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Since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival back in September, there has been plenty of buzz surrounding Netflix’s latest film, The Wonder.
Being a period drama, part of the excitement surrounding the film is centered on its production values as the filmmakers look to transport viewers back to 19th-century Ireland.
But where exactly was The Wonder filmed and what locations were used to bring the period setting to life?
The Wonder arrived on Netflix on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, following several film festival screenings and a limited cinema release.
Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, the film follows an English nurse named Lib Wright who has been sent to a rural village in 1862 Ireland and has been tasked with observing a young girl who has not eaten in four months.
Lib can’t quite grasp how the fasting girl is still alive and word of her incredible feat quickly spreads, attracting tourists and pilgrims who believe the child could be a saint.
But as more about the girl is uncovered, something more ominous seems to be at play.
The Wonder was filmed in the Republic of Ireland, specifically in the city of Dublin and the picturesque countryside of County Wicklow.
Filming on the project began in August 2021 and ran for several weeks until production wrapped in late September.
Many of the film’s indoor scenes were filmed on studio sets built in a huge aircraft hangar at Dublin’s Weston Airport.
Strangely, the film even showcases this by giving fans a look at the studio sets before the camera pans over to the actors who are about to being performing.
The Wonder’s rural outdoor scenes, meanwhile, were filmed in County Wicklow, which is located to the south of Dublin.
Specifically, filming took place in and around the village of Hollywood, not to be confused with the home of US filmmaking in California.
On top of that, a modern café in the village of Redcross was converted to become Ryan’s Spirit Grocery, the establishment where Lib stays during her visit.
And finally, more shooting took place at Sally Gap in County Wicklow where the O’Donnell house set was built in full to allow for 360-degree filming.
The Irish village of Hollywood has a history that dates back to at least the 6th century as it has links to Saint Kevin who lived in County Wicklow at the time.
Pilgrims are said to have passed through the village and followed in Saint Kevin’s footsteps to the nearby settlement of Glendalough.
 The 2002 census revealed that the village of Hollywood had a population of fewer than 100 people.
Despite the village’s small size, it has proved popular with filmmakers and apart from featuring in The Wonder, Hollywood has also played host to 2004’s King Arthur, Dancing At Lughnasa, the Liam Neeson-starring Michael Collins, and the TV series Vikings.
Like the Californian Hollywood, the Irish village also has its own version of the Hollywood Sign which overlooks the hamlet from a nearby hill.
When the crew were filming there, Florence Pugh shared an image of the sign on Instagram, captioning it: “Less traffic, greener hills, great Guinness. A different kind of Hollywood.. 💚🍀”
The Wonder is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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