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PAST PRESENTATIONS

2015

April 30th Hotel Astoria, Valencia.

May 21st Escuela de Turismo, UPV, Gandia.

June 1st Florida State University, Valencia.

June 9th American Space, Valencia.

August 3rd  Parador Nacional, Oropesa, Toledo.

Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

August 5th  Berlanga de Duero Town Hall.

August 7th  Biblioteca Nacional de Castilla y Leon, Valladolid, Plaza de la Trinidad.

August 8th, Loarre , Huesca. Town Hall.

26 September Vinccii Palace Hotel Valencia.

17 October  Parador Nacional de Cardona, Barcelona.

With Jaume Palau & Margarida Araya.

14 November Parador Nacional de Javea, Alicante  

2016 

23 February Escuela de Magisterio, Valencia

28 April University of Alicante.

1 May Valencia Book Fair, Viveros Park.

June 29th Microteatre, Calle Cadiz, 59. Film Quiz Night with music by Will McCarthy.

July 1st Pub Olympo Llíria. Film Quiz Night with music by Claude Robillard.

August 7th  Parador Hondarribia (Guipuzcoa).

August 10th  Castillo de Lara, Burgos.

August 19th . Parador Nacional Aigua Blava, Begur, Girona.

2017

Parador Nacional de Cuenca. 4 February.

With Jaume Palau.

Escuela de Magisterio, Valencia. February 10.

Parador Nacional de Siguenza. 11 March.

With Sergio García (Sad Hill), Isra Calzado López & Carlos Montero.

Cine Alba Texas, Valencia 3 June.

With Fernando Valencia, Bernardo Carrión, Vicent Tamarit, Ramón Alfonso, Juan Ángel Saiz Jiménez & Samuel Sebastian.

Parador Nacional de Chinchón December 2nd

With Laura Tejerina & Manuel Carrasco Moreno.

2018

Monasterio de Uclés (Cuenca) 23rd June

With Laura Tejerina, Pepe Alfaro, Ana M. Galvéz, Uclés Town Hall Councillor, Dorian Sanz

Museo de Ciéncia Cuenca 15th September

With Victor Matellano, Laura Tejerina, Ramón Herrera & Jaume Palau.

2019

21st October 2019 2019 UPV Tourism School, Gandia, Valencia.

4th November 2019 IES Les Alfàbegues, Bétera, Valencia.

19th December 2019 IES Federica Montseny, Burjassot, Valencia.

2020

27th January 2020, Los Olivos school, Valencia.

Castillo de Sajazarra (La Rioja) July 11th

Casa de Cultura Ampudia, Palencia July 19th

With Epifanio Romo.

2021

Sal d’Or, Palau Maricel, Sitges, Barcelona. May 22nd

With John Carlin, Francesc Bordería, Jaume Palau and Margarida Araya

John Carlin & Bob Yareham

Casa de Cultura, Ampudia (Palencia) July 18th With Epifanio Romo & Eugenio Fontaneda.

Covarrubias, Burgos 21st July 8 pm Sala Valle del Arlanza

Bob & Sergio and a bloke who was unsure about coming in!

Monistrol de Montserrat (Barcelona) 7 pm, 26th October 2022, Sala Municipal Can Gibert.

Categories
Film List

Film List

Rogues and Romance (1920)

Blood and Sand (1922)

The Spanish Jade (1922)

The Bandolero (1924)

Duck Soup (1933)

Grand Canary (1934)

Desire (1936)

The Last Train from Madrid (1937)

The Bullfighters (1945)

Black Jack (1950)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Penny Princess (1952)

Babes in Bagdad (1952)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Come Die My Love (1952)

Decameron Nights (1953)

Our Girl Friday (1953)

That Man from Tangiers (1953)

The Robe (1953)

Malaga (Fire Over Africa) (1954)

The Black Knight (1954)

Mister Arkadin (1954)

King’s Rhapsody (1955)

Richard III (1955)

That Lady (1955)

Contraband Spain (1955)

Thunderstorm (1955)

The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Around the world in 80 Days (1956)

Zarak (1956)

Alexander the Great (1956)

Moby Dick (1956)

The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Port Afrique (1956)

Chase a Crooked Shadow (1957)

The Pride and the Passion (1957)

The Sun Also Rises (1957)

Sail into Danger (1957)

Action of the Tiger (1957)

Spanish Affair (1957)

Across the Bridge (1957)

Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)

Stowaway Girl (1957)

Sea Fury (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

South Pacific (1958)

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

The Man Inside (1958)

Wonderful Things (1958)

The Naked Maja (1958)

Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

John Paul Jones (1959)

North West Frontier (1959)

Honeymoon (1959)

It started With a Kiss (1959)

Tommy the Toreador (1959)

SOS Pacific (1959)

Action Stations (1959)

The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960)

The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

Holiday in Spain/Scent of Mystery (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

September Storm (1960)

Moment of Danger/ Málaga (1960)

King of Kings (1961)

El Cid (1961)

Mysterious Island (1961)

The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

The Savage Guns (1961)

The Singer Not the Song (1961)

Francis of Assisi (1961)

Billy Budd (1962)

HMS Defiant (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

The Happy Thieves (1962)

The Day of the Triffids (1962)

Guns of Darkness (1962)

Commando (1962)

The Running Man (1963)

Cleopatra (1963)

55 days at Peking (1963)

The Castilian (1963)

The Ceremony (1963)

From Russia with Love (1963)

Woman of Straw (1964)

The Thin Red Line (1964)

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Circus World (1964)

Wonderful Life (1964)

The Pleasure Seekers (1964)

The Hill (1964)

The Truth about Spring (1964)

Gunfighters of Casa Grande (1964)

Pyro…the Thing without a Face (1964)

Saul and David (1964)

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

A Few Dollars More (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

The Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Crack in the World (1965)

Finger on the Trigger (1965)

Masquerade (1965)

10.30 P.M. Summer (1965)

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

The Tramplers (1965)

Joaquín Murrieta (1965)

Navajo Joe (1966)

A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

How I Won the War (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Return of the Seven (1966)

Lost Command (1966)

One Million Years BC (1966)

Kid Rodelo (1966)

Savage Pampas (1966)

The Texican (1966)

The Fantastic World of Doctor Coppelius (1966)

El Greco (1966)

Hallucination Generation (1966)

Finders Keepers (1966)

The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)

Camelot (1967)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Custer of the West (1967)

Tobruk (1967)

The House of a Thousand Dolls (1967)

Fathom (1967)

Bikini Paradise (1967)

The Long Duel (1967)

The Christmas Kid (1967)

Cervantes (1967)

The Bobo (1967)

Grand Slam (1967)

OK Connery (1967)

Bang Bang (1967)

Maneater of Hydra (1967)

A Witch Without a Broom (1967)

Fickle Finger of Fate (1967)

A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (1967)

Duffy (1968)

The Magus (1968)

Villa Rides (1968)

Play Dirty (1968)

The Immortal Story (1968)

Beyond the Mountains/The Desperate Ones (1968)

Shalako (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

A Twist of Sand (1968)

The Face of Eve (1968)

Deadfall (1968)

The Vengeance of She (1968)

Son of a gunfighter (1968)

The Day the Hot Line Got Hot (1968)

The Wild Racers (1968)

Run Like a Thief (1968)

Kiss and Kill (1968)

Ace High (1968)

White Comanche (1968)

They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968)

Massacre Harbour (1968)

Laughter in the Dark (1969)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

100 Rifles (1969)

The Battle of Britain (1969)

A Talent for Loving (1969)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

Java: East of Krakatoa (1969)

The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

The Desperados (1969)

Hard Contract (1969)

The Land raiders (1969)

More (1969)

Some Girls Do (1969)

Island of Despair (1969)

Honeymoon with a Stranger (1969)

The Looking Glass War 1969

Future Women/ The Girl From Rio (1969)

The House that Screamed (1969)

A Candidate for a Killing (1969)

Count Dracula (1970)

Dracula Versus Frankenstein (1970)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Julius Caesar (1970)

Patton (1970)

Cromwell (1970)

The Last Grenade (1970)

The Great White Hope (1970)

Four Rode Out (1970)

A Man Called Sledge (1970)

