Where was The School for Good and Evil filmed?

By Romey Norton
Published: October 18, 2022 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)

This article discusses “Where was the Netflix film The School for Good and Evil Filmed” and does not contain any spoilers.

The School for Good and Evil is the long awaiting Gothic Fantasy film of the year. With a star-studded cast, this film is sure to be the magic we need this season. Directed by Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Ghostbusters, Spy) and produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Paul Feig, Jane Startz, and Laura Fischer, The School for Good and Evil is the story about two best friends, Sophie and Agatha, who attend an enchanted school that builds aspiring heroes and villains, all trained to protect the balance between good and evil. The twist – these best friends find themselves on opposing sides. Will their friendship survive?

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series by Soman Chainani the books are tailored to a younger audience, but I think the film will adapt that a little and make this film suitable for all audiences. I’m hoping it’ll be a great mix between light humor and serious darkness and cover many topics throughout.

From the successes of Harry Potter and Once Upon a Time, fantasy fans are needing something new to sink their teeth into and spark their imagination. From the trailer alone, this film might be the magic tonic we all need. Surprisingly, this film was originally set to film and be released back around Christmas of 2017, so fans are eagerly waiting for this film. The pushback was said to be a number of things, but we’re just glad it’s finally hitting our screens!

Where was the Netflix film the School for Good and Evil filmed – a breakdown of locations

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Mount Stewart, Co. Down, Ireland.
  • Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.
  • St. Anne’s Cathedral, Northern Ireland.

The film was shot at several locations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the top four locations are listed above and include Belfast Harbour Studios and Loop Film Studios. At the former, the full 125,000 sq ft (11,600 m2) of the studio, workshop, and office space was used.

Local sites used for filming include St. Peter’s Church, Big Dog Forest, Woodburn Forest, Castle Archdale, and Antrim Road.

Derry was taken into consideration but then not used — there’s no explanation as to why. 

A lot of huge productions such as Game of Thrones and Derry Girls have been filmed in Northern Ireland, which isn’t surprising as they have beautiful landscapes, many hidden castles, detailed churches, and locals who leave the filming alone.

Game of Thrones’ success has been huge for the country; they now have tours of the filming locations. Hopefully, The School for Good and Evil will follow in these footsteps, and as the franchise builds, we might be able to take tours of their filming locations in the future.

Huge films like this are a real vote of confidence in Northern Ireland’s screen industry and further cement their reputation as a leading center for film and television production. I can’t wait to see what else is going to be filmed there in the future. 

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