Ever wondered why you may recognise areas of Devon, even if you haven’t been there before? Home to 2 national parks and plenty of cultural areas to explore – not to mention the gorgeous coastline – Devon is a vast area which scriptwriters and directors have taken advantage of, North Devon in particular. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
 

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Starring Lily James, the newest film in our list is based in Guernsey; however, you may recognise a number of the scenes within the movie. Contrary to the name, this film was actually set in Bideford, Clovelly and Saunton Beach, among other areas in Devon.

Sense and Sensibility 

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The 1995 classic, Sense & Sensibility was filmed throughout the entire county of Devon, with the main house being set in Saltram House. Yet, it doesn’t just stop there. The latest adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (2008) featuring Dominic Cooper, was also set in Devon, but this time in Hartland Abbey.

War Horse

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Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse has been adapted not only into a stage play, but also a film. In 2012, Dartmoor became the home to War Horse and was specifically chosen by the director, Steven Spielberg, due to its outstanding beauty. 

Edge of Tomorrow

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A gripping movie, Edge of Tomorrow tells the battle of the human race against an alien race, and there’s no better place to film a large battle than on Saunton Sands for all the wide shots of straight up action. 

There we have it – a list of featured films that also share a love for Devon!

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If you love movies, you’ll appreciate how important movies from the 1970s are. Think Jaws, China Town, Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Deliverance.

These are all pretty intense films, so let’s not forget that during that time the UK was churning out some comic naughtiness with the Carry On Films, some social commentary with A Clockwork Orange, and a world of darkness with The Wicker Man.

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One of our favourite 1970s films at Dimmet has to be Abigail’s Party from 1977, directed by Mike Leigh and starring the wonderful Alison Stedman. Abigail’s Party started as a play for stage and TV.  It’s a suburban situation comedy of manger, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.

We love the costumes in this iconic British film. In fact, Dimmet’s own style is based on this authentic 70s look. Owner Emma asked interior designer and friend Marina to help her refurbish Dimmet, and since it was built in the late 60s/70s, Emma decided to pay homage to its origins and design the interior in a 60s/70s style. Thus, Dimmet’s funky Abigail’s Party look was born! 

If you visit Dimmet, you’ll spot some genuine 70s clothes in the main bedroom’s wardbrobe. Emma wanted to create an interactive experience, where people felt it was full on 70s, so, from clothes to kitchenware and games, all these extras bring Dimmet to life in this colourful decade.

Back to the movies!

A recent addition to Netflix is a naughty, tragic, and informative film that guests have enjoyed – Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, which is directed by Simon Sheridan and came out just last year. This is a documentary chronicling the extraordinary life and tragic death of Mary Millington, Britain’s most famous pornographic actress of the 1970s. This one is adults only – so make sure the kids are tucked up in bed when you’re reclinging on the 70s orange sofa for this one!

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And let’s not forget those Bond films from the 70s. You can dispute forever who the best James Bond is/was, but when you’re snuggled up in our 70s sitting room with Diamonds Are Forever on the telebox, you may well just want to ask for a Martini – shaken, not stirred.

Whatever your genre, the 1970s had it all. The film world was coming alive during this time, and through comedy, horror, crime, thriller, and kitchen sink drama, the 70s is represented in its multi-colour, eclectic eccentricity on screen.

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