Hollywood Comes To Majorca

By: Robert Thomson

It's already visited by Hollywood's best known actors and actresses for their holidays, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have a home on the island and spend much of their time there - so perhaps it should come as no suprise that Majorca would like to see some feature films that use it as a location.

And with this in mind the local authority is applying for a grant from the central government for promoting itself to filmmakers in Hollywood, but also to film studios elsewhere including Europe.

The UK for example has a well known and extensively used film industry, with plenty of British actors and actresses appearing regularly in Oscar winning films since the very first days of cinema - and the appeal of filming in a location they know well will appeal - and with flights to Majorca taking just two hours from the UK it will be close to home for many of them too.

The benefits for any travel destination to be featured in a well made and popular film makes sound economic sense - the number of people watching a top film runs into the millions, and with DVD releases along with terrestial and satellite television taking up a film too the benefit can last years - and will be far more cost effective than advertising and marketing Majorca as a holiday destination through traditional advertising methods.

The island has some excellent beaches for a Mediterranean backdrop, Playa de Muro for example, while the interior has traditional countryside with fincas and plenty of natural landscape to ensure a wide spectrum of films would make Majorca suitable.

It's not just post production that the island will see a direct benefit. During filming of a Brad Pitt movie 'World War Z' in Malta recently one local newspaper estimated that the island's economy had an extra 30 million Euros spent during just three weeks, with quite a few residents receiving money directly for inconvenience while their roads were closed, and a similar story is likely to unfold for any films shot in Majorca.

Locals hoping to be in a film will have the opportunity to be an extra, but they aren't likely to make a fortune - media reports in Malta suggest that extras were paid just over 6 Euros an hour, and for many it was a twelve hour day, much of it spent waiting patiently between scenes being shot.

When compared to the Mediterranean island of Malta it's surprising perhaps that so few films have been shot in Majorca. Apart from the World War Z Brad Pitt film due for release in January, other epics that have Malta as a backdrop include Troy, Gladiator and the Da Vinci Code.

If funding is approved and more people take holidays in Majorca, what can they expect to find, and what are the main resorts to look out for whn considering where to book?

For those who like the beach and the Mediterranean to be the centrepiece of their trip there are a good number of blue flag beaches - awarded to the best holiday beaches in Europe for cleanliness and facilities. One of the best is Playa de Muro, close to Arinsal, and it's easy to access by car or public transport, and is popular with locals too.

And there are plenty of other good beaches with blue flag status available to enjoy, with some of the hotels in Majorca having direct beach access - plus good restaurants, attractions and a host of things to do. Or you could just let the world go by you, relax and enjoy the best island in the Mediterranean and see just why Majorca holidays were the choice of many in the late summer no matter when you decide to visit. And don't forget to visit the historic capital Palma that is full of character and traditional charm.

And if you ever wanted to be a fim extra - watch out for some Hollywood movies being filmed on the island!

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