Figures in a Landscape (1970)

The Condor (1970)

Cannon for Cordoba (1970)

The Buttercup Chain (1970)

Road To Salina (1970)

The Phynx (1970)

Umbracle (1970)

The Kashmiri Run (1970)

Man in the Wilderness (1971)

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)

Blindman (1971)

F for Fake (1971)

The Horsemen (1971)

The Trojan Women (1971)

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Red Sun (1971)

Catlow (1971)

Duck You Sucker/ A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)

Valdez is Coming (1971)

The Deserter (1971)

The Hunting Party (1971)

Doc (1971)

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

A Town called Hell (1971)

Kill (1971)

The Last Run (1971)

Hunt the Man Down/ Bad Man’s River (1971)

Deathwork/ The Guns of April Morning (1971)

Black Beauty (1971)

Rain for a dusty summer (1971)

A Gunfight (1971)

The Call of the Wild (1972)

Anthony and Cleopatra (1972)

Treasure Island (1972)

Travels with my aunt (1972)

Pancho Villa (1972)

Horror Express (1972)

Chato’s Land (1972)

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972)

Doctor Phibes Rises Again (1972)

What the Peeper Saw/ Night Child (1972)

Innocent Bystanders (1972)

Summertime Killer (1972)

A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die (1972)

A Touch of Class (1973)

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)

Papillon (1973)

The Three Musketeers (1973)

The Deadly Trackers (1973)

The Man Called Noon (1973)

Chino (1973)

Charley One Eye (1973)

The Final Programme (1973)

Shaft in Africa (1973)

The Adventures of Don Quijote (1973)

The Night of the Sorcerers (1973)

The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973)

My Name is Nobody (1973)

Charge (1973)

The Legend of Blood Castle (1973)

Crypt of the Living Dead (1973)

Murder in a Blue World (1973)

The Four Musketeers (1974)

What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974)

Stardust (1974)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

The Spikes gang (1974)

And then there were None (1974)

Blood Money/ The Stranger and the Gunfighter (1974)

Touch Me Not (1974)

Watch Out, We’re Mad (1974)

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)

The House of the Damned (1974)

B Must Die (1974)

Open Season (1974)

Get Mean (1975)

The Land that Time Forgot (1975)

Three for All (1975)

The Passenger (1975)

The Wind and the Lion (1975)

Once is not Enough (1975)

Take a Hard Ride (1975)

Breakout (1975)

The Adolescents (1975)

Zorro (1975)

Cry Onion! (1975)

Robin and Marian (1976)

Voyage of the Damned (1976)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1976)

Spanish Fly (1976)

The Story of David (1976)

Island of the Damned (1976)

Blue Jeans and Dynamite (1976)

The Four Feathers (1977)

Valentino (1977)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

March or Die (1977)

The People that Time Forgot (1977)

Widows’ Nest (1977)

The Black Pearl (1977)

Battleflag (1977)

Impossible Love (1977)

The Lord of the Rings (1978)

Clayton Drumm (1978)

The Thief of Baghdad (1978)

The Nativity (1978)

The Greatest Battle (1978)

Cuba (1979)

Bloodbath (1979)

Jaguar Lives! (1979)

The House on Garibaldi Street (1979)

Tehran Incident (1979)

La Sabina (1979)

Rough Cut (1980)

Black Jack (1980)

City of the Walking Dead/ Nightmare City (1980)

The Martian Chronicles (1980)

Reborn (1980)

Reds (1981)

Mystery on Monster Island (1981)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Coming at Ya (1981)

Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982)

Black Commando (1982)

Pieces (1982)

Dragon Blood (1982)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Krull (1983)

The Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

The Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)

Escape from El Diablo (1983)

Exterminators in the Year 3000 (1983)

The Keep (1983)

Scalps (1983)

Scarab (1983)

Hundra (1983)

Best Revenge (1984)

Bolero (1984)

The Hit (1984)

Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984)

Eleni (1984)

Neverending Story (1984)

The Ibiza Connection (1984)

Lace (1984)

The Sun also Rises (1984)

Meals on Wheels (1984)

Monster Dog (1984)

Killing Machine (1984)

Black Arrow (1985)

Hydra-Monster of the Deep (1985)

Flesh and Blood (1985)

Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)

Bad Medicine (1985)

Enemy Mine (1985)

Dust (1985)

Lace 2 (1985)

Star Knight (1985)

Christopher Columbus (1985)

Alien Predator (1985)

Solarbabies (1986)

Gunbus/ Sky Pirates (1986)

Crystal Heart (1986)

Instant Justice (1986)

Eliminators (1986)

Harem (1986)

Strong Medicine (1986)

Scorpion (1986)

Banter (1986)

The Empire of the Sun (1987)

Monsignor Quixote (1987)

Siesta (1987)

Good Morning Babylon (1987)

Straight to Hell (1987)

Dark Tower (1987)

The Trouble with Spies (1987)

Crystalstone (1987)

The Living Daylights (1987)

Neat and Tidy (1987)

Beaks (The Movie) (1987)

Anguish (1987)

Rest in Pieces (1987)

Scalps (1987)

The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen (1988)

Rowing in the Wind (1988)

Slugs (1988)

A Time of Destiny (1988)

Counterforce (1988)

Iguana (1988)

The Most dangerous Man in the World (1988)

Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

The Return of the Musketeers (1989)

Fine Gold (1989)

Blood and Sand (1989)

Time to Kill (1989)

The Man in the Brown Suit (1989)

Twisted Obsession (1989)

The White Room (1989)

Countdown to Esmeralda Bay (1989)

A Man of Passion (1989)

The Shell Seekers (1989)

Hot Blood (1989)

Bethune The Making of a Hero (1990)

Angel at My Table (1990)

Dr. M (1990)

Navy Seals (1990)

Honeymoon Academy (1990)

Cthulhu Mansion (1990)

Arrivederci Millwall (1990)

The Rift (1990)

The Monk (1990)

City Slickers (1991)

Immortal Sins (1991)

Born to Ride (1991)

Operation Condor (1991)

José Carreras: My Barcelona (1991)

Eye of the Widow (1991)

The Hours and Times (1991)

Under the Sun (1992)

Shooting Elizabeth (1992)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

Revolver (1992)

The Sands of Time (1992)

Inferno (1992)

Don Quijote by Orson Welles (1992)

Fool’s Gold: The Story of the Brink’s Mat Robbery (1992)

Remember (1993)

Death and the Maiden (1994)

Uncovered (1994)

Barcelona (1994)

A Business Affair (1994)

Doomsday Gun (1994)

Land and Freedom (1995)

Two Much (1995)

Vendetta (1995)

Costa Brava (1995)

Sons of Trinity (1995)

Blue Juice (1995)

ID (1995)

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)

Evita (1996)

Killer Tongue (1996)

Eye for an Eye (1996)

Wilde (1997)

In Praise of Older Women (1997)

Gaston’s War (1997)

Talk of Angels (1998)

Spanish Fly (1998)

Dollar for the Dead (1998)

Three Businessmen (1998)

Diana: A Tribute to the People’s Princess (1998)

The Sea Change (1998)

Amazing Women by the Sea (1998)

Middleton’s Changeling (1998)

Presence of Mind (1999)

The Ninth Gate (1999)

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Outlaw Justice (1999)

Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

The Last Seduction II (1999)

All The King’s Men (1999)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure (1999)

Camino de Santiago (1999)

The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin (1999)

The Delivery (1999)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (2000)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure (2000)

Love and Basketball (2000)

Sexy Beast (2000)

Faust: Love of the Damned (2000)

One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)

Helter Skelter (2000)

Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)

Don Quixote (2000)

Sabotage (2000)

The Pilgrim factor (2000)

Where is the Chesterfield King? (2000)

Happy Days (2000)

Off Key (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

The Others (2001)

Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Dagon (2001)

The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

Arachnid (2001)

Stranded (2001)

Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)

Intact (2001)

Baby Blue (2001)

Sword of Honour (2001)

Is Harry on the Boat? (2001)

Hemingway, the Hunter of Death (2001)

Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)

Die Another Day (2002)

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Callas Forever (2002)

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Food of Love (2002)

Come Together (2002)

Darkness (2002)

