Executive producer Claire Mundell said she was “thrilled” to be shooting the drama “in the incredible Australian light of Melbourne, and contrasting that with the beautiful West End of Glasgow.” But what are the locations we see on screen?
Filming for The Cry took place in Glasgow. Jenna Coleman and other stars including Ewen Leslie and Sophie Kennedy Clark were spotted shooting scenes all over the city, including Argyle Streetand outside the Gallery of Modern Art.
Melbourne’s inner city area will also appear on screen, as well as nearby Williamstown. Other locations include the Western Harbour Anglers Club, Presbyterian Church and the Jawbone Fauna and Flora Reserve.
The Cry’s Melbourne location manager Nicci Dillon told Film Victoria: “I was tasked with finding the locations that would not only work to Jacqueline Perske’s amazing adaptation but also ones that visually juxtaposed the vast horizons and big blue skies of Australia against the grey skies and cooler landscapes of Glasgow.”
Joanna (Jenna Coleman) takes an extremely traumatic flight from Scotland to Australia in episode one, spending 24 hours cooped up with a screaming baby and a bunch of extremely irritated passengers.
But while this wasn’t actually filmed up in the clouds, it did feel like quite a journey. The filming took place in Maidenhead at the very end of the shoot, and the actors and extras spent three days on board the ‘aeroplane’ for 12 hour stretches. “Really, it was like going to Melbourne,” Coleman joked.
The production team used an aeroplane adapted as a set to create these scenes.
At White Waltham Airfield near Maidenhead in the Berkshire countryside, a company called Shoot Aviation runs a WW2 airfield as a major filming location. With 11 hangars (both period and modern), production teams have access to airliner interiors and exteriors of all varieties.
This article was originally published in September 2018
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