Tuesday, December 23, 2008

RAMSEY HARBOUR, A FILM LOCATION- MY WORLD

On  a not so Clear day


The Isle of Man is often used as film location, sometimes studio work other times outside locations often doubling for many other countries or England of yesteryear.  From Keeping Mom to The Libertine many Hollywood and smaller independent production companies make use of the stunning locations which just happen to be in my world. One of them is the lighthouse above which featured fleetingly in the film On A Clear Day

On a Clear Day is a 2005 comedy/drama film written by Alex Rose and directed by Gaby Dellal. It stars Peter Mullan and Billy Boyd(a former hobbit)


After 36 years working as a labourer in the shipyards on the River Clyde (in GovanGlasgow), Frank Redmond becomes stagnant and quickly sinks into depression. A naturally strong swimmer, Frank gets an idea while on a 'booze cruise' with his friends to swim the English Channel to France. A simple but heartwarming tale, especially relevant now with so many people thrown on the scrapheap again during this next recession. A movie of hope just to make you smile, and that's not a bad thing is it?


The lighthouse is not the only landmark in Ramsey to feature in this film. Queens Pier also features in the very first sequence and later in the film. Coincidentally it's also featured here for a previous my world, skywatch and abc post.  Click here to see one of those posts.  Just before I started this blog we had a weekend away across in England. On the way to the airport we passed a tent in a field. Nothing special about that you might say. What if I told you that tent had the one and only Burt Reynolds in filming A Bunch of Amateurs. If only I had know I would be doing this blog I would have stopped the taxi to the airport and got the camera out and got his pic. 


Click here to see a list of Isle of Man films

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58 comments:

Ashtonian said...

A very excellent photograph.
One of the best.
The way the whole mode is conveyed is brill.

ewok1993 said...

Lovely photo. I am sure more films will be made in your beautiful part of the world.

imac said...

Most interesting post, plus great photo of the lighthouse.

mirage2g said...

I remember Boyd...and yeah would be cool if you got Burt's pic (calling him first name as if we knew each other huh). I wouldn't wonder why ramsey is chosen for, from what you show us everyday...filmmakers know where the best location is!

Yogi said...

Nice photo of the lighthouse, clouds, and sunshine. Plus I learned something. I didn't realize so many films were made there.
Thanks

laxeylass said...

Well done Babs. Totally breathe taking view like a dream hun. You only need one photo and you always nail it and I learn a lot. The best Isle of Man Blog my a Manx Mile. No one can get close to taking an view of Ramsey like you do. Ramsey should be proud, 'bout time it show'd it.

From a lost Manxie

starnitesky said...

Thanks for an interesting post, I like the misty photo.

Anonymous said...

Not all Scotland then. Nice info.

Gail's Man said...

Seems I've missed out on seeing the IOM on the silver screen, as I haven't seen any of the films listed on that film website.

I'll have to make do with Bab's blog photos.

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: What a neat and fun post on your island. It's wonderful that the island still has the old world charm.

The Rice Addict said...

This is such a beautiful shot, Babooshka! Sorry I took your snow, maybe it's on its way because it's gone now :D

mannanan said...

How spooky that I chose Ramsey Harbour as well for my post this week though none of my images are as dark and mysterious as your brilliant shot. Love it as normal and thanks for putting our little town of Ramsey on the map.

Brian Miller said...

Nice pic! With views like that, no wonder the isle is in movies.

marley said...

Cool my world photo. I don't recall ever seeing anything filmic or TV-ic (are they even words?!) being shot in Cheltenham.

Glennis said...

A very nice lighthouse on any kind of day! Nice photo.
Our Marlborough Sounds have been known to be shown in movies from time to time.
Merry Christmas to you.

George said...

A beautiful picture! I didn't realize so many films were shot (at least in part) on the Isle of Man.

Susie of Arabia said...

What a beautiful and moody photo! Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

SandyCarlson said...

I can see why your world is such an attraction. Very gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Rupert Grint came to Ramsey. Did you see him? This is a nice photo.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

There was a thought provoking movie I saw about two years ago, about an estranged father and his two sons, which started with a scene of the youngest of the two boys up on that tower, and his mother coming to get him. It was quite the powerful allegory used later towards the films conclusion.

kayleen said...

Interesting and informative post. Lovely photo also. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Boise Diva said...

The filmography adds to the intrigue you have so well-created for the Isle.

Alan said...

Never seen that movie but I've heard others mention it being good. I'll have to put it on my Netflix list sometime.

