photo: Times of Malta
Just Noise is a new and exciting local production that begins shooting in just under two weeks. Inspired by the June riots of 1919, the film is directed by Davide Ferrario (After Midnight, We all Fall Down) and written by Jean Pierre Magro (Bulgarian Rhapsody).
Crippled by years of austerity, soaring unemployment and rising prices, an exhausted Maltese population rose to challenge the despotic Colonial Office. A day of rage was called on the 7th of June 1919. Thousands of hungry, destitute and hopeful men descended upon the city to demand much needed reforms. Unfortunately, the protests turned violent. The British flag was torn down from many government buildings, numerous edifices were looted and then burnt, and British troops were immediately deployed to restore peace and order – many died on that day.
The British hid the story from the public and tried to cancel out any traces of what happened. Over 115 Maltese citizens, mostly teenagers, were blamed for the violence and sentenced to hard labour. Starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell, Just Noise is Malta’s long-awaited triumph to share with the world, about how a small Mediterranean island took on the British Empire.
Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi expressed his support for this production and said that this initiative will greatly assist in the promotion of the Maltese Islands. He said that, “together with the Malta Film Commission, we will be assisting this production with the aim of promoting internationally local talent, the film industry and our country. This year we increased the incentives of the Malta Film Fund so that local productions can reach a higher level, while also attracting more international productions to Malta”, stated Minister Mizzi.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici was also present and said that, “we are deeply honoured to be part of this project. Film is of crucial importance for us as it is a reflection of society, both present and past. I feel it is my duty as the Minister for Culture to support such an important initiative and wish the team all the best possible. I urge the Maltese population to rally behind this production and to help in any way possible.”
The film is being produced by Aaron Briffa, Pedja Miletic and Jean Pierre Magro. Speaking on behalf of the production team, Jean Pierre Magro said that, “it is a wonderful opportunity to be entrusted with such a production. A country’s collective memory is sacred and we intend to honour our forefathers’ story.”
The Maltese cast is comprised of many familiar local faces including Godwin Scerri, Ryan Debattista, Jane Marshall, Narcy Calamatta, Marc Caboudain, Peter Galea, Jesmond Mizzi and Erica Muscat.
Davide Ferrario, the award-winning director at the helm of the project, said that this film is a great opportunity for foreigners to understand Malta and the Maltese even more. “While this is intrinsically a Maltese story, I also feel that this is a universal story. You can take this narrative and place it in any country in the world and it would still work.”
The film is executively produced by Roland Joffe, Shayne Putzlocher and Sara Shaak and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.
Worldwide distribution rights of Just Noise have been acquired by Electric Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production, distribution and post-production company.
The production team would love to thank Mr Konstantin Ishkhanov from the European Foundation for the Support of Culture who has been instrumental in supporting this film from the very beginning.
The team is seeking a large number of extras to join this production. The last casting call will be held on Saturday 7th September at Catholic Institute in Floriana between 09:00 and 17:00.