Welcome 2 Ibiza (2002)

The Bourne Identity (2002)

High Speed (2002)

Second Name (2002)

Incubus (2002)

Morvern Callar (2002)

Chopin, Desire for Love (2002)

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Bear’s Kiss (2002)

Angel of Death (2002)

Mystics (2003)

The Galindez File (2003)

The Emperor’s Wife (2003)

Face of Terror (2003)

The Life of David Gale (2003)

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003)

Imagining Argentina (2003)

Kombi Nation (2003)

Jericho Mansions (2003)

Oh Marbella! (2003)

Seeing Double (2003)

Are We There Yet? (2003)

Cambridge Spies (2003)

A Talking Picture (2003)

The Reckoning (2004)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

The Machinist (2004)

It’s all Gone Pete Tong (2004)

Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

Rottweiller (2004)

Art Heist (2004)

Blueberry (2004)

Fakers (2004)

The Birthday (2004)

Crusader (2004)

Glitterati (2004)

Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt (2004)

People (2004)

Merlin (2004)

Visions of Europe (2004)

Within the Way Without (2004)

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Sahara (2005)

Fragile (2005)

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Soldier of God (2005)

Americano (2005)

Beneath Still Waters (2005)

The Business (2005)

The Secret Life of Words (2005)

The Nun (2005)

Wannabe (2005)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005)

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

One Day in Europe (2005)

The Kovak Box (2006)

Goya’s Ghosts (2006)

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006)

Cargo (2006)

Tirant Lo Blanc (2006)

Backwoods (2006)

Mysterious Creatures (2006)

The Deal (2006)

Moscow Zero (2006)

Find Her, Keep Her (2006)

The Stoning (2006)

The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)

The Fall (2006)

Ride Around the World (2006)

Xavier (2006)

The 9/11 Commission Report (2006)

Karol: the Pope, the Man (2006)

Savage Grace (2007)

El Greco (2007)

Body Armour (2007)

Four Last Songs (2007)

Velocity (2007)

Intergalactic Combat (2007)

Blackout (2007)

Irina Palm (2007)

The Heart of the Earth (2007)

Hidden Camera (2007)

Goal 2 (2007)

Never Sleeps (2007)

The Matador’s Mistress (2008)

Vantage Point (2008)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)

Che: Part 2 (2008)

Vicky, Christina Barcelona (2008)

The Garden of Eden (2008)

Deception (2008)

Little Ashes (2008)

Unnatural Causes (2008)

Black Forest Gateau (2008)

The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary (2008)

Ser o Estar (2008)

Donkey Punch (2008)

The El Escorial Conspiracy (2008)

The Crew (2008)

Reflections (2008)

Stevie (2008)

Sing For Darfur (2008)

Goodnight Irene (2008)

Telstar: the Joe Meek Story (2008)

My Life in Ruins (2009)

Green Zone (2009)

The Limits of Control (2009)

Triage (2009)

Tetro (2009)

Open Graves (2009)

The Frost (2009)

Paintball (2009)

The Damned United (2009)

The Third Testament: The Antichrist and the Harlot (2009)

Nothing Personal (2009)

My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

The Lost (2009)

Original (2009)

Just Shy of Being (2009)

Justice/Vengeance/Iron Cross (2009)

Knight and Day (2010)

Mr. Nice (2010)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

The Way (2010)

Buried (2010)

The Disciple (2010)

Four Lions (2010)

I Want to Be a Soldier (2010)

Room in Rome (2010)

Magic Journey to Africa (2010)

Exorcismus (2010)

Puzzled Love (2010)

Di Di Hollywood (2010)

Mad Dogs (2010)

Underground (2010)

Maximum Shame (2010)

Circuit (2010)

Katmandu (2011)

Powder (2011)

The Honey Killer (2011)

The Impossible (2011)

Weekender (2011)

11-11-11 (2011)

There Be Dragons (2011)

Intruders (2011)

We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011)

Haywire (2011)

Jack and Jill (2011)

The Inbetweeners (2011)

Boronia Backpackers (2011)

The Perfect Stranger (2011)

Trangression (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Checkout (2011)

Road to Wacken (2011)

Apartment 143 (2011)

Haunted Poland (2011)

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

Saving Isis (2012)

Red Lights (2012)

A Puerta Fria (2012)

The Dictator (2012)

The Zig Zag Kid (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)

Deranged (2012)

Dancing Dogs (2012)

Invader (2012)

Miami II Ibiza (2012)

Ibiza: My Way or the Highway (2012)

Animals (2012)

The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012)

Things We Do for Love (2012)

The Sleeper Effect (2012)

Stranger Within (2013)

The Wine of Summer (2013)

Spook (2013)

The Nowhere Son (2013)

Grand Piano (2013)

The Fast and the Furious 6 (2013)

The Counselor (2013)

The Macabre Ayahuasca Hammer Experience (2013)

Mindscape (2013)

Wax (2013)

Open Windows (2013)

Panzer Chocolate (2013)

Kid Gloves (2013)

A Long Way Down (2013)

Leaving Hotel Romantic (2013)

Another Me (2013)

Mama (2013)

Afflicted (2013)

A Night in Old Mexico (2013)

The World (2013)

Encontrados en NYC (2013)

The Liberator (2013)

Paper, Scissors, Stone (2013)

Violet (2013)

Tasting Menu (2013)

The Cosmonaut (2013)

The Extraordinary Tale of the Times Table (2013)

New York Shadows (2013)

Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (2013)

Blue Lips (2014)

10,000 km (2014)

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Traces of Sandalwood (2014)

A Perfect Day (2014)

Let the Die Be Cast: Initium (2014)

Twice upon a Time in the West (2014)

Six Bullets to Hell (2014)

Seve the Movie (2014)

Aloft (2014)

The Afterglow (2014)

Shooting for Socrates (2014)

Brokeback Mountain (2014)

Fleming (2014)

Tea and Sangria (2014)

The Forsaken (2015)

Mosquito: A Fistful of Bitcoins (2015)

Summer Camp (2015)

The Gunman (2015)

The Rezort (2015)

Never Let Go (2015)

The Hunting of the Snark (2015)

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Tomorrowland (2015)

Nobody Wants the Night (2015)

Don’t Speak (2015)

Taken 3 (2015)

Sweet Home (2015)

Shadows in the Distance (2015)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Extinction (2015)

Don’t Grow Up (2015)

Second Origin (2015)

The Evil that Men Do (2015)

Monsoon Tide (2015)

Carpe Diem: European Escapade (2015)

The Singleton (2015)

Vampyres (2015)

Pursuit (2015)

Creditors (2015)

Inside (2016)

Dance Angels (2016)

Stopover in Hell (2016)

History’s Future (2016)

Anomalous (2016)

Erasmus (2016)

My Bakery in Brooklyn (2016)

Wild Oats (2016)

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Altamira (2016)

Mine (2016)

Risen (2016)

Realive (2016)

A Monster Calls (2016)

The Chosen (2016)

The Promise (2016)

All I See is You (2016)

Brimstone (2016)

Jason Bourne (2016)

Foe/The Curse (2016)

Voyeur (2016)

White Island (2016)

The Night Manager (2016)

Gernika (2016)

Allied (2016)

Blood Orange (2016)

Me Before You (2016)

Lucas (2016)

Seat in Shadow (2016)

Toxic Apocalypse (2016)

Ibiza Undead (2016)

Barcelona: a Love Untold (2016)

Bittersweet days (2016)

The Night Watchman (2016)

The Cucaracha Club (2016)

The Supers! (2017)

I Love Her (2017)

The Girl From the Song (2017)

Rise of the Footsoldier 3 (2017)

Megan Leavey (2017)

It Came from the Desert (2017)

Coco (2017)

Gunned Down (2017)

Cold Skin (2017)

Black Hollow Cage (2017)

The Bookshop (2017)

Marrowbone (2017)

Geostorm (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Maus (2017)

Submergence (2017)

Still Star-Crossed (2017)

Maniac Tales (2017)

Dirty White Lies/ Sea of Lies (2017)

Yerma (2017)

Perfect Pitch 3 (2017)

Muse (2017)

ReAgitator: Revenge of the Parody (2017)

Sacracide (2017)