Ah, Burt Reynolds. A great Florida State University Seminole. Go 'Noles! :)

My only brush with fame like that was passing Hulk Hogan and his body double while they were on the campus of Stetson University filming a movie (which I'm sure was never big and is now forgotten, lol).

Natural Moments said...

Your island portrays a lot of charm and self contained magic. Wishing you warmth through the Holiday Season.

magiceye said...

beautiful!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Having seen your piccies each week, I can totally understand why it's a popular film location. Lovely piccie and love the tent story! Merry Christmas.

Virginia said...

B,
This is a quiet, lovely shot . The monotone shade is very interesting as well. I have never really experimented with colors like this. I might have to fiddle a little. Thanks for your continued comments and suggestions. I always appreciate as you know.
Christmas wishes to you and G.
V

Baruch said...

So beautiful - I can see why it's so often used for a film location

loulee1 said...

What a beautiful view. I think I was stood in that exact same spot the other day it didn't look as nice as that though.

ramblingwoods said...

Beautiful..I came to catch up..So this is with a borrowed laptop that is acting strangely? I would really hate to live without mine as using the desk computer ties me down to the office and then I would have to arm wrestle my husband and of course he would win...yadda..yadda.. Love your jackdaw as it reminds me of our blue jay.. With all our snow, they are in to visit the birds feeders often and I put out peanuts for them. Lovely photo below also. Happy Holidays..I hope you get some good news for the new year as you certainly deserve it..Michelle

Anonymous said...

So many films. Who knew.

Pam said...

Hi B,

I'm sorry you have no snow. We have had our fill of it. Sending some right on over if you don't mind spoiling the view.

raf said...

Yep, you're right. Seems I've seen that lighthouse scene in many films, as well as, Queens pier. Maybe it's your posts I'm remembering. :)

Marc said...

Really good picture and interesting background info.

Brett said...

Lovely delicate looking shot

BJ Roan said...

Love the mist in this shot. Great story. Too bad you missed the chance of a Burt pic.

angela said...

Should I run into the movie i'll keep an eye out for the lighthouse.
Didn't the Libertine have Johnny Depp in it? Please tell me you had a pint down the pub with him...

Jackie said...

Very nice indeed. Glasgow is used for films too, but usually the grittier ones it has to be said.

Ruth said...

A very moody photo and interesting commentary. Our hospital was used for filming a couple of years ago and it was most interesting to watch the process over two months. It was even more interesting to see the movie at the theatre.

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

A wonderful evocative picture of the lighthouse. Reminds me of the lighthouse where I used to live in Burry Port in Wales.

Aileni said...

I like that one. Oh, yes.

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful pic and info.
As for having no snow---maybe you are the lucky one. We are not used to having snow---we have your weather- rain rain rain. Now I don't want it to rain--with all this snow we will have slush and flooding. boy, if it's not one thing it's another. So..... I guess we all should be careful what we wish for. LOL MB

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. Great capture! I love the near silhouette and the sparkling water. Excellent!
:-)

Reader Wil said...

I love this mysterious photo! I can well understand thast this place is chosen as a filmset. It's beautiful!
Babooshka, I wish you a very merry Christmas and an excellent 2009.

tr3nta said...

I which you a Merry Xmas and a Happy new Year... and keep on with your great blog.

Virginia said...

BTW,
Left you a little comment on my big red truck post. tee hee.
V

John said...

Lovely shot and nicely composed.
I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a great new Year!

Mojo said...

Around here lighthouses are towering structures mostly 100' or more high. So this guy looks practically travel sized by comparison. But it makes a striking photo nonetheless.

Knoxville Girl said...

hope you and Gary have a great Christmas, chickie!

chrome3d said...

Thanks for sharing your lighthouse in unclear day. From the list of Isle of Man movies the ones that stood out for me were: Thomas and the magic railroad (kids love Thomas) and Waking Ned.

Kaye said...

Beautiful hun, yet again.

Sailor Girl said...

THANK YOU!!! I LOVE HARBOURS!!!!!

Lakshmi said...

what a wonderful post..i find something romantic and alluring about old lighthouses and harbours

Wren said...

How lucky you are to live in such a scenic place, and how lucky we are that you share it with us.

Happy Holidays!

kjpweb said...

Great image and interesting read!
That must be exciting - and having a good story in these times is good as well!
Have a very merry Christmas and a good start into the new year!
Cheers, Klaus

maryt/theteach said...

I love lighthouses, Babooshka! And your is amazing! I watch for your special lighthouse in the movie! Have yourself a happy Holiday! :)

NAME GOES HERE said...

The wonders that cameras can capture.

Lessie said...

What a gorgeous shot!

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