Southport: On Camera

Famous in Film

Lights, camera, action! Wilmington, North Carolina, has always been revered for being a center of artistic expression. What you may not know is that just downriver, the town of Southport is just as well-known on camera! Now, there’s a brand-new dark comedy being brewed within the coming year, therefore adding to Southport’s already prestigious reputation.

A Star-Studded Town

Looking out over the beautiful Cape Fear River and moss swept live oaks of Southport, it’s easy to understand why this town has such a star-studded history. The quaint streets, shops, and natural locations translate well on camera. As a result, many people tend to visit Southport simply because they have fallen in love with the location on the silver screen.

Films and Television Shows

In fact, movies filmed in Southport include several well-known flicks such as Firestarter (1984), Crimes of The Heart (1987), Weekend at Bernies (1989), A Walk to Remember (2002), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). TV series include The Water is Wide (2006), Revenge (2011), Under the Dome (2013-2015), and Matlock (1986 – 1985). Hollywood is quoted as naming Southport one of their “finest filming locations.” Likewise, when you consider that movies and Television shows are filmed all over the country, that’s saying something. Visitors to Southport can even get themselves a brochure to help guide them around town and find well-known locations that were filmed!

The Problem with Providence

Now, there’s a brand-new production taking place in this beautiful town, and it’s called The Problem with Providence. This is a small feature that will take one month to film but features Hollywood stars like Lily James and Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Several locations around the town of Southport are set to be featured here. This includes the Southport Ferry Terminal, Bald Head Island Ferry, Mullet Bar, Old Smithville Cemetery, Potter’s Seafood, and the Riverside Motel. In just the first half of this year (2022), this is the second major production filmed here in Southport. Everyone is excited about it.

Discover Southport for Yourself

Film helps drive the local economy and puts the beauty of this amazing town on full display. If you’ve been starstruck by Southport and the Cape Fear Coast, we don’t blame you! But don’t take our word for it. At The Home Place of Southport you can discover the boundless charm of this seaside paradise for yourself. Next time you’re exploring Southport, keep your eyes peeled. You may just spot a Hollywood film set putting Southport on camera.