Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli paid a visit to the set of the docudrama film God’s Soldier, currently filming in Ċirkewwa. Both met the producers and artists of this production which is based on a story from the Great Siege of 1565.
With an investment of more than €500,000, Maltese producers and other producers from the UK company Urban Crayons, shot this film in four countries: Malta, Turkey, England and Austria. The majority and most prominent of the scenes were filmed in the Maltese islands, with an estimated investment of €322,000 in Malta. The film received €80,000 financial assistance from the Malta Film Fund, while the cast is all Maltese.
This production will be shown on German station ZDF, French/German station Arte, Austrian channel ORF, Viasat World UK in the United Kingdom, and finally on local level on PBS. This production is supported by the Malta Film Commission and Creative Europe MEDIA.
The films is expected to be released at the end of the year.
At the moment the movie blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion is currently being filmed in Malta too and by the end of the year, a number of other productions will be filmed on the island.
Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli stated her pride that this film is expected to reach international audiences and will be increasing awareness about Malta and its history. The Minister concluded by saying that the funds received from the Malta Film Fund to improve the end product of this film and utilise local talent for an international production of this scale.
Film Commissioner Johann Grech stated how the Malta is constantly attracting different films of all types, with the aim to create new opportunities for the local crew. He added that this film employed more than 130 local crew and cast and this film benefitted through support from the Malta Film Fund.