This Mediterranean island may indeed be small, but it certainly has plenty to shout about. Malta and its surrounding islands Gozo and Comino boast great climate, picturesque coastlines, rugged caves, clear blue skies, historic churches and forts and rustic villages, making them a popular destination for holidaymakers from around the world.
In recent years, however, these three breathtaking islands have also become one of Europe’s most attractive locations for movie and TV producers. Even dubbed as “the Mediterranean’s mini-Hollywood” by the London Times, The Maltese Islands have been home to dozens of Hollywood Blockbuster movies.
It’s not only the beautiful unspoiled coastline and great weather that bring film crews to Malta. The island’s genuine hospitality, short distances, accessible coast, world-class water tank facilities and excellent selection of hotel accommodation all contribute to making Malta, Comino and Gozo attractive to Hollywood directors. Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Guy Ritchie and other eminent directors all experienced Malta’s outstanding filming facilities and its many charms.
With its compelling good looks and exceptional facilities, the Maltese islands are any film director’s dream location. Before planning a trip to Malta, take a look at the list we’ve come up with to help you explore the islands from a true film lover’s perspective:
1) Troy (2004)
Featuring names such as Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean and Eric Bana, Troy is certainly one of the best-known films ever shot in Malta. The production used Fort Ricasoli – the 17th century military compound located on the south entrance of Valletta’s Grand Harbour – to shoot many of its street and grand square shots.
Remember that part where Achilles seeks advice from his mother Thetis on whether he should join Agamemnon’s campaign against Troy? Where they’re standing by the seashore and Thetis is picking up shells from the crystal clear ocean to make a necklace for her son? That scene was shot in Blue Lagoon, Comino.
2) Captain Phillips (2013)
Starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips is an award-winning thriller about the hijacking of the U.S. flagged container ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. The film crew spent nine whole weeks off the coast of Malta, filming aboard a container ship identical to the original.
3) Gladiator (2000)
Winner of 11 awards, including 5 Oscars, this Ridley Scott classic about love, death and betrayal hardly needs an introduction. The iconic masterpiece still has the Maltese proudly boasting Malta’s part in the production to this day.
Gladiator filmed on many of the same locations as Troy, including the filming of the scenes of Ancient Rome in the grand Fort Ricasoli in Valletta.
4) By The Sea (2015)
Written and directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jolie and her soon-to-be ex husband Brad Pitt, this is a movie that will without doubt be mentioned to many future generations of tourists visiting the Maltese Islands. The film was partially filmed in Mgarr ix-Xini, Malta, and the principal photography and production was carried out over the course of four months on the island of Gozo.