If you’re in the mood for a “Netflix and chill” staycation, head over to Filmap – a Tumblr dedicated to pinpointing the exact locations that were used for some of your favourite movies. Did you know, for example, that Bastian flew Falcor down Vancouver’s Trounce Alley to ward off bullies in The Neverending Story? Or how about the bare naked cliff jumping scene from Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, which is a real cliff you can jump off of in the buff should you find yourself near Bow River in Alberta’s Kananaskis country. Twin Peaks diehard? You’ll find Laura Palmer’s house at 708 33rd St, Everett, Washington.
Most of the films aren’t your usual suspects, and surveying the cinematic landscape can lead to discovering a flick that’s never made your Netflix queue. One location that has played host to a torrent of films is Vancouver. It’s North America’s third largest hub of film production after Los Angeles and New York. You’ve definitely seen it in films like Fifty Shades of Grey, The Interview, Jumanji, but chances are you won’t recognise it. That’s because Vancouver never plays Vancouver in the movies. A web show called Every Frame A Painting recently pointed out this dilemma with a short video lamenting its chameleonic quality. Have a watch below: