Cloud Atlas brings Scotland to the big screen

Ben Wishaw films Cloud Atlas in Edinburgh

Ben Wishaw films Cloud Atlas in Edinburgh

This week sees the UK release of Cloud Atlas, the latest film from the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix trilogy) which takes David Mitchell’s bestselling novel and turns it into a visual feast involving time travel, Tom Hanks and Scotland.

Scotland makes multiple appearances throughout the epic, with Glasgow doubling as 1970s San Francisco and London while Edinburgh makes an appearance as itself, albeit in 1936, most notable with a scene set atop the Scott Monument on Princes Street. Other parts of the country can be found dotted around, including the Clackmannanshire Bridge in one action sequence.

Once again, Scotland’s diverse range of scenery offered the filmmakers a variety of locations in a relatively small area, saving them both time and money.

Discover more of Edinburgh’s film locations in our downloadable walking trail.

Watch the Cloud Atlas trailer

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