Solo! (2018)

I Love My Mum (2018)

Luz (2018)

Fishbone (2018)

Escape From Marwin (2018)

Dancing with Sancho Panza (2018)

Onyx: Kings of the Grail (2018)

Dead on Time (2018)

Han Solo (2018)

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

The Man who Killed Don Quijote (2018)

Ibiza (2018)

Blackwood (2018)

The Titan (2018)

Trained to Kill (2018)

The Price of Death (2018)

Domino (2018)

Hello Au Revoir (2018)

Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

The Bounty Killer (2018)

After the Lethargy (2018)

Life Itself (2018)

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Miss Dalí (2018)

Sunburn (2018)

The Invocation of Enver Simaku (2018)

Caged (2018)

The Vibe (2019)

The Glorious Seven (2019)

The Rhythm Section (2019)

The Kill Team (2019)

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

The Hustle (2019)

Be Happy! (the musical) (2019)

Love Unlimited (2019)

Milk and Honey (2019)

Rambo 5: Last Blood (2019)

I’ll See What I Can Do (2019)

Remember Me (2019)

Paradise Hills (2019)

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

The Wasp Network (2019)

Dulcinea (2019)

Rare Beasts (2019)

WW2: The Long Road Home (2019)

Radioactive (2019)

Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella (2019)

Mother, Father, Son (2019)

Strong Artificial Intelligence (2019)

Savage State (2019)

The F**k it List (2020)

Agent Kelly (2020)

The Legion (2020)

Way Down (2020)

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Rifkin’s Festival (2020)

The Roads Not Taken (2020)

Ron Hopper’s Misfortune (2020)

Granada Nights (2020)

It Snows in Benidorm (2020)

State of Prey (2020)

The Midnight Sky (2020)

Trevor (2020)

Chasing Wonders (2020)

Black Beach (2020)

A Perfect Enemy (2020)

One Glorious Sunset (2020)

The Odd Perspective (2020)

Us (2020)

Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020)

The Music Island (2021)

Last Letter from your Lover (2021)

Off the Rails (2021)

The Eternals (2021)

The Internationalist (2021)

Borrego (2021)

True Things about Me (2021)

Gunfight at Dry River (2021)

SAS: Red Notice (2021)

Don’t Come Here (2021)

Under Spanish Skies (2021)

Red Notice (2021)

The Nanny’s Night (2021)

The Matador’s Cape (2022)

Uncharted (2022)

Asteroid City (2022)

Operation Mincemeat (2022)

The Seville Communion/The Man from Rome (2022)

Marlowe (2022)

Renko (2022)

The Interpreter (2022)

Hustle (2022)

The Mother (2022)

D is for Detroit (2022)

What About Love (2023)

TV Series Made in Spain

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House of the Dragon

The Witcher

Black Mirror

Westworld

Silent Witness

The Crown

Doctor Who

Berlin Station

White Lines

Emerald City

The Spanish Princess

Hanna

Killing Eve

The One

Soulmates

Warrior Nun

Wheel of Time

Foundation

The Mallorca Files

Penny Dreadful

Years and Years

Rosemary and Thyme

Eastenders

The Love Boat

In From the Cold

La Fortuna

Little Birds

The Head

Snatch

Utopia Planitia

The Bounty Hunters

Genius: Picasso

Top Boy

The Man who Fell to Earth

Jack Ryan

Inventing Anna

That Dirty Black Bag

The Diplomat

No Return

The Lazarus Project

American Odyssey

Any Human Heart

Blindspot

Covert Affairs

Kaos

Mrs Davis

Vampire Academy

Queen of the South

Land of Women

Dark Justice

Films in Development

Tau Ceti Four

The Last Templar Knight

Viper 997: The Lost Mission

Who Killed Che Guevara

Guys in Polos

An Actor’s Journey

A Homeless Crime

How the West was Stolen

Rap Grandma

Shooting Bernarda

Missing Hyde

After the Fall

American Hostage

Dalí Land

Lascivious

Patmos: The Book of Seals

Sunburn 2

Never Outshine the Master

War Pigs

She Loves You

In the Box (2020)

The Fourth Horseman

The Subordinate

The Middle Man

Categories
Period

2010-2019

THE TWENTY TENS

Knight and Day (2010)

Mr. Nice (2010)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

The Way (2010)

Buried (2010)

The Disciple (2010)

Four Lions (2010)

I Want to Be a Soldier (2010)

Room in Rome (2010)

Magic Journey to Africa (2010)

Exorcismus (2010)

Puzzled Love (2010)

Di Di Hollywood (2010)

Mad Dogs (2010)

Underground (2010)

Maximum Shame (2010)

Circuit (2010)

Katmandu (2011)

Powder (2011)

The Honey Killer (2011)

The Impossible (2011)

Weekender (2011)

11-11-11 (2011)

There Be Dragons (2011)

Intruders (2011)

We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011)

Haywire (2011)

Jack and Jill (2011)

The Inbetweeners (2011)

Boronia Backpackers (2011)

The Perfect Stranger (2011)

Trangression (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Checkout (2011)

Road to Wacken (2011)

Apartment 143 (2011)

Haunted Poland (2011)

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

Saving Isis (2012)

Red Lights (2012)

A Puerta Fria (2012)

The Dictator (2012)

The Zig Zag Kid (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)

Deranged (2012)

Dancing Dogs (2012)

Invader (2012)

Miami II Ibiza (2012)

Ibiza: My Way or the Highway (2012)

Animals (2012)

The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012)

Things We Do for Love (2012)

The Sleeper Effect (2012)

Stranger Within (2013)

The Wine of Summer (2013)

Spook (2013)

The Nowhere Son (2013)

Grand Piano (2013)

The Fast and the Furious 6 (2013)

The Counselor (2013)

The Macabre Ayahuasca Hammer Experience (2013)

Mindscape (2013)

Wax (2013)

Open Windows (2013)

Panzer Chocolate (2013)

Kid Gloves (2013)

A Long Way Down (2013)

Leaving Hotel Romatic (2013)

Another Me (2013)

Mama (2013)

Afflicted (2013)

A Night in Old Mexico (2013)

The World (2013)

Encontrados en NYC (2013)

The Liberator (2013)

Paper, Scissors, Stone (2013)

Violet (2013)

Tasting Menu (2013)

The Cosmonaut (2013)

The Extraordinary Tale of the Times Table (2013)

New York Shadows (2013)

Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (2013)

Blue Lips (2014)

10,000 km (2014)

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Traces of Sandalwood (2014)

A Perfect Day (2014)

Let the Die Be Cast: Initium (2014)

Twice upon a Time in the West (2014)

Six Bullets to Hell (2014)

Seve the Movie (2014)

Aloft (2014)

The Afterglow (2014)

Shooting for Socrates (2014)

Brokeback Mountain (2014)

Fleming (2014)

Tea and Sangria (2014)

The Forsaken (2015)

Mosquito: A Fistful of Bitcoins (2015)

Summer Camp (2015)

The Gunman (2015)

The Rezort (2015)

Never Let Go (2015)

The Hunting of the Snark (2015)

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Tomorrowland (2015)

Nobody Wants the Night (2015)

Don’t Speak (2015)

Taken 3 (2015)

Sweet Home (2015)

Shadows in the Distance (2015)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Extinction (2015)

Don’t Grow Up (2015)

Second Origin (2015)

The Evil that Men Do (2015)

Monsoon Tide (2015)

Carpe Diem: European Escapade (2015)

The Singleton (2015)

Vampyres (2015)

Pursuit (2015)

Creditors (2015)

Inside (2016)

Dance Angels (2016)

Stopover in Hell (2016)

History’s Future (2016)

Anomalous (2016)

Erasmus (2016)

My Bakery in Brooklyn (2016)

Wild Oats (2016)

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Altamira (2016)

Mine (2016)

Risen (2016)

Realive (2016)

A Monster Calls (2016)

The Chosen (2016)

The Promise (2016)

All I See is You (2016)

Brimstone (2016)

Jason Bourne (2016)

Foe (2016)

Voyeur (2016)

White Island (2016)

The Night Manager (2016)

Gernika (2016)

Allied (2016)

Blood Orange (2016)

Me Before You (2016)

