Currently, Malta is hosting a multi-million production ‘The Last Voyage of the Demeter’, for which more than 50% of the actual movie production is produced in Malta.
The production is projected to contribute over €18 million to the Maltese economy during its five month period in Malta. Nearly 1000 cast, crew and extras are working on this production.
The film set for such production is considered to be a milestone for the Malta Film Studios, since it includes the biggest ship to be ever constructed and used at the Malta Film Studios. The ship, 60 meters in length, was built by Maltese local craftsment in Malta in less than 4 months.
The production company behind this production is Amblin Partners which is, founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg.
The film production is considered to be one of the largest, in terms of budget, in Malta for this year.
“I am proud that Amblin Partners have chosen Malta and the water tanks at the Malta Film Studios for another production.” Grech mentioned that such a big production would only be possible since Malta have exceptional local filmcrew. “Throughout the years, our people’s skills and talent have made Malta’s Film Industry a success story” The Film Commissioner concluded that, “At the Malta Film Studios, we are just at the beginning of a new exciting journey, and we look forward to be home to other production”.
Producer Matt Hirsh thanked the Malta Film Commission for hosting the Last Voyage of the Demeter in Malta. The producer said that the production has been a very long one and Malta has served as a very postive experience for them. “We’ll definitley be back” the producer concluded.
Executive Producer Brad Fisher praised the product offered in Malta, particluarly film facilities which he described as ‘world-class’. He mentioned that their experience in Malta has been amazing, especially in relation to the Maltese Film Crew and the services which were provided to them, stating that they are “much better than we are used to in other countries”. He praised the commitment and hard work of the Maltese crew and craftsmen, and thanked them for their amazing work. “Everything has been so wonderful here. We hope to bring back more productions’ he concluded.
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo said that Malta is on track to have a ‘World Class Film Industry’. “Our Strategy, by working hand-in-hand with the Malta Film Commission is to Make Malta a World Class Filming Destination. The investment of €35 million masterplan approved by Government will continue to make the Malta Film Studios a leading film location for film producers.” Minister Bartolo concluded with “We look forward to host more productions in Malta to create an industry which works on an all-year-round basis.”