I’ve watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi in D-Box on Friday and it was an amazing experience. It was also the first ever movie from the franchise I’ve watched *insert gasp* Yes, I know all about Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and of course BB8 because the franchise has a cult following and you’d have to live under a rock to not have heard about these characters before, but I’ve honestly never watched any of the movie before. After today though, I’ll actively try to watch previous movies just to feed my curiosity about certain things I couldn’t understand or relate to today.
One of the things that really stood out for me was the locations where the movie was shot. Some were absolutely breathtaking and the cinematography was excellent. While “Googling” the locations, I stumbled upon an article on Travelstart about 9 iconic locations where Star Wars movies were filmed and it got me thinking: If The Last Jedi were filmed in South Africa, which locations would be perfect for certain scenes? I have two favourite locations and I will list the two (or more) in South Africa that would’ve been perfect.
The most breathtaking location for me was definitely Luke’s hideout island, Ahch-To, which were filmed at the ruins of a Christian monastery in Skellig Michael, Ireland.
We have some really amazing beaches here in South Africa, which could double up as an island, if need be for a movie like The Last Jedi. My favourite one has to be Noordhoek beach, which as you can see in this image from Discover African Cinema, has a similar mystique and breathtaking view as the one used in Ireland.
The second beach that would’ve been perfect is Arniston, a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. As you can see, it’s absolutely breathtaking and definitely worthy of being on this list.
The second scene that were quite amazing were the hideout planet, Crait where the final fight between Luke and his nephew Ben took place. The perfect place for me, even though not in South Africa but still Africa, would be the Sahara Desert. It has the same eeriness and the Sahara also have some red sand dunes, as did the salt fields of Crait.
The second location, minus the red dunes would be anywhere in the Karoo. It’s a hauntingly beautiful place, trust me and once you visit there, you’d want to return again.
If you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan and would love to visit these iconic sites, have a look at this handy infographic that show you how far away you are (via air). If you’d like to fly from Johannesburg (OR Tambo), have a look at affordable return flights to Johannesburg to book your adventure.
Let me know in the comments if there’s any other locations in South Africa you think would be perfect for a Star Wars scene. May the force be with you.