Lucas (2016)

Seat in Shadow (2016)

Toxic Apocalypse (2016)

Ibiza Undead (2016)

Barcelona: a Love Untold (2016)

Bittersweet days (2016)

The Night Watchman (2016)

The Cucaracha Club (2016)

The Supers! (2017)

I Love Her (2017)

The Girl From the Song (2017)

Rise of the Footsoldier 3 (2017)

Megan Leavey (2017)

It Came from the Desert (2017)

Coco (2017)

Gunned Down (2017)

Cold Skin (2017)

Black Hollow Cage (2017)

The Bookshop (2017)

Marrowbone (2017)

Geostorm (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Maus (2017)

Submergence (2017)

Still Star-Crossed (2017)

Maniac Tales (2017)

Dirty White Lies (2017)

Yerma (2017)

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Muse (2017)

ReAgitator: Revenge of the Parody (2017)

Sacracide (2017)

Solo! (2018)

I Love My Mum (2018)

Luz (2018)

Fishbone (2018)

Escape From Marwin (2018)

Dancing with Sancho Panza (2018)

Onyx: Kings of the Grail (2018)

Dead on Time (2018)

Han Solo (2018)

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

The Man who Killed Don Quijote (2018)

Ibiza (2018)

Blackwood (2018)

The Titan (2018)

Trained to Kill (2018)

The Price of Death (2018)

Domino (2018)

Hello Au Revoir (2018)

Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

The Bounty Killer (2018)

After the Lethargy (2018)

Life Itself (2018)

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Miss Dalí (2018)

Sunburn (2018)

The Invocation of Enver Simaku (2018)

Caged (2018)

The Vibe (2019)

The Glorious Seven (2019)

The Rhythm Section (2019)

The Kill Team (2019)

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

The Hustle (2019)

Be Happy! (the musical) (2019)

Love Unlimited (2019)

Milk and Honey (2019)

Rambo 5: Last Blood (2019)

I’ll See What I Can Do (2019)

Remember Me (2019)

Paradise Hills (2019)

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Wasp Network (2019)

Dulcinea (2019)

Rare Beasts (2019)

WW2: The Long Road Home (2019)

Radioactive (2019)

Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella (2019)

Mother, Father, Son (2019)

Stron Artificial Intelligence (2019)

Savage State (2019)

2010-2019

Knight and Day (2010)

This film made the news headlines in November 2009 even before it was released, when a scene involving the stars, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, in which they (or their doubles) were pursued by a group of bulls as they sped away on a motorbike through the streets of Cádiz, went badly wrong. The bulls escaped and decided to wander down to La Caleta beach for a dip and to sunbathe before being rounded up again. Among other things, this left the producers on the horns of a dilemma.

Some of the Cádiz streets used were Calles Cánovas del Castillo, San José, Presidente Rivadavia and the Plaza de San Antonio.

The scene with the bulls ends at Sevilla’s bullring, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, but not before passing through various streets of both Sevilla and Cádiz, sneaking between two of Sevilla’s modern trams.

The whole Spanish section of the film is supposed to take place in Sevilla, and to give it a special flavour, during the internationally famous festival of San Fermín, for which reason we see the authentically dressed ‘runners’ in their white clothing and red bandannas. The only problem is that the festival takes place in northern Spain, in Pamplona. Cruise did something similar with Valencia’s Fallas festival, which he also placed in Andalusia in one of the Mission Impossible episodes.

The action also takes place in Salzburg, although Sevilla’s Santa Justa station played the part of the Austrian city’s.

The movie’s biggest chase scene was filmed mostly in Sevilla, near the city’s Cathedral at Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. The Cathedral is the first image we see in the Sevilla section, after scenes in Salzburg, Austria.

The city with the fortress on the hill, seen from the hotel balcony, was Cádiz, the old town of Cádiz being the setting for the scene where Cruise meets a representative of an arms dealer.

The port of Cádiz was also used for the end of the car chase, which actually began in Sevilla (80 miles away).

The big gunfight scene was filmed at the Casa de Pilatos, the same one that was used in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ This is probably the most painful part of the film for art lovers, as we have to put up with bullets destroying the exquisite Arabian mosaics while Cruise casually woos Diaz, and the rest of us admire the fountains, arches and gardens, and remember that the word ‘paradise’ actually comes from Arabic and means ‘a walled garden.’

Casa de Pilatos is the hide-out of Spanish villain Antonio (played by Spanish actor Jordi Mollá), and it is by crashing through the main entrance that Cruise and Diaz escape on their motorbike.

The construction of this palace was begun by Pedro Enriquez de Quiñones and his wife Catalina de Rivera. It was completed by Pedro’s son Fadrique Enriquez de Ribera (first Marquis of Tarifa), whose pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1519 was the origin of the name ‘Pilate’s house.’ On his return, he supposedly discovered that the distance between the ruins of Pontius Pilate’s house and Golgotha was the same as that between his palace and a local temple known as the Cross of the Field. Sevillian imagination did the rest.

During their stay, Cruise and Diaz were lodged in the Alfonso XIII hotel, which was also a set for ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ The entire hotel would later be rented by the cast and crew for the international premiere of the film on June 16th at the Lope de Vega theatre in Sevilla.

Mr. Nice (2010)

Howard Marks was one of those drug dealers who it’s hard to dislike; one who partook of his own product.

His book, largely written in US high security prisons, was the basis of this film about his life as an international drug smuggler based in Mallorca.

In Alicante province the production team filmed his extradition hearing, making use of Mutxamel Town Hall’s Council Chamber, while the Police Station was the old El Salvador school in the same town.

One meeting takes place in a bar in front of the Church of the Virgin del Consuelo in Altea.

Another of the locations used was the old tobacco factory in Alicante, while the City of Light studios were used for interiors.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Liam Neesen and Ralph Fiennes star in this remake of a 1981 classic of angry Gods and slightly worse humans, filmed largely in Spain.

Among the selected locations used in May and June 2009 in Tenerife were the Teide National Park, where at the base of Spain’s highest mountain most of the filming took place, and the coast in the districts of Icod, Buenavista del Norte and Guía de Isora, plus some pinewoods and mountain areas, as well as the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote and the Garajonay park on La Gomera island.

Production Designer Martin Laing explained that they had looked all around the planet for locations and could have gone anywhere in the world, but that Tenerife had so many beautiful and dramatic landscapes. 

The mines were those of San José, where the first temple in the film was located, while the first camp was situated at la Cañada de Capricho and on the slopes of Mount Guajara.

At Llano de Ucanca our mythical heroes took their long walk on the backs of the giant scorpions, with whom they initially fought.

During their journey with the scorpions they cross the dunes of the natural park at Maspalomas in Gran Canaria.

The film heroes also walked through the sea of clouds, a strange meteorological phenomenon which separates the very different northern and southern parts of the island.

In northern Tenerife the film’s producers also took advantage of the forest, known locally as ‘Laurisilva’, an endemic type of humid subtropical forest found on several of the islands of the North Atlantic, such as Madeira and the Azores, a relic of the Pliocene subtropical forests.

The Way (2010)

Tired of playing President Bartlett, and a little bit old to make ‘Apocalypse Later,’ Martin Sheen went to northern Spain to make a film directed by his son Emilio Estevez and set on St. James’ Way, the medieval pilgrim route better known as the ‘Camino de Santiago.’

The castle of Castrojeriz appears for only a few seconds as the credits roll at the start of the film, just before we see Martin Sheen on a train, on the way to identify his son’s body in Sant Jean Pied de Port.

Castrojeriz Castle. Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

The opening credits are a cleverly woven selection of images, music and maps, and the castle, which is at one of the key villages, halfway along the Camino de Santiago, is a silent reference to the Spanish hinterland, steeped in historical conflicts and saturated in castles.

Among the less than happy visitors to the castle were Leanor of Castile, Queen of Aragon, who was murdered there by her nephew Pedro I of Castile in 1359.

Poor Leanor had a number of unhappy run-ins with the Spanish aristocracy. She was initially engaged to the heir to the kingdom of Aragon, Jaime, but he renounced the material world and became a monk, which is not the most flattering way to woo a young girl. In the end she married his widowed younger brother Alfonso, who became Alfonso IV of Aragon.

