Troy - Press Archive - Troy shooting in Malta attributed to treaty signing


Source: Times of Malta
06 May 2003
Troy shooting in Malta attributed to treaty signing

 

The set of Troy blends into Fort Ricasoli
 


First UK-Malta co-production
Fiona Galea Debono
 
 
Troy, the first UK-Malta co-production, starts shooting today, spending
over $20 million in Malta on labour, set construction, accommodation
and transport expenses over a period of 10 months since work
started in November.
 
For the first time ever, Malta is to feature as a co-producing country on
the credits of an epic movie - expected to be one of Warner Bros' major
releases next year - further consolidating its position on the movie-
making map.
 
It is thanks to Malta's signing of the co-production treaty - the European
Convention on Cinematographic Co-production - in 2001 that the $180
million-budget movie is being partly shot here over the next nine weeks,
the Malta Film Commission said.
 
The convention allows Maltese producers to enter into bilateral and
multilateral co-productions with 35 European countries.
 
By filming in Malta and co-producing the movie with a Maltese company,
the production benefits from tax incentives in the UK.
 
The Maltese company Latina Pictures has, therefore, been set up to
co-produce the film and would be putting up some 20 per cent of the
budget, according to treaty requirements.
 
Apart from the locations, which are versatile and easily adapted to
double for other countries - in Troy's case, Troy and ancient Greece - the
treaty is considered to have played a major role in bringing the movie to
Malta.
 
Troy is being shot at a host of locations, including Hal Far, Fort Ricasoli,
where the city of Troy has been constructed, Mtahleb, Ghajn Tuffieha,
Golden Bay, Mellieha, Cirkewwa and Dwejra.
 
Starring Brad Pitt, who arrived on Friday, it is being directed by Wolfgang
Petersen (The Perfect Storm). Its stellar cast also includes Eric Bana, who is
featuring in the forthcoming summer blockbuster The Hulk, Orlando Bloom
and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), Julie Christie and Peter O'Toole.
Helen, "the face that launched a thousand ships", is German actress Diane
Kruger.
 
Troy is being filmed over a total of 100 days and has already shot for two
weeks in the UK, continuing in Mexico after filming in Malta is completed
on July 4. The film was originally meant to be shooting in Malta for six weeks,
but was extended to nine.
 
Over 450 Maltese are currently employed on the movie, together with 300
foreigners, while the MFC has put 10 trainees in various departments as
part of its ongoing efforts to increase the trained and experienced crew
base in Malta.

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