Pembrokeshire Movie Magic
Pembrokeshire has some stunning scenery, with its sweeping green vistas and golden sandy beaches. It’s no surprise then to find our charismatic county popping up on the silver screen as the setting and inspiration of some of cinemas most iconic pictures, as well as being the birthplace to some of the stars who have brought these films to life.
Read on and discover how our picturesque coastal county tucked away in idyllic West Wales has found itself on the world’s biggest stages:
Fishguard was chosen as the home to the stars 20 years later as well as the 1972 adaptation of Dylan Thomas classic Under Milk Wood was shot in the quiet coastal town. Megastars such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor descended on Fishguard to recreate one of West Wales’ most famous sons most iconic works. Filming wasn’t met without controversy however, as residents of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, the town which serves as the inspiration for Under Milk Wood’s fictional setting of Llareggub, cried blasphemy as they claimed Laugharne was the only place that the story could be authentically told.
Star Wars’ current day story also holds a link to the county. Current Lucasfilm General Manager and Executive Vice-President Lynwen Brennan is a Pembrokeshire native, having worked on bringing the Star Wars universe to life for over twenty years.
Pembrokeshire’s beaches hold some magic to them. It’s no surprise then that a number of Hollywood directors have chosen the Pembrokeshire coast as locations to bring their films to life.
High-fantasy fare Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), starring Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, hit Marloes Sands for its climactic battle scene. Horses and warriors charged from either end of the beach as the forces of good and evil clashed on Pembrokeshire sand.
What Freshwater West is perhaps best known and most popular for however is its links to the modern classic, Harry Potter.
Most endearing about the beach is that it was used as one of the films most beloved characters final resting place. Dobby the house elf’s passing was an emotional blow for Harry and for fans of the series. However, those wishing to visit Dobby’s grave can do so by taking the trip to Freshwater West. Marked by stones atop a grassy rise overlooking the sands and swirling waters, Dobby’s grave is a popular site for fans to stand in a place of true, wild magic.