With “Ticket ins Paradies” a curious exception started in German cinemas last week. In fact, Ol Parker’s romantic comedy (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”) appears to have strayed from the decade (or millennium) and clearly belongs in the 1990s rather than the present. This also underlines the cast with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, who are in front of the camera together for the first time since “Ocean’s Eleven” and lead a classic (one could also say: antiquated) love dance that is virtually no longer seen in this form.
But that’s not all: In addition to the fact that “Ticket to Paradise” satisfies nostalgic longings and blows a horn similar to “E-Mail für Dich”, “Notting Hill” or “On Days Like These”, the film also awakens a lot of wanderlust in his viewers when he never tires of photographing the paradisiacal Bali in sumptuous postcard motifs over the entire running time of just over 100 minutes.
But be careful: “Ticket to Paradise” was not filmed on the Indonesian island, which became known primarily for its yoga and meditation holidays, but in Australia.
Filming took place in Queensland, Australia. With the local rise of Village Roadshow Studios in the area, which has been the home of eg Baz Luhrmann’s “Evils”, Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives” and the “Thor’ filming, this area has become an important production location within the film industry. In the following, we will introduce you to the filming locations of “Tickets in Paradies” (and of course arouse the desire for summer, sun, sunshine even more clearly).
Since the mid-19th century, the 74-island Whitsunday Islands have been a popular holiday destination, located just off Queensland’s north coast. One of the region’s greatest highlights is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. The sand here is often cited as the most beautiful beach in the world as it is almost entirely made of silica. This gives it that radiant white that can also be admired in the film, because this is exactly where David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts) to visit their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever).
Long Island is the main location we see in Ticket to Paradise. The island is the closest to the mainland: only one kilometer and about 20 minutes you have to cross here by boat. It is only 9 kilometers long and less than 400 meters wide and is mainly occupied by tropical rainforest. Filming took place here at the Palm Bay Resort, which is located in a small bay in the north of the island. This so-called boutique resort, complete with its private bay and 25 villas, has been redesigned in a Balinese style with huts along the seafront.
This tiny island is famous for its beach (Stockyard Beach). Once again, bedazzled by the pristine white sands, reimagined in a Balinese style with fishing boats and beach huts. By the way: “Pirates Of The Carribean: Salazar’s Revenge Of Salazar” was also partially filmed here in 2017.
Hamilton is not only the busiest island in the Whitsundays, but also the largest of the inhabited islands and home to the Great Barrier Reef Airport. Morteton Island is on the west coast and is easily accessible from Brisbane. At 23 miles long, it is larger than most Whitsundays and almost entirely devoted to a national park. In addition to “Ticket to Paradise”, “Scooby Doo” with Freddie Prinze Jr. was filmed here in 2002, for example.
This inland rainforest area was used for the jungle scenes in Ticket to Paradise. “Pirates Of The Carribean 5”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Kong: Skull Island” or “Jungle” starring Daniel Radcliffe. A house that was built in the 1920s and has its own jungle including a stream was decisive for “Ticket to Paradise”. From there it went for George Clooney and Julia Roberts always conveniently straight back to the beach.