Study in Malta and Visit the Sites of Famous Hollywood Films

Even as one of the tiniest countries in the European Union, Malta has an abundance of natural beauty and culture. Renowned for its 7,000-year history and 300 days of sunshine, Malta has the perfect setting for many Hollywood films. The small, yet remarkable country has been featured in various films and TV shows throughout the decades. While you study in Malta, you’ll be able to visit these same places where some of your favorite movies were filmed. Read on to find out more about a few of the films and TV shows set in Malta.

GLADIATOR 

Locations used: Vittoriosa, Valletta, Kalkara, Grand Harbor. 

Filming Malta landscapes appear to be ideal for movies that have ancient and medieval scenarios. Producers of the Gladiator chose Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara and the old port of Vittoriosa to depict ancient Rome. These places are open and able to be visited today. 

Movie overview: Commodus takes overpower and demotes Maximus, one of the preferred generals of his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As a result, Maximus is relegated to fighting till death as a gladiator.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Locations used: Birzebbugia Free Port

The ancient harbors of Malta offer the perfect locations for video production services to set up their stories. Many of them choose to shoot their sea adventures, battles and thrillers making the islands top-list choices for every kind of movie taking place at sea.

Movie overview: Somali pirates attack Maersk Alabama, a container ship, while it is on its course to Kenya. Richard Phillips, the captain of the ship, uses his wits to negotiate with them to save his crew.

WORLD WAR Z

Locations used: Valletta

This zombie apocalypse starring Brad Pitt has multiple scenes shot in Valletta to depict the city of Jerusalem. Filming in Fort St. Elmo was much cheaper and safer than in Israel. Producers chose the remarkable military structure built by the Order of St. John to film exteriors resembling Jerusalem buildings. This particular movie deserves to be on the list just because of the zombie-pileup-tumbling-down-Valletta scene.

Movie Overview: Gerry, a former United Nations employee, unexpectedly finds himself in a race against time as he investigates a threatening virus that turns humans into zombies.

POPEYE

Locations used: Popeye Village, Blue grotto, Mellieħa

In the 1980s, the time where green screens weren’t available to reproduce real-world sceneries, film companies had to practically construct their sets from scratch. The production of Popeye, starring Robin Williams in Anchor Bay is a good example of sets built specifically for movies. 

Movie overview: While in search of his long-lost father, Popeye, a sailor, arrives in a coastal town where he falls in love with Olive Oyl, who is set to be married to Captain Bluto.

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Locations used: Vittoriosa, Grand Harbor, Mdina, Azure Window, Fifla Rock, Blue Grotto, Comino, Valletta. 

If you watch this movie after traveling to Malta, you will recognize landmarks from Valletta in the movie events that supposedly happen in Marseille. The same thing goes for the Comino Tower, which in the film is Château d’If, and for Mdina, which a skilled videographer made it pass for Venice.

Movie overview: Dantes, a sailor is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years.

GAME OF THRONES

Locations used: Mdina, Azure Window, Kalkara Sea Front, Grand Harbor, Valletta.

There are many places in the action-packed TV show. Mdina was chosen to depict King’s Landing, the island’s forts served as the Red Keep, and the stunning natural arch known as the Azure Window in Gozo was the setting for Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding. 

Show overview: Nine noble families wage war against each other in order to gain control over the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, a force is rising after millenniums and threatens the existence of living men.

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