More than 80% of the new movie Wendy, by Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin, was shot here on Montserrat.
The LA Times said “Neverland is played, gorgeously, by the Caribbean island of Montserrat, home to an active volcano that looms over lush green foliage and a gorgeous blue sea” and we couldn’t agree more. You can read our review of the film here.
We’re grinning over here at that imagery that statement evokes but also at how you feel once you have the first glimpse of the island on the big screen. While the movie uses lots of special effects to tell some of its other-worldly story, Montserrat doesn’t need any special camera work to show off what is naturally hers.
Now that we have seen the movie, we want to highlight a few of the locations which were turned into Neverland for Wendy.
Plymouth – The Buried City
The devastation and grayness of Plymouth is used to amplify what happens when we worry. This is one location in the Exclusion Zone which the public can access. However, you need to apply for permission to entry at least 24 hours before your planned visit. There are local tour guides certified to conduct visits into Plymouth.
Davy Hill, Silver Hills and Richmond Hill were also locations used in the film. Zeitlin said they shot about 100 hours of film for the movie. Would be cool to see some of the footage that did not make the cut.
Robert “One Note” Field captured this shot which looks an awful lot like the promotional image (see first image on post) used in the initial movie poster for Wendy. It was taken at Pinnacle Point in the Silver Hills area.
Duberry Cassava Trail
The Duberry-Cassava Trail is one of our most popular hiking trails in the Centre Hills. It is about 45 minutes one-way and with a generally even terrain, it is one of the easier trails to manage. Always best not to hike alone.
Soldier Ghaut Bay
The director said they added steps to access this beach from the land side more easily. Aqua Montserrat offers snorkelling and kayaking tours there during summer months when sea conditions are less volatile. Also best for more advanced snorkelers.
Marguerita Bay can be accessed by going through the village of Lookout. Swimming is not recommended due to the rough Atlantic seas but the view and the tranquility is amazing.
New Windward Beach
Rating: PG-13, for brief violent/bloody images
Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
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