The Lost City of Z is an adaptation of the best-seller book by David Grann, describing the quest of the British explorer Percy Fawcett in 1925. He and his son went missing in the jungle while looking for an ancient civilization. Fawcett was lucky enough to have survived a first expedition, in which he believed he saw a forgotten city. Now it turns out that modern archaeologists have found the remains of old urban settlements in the heart of the Amazon (named Kuhikugu), although this is another story.
Our movie follows the fascinating true adventures of this blend of Indiana Jones and late Victorian Aguirre, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim). The cast also includes Sienna Miller (Stardust, Burnt), Tom Holland (the new Spider-Man), and the former Twilight vampire Robert Pattinson. Director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers) is also the writer of the film.
The Lost City of Z was filmed basically in Colombia and Northern Ireland. Here are some of the most relevant filming locations of a complex production that required five weeks of shooting in each country:
The film was shot on location in Colombia, using the Caribbean seaside town of Santa Marta as a base camp.
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Some scenes in the jungle were filmed in Tayrona National Park. An aboriginal town was set in the small community of Rio Ancho, near the tropical rainforest of Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta.
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It so happens that this mountain range host a real Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for "Lost City"), abandoned during the European conquest and rediscovered in 1972. The trek to The Lost City of Teyuna is becoming a popular trail among backpackers, now that the area is safer than a few years ago. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios
The next shooting locations are located in Northern Ireland. The First World War battlefield of the Somme was recreated at Antrim Hills, outside Belfast, also used in Game of Thrones. Image by Oisin Patenall
Pictured, the church of Ballintoy also in County Antrim, shot during filming of the movie.
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A scene was filmed in Greyabbey Village, near the shores of Strangford Lough.
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Also in County Down, The Lost City of Z was filmed in Castle Ward (pictured), Myra Castle, Downpatrick Railway Museum and at Bangor Castle Leisure Centre. Image by Damian Entwistle
The next locations are in Belfast. This scene was shot at the Titanic's Pump-House. The historic cruiser of the Royal Navy HMS Caroline was also used for filming. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Sergey Popov
Not far from there, Harland & Wolff HQ and Drawing Offices near Titanic Belfast were transformed into a hospital.
Image by Brendan Rankin
The Methodist College Belfast served as the Royal Geographical Society headquarters.
Image by Tom Bastin
The Press Conference was held at Belfast City Hall.
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Other filming locations included the Botanical Garden, the mansion Craigavon House located on Circular Road, and College Square North that was turned into a 1920s street. Image by William Murphy
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