She had two sons; the younger of them, Juan, was murdered by order of King Pedro of Castilla, and the elder was ordered murdered by his own step-brother, Pedro of Aragon, after her death.

Monarchy ain’t what it used to be.

The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 severely damaged the castle, as it did many others on the Iberian Peninsular.

It was a site once occupied by Celts and Romans, and there is even a legend that Julius Caesar founded the place.

The current castle remains were built by the Arabs in the 9th century, using a Roman tower as a starting point.

Sheen follows the French Way, one of several that take pilgrims to Santiago. He starts in France at Saint Jean Pied de Port, before following Napoleon’s Route, in reference to the French Emperor’s unsuccessful (eventually) invasion of Spain, visiting the Navarra villages of Gainecoleta, Ibañeta and Roncesvalles (considered by many as the starting point in Spain, although it is not the first Spanish village).

Even though many of the exterior shots at Roncesvalles are genuine, the interiors of the hostel were shot on a set constructed next to the old town mill, and when Sheen emerges in the morning he is actually leaving the Hotel La Posada, where he spends a night among fellow snorers and where he is attended by famous Spanish actress Angela Molina (Columbus’s wife in Ridley Scott’s ‘1492’).

The tunnel he walks through however, does lead to the real site of the pilgrims’ hostel.

The way continues through Mezkiritz, with its watering hole for visitors, where our ‘caminantes’ briefly pause by the village fountain after buying some goat’s cheese. We spoke here to Carlos, who informed us that Anthony Quinn had been in the village filming years ago. He also told us that some scenes from ‘Robin and Marian’ had been shot at a nearby campsite.

Also on the way were Lintzoain, Larrasoaña and Akerreta (where there is another pilgrim hostel in the film). In reality the hostel is the Hotel Akerrata, where filming took place from 4th to 7th October 2009.

Owner Joxemari informed us that the cast and crew were upset that they couldn’t stay in this rural paradise as the production took up all the available space. For the tiny village of Akerrata the making of the film was an amazing experience. It is here that Sheen meets Sarah, who is suppering with a group of French pilgrims arguing about Charlemagne and Roldan.

The discussion takes place in the hotel’s front garden with its green, eye-massaging views of the valley.

We stayed at the hotel ourselves in the summer of 2011 and were able to confirm that the hotel is indeed situated on the pilgrims’ way; in fact it is the clickety clack of pilgrim walking sticks that wakes guests up long before the dawn chorus gets going.

In the film, bullfighting fan Simón Andreu plays the hosteller.

Irota, Arleta, the River Arga and Zariquiegui also appear until finally Sheen makes it to Navarra’s capital, Pamplona, entering through one of the gates to the old fortress city.

Turning sharp left and up a bit of a slope he would have come to the Restaurante Caballo Blanco, where he finds his corpulent Dutch friend feasting on lamb chops, although in the film he approaches from the arched street next to the restaurant, going completely the wrong way.

Caballo Blanco Restaurant

However, for the most part the film faithfully follows the route of the Camino de Santiago, but we were informed by Koldo Lasa at the Navarra Film Institute (INACC) that a little cheating was necessary for the scene where Sheen drops his rucksack into the river. The bridge from which he drops it can be found at Aoiz, to the west of Pamplona and well off the pilgrim route.

The need for abundant, fast running water sent the film crew to this medieval bridge just below the Itolz Reservoir, where the last summer waters were being released for agricultural purposes.

On leaving Pamplona he ascends one of the route’s best known mountains, Monte del Perdón, with its silhouettes of pilgrims marching defiantly onwards, intent no doubt on quixotically taking on the giant modern windmills that share the crest of the mountain range.

At the bottom of the hill is the church of Santa María de Eunate, a delightfully simple church accompanied only by a pilgrims’ hostel, walking towards which he speaks to the priest with brain cancer.

Also in Navarra he visits Trinidad de Arre and Irache with its famous Monastery, where he stays in a hostel, in which the pilgrims are sleeping in bunk beds in the cloister.

The pilgrims don’t really sleep there, as the warden Alberto explained to us. He showed us the courtyard where Napoleon’s troops were once stationed after turning out the monks at what was the first hospital on the Camino.

Moving into La Rioja we enjoy a visit to the police station in the capital, Logroño, after Sheen is arrested for combining drunkenness and patriotism, and frog-marched to Calle Ruavieja number 47 in the historic centre. It’s quite a walk considering that the scene where he gets drunk was filmed in Haro, at the Bodega CVNE.

I’m not especially hostile to monarchy per se, but when King Felipe VI’s visit to Haro in July 2020 coincided with mine, it was inevitable that if either of us was going to be inconvenienced, it would be me, and thanks to the hundreds of police officers protecting him most efficiently, I was forced to drive an extra 50 kilometres on a paying motorway just to get back to my hotel in Briones.

We were received at CVNE by the delightful, English speaking Natalia, who took us around this winery, now in its 5th generation of Urrutia family ownership.

Although the scene from The Way was quite short, they were here three days filming, with their own catering area.

The bodega was chosen because it looked like a typical Spanish village, where our pilgrims pause to explore Rioja wine and Martin gets patriotically irate.

The bodega visit is full of surprises, including a cellar designed by none other than Gustav Eiffel, he of the tower, and various rooms full of barrels and 100 year old bottles belonging to a company that started producing its flagship Imperial wine specifically for the UK market.

The CVNE bodega isn’t on the Camino either in fact.

We return to Navarra to visit Viana and Torres del Rio (for the scene with the crazy hostel owner Ramón, which I usually fast forward) and Azofra.

In Burgos province we wind our way through Redecilla del Camino, Castrojeriz (whose castle is seen in an aerial view during the opening credits) and Tosantos, where we visit the church, and San Juan de Ortega.

Our pilgrims enter Burgos through the city gate; although the Camino doesn’t. They gather at the Rincón de España restaurant, just inside the old city, where Sheen’s rucksack is stolen by a young gypsy boy.

In Burgos we also see Rabé de las Calzadas, Hornillos and El Molino and San Bol, with their pilgrims’ hostels and the ruins of the Convent of San Antón.

It is near Hornillos, at a cottage called El Molino del Camino, where Joost helps cook a meal for the other pilgrims.

During their stay in Burgos, they were lodged in the Velada Hotel.

In León province Bercianos del Real Camino, El Burgo Ranero, Reliegos, Santa Catalina de Somoza, El Ganso, Foncebadón and Manjarín all turn up along the way.

In León capital Sheen invites his fellow travellers to a night at the Parador Hotel of San Marcos, previously a 16th century monastery, accompanied by the music of the immortal (dead) Nick Drake. Filming took place during 3 days using rooms 366 and 359. One of the hotel receptionists, Juan Miguel, played the waiter who provided the room service.

The extraordinary facade of the hotel is lovingly employed during the scene when the pilgrims arrive there.

They next visit the Cruz de Ferro, an iron cross on a wooden pole where traditionally each pilgrim makes a wish or promise and adds a stone to the pile.

Lugo province takes us to O Cebreiro, (for the scene where Jack explains his wish to be a writer like Joyce or Yeats as they walk out of the village), the Alto de San Roque and Lugar de Vilamaior.

Sheen’s own father was a Galician immigrant from Salceda de Caselas, in Pontevedra.

Our group end up in Santiago de Compostela with its outstanding Cathedral in the Plaza de Obradoiro, which they visit, although restrictions today would prevent some of their gestures with statues.

At A Coruña province we first see the spires of Santiago from Monte do Gozo, and after the obligatory visits to the cathedral, Plaza de las Platerías and the Pilgrim office to get their Compostela certificates, the group continues to Muxia near Finisterre (literally Land’s End), where we see the viewpoint (Mirador) do Corpiño, the lighthouse and the Sanctuary of Virxe da Barca. Here his journey ends, and Sheen casts the ashes of his son towards the sea and, we hope, finds closure.

The Camino de Santiago has existed for over a thousand years and is one of the great Christian pilgrimage routes, along with Rome and Jerusalem.

The film led directly to a multiplication by 5 of the number of Americans on the Camino the following year.

Buried (2010)

Ryan Reynolds wakes up inside a coffin and quite naturally would like to get out.

