Danny Boyle’s latest film is heading to cinemas this week and is being hailed as a joyous treat with some fascinating filming locations
As the release date approaches, let’s take a look at the Yesterday locations which make Danny Boyle’s latest film so special. The acclaimed filmmaker has delivered such great efforts as 127 Hours, Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later; a director whom never appears to let fans down.
Following on from the down-trodden despair of 2017’s T2 Trainspotting, Boyle is changing things up and aiming to deliver the cinematic feel-good hit of the summer.
The film doesn’t quite hit the target but will still leave you smiling. So, what’s it all about?
What’s Yesterday all about?
After falling victim to a horrifying bus crash, musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) wakes the next day to find that he’s the only person on the planet who remembers The Beatles. That’s right; arguably the most popular band of all time, gone.
Of course, this leads to certain career advantages, and Jack decides to sculpt his legacy in their image, delivering his escalating fanbase hit after hit.
It’s a really fun concept and a celebratory one which spotlights the eternal impact of pop music.
Where was it filmed?
Yesterday is largely set and filmed across Suffolk. According to the film’s Wikipedia page, locations included Halesworth, Dunwich, Shingle Street, Latitude Festival, but also Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
As reported by the BBC, a director of Film Suffolk – Julien Mery – is thrilled with the results of the film and what it will potentially do for the county. “It’s a fantastic advert for Suffolk in itself and I would be surprised if it didn’t lead to an increase in film-induced tourism,” reveals Mery. “People see these wonderful locations on the big screen and then come to visit them for themselves.”
The same source reports of a whopping 6,000 extras arriving at Gorleston beach to film a concert scene. So, when you watch the film, you can delight in the knowledge that the grandeur of the sequence was captured with utmost authenticity.
On top of filming in Sussex, Yesterday returns to The Beatles’ homeland of Liverpool, giving us a whistle-stop tour of some of the city’s most iconic locations including Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and the grave of Eleanor Rigby.
Aside from the inspirational locations behind some of the most iconic songs ever made, we see Jack Malik pop up across other areas of Liverpool as well including John Lennon Airport, although in the film it’s called Liverpool International Airport as John Lennon never rose to fame, Liverpool’s Lime Street Station, and the Mersey Tunnel.
The film’s climactic finale also takes place at Wembley Stadium during Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour, just to add another sense of realism to the film with another real crowd to work with.
Yesterday UK release date
You wouldn’t forget The Beatles, and you shouldn’t forget the Yesterday release date either!
Danny Boyle’s wondrously exciting new feature arrives in UK cinemas on Friday, 28th June 2019.