Explosions in the House

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“Remember, remember, the 5th of November.” Thus goes the Gunpowder Plot poem, today immortalised in the classic folk hero celebration that is Guy Fawkes night and that to date pretty much unites the whole of Britain in an annual show of anti-system sentiments. The laudable kind, as opposed to the scarily anarchic kind. Because, although […]

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Stumped for Halloween? Rocky Horror is your answer

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Earlier last week my thoughts turned to musicals and the polarised reactions they tend to provoke in people. Maybe it’s because I recently watched Grease, the movie, for the umpteenth time and couldn’t help thinking that it might be fun to actually see the original, live version. Yes, I can be very cheesy in my […]

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Kinemastik International Short Film Festival 2012

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An edited version of this feature was published on The Sunday Times. As the season’s theatre and music festivals came to a close, films take the spotlight at Kinemastik International Short Film Festival. This year’s event merges music and visual art with movies into one seamless experience. For these past eight years, film buffs have […]

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Guest post: Malta film nostalgia

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1926’s Sons of the Sea Guest post by Jean Pierre Borg, film researcher and the brains behind the Filmed In Malta Facebook community   Who would have thought that Malta’s film industry was actually launched thanks to the British Admiralty back in 1926?For decades, it was thought that the earliest feature film to be shot […]

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The man behind Filmed In Malta

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Photos in this post were taken by Chris Sant Fournier for The Times TV Guide. Whenever a film crew lands in Malta the gossip grapevine starts buzzing. Who will the actors and directors be? Where will the filming take place? How many extras are being taken on board? Nothing gets the questions going as fast […]

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Sei Passi Nel Giallo: a post-mortem interview

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With the Sei Passi Nel Giallo series now over, I caught up with the man who was in charge of managing the whole project locally, Winston Azzopardi. The series was in fact totally shot in Malta – in some of the movies we double for Sicily and for Italy while in one episode, Presagi, Malta […]

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World War Z: interview with location manager Christian Mc Williams

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  It’s been some months since cast and crew of World War Z decamped from Malta. And yet, some six months later,  Christian McWilliams is already back on our island to participate in the first Malta Film Commission Locations Seminar. When I meet him for the interview, he is enjoying his last day in Malta, […]

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An open letter to Mintoff

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This is what the documentary (read the review here) about the man who split the Maltese in two opposing camps can be described as. I met up with director and producer Pierre Ellul about how he came to immortalise the prime minister who still inspires equal measures of hatred and love to celluloid. It all […]

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Daniel Radcliffe: a study in versatility?

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Seems like someone up there was really doing his best to permanently cast Daniel Radcliffe, him of Hogwarts fame, in the role of cute and misunderstood child. Although the actor only hit it bigtime when J.K. Rowling decided to allow Harry Potter to be taken to the big screen, Radcliffe’s acting debut happened much earlier […]

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Dear Dom: a preview

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In my student days, lessons in Maltese history had a massive failing. A good chunk of the previous four decades were invariably omitted. These were the Mintoff decades, years that left an indelible mark on the political and social path our country would take. Judging by what I hear, few are the history teachers that dare […]

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