Contents Tourism – Zulu

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about a place that I haven’t even been to yet. I’ve already discussed about some of my favourite films from my childhood and how I have been to sites connected to them; Jaws, You Only Live Twice, and Man With The Golden Gun. The other film which I watched a lot as a child was Zulu.

As I discussed in a previous post, Zulu was one of the films which we had recorded off TV and I watched on a regular basis. The legend of Zulu was further cemented by living in Shropshire and seeing walkers silhouetted against the sky as they strolled along the Caradoc (Shropshire, UK) which I lived at the foot of. Many Sunday lunches started with my father commenting that there were Zulus as he looked out of the window towards the Caradoc.

The Caradoc viewed from the Long Mynd

Zulu is based on a real event. ‘Based on’ is a key point and one which I may return to in another post as well as something that I have touched upon in relation to other movies in my article ‘Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?‘ and will discuss in more detail in a chapter which I am currently working on in relation to media (and which may include Zulu itself). But my interest is in Zulu the movie, not the events itself.

The following image is what Rorke’s Drift actually looks like…


And this is what I imagine when I hear ‘Rorke’s Drift’ or ‘Zulu’…


The movie was filmed with the Drakensberg Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park as a backdrop. That is the Zulu location I would like to visit one day. Although if ever get to that part of the world I would likely visit the actual Rorke’s Drift as well, as you can see from the map below, the two locations are a long way from each other.

The green pointer on the left shows where the movie was largely filmed whereas the real Rorke’s Drift (in the top right) is about a 300km drive away.

For those wanting to get a better understanding of the movie Zulu and also how I view it, the only book you need to read is the excellent Zulu: With Some Guts Behind it – The Making of the Epic Movie by Sheldon Hall.

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