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12/12/2006

London Stars In Visitor's Movie Map

Film fans can follow in the footsteps of their favourites with a new London movie map, launched by Film London and Visit London.
From 'Brief Encounter' to 'Batman Begins', the map highlights locations both on and off the beaten track from over 50 London-shot films from the 1940s to the present day.
Building on the rising trend in film tourism, visitors can explore a range of attractions all with a movie connection, both in central London and beyond, including shops and markets, museums and galleries, and parks and open spaces.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London said: "The sheer range of London films demonstrates how cinema has become part of the fabric of the city with many places now instantly associated with moments from the silver screen. With the real interest now developing in 'set-jetting', I'm sure this movie map will offer a new perspective on the capital."
James Bidwell, CEO of Visit London said: "London is such a phenomenally diverse city and the range of backdrops available to film-makers is endless, so it is perhaps unsurprising that we are seeing more and more films - from The Constant Gardner to Woody Allen's Match Point - being shot in the city. The Movie Map will not only direct you to film locations which are often hidden away, but give you the chance to explore parts of London that you might otherwise miss."
This is the seventh in a series of movie maps which are designed to encourage tourists, Londoners and film-lovers alike to discover the capital through films shot in the city.
Maps will be available from 11 December 2006 in tourist information centres around the UK and overseas, Cineworld cinemas and hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and cinemas in London's West End.
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