Film and TV are designed to transport the viewer, taking one to another time or place by drawing you into a make-believe world. So what better location for it than inspirational Andalucía?
The origin of Andalucía as a film and TV location began in the sixties and seventies, when the fashion for ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ saw the dry, arid terrain of Almería perfectly mimic the deserts of Arizona. With its clear light and long days, the setting was employed extensively by one of the originators of the genre, Sergio Leone, who used the landscape to great effect in For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The Tabernas Desert also doubled for the landscape of Damascus in one of the most iconic films of the sixties, Lawrence of Arabia.
Two decades later, Halle Berry created one of the most famous scenes on film, walking out of the crystal clear seas of Cádiz in 007 film You Only Die Twice, while recently the most viewed TV series in the world, Game of Thrones, was filmed in Sevilla.
Today’s star location
Andalucía has continued to be a star location and, according to the Marbella Film Office, a department associated with the Town Hall Tourist Office, has experienced an increase of 7% in film footage shot here over the past year.
According to a recent statement by the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, the town and its surroundings have been the location for more than twenty-five film crews in the first quarter of this year alone. International series, Snatch and Living the Dream, are just two of the high profile productions taking place on the Costa del Sol this year.
Not only do film and TV productions generate great publicity for the area, they also have an important impact on the local economy, as the budgets of film companies pay for local technicians, personnel, actors, labour, housing and services on the Marbella coast, as well as adding a glamorous industry to our fair shores.