Why I love Malta Comic-Con

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Every so often, the fictional characters I love to follow, sort of spring to life. Well, maybe that’s pushing it but it certainly feels that way when the Malta Comic-Con comes by. Think of all your favourite super-heroes – Batman, Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, Ironman, Captain America…and chances are that if you drop in at […]

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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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A city re-imagined

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An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times. When the Valletta 2018 official video was launched a couple of weeks ago, the impact was immediate.  I spoke to the people who made it happen . Some three weeks ago, a short film celebrating our islands’ cultural was launched on to an […]

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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 II

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Crowds are said to have thronged Ħaż-Żebbuġ when director Walter Summers started shooting the silent feature film Bolibar over eighty years ago. With hundreds of Maltese extras deployed in the quiet village, it is very surprising how few Maltese know about it, Filmed In Malta’s Jean Pierre Borg writes. When a British film crew descended […]

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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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