4 Exceptional Films Set in the North East of England 

The North East of England is home to some of the greatest films of all time. The stunning landscapes and scenery only enhance its attraction for film-making. 

Here are 4 of some films we consider to be on the list of “all-time greatest ”:

1. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Newcastle in disguise! Starring characters as Mark Walberg, Anthony Hopkins, Transformers remains one of the ultimate actions and Sci-Fi films. The movie was actually filmed, at least partly, at Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle as well as in Grey Street (car chase) in Northumberland, England. 


2. Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth is an interesting minimalist story of an oppressed young woman. Her intensity will lay waste to the social fabric of the estate. Much of the proceedings are actually Shakespeare inspired with an emphasis on man’s weakness in his dominance, a woman’s Eve-like ability to lure men into sin, and the pride that inevitably leads to a fall.

Reinforced by for its impressive use of north-east England’s landscapes, was actually shot in County Durham.


3. Men of Consett (1959)

This an account of the life and work of the steel community at Consent Iron Company, County Durham. The documentary is based on the history of the Consett area, transformation at Consett Iron Company during the Second World War and the importance of iron ore, the manufacture of steel and the working lives of the steelworkers as presented by filmmaker Tom Stobart.

The film opens with a sequence of picturesque views of northern England including Moorland, Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle. 

Men of Consett (1959)


4. The Likely Lads (1976)

The Likely Lads is a British comedy film directed by Michael Tuchner, that follows the friendship of two working-class young men that resumed after five years of having been apart.

Although the film was largely poorly received by the critics, it captures some location in and around Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.


Have we missed out on some of your favourites? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


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