Although filmed by Rodrigo Cortés in Barcelona, nearly the whole story takes place inside the coffin and therefore any plans to pay a visit would require relinquishing group rates.

The Disciple (2010)

A new take on the story of Jesus, with filming taking place around Baza and Orce in Granada province.

The scenes in front of some cliff caves, where the rebels led by Jesus are frequently seen and occasionally put to the sword by Romans, are in fact the Cuevas Almagruz at Purullena, near Guadix in Granada province. The crew and actors stayed at the tourist complex Cuevas Almagruz nearby.

In Baza, which represents Galilee, the crew filmed the scenes where Saint John accuses Saint Luke of fabricating the story of Christ, in the Baños Árabes.

Also used were Los Poblados Serranos de El Tesorero and San Nicolás el Moro in the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Baza and in the Rambla del Espartal.

In Orce the old city wall provides the backdrop to a market scene replete with conventional Roman repression.

Four Lions (2010)

Some people might doubt the wisdom of a comedy about terrorist bombings in London, but here it is anyway. The film is in fact hilarious, an updated version of ‘The Life of Brian’ with clear Monty Python influences, although you can’t help looking over your shoulder as you laugh to check that your head’s still up there on top.

When the aspiring suicide bombers go to Pakistan for their training, they are in fact to be found at Las Salinillas in Almería, one of the locations for ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.’

Almería expert José Enrique Martínez informed us that he identified Monte Alfaro, Viciana and Trujillo (Tabernas) from a trailer.

Rambla Viciana

I Want to Be a Soldier (2010)

A warning about how media violence can affect the young, the film was made entirely in and around Barcelona, including L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, and has performances by Robert Englund and Danny Glover.

Glover plays the director of Alex’s school, which is in reality the Colegio Alemán at Esplugues de Llobregat.

A film guaranteed to dissuade anyone who had ever considered having children.

Room in Rome (2010)

The beginning and end of the film were shot in Via del Corso in Rome, and the rest was filmed on a studio set in Madrid, with Roman rooftops added in post-production.

Various languages were used in the film, in which a Russian and a Spanish girl find some kind of mutually satisfying chemistry.

But English is the main language in a film directed by Julio Medem, whose ‘Lucia y el Sexo’ has become a cult film all over the world, possibly because of the sex.

The Russian actress Natasha Yarovenko was living in Barcelona when cast.

Magic Journey to Africa (2010)

A young girl meets an African boy in Barcelona, and begins an imaginary journey to Africa.

The film tells the story of Namibia; its legends and people.

The hospital used in Barcelona, where the African boy is recuperating, was the well-known Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

Also briefly seen early on during an aerial shot is the 144 metre tall Torre Agbar, completed in 2005 in the Placa de las Glories. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel as the HQ for Aguas de Barcelona, a local water company, and its shimmering blue and red phallic shape has become a talking point of Barcelona’s skyline.

The pizzeria, where girl meets boy while boy is trying to earn a crust nicking mobile phones, was Buongiorno in Calle Comte D’Urgell 239, although the wood panelling has apparently gone now.

With its talking flowers, jackals and lions, raining, flaming books, fire spirits and old men in white robes, the film clearly demonstrates that the sixties are not quite dead and gone, yet.

Exorcismus (2010)

A Spanish version of ‘The Exorcist’ with a largely British and Irish cast and filmed in English, although in Spain they will dub it back into Spanish as usual and then continue wondering why it is that Spanish people find it so hard to learn English, unlike the Portuguese, who don’t dub their films.

To add a little appropriate spookiness, they used the Casa Arnús, also known as El Pinar. Built in 1903, this turreted palace is to be found in the hills above Barcelona, where the pine forests of Collserola begin, next to the cable car that rises to the Tibidabo amusement park.

The hospital and morgue scenes were shot at Hospital General de Catalunya, (Sant Cugat) and the Tanatorio at Badalona, while exteriors of the family house were filmed at Palau de Plegamans.

Some of the road scenes were shot in the Maresme area of Barcelona province, to the north east of the city of Barcelona, and the park of Montjuïc also appears.

Puzzled Love (2010)

A romantic story set in Barcelona and directed not by Woody Allen but by 13 cinema students.

Perhaps that’s why the story is about 2 Erasmus students falling in love instead of studying hard and making the most of all that European funding.

Among the locations were the student flat in the district of Eixample, the Sala Razzmatazz for some scenes of typical student cultural activity, the old Terminal 1 of the airport, the beach at La Mora near Tarragona, and the Delta del Ebro in Tarragona province for the scenes with the wheatfield and desert.

Our thanks to Pau Luzón, who participated in the making of the film, for clarifying these locations.

Di Di Hollywood (2010)

Emilio J Alhambra of the Ciudad de la Luz Film Commission in Alicante informed us that filming took place in November 2009, and that locations included Alicante, Ciudad de la Luz (stage 5 and water tank back lot), Casino Mediterráneo, Plaza Gabriel Miro, Hotel Sidi San Juan, Restaurante Niza, Motel Abril, Discoteca Zeta and San Juan beach.

In Benidorm they used the Asia Gardens, Terra Natura (for a brief scene with Di Di making a film in which she appears about to be ravaged), Hospital de Levante (where Di Di’s friend María dies after being run over on a bridge by the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia) and Bahamas.

Shooting also took place in Elche’s Hotel Huerto del Cura, in L’Alfàs del Pi at the Sha Welness Clinic, in Mutxamel at the aerodrome and in boring old Miami and Los Angeles, USA.

Towards the end of the picture, with Di Di now a superstar, she stays at Valencia’s Westin Hotel for the premiere of her new film ‘Pacific.’

Westin Hotel, Valencia

The premiere actually takes place at the architecturally Sci Fi complex, the City of Arts and Sciences, which also appears in the opening scene as a flashback, including interior shots of the screening inside the Opera House.

Director Bigas Luna wrote and directed a film that moves from Spain to the USA and back using both Spanish and English quite sensibly, depending on who is speaking to whom. It stars Elsa Patakay and American film star Peter Coyote, who jangled keys in ‘ET.’

Mad Dogs (2010)

More of a four part, four hour series than a film, although it has the chronological coherence of a feature.

The story of four old school friends who visit Mallorca looking for the fifth.

Sóller, Pollenca and Palma are among the locations.

Underground (2010)

No tasty vampires in this one but a creature that lives in the underground, where some young graffiti artists like to display their wares.

Shot in Bilbao, Vizcaya, and Lleida by the enigmatically named Galician director Tinieblas Gonzalez, with English with American actors.

Many scenes were shot in the Bilbao underground, particularly in and around Basarrate station.

In Spain the film is known as ASD.

Maximum Shame (2010)

Barcelona director Carlos Atanes is responsible for this self-described apocalyptic fetish horror musical chess sci-fi weird movie, with lots of S&M in abandoned factory sets, apparently located in Terrassa, Barcelona.

Young Spanish actors appear to ad-lib their way through some musical numbers, but that’s ok as this is ‘underground.’

Circuit (2010)

In the world of fashion photography everyone is important and sensitive.

Shooting took place at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, and at Sabadell, as well as El Prat de Llobregat.

Katmandu (2011)

Laia leaves her life in Barcelona to work in a poor school in Nepal. Her unhappy childhood includes time spent in a convent school, depicted in the Escola Pia Sabadell.

Shooting also took place at El Berguedà and Manllue.

Powder (2011)

Powder is a comedy about a rock band making the big time, with a brief visit to Ibiza for a suicide.

Playing a small part is The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr.

The Honey Killer (2011)

Richard Harrison, Director, Co-writer and Producer of The Honey Killer from Razor Films in London told us that the film was made in Ronda, Montejaque and Gaucín in Málaga province in August 2008.

The Flamenco scene was shot at Anna María’s, in Marbella old town, famous for having some of the best and most authentic Flamenco in Spain. The scene where Janine dances Flamenco was improvised and shot in one and a half hours.

The bar where Darryl meets Rik was found by accident just 24 hours before it was filmed and the bar owner, Santana, actually plays himself.

The village, near which Darryl has rented a villa, is Gaucín, with its white houses and castle looming above.

The Impossible (2011)

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in this film including scenes shot in Alicante, although the true star is a Tsunami.

The film has a Spanish director, Juan Antonio Bayona, and writer Sergio G. Sanchez, and filming began in Alicante in August 2010, before transferring to Thailand.

Naomi Watts started filming in Alicante’s City of Light in mid-September.

There were also some underwater scenes, originally supposed to be filmed in Thailand, but later patched together in Barcelona’s Piscina Bernat Picornell i Piscines Muncipals de Montjuïc.

Weekender (2011)

I’d always thought that it was a bad thing to rave, but apparently it is not a symptom of disease, but a scene, and people do it when they’re not chilling out.

Where did my life go?

Ibiza is the place to rave apparently, although the natives may beg to differ. However, Stephen Salter of Benchmark Films informed us that they sneakily used Gaucín, near Estepona in the province of Málaga as a substitute for the island of the beautiful people; perhaps to keep the actors out of the all-night discos!

Gaucín

According to the film’s director in the audio commentary, the sumptuous hillside villa once belonged to Richard Burton’s first wife, Sybil Williams.

Our heroes (thieves, drug dealers and they don’t pay taxes; whatever happened to Roy Rogers?) Matt and Dylan supposedly pay a brief visit to Ibiza, where they see the light, and Matt finds his dream beach and opens his dream beach bar.

11-11-11 (2011)

The title refers to the date when one of those inconvenient gates to a nasty world full of monsters can be opened.

Yet another in a now long line of Spanish productions, brewed in Barcelona but with an international cast speaking English.

Shooting began on the 17th of January 2011 under the direction of Darren Lynn Bousmann, who was responsible for three of the ‘Saw’ saga, and who loves Spain enough to have proposed to his wife at the Sitges film festival.

Barcelona and Sant Vicenç de Montalt (site of the house with the tower that is destroyed) are the locations, including the maze in Barcelona’s Parque del Laberint, which is where Joseph and Sadie are cornered in the maze by Javier, who threatens Joseph with a gun.

The cemetery l’Est or de Poblenou also appears.

There Be Dragons (2011)

Although mostly shot in Argentina, Roland Joffré’s film set in the Spanish Civil War, and telling in part the story of José María Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, also involved two weeks of shooting in Sepúlveda, Segovia.

The creator of ‘The Mission’ employed mud and earth to transform the streets of Sepúlveda into the ‘authentic’ 1908 streets of Barbastro, Huesca, Escrivá’s hometown. The Streets used were Lope Tablada, San Batolomés, Santos Justo y Pastor, Comandante Cristóbal, Los Fueros, Conde Sepúlveda, Sancho García, the plazas Mayor, Virgen de los Pucherillos and de la Fuente, the arches Ecce Homo and de la Judería, and the cemetery.

150 extras were used and the local council netted a very much welcome 18,000 euros for their trouble.

Geraldine Chaplin, who shot ‘Doctor Zhivago’ in Spain, returned for a role in this film. Both she and director Joffé were among the crew lodged in the Hotel Vado de Duratón during the second fortnight of October.

The title of the film refers to the comments written by cartographers on maps to describe unexplored areas.

Intruders (2011)

Canary Island director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is responsible for this paranormal drama focused on two children; one in Madrid and one in London.

In south east Madrid filming focused on Calle Hacienda de Pavones, in the district of Moratalaz, where the entrance to the young boy’s flat was situated, specifically at number 99, although the producers also had to cut a deal with the residents at number 97 in order to erect the scaffolding.

The children’s playground where two priests stroll while discussing the possible ‘possession’ of the boy was created in a green zone nearby.

Filming also took place in a pedestrian street, Avenida Fernández Ladreda in Segovia in September 2010, when 80 local extras collaborated under the artificial rain of sprinklers hoisted on cranes. The photography shop there is really a bank. Another scene was shot in the old prison.

Clive Owen stars, as does Spanish actress Pilar Lopez de Ayala, although the Bogeyman outshines both.

We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011)

In a symbolic gesture meant to make the viewer concentrate on the colour red, the film kicks off with the exuberant ‘Tomatina’ tomato throwing festival celebrated every August in Buñol, Valencia.

The festival dates back to August 1945 when a group of youngsters started throwing vegetables at each other until the police arrived.

During the 50s it was briefly banned, but popular demand (not a common occurrence under Franco) brought it back after the local people had carried a coffin containing a tomato, accompanied through the streets by the local band.

In 1957 the festival was legalized and the Town Hall took over its organization, despite which it has survived and prospered, and now attracts an international crowd almost comparable with San Fermín.

The film, about a serial killer’s mother (Tina Swinton), is neither as exuberant nor as much fun as the festival, which is in fact her only moment of pleasure as she is covered in Vitamin C while covering the festival for a travel magazine.

Haywire (2011)

The rescue of a hostage in this film takes place in Barcelona, with Ciutat Vella; Plaza Reial, la Rambla del Raval, Calle Ample, Mirador de l’Alcalde de Montjuïc, and Plaza George Orwell for the scenes when Gina Carano is betrayed by Antonio Banderas.

In February 2010 filming started in Barcelona on this Steven Soderbergh thriller starring Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and Ewan McGregor.

Jack and Jill (2011)

Adam Sandler does a ‘Victor Victoria,’ playing his own twin sister, whereas Al Pacino plays Al Pacino.

Bellver Castle on the outskirts of Palma, Mallorca appears in the scenes seen from the air when Pacino helicopters Jack, disguised as his sister, (double disguised really) into the castle for a seduction supper. The unique circular cloister is also briefly seen.

Work on the castle was commissioned by Jaume II, King of Mallorca in 1300.

Following the Battle of Bailén in 1808 it was a prison for Napoleon’s defeated soldiers.

Only six years later General Lacy, who participated in a failed liberal rebellion against King Fernando VII, faced a firing squad in the castle moat.

In 1821, the castle was used as a mint.

 In 1931 it was turned over to Palma Council and it now holds various cultural activities such as summer concerts.

Spanish actor Santiago Segura participates playing (who would have guessed?) a Spanish gigolo.

The Inbetweeners (2011)

Based on the TV series, the film version included bar scenes at Calvià, Mallorca, shot there in March 2011.

Calle de Punta Ballena and the promenade of the Magaluf beach were among the locations, which are supposedly Greece in the film.

Among the bars used were the Daiquiri Palace and Revolution, with shooting in Palma and Sóller.

Boronia Backpackers (2011)

Two Australians from back in the woods Boronia decide to ‘do’ Europe and pass through 20 countries, including a visit to Barcelona.

The Perfect Stranger (2011)

Colm Meaney is at the centre of this story, and the only person speaking English for the most part.

He plays a foreigner whose arrival at a small village causes all sorts of excitement among the locals.

Majorcan director Toni Bestard used his hometown of Bunyola, as well as Llucmajor, Calvià and Campanet, all of which are in Mallorca, for which the rustic film is a showcase, showing the idyllic side of the island.

While visiting the Raixa Estate, we were informed that a set had been built there in an old servants’ quarters for the making of the film, and that the end of shooting party had been held at Raixa.

Trangression (2011)

Michael Ironside is part of an international cast for this Spanish film, which also stars Carlos Bardem.

The transgression in question is four criminals breaking into someone’s home, which is in Barcelona.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

The film was made all over Spain, starting in June 2010. It tells the story, in typical Rom-Com, Buddy-Buddy, Road Movie Indian style with three young men who go to Spain and find all the usual stuff as each overcomes some fear or problem.

Barcelona appears briefly with some shots of the city’s symbol, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and further north the camp site of Illa Mateua at L’Escala was the base for the scuba diving scenes.

In Buñol, Valencia, the internationally famous Tomatina festival that takes place in August was recreated so that tons (16 of them imported from Portugal) of ripe tomatoes could be thrown around by fervent advocates of world famine relief.

In the film’s climax, a Bollywood version of a song called ´Señorita’ was shot in Alájar, Huelva, with a lot of local extras in typical costume, including the Mayor. The song has apparently made Spain very popular in India and increased the interest in all things Spanish.

In Pamplona, Navarra, they run with the bulls, and filming also took place in Carmona, Sevilla, Ronda, in the province of Málaga, famous for its gorge