film tourism campaign in its first-ever collaboration with Disney, producer of The BFG. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Cardiff born author Roald Dahl, was filmed at locations across Britain including Blenheim Palace, London, the Isle of Skye and Bamburgh beach in Northumberland. The BFG film launches in the Australia on 30 June and in the UK on 22 July.

VisitBritain’s £350,000 six-week digital and social media campaign showcases magical, mysterious and dreamlike moments that can only be experienced on a trip to Britain. The campaign features a set of exclusive images of giant landmarks in Britain including the Angel of the North, Big Ben, the Isle of Skye and the lions in Trafalgar Square.

These images, and other giant visitor experiences across Britain, are being promoted across VisitBritain’s online and social media channels adapting its #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain) to ‘Oh My GIANT Britain.’ The campaign also wants people to upload their own images of ‘giant’ experiences and locations in Britain to their own social channels.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

“Our collaboration with Disney on The BFG is a fantastic opportunity to promote to a global audience of millions an unexpected side of amazing, family-friendly moments that can only be experienced in Britain.

“By inspiring people to come and experience the best of ‘GIANT’ Britain we can drive growth from tourism and its economic benefits across all our nations and regions.”

Ms Balcombe said that the link between tourism and film - ‘set-jetting’ - was “a potent one” with recent films delivering a real increase in visitor numbers.

The first visuals for the campaign:

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VisitBritain’s campaign drives online ‘traffic’ to a BFG website on The site has information on the British locations in the film, a ‘user-generated’ feed of #OMGB content, the official BFG movie trailer and details of visitor experiences linked to Roald Dahl and events to celebrate his 100th anniversary in September. Visitors to the site in the US, France, Canada, Russia and Australia can enter a competition for the chance to win a family trip to Britain, including a visit to Cardiff for its ‘City of the Unexpected’ celebrations in September.

Paid media campaigns are also launching in the US and France across Facebook, newsletters and entertainment website ‘takeovers’.

VisitBritain has more than 15 years’ experience in film tourism and film promotion is part of the cross-governmentGREAT Britain campaign.

Last year set a record for inbound tourism to Britain on visits and spend with 36.1 million visits, 5% up on 2014, and spending up 1% to £22.1 billion.


Notes to editors:

The 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth is 13 September 2016

See film locations from The BFG: Walk in the giant footsteps of The BFG
Other events throughout the year to celebrate this anniversary include:
• London & Partners’ Dream Jar Trail in London;
• Cardiff: City of the Unexpected - a birthday weekend celebration taking place in September;
• The Roald Dahl Estate in Great Missenden is planning a year of celebrations;
• The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl at the Southbank Centre until 3 July;
• The launch of a new Gobblefunk Dictionary this month (June 2016);
• Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park;
• A new David Austin rose named in Roald Dahl’s honour launched at the Chelsea Flower Show;
• The BFG in Pictures at the House of Illustration, London.