4 Films for the Armchair Traveller

We may have pressed pause on globetrotting for now, but it’s still possible to fuel our passion for travel through scent, music, food and the arts. These four films provide a gateway to far-flung places and a moment to dream of our next adventure.

A Bigger Splash

Director Luca Guadagnino created this Italian thriller in between his blockbuster hits I Am Love and Call Me By Your Name. Loosely based on the cult French film La Piscine and named after a David Hockney painting, it stars Tilda Swinton as a terminally cool singer who’s recovering from throat surgery on a tiny island off the coast of Sicily. The meandering pace is a fitting complement to the laid back island lifestyle and builds slowly to the unexpected climax.

Pair it with: Sicilian Citrus Candle

Hideous Kinky

In the early 1970s, Morocco was the ultimate off-the-beaten-track destination for a bohemian getaway. Bernadine Coverley, the wife of painter Lucian Freud, made the journey with her two young daughters in two, an adventure that’s told here through the eyes of the youngest child. It’s rich with colour and culture and Kate Winslet is a standout in the role of Bernadine.

Pair it with: Soleil du Maroc Parfum

Picnic At Hanging Rock

The untamed wilderness of the Australian bush provides the ideal backdrop to this cinematic classic about a group of Victorian schoolgirls who disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock. The century-old mystery continues to fascinate fans of true crime, while the poignant beauty of Peter Weir’s film has inspired artists, designers and creatives around the world.

Pair it with: Wilderness Candle

Under The Tuscan Sun

The beauty of the Italian countryside is on full display in this classic romantic drama. Diane Lane stars as a recently divorced American writer who spontaneously purchases a dilapidated villa in Tuscany. As she restores the building to its former glory, she rediscovers herself in the process.

Pair it with: Tuscan Fig Candle

Written by Michelle Bateman