Emirates inspires Australians to visit iconic film destinations
With film awards season drawing to a close, Emirates has a whole new list of movie-inspired travel locations to add to your wish list. These wonderful storylines inspire us to journey into their worlds, whether it’s singing along with Queen at London’s Wembley Stadium in Bohemian Rhapsody or attending a Singaporean wedding at the Gardens by the Bay in Crazy Rich Asians. With 4,000 channels and over 1,000 movies on select flights to choose from on ice, find out where wanderlust will take you next with Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment!
London, United Kingdom (Bohemian Rhapsody and Mary Poppins Returns)
Rami Malek won best-actor for his biopic role as Queen’s lead-singer, Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The band’s original day-long Live AID concert in 1985 took place at legendary Wembley Stadium. London of-course has many more notable places to visit. In Mary Poppins Returns, Emily Blunt bikes past Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral while Mr. Banks’ is shown working at the Bank of England. Other supercalifragilisticexpialidocious locations to visit in London include Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben and for the shopping-lovers, Oxford and Regent Street to name a few!
Athens, Greece (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again)
Though Mamma Mia is set in a fictitious Greek island, you can visit Athens and sing-along to the soundtrack! This capital city offers breath-taking ancient civilization sites like the Acropolis, the Parthenonand the Temple of Zeus in addition to family-owned restaurants in Plaka, much like the hotel and restaurant Sophie plans to launch in honor of Donna.
Paris, France (Mission Impossible: Fallout)
Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt sets out on a particularly daring mission spanning parts of Queenstown, New Zealand; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Pulpit Rock, Norway in addition to scenes in Paris, France. Mission Impossible: Fallout features car chases through quintessential Paris landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower while he lands on the glass roof of the Grand Palais with a parachute. Other scenes include a moment of treachery revealed at vantage point Trocadero and speed-boat escape through the trendy waters of Canal St. Martin.
Budapest, Hungary (Spy)
Comedy espionage-thriller, Spy follows Melissa McCarthy’s Susan and Jude Law’s Fine as CIA agents to Paris, Budapest and Rome – and you can do the same! Track their whereabouts at Lake Balaton and the Hungarian State Opera House. Susan’s civilian cover is put to the test at the Four Seasons’ Gresham Palace, one of the most opulent hotels in Europe, and more so when she pursues an assassin on Zrinyi Street near St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Singapore (Crazy Rich Asians)
While Crazy Rich Asians is set against a backdrop of opulence in Singapore, you can follow Rachel and Nick’s footsteps to many of the locations in the film! Savor Michelin star-winning hawkers’ cuisine in Newton Food Centre, tour CHIJMES cathedral where Araminta and Colin’s grand wedding takes place, and feel awe-inspired by the sculptural super-trees at the iconic Gardens by the Bay where the wedding reception in the final scene is set. Other memorable glimpses of Singapore that you’ll want to catch for your Instagram include the city’s emblem Merlion on Sentosa Island, bustling heart of Orchard Road and for the animal lovers: Jurong Bird Park and the Night Safari.
Where will your travels take you to next, movie-lovers?