Where was Uncle Frank filmed? Let’s talk about the filming locations of the 2020 movie starring Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.

Under the circumstances, it’s arguably still been a rather impressive year for film fans.

Despite the cinemas closing for months at a time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts like Christoper Nolan’s blockbuster Tenet still scored a theatrical release, although the likes of Dune and No Time to Die were delayed.

Films such as Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Mogul Mowgli and The Invisible Man earned praise from audiences and critics alike, while Netflix has also had much to offer, rolling out new films from a range of lauded filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Aaron Sorkin and Antonio Campos.

Then we have Amazon, who offered viewers an unexpected Borat sequel back in October.

On Wednesday, November 25th 2020 they also unveiled Uncle Frank, directed by Alan Ball and starring Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) and Sophia Lillis (It).

However, the film’s location can also be considered a star in its own right. Where was Uncle Frank filmed?

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Where was Uncle Frank filmed?

  • Uncle Frank was filmed in Wilmington.

While some of the film is set in New York, it wasn’t actually filmed there. The crew filmed at Wilmington’s Carolina Apartments on Market Street, adding the iconic yellow cabs to help create the illusion.

Additionally, rural parts of Pender and Brunswick counties helped touch upon Frank’s Southern roots, with Wilmington and Beaches noting that the film was shot in various North Carolina locations.

The film chronicles a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina, set in 1973.

As for Wilmington, it’s no stranger to cinematic productions! A wealth of films have been shot there over the years, with Wilmington Film citing the following:

  • Blue Velvet
  • The Conjuring
  • Empire Records
  • Halloween Kills
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Iron Man 3
  • Tammy
  • We’re the Millers

The cast and crew talk Uncle Frank filming locations

While doing virtual press for the film, writer-director Alan Ball explained how the film came to be, touching upon what makes it personal:

“As somebody who left my southern roots and moved to New York City and then Los Angeles, as a way to run away from perhaps not feeling entirely accepted or welcome, (the story) all just came together in a way that felt very organic to me… I think [Wilmington] was the perfect place for us to be and to film.”

He added: “The fact we found those locations and the weather cooperated with us. It was kind of charmed, actually.

Paul Bettany (who plays Frank Bledsoe) also shared his thoughts on filming: “I love the South very much. It is very peculiar but it reminds me more of home in England than anywhere else in America. Mostly because people are drinking wine at lunch.”

As for Peter Macdissi (Wally Nadeem), Star News Online notes that, at one point, he looked out of a vintage Chrysler convertible while filming and took in the scenery, compelling him to go off-script.

Reflecting on this moment, he revealed: “I just kind of looked out as we drove and said, ‘Wow, the South is so beautiful’.’”

They were initially tempted to use the scene in the film, but it didn’t make its way into the final cut.

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