Felicia’s Journey

Date: 1999
Director: Atom Egoyan
Production Company: Alliance Atlantis, Icon, Marquis Films Ltd

Stars: Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Arsinée Khanjian
Location(s): County Cork and County Tipperary (Ireland), London, Pembrokeshire, West Midlands

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Storyline:

A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boy friend, who moved to England to get a job in a lawn-mower factory. On arrival, she makes a contact with the caterer, who recommends a boarding room to her. Slowly, it is revealed that the caterer has in fact befriended and subsequently abused more than a dozen young women.

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Felicia's (Elaine Cassidy) departure from Ireland. Alan Bourke recognised that this is actually Fishguard Harbour in Pembrokeshire, Wales with the white building at the railway station clearly visible.

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Alan also provides this more modern image of the location.

Outside Birmingham's Digbeth Coach Station on Rea Street.

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The same location. A little more greenery to the right. The building extreme left is Digbeth Civic Hall which featured in the film Rude Boy (Image rud015).

Birminghams iconic Rotunda and part of the old Bull Ring Shopping Centre to the bottom left.

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Due to the rebuilding of the Bull Ring this shot is virtually impossible to recreate. The actual camera position is now inside a building. The top of the Rotunda can just be seen top centre.

Felicia is standing at the top of Digbeth where the road once met St Martins Queensway roundabout.

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Shot from a different level and angle to prove the location for image fj003.

Walking towards Electric Avenue in Aston next to the River Tame as it passes under the A38M and the Birmingham to Lichfield railway line.

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The same location today.

Electric Avenue, Aston

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The same location in B6 on the border between Aston and Witton.

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An unconfirmed spot in Aston with the Gravelly Hill Interchange in the background.

This seems to be along Princip Street in Birmingham 4 with the BT Tower in the right distance.

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Taken from near the junction with Newtown Row. The angles appear right but with a different focal length I'm not entirely sure.

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Joe Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) walks to his car after work with one of the gas holders of Windsor Street gas works to the left. The car park appears to be off Richard Street in Nechells, Birmingham.

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Nechells Windsor Street gas works in background

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St Marys Church on Main Street Clogheen.

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Main Street, Clogheen

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Main Street at the corner of Brewery Lane in Clogheen.

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Hilditch about to meet Felicia on the road into Birmingham. Possibly what is now Richard Street as the area has been redeveloped.

Felicia walking alongside the Titford Canal in Langley Green.

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Same location. Photo by Neil Reynolds.

A canalside pub, formerly Finings and Firkin and located at 91 Station Road Langley Green alongside the Titford canal. Felicia has just walked along the canal path that passes beneath the bridge.

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Since renamed The Bridge and then closed down. Photo by Neil Reynolds who advises that the building was demolished during 2013. Image originally uploaded on 09 April 2012.

Joe Hilditch arriving home. Simon James in his book London Film Location Guide identifies the location as Southside Common in Wimbledon.

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The property stands at the corner of Southside Common and Murray Road. (PW)

Joe pulls up beside Felicia. Supposedly in Birmingham but actually Ridgway Place in Wimbledon, London SW19.

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The same view. (PW)

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Again at the corner of Main Street and Mill Lane with Glanworth Abbey or Castle in the background.

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Main Street Glanworth.

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Glanworth. The junction of Main street and Mill Lane in the background.

Gravelly Hill, Birmingham, looking towards Spaghetti Junction.

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The same location on an Easter Sunday morning . . . . hence the low level of traffic.

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Glanworth with the junction of Main street and Mill Lane in the background.

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The now demolished cooling towers of Nechells Power Station along the Tame Valley in Birmingham.

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Hillingdon Hospital on Pield Heath Road.

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Hillingdon Hospital

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An unknown location likely to be somewhere other than Birmingham.

The Electric Cinema on Station Street, Birmingham. A work colleague was in the area whilst they were filming this and told me that they used rain machines on a Saturday evening to create this scene.

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Its not possible to get the correct angle due to rebuilding work in the area.

The Bartons Arms at the corner of High Street and Potters Lane in Newtown, Birmingham 6.

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Almost unchanged.

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At the end of the film Felicia starts working in a small park in London . Simon James' book, London Movie Guide, identifies the location as Paddington Street Gardens in London W1.

The Bandstand in Paddington Street Gardens. London W1.

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And the houses at the back unchanged as well. SJ

General view of the gardens complete with foliage. Paddington Street itself appears in 'A Touch of Love' and Breaking Glass'.

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Same bendy tree in the middle of both. SJ

A view from the gardens. The road signs read Ashland Place and Moxon Street.

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Signs still there, and the tree. SJ