Expedition Cruise Company Featured In New Cate Blanchett Movie

The movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Annapurna Pictures and starring Cate Blanchett, is about a woman whose anxiety and need for change leads her to Antarctica onboard an expedition with One Ocean Expeditions.

If Bernadette’s story speaks to you, and you are seeking a new adventure to clear your mind – you may have taken particular notice of the expedition cruise company that transports Bernadette and her family on their adventure through the Antarctic. This company is expedition-style, Canadian-owned One Ocean Expeditions.

We were thrilled when Annapurna Pictures reached out to see if we would be interested in partnering to shoot this film. We are even more excited now that we have seen what a fantastic movie this turned out to be! Here are some fun facts and insider tidbits to the behind-the-scenes of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”:

Insider Tidbits:

  • The very first shot of the movie is a drone shot done on location (no green screens here!)
  • The brochure Bee shows her parents in the kitchen is an actual (older) One Ocean Expeditions brochure
One Ocean Expeditions' brochure featured in Cate Blanchett's new movie "Where Did You Go, Bernadette
Bee’s incentive for good grades – a trip to Antarctica with yours truly! Image courtesy of Annapurna Pictures
  • The kayaking scenes were shot on location. Cate Blanchett and the other actors were on the water for about 6 hours.
  • The scene shot on the bow of the ship was real, and the wind was very cold!
  • The actual Captain of the vessel is an extra in the scene that takes place on the Ship’s Bridge
  • All the red jackets you see in the film belong to One Ocean Expeditions and they are the same ones we offer our guests. The same goes for all the kayaking gear worn by Cate.
  • The media room on the ship became the hair and makeup studio. The team even kindly trimmed some shipboard crew’s hair!
  • Though they mostly had good weather, a large storm was encountered towards the end of the voyage – making this a true expedition style voyage.
One Ocean Expeditions assisting during the filming of Cate Blanchett's new movie, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
OOE assisting during the filming process. Image courtesy of One Ocean Expeditions
  • Cate Blanchett liked her Lacrosse Boots (waterproof, insulated boots provided to all guests) so much that she wore them in other scenes of the film.
  • The scenes shot in the interior cabins of the ship were actually shot on a set – they made exact replicas of the ship’s cabins in a studio.
  • The dining room on the ship was open 24/7 for food and seasickness pills.
  • There was dedicated Zodiac for ‘craft services’ so anyone could get hot tea or coffee at any time.
  • The scene where Cate grabs her Kayaking gear for the first time – she grabs her gear from a long-time One Ocean Expeditions kayak guide (not an actor!)
  • Towards the end of the filming, the vessel encountered The RCGS Resolute before OOE’s full acquisition. This was very exciting for our crew.
A day filming Cate Blanchett's Movie, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
A sunny day filming. Image courtesy of One Ocean Expeditions

If you are interested in following in Bernadette’s footsteps, and travelling to Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions, please speak to your preferred travel agent or contact our sales team here. Take advantage of our special, limited-time offers.