It’s very rare that I visit any movie locations beyond the nations capital when I’m back in Britain but earlier this year I went to the Great Central Railway in Loughborough which has been used for countless TV and film productions. One of the movies to have been shot there was ‘Cemetery Junction‘ (2010); the coming-of-age comedy-drama about three lads written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Both of those guys do appear in the film but their parts are mere cameo roles.
WARNING: May contain spoilers!
Set in a small town in 1973, Freddie, Bruce and Snork are the three main characters and all of different stock and character. The latter is the loveable loser who has a habit of saying the wrong thing and he works at Cemetery Junction railway station which in reality is the restored heritage railway in Loughborough. It first appears on 37 minutes with a brief shot (below) of the stations exterior.
That is then followed by a sweeping shot (below) of the far end of the platform.
Next, we see Freddie (Christian Cooke) and Bruce (Tom Hughes) descending the steps of the station and walking along platform 2 (below) where they pop in to see Snork (Jack Doolan) and engage in some rude banter over the public address system.
The Great Central Railway appears again towards the end of the movie between 81-89 minutes. At the far end of the platform under the sign (changed accordingly for filming) on the bench (below) is where Snork and Louise (a girl who has feelings for him that works at a café he frequents) form a relationship.
Soon after that, Freddie arrives at “Cemetery Junction” station expecting to begin his travels with his two mates but finds himself alone after Snork has changed his mind and is ready for work. He later announces over the public address system that Bruce also won’t be accompanying Freddie.
Filming took place mostly on Platform 2 (below) and as I saw this film after my visit I didn’t know which angles I needed for match up shots! My shot of the platform were sadly taken from the other end to that seen in the movie.
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