Hey, the Jurassic Coast is like the ultimate movie set! Seriously, it's been a backdrop for everything – we're talking war dramas that'll have you at the edge of your seat, and zombie thrillers that'll make your heart race. 

Here's the insider scoop on some of these flicks:

Dunkirk - Weymouth and Swanage

Ever seen the civilian fleet dashing off to help in Dunkirk? That scene was shot at Custom House Quay in Weymouth. And remember that train ride? Swanage Railway Station's where that magic happened.

World War Z - Lulworth Cove

Brad Pitt's epic beach leap? That's Lulworth Cove, where he bounds off a boat and right into his family's arms in the film's final scene.

Wonka - Lyme Regis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans, get ready! There's a new flick in the works, a prequel all about Willy Wonka's life before he owned the chocolate factory. And Lyme Regis is playing a starring role.

On Chesil Beach - Chesil Beach

This film was shot on location in, you guessed it, Chesil Beach. Sun-soaked scenes near Bagwell Farm Touring Park and indoor magic at Pinewood Studios.

Nanny McPhee - Durdle Door

Durdle Door stole the show for the beach scene. But get this – they had to haul six tons of filming gear down to the sand by helicopter. Now that's dedication!

The Boat That Rocked - Portland Harbour

This boatload of fun was filmed on a former Dutch hospital ship named Timor Challenger, moored in Portland Harbour. Dunbar's coast stood in for the "North Sea," and there were sneaky shots at Isle of Portland's Osprey Quay and Shepperton Studios.

Ammonite – Lyme Regis and surrounding.

Lyme Regis and its charming buddies like Charmouth and Eype Beach got their glam on for the Mary Anning biopic, 'Ammonite.' Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan rocked the lead roles in this Cannes sensation.

Broadchurch – West Bay

West Dorset's gorgeous coastline took the spotlight in the hit ITV1 drama, Broadchurch. David Tennant and Olivia Colman shone in this Chris Chibnall creation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Abbotsbury Swannery

A magical touch descended on Abbotsbury Swannery for a snippet of the Harry Potter franchise. Night time filming created a scene that was all about The Burrow, home of the Weasley Family.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Dancing Ledge

A dance scene happened above Dancing Ledge near Swanage, and it fit like a glove for Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – Lyme Regis

Meryl Streep's windswept moment on the Cobb at Lyme Regis? Iconic. But they had a double for the risky shots.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Abbotsbury

Coastal magic near Abbotsbury added a touch of wonder to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach played their part.

The Dam Busters – Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach has its own claim to fame. During World War 2, the first bouncing bomb prototypes were put to the test here, and it even starred in a 1955 classic.

So, there you have it, Dorset's movie journey through the stars. From war-torn dramas to magical tales, this place has seen it all on the big screen! 




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