Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Star Power May Draw Droves Of Tourists To Malta
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film, “By The Sea,” was shot in the island nation of Malta. And because filming locations are usually eventually converted into high-traffic tourist spots, Malta is expecting the same wonderful thing to happen to everywhere the said film was shot.
In a report on Variety, Malta is said to be launching a campaign to publicize the fact that the nearby island of Gozo served as a double for the French Riviera in the 1970s. “We have hosted big names from the film industry,” says Malta film commissioner Engelbert Grech. “These films are a boost to Malta’s tourism industry, attracting visitors to see locations featured in their favorite movies and follow (in the actors’) footsteps.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s “By The Sea” is about a married couple whose uneventful marriage is shaken by what they see and experience in the Mediterranean. Jolie wrote and directed the film. Most of the beautiful seaside scenes were shot at Gonzo, and Malta is all set to bank on that fact to win over more tourists from around the world.
In fact, Malta’s Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay now offers a tourist package called “Gozo Movie Tour,” which allows visitors to explore the island of Gozo by speedboat and see the specific areas where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed and shot the most breathtaking picturesque scenes of “By The Sea.”
Since the 1920s, Malta has been the filming location for a number of major Hollywood movies. The first season of “Game of Thrones” was shot here, as well as Ridley Scott’s Russel Crowe starrer “Gladiator” and Tom Hanks’ “Captain Phillips.” Brad Pitt, for one, shot two previous films in Malta: Wolfgang Petersen’s 2004 film “Troy” and Marc Foster’s 2013 Hollywood blockbuster “World War Z.” These films have made Malta much more visible to tourists around the globe.
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