Love Let­ter from Malta

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - BY JU­LIAN GALEA Love to Par­adise (2017), writ­ten, di­rected & pro­duced by Ju­lian Galea is now avail­able on itunes, Ama­zon and Google­play.­topar­

Ro­mance is the colour that paints Malta. Ju­lian Galea, di­rec­tor of ‘Love to Par­adise’ gives us an in­side scoop on the amaz­ing lo­ca­tions that makes up this film­mak­ers’ par­adise.

Iknew Malta was the quin­tes­sen­tial set­ting for my travel themed ro­mance movie Love to Par­adise be­fore I even had a script!

Charm­ing vil­lages and turquoise la­goons on a Mediterranean ar­chi­pel­ago en­gulfed in rich his­tory and cul­ture, would not only pro­vide the world I needed to let the chem­istry un­fold on screen, but be­come the third es­sen­tial char­ac­ter in this twohan­der ro­mance.

The sun-kissed love story fol­lows an Amer­i­can tourist, Gio­vanni (Myko Olivier, Glee) who meets a lo­cal artist, Car­men (Marysia S. Peres, Assassin’s Creed) and travel across the Mal­tese is­lands on a pas­sion­ate and life-changing jour­ney.

With so many Hollywood films us­ing Malta as a stand-in for other places in movies like Gla­di­a­tor, Troy, Clash of the Ti­tans - I al­ways wanted to make a movie that show­cased Malta it­self - her beauty, cul­ture, magic, mad­ness and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Malta is both a trav­ellers’ and film­mak­ers’ par­adise, and with so many amaz­ing lo­ca­tions to of­fer, the script be­came very lo­ca­tion spe­cific and we shot in the best of them all over the three is­lands. Some in­clude; <> Comino’s Blue La­goon where the wa­ter is so blue it se­ri­ously looks fake! I needed a lo­ca­tion for the start of the ro­man­tic ad­ven­ture and an epic cliff jump so this one was a no-brainer. <> Md­ina, a for­ti­fied city and Malta’s old cap­i­tal with a maze of nar­row stone streets ooz­ing with charm and char­ac­ter. It’s also where my favourite church in Malta is (Malta is fa­mous for its churches - there are 359 of them) which we got to shoot in.

<> The Blue Grotto, a num­ber of caves which mir­ror the bril­liant phos­pho­res­cent colours of the un­der­wa­ter flora and fauna with rays of sun­light, be­came home to the steamy swim scene we shot at sun­set.

<> The me­galithic tem­ples of Ha­gar Qim (Malta has some of the old­est pre­his­toric tem­ples in the world) also fea­ture as Car­men shows Gio­vanni some of Malta’s his­tory.

<> Val­letta, Malta’s cap­i­tal, oozes with charm and char­ac­ter with in­tri­cate ar­chi­tec­ture of lime­stone houses, mu­se­ums, palaces and churches jux­ta­posed against vi­brant colours of Mal­tese bal­conies, doors and the bluest wa­ter of the Mediterranean.

<> We are also the last movie to show­case the famed rock for­ma­tion known as the Azure Win­dow (as fea­tured in Game of Thrones) be­fore it’s nat­u­ral col­lapse.

With a ti­tle like Love to Par­adise, it was serendip­i­tous we scouted the cli­max of the film at Par­adise Bay that we shot at sun­set with golden rays back­light­ing the pas­sion and an­tic­i­pa­tion dur­ing a dra­matic show­down which also dou­bled as the poster shot lo­ca­tion.

Love to Par­adise is a love let­ter to my moth­er­land of Malta and a post­card for the des­ti­na­tion. If you haven’t been you will want to go and if you have, you’ll want to go again.

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