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These two film locations are only a few miles apart and form part of a public walkway but they are so well recognised that if you find yourself taking a leisurely stroll along them and you have seen the films that I am about to mention you will recognise them straight away. There is a designated walk along these three beaches with the added benefit of being able to take in three famous film locations along the way.
Let’s start with Blackhall Beach, if you were to have visited this beach a few years ago you would agree that it is unrecognisable to what you will see in front of you now. When the nearby colliery was in full production mode this beach was heavily polluted. So polluted in fact that as well as not being able to bathe there there was also a distinct lack of wildlife but to give you an idea of how much things have changed it is now classed as an area of special scientific interest and makes the walk even more interesting, not to mention beautiful.
The first film which was filmed here was the 1970′s classic ‘Get carter’ which starred Michael Caine. If you have seen this film before you will know that it centres around a London gangster who travels to Newcastle on ‘business’. Newcastle is not far from these beaches and the final scene from the movie was filmed on Blackhall beach.
Further along the walk, a short distance from the beach you will find a small mining village called Easington. This is the village where the film Billy Elliot was based around. Take a walk around the village and there will be some scenes that spring to mind and few people will argue that the setting for this film was one of the reasons why it stands out in the memory for so many people.
Finally, a further walk along the coastal path will bring you to Seaham Beach. This beach was another which suffered greatly from pollution back in the day but just like Blackhall beach it has now been completely transformed. With the strong winds that come off the sea this walk can definitely be described as a bracing one and this is the beach which was used in the 1993 classic, Alien 3.
Finally, just to round things off nicely, if you walk along the coastal path a little further and look out into the distance you will see the industrial view of the chemical works which look like a monster rearing out of the sea. This is the view that the famous director Ridley Scott used in the opening scenes to what has to be regarded as one of the most iconic films of all time, Blade Runner.
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