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Glasgow has been glimpsed in a number of major motion pictures, often standing in for other cities in other eras, although occasionally beingmade to be the setting of the film as well.

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Justin Lin's third entry in the Fast & Furious franchise saw Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner  (the late Paul Walker) once again joining forces with Special Forces hardman Hobbs (Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson), now hunting the villianous Shaw (Luke Evans) across Europe. The streets of Glasgow stood in for London during the chase that revealed Shaw's customised car. Broomielaw can actually be seen mirroring several different streets in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it high-octane pursuit.

Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brook's zombie novel World War Z bears little resemblance to the source material, but is a riveting ride nonetheless. In the opening scenes, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are in Philadelphia when the zombie outbreak first emerges. George Square was dressed to look like Philadelphia, while George Street was given a CGI bridge. Beyond the city centre, a vacant Kwiksave supermarket was used as the supermarket that is ransacked shortly after the outbreak.

Neil Marshall's post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Doomsday is set in Scotland, and while it does show Glasgow, it is a dark alternative version of the city. The plot sees scientist Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra)  dispatched to Scotland, which has been quarantined for 30 years, to find a cure for a deadly virus. The disused Haghill Primary School was used for a major section of the film, while Glassford Street, Ingram Street and GOMA are all shown, crumbling in the decay that the fictional Reaper virus has caused.

The Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana directed this adaptation of David Mitchell's seminal novel along with German director Tom Tykwer. The six inter-connected stories spanning six different eras in human history starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Wachowski regular Hugo Weaving. Various streets of Glasgow were used to capture scenes set in 1970s San Francisco, including Douglas Street, Wellington Lane, St. Vincent's Lane and Anchor Lane.

Terence Davies directed the 2000 adaptation of Edith Wharton's most famous novel, The House of Mirth, starring Gillian Anderson and Dan Aykroyd. Many of the interior scenes set in 1890s New York were filmed in various buildings around Glasgow, including the City Chambers, the Theatre Royal, Sloans Restaurant and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. The green staircase adjacent to Kelvinbridge Subway station can also be seen.

This sci-fi / romantic drama starring Scotland's own Ewan McGregor and Eva Green was originally set in screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson's native Copenhagen, but later changed to Glasgow. The West End of the city can be seen several times, including Lawrence Street and also the Meadowside Quay Walkway on the north bank of the River Clyde. While not actually seen in film, Ewan McGregor prepared for his role as a chef by cooking in Guy's Restaurant on Candleriggs.


Our thanks to Louise Harris at Creative Scotland for aiding our research into the various film locations on this walk.

Fast & Furious 6

World War Z


Cloud Atlas

The House of Mirth

Perfect Sense