Filmed in Iceland: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter MittyIt’s not uncommon to find Iceland grabbing attention in Hollywood movies – it’s just rare for audiences to know it is Iceland. In the last two years, the country’s glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and waterfalls have lent the required other-worldliness to films such as Oblivion, Prometheus and Thor, while also featuring in HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series.

But in the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which goes on UK national release on 26 December, the island’s epic scenery gets a lead role, and this time the locations aren’t supposed to be an alien planet – this time it’s all about Iceland.

Stiller’s romantic comedy, which is based on the classic James Thurbershort story, is about a daydreamer who is forced to leave behind his flights of fancy and challenge himself by seeing the real world. The film features Iceland as an integral part of the story – a first for a blockbuster.

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Landlords hold all the cards in rental market – Guardian.co.uk

I used to think buying a property was a complicated and expensive business, while renting was relatively straightforward: you found somewhere you liked, had a credit check, stumped up the deposit and moved in. But things have changed, and it seems landlords hold all the cards.

My girlfriend and I are both self-employed and rent a two-bed flat towards the outskirts of south-west London. This leafy enclave is lovely, but leaves us with a commute of 1hr 15mins each way to the places we normally work. We decided on a move to north London in order to be closer to our regular paymasters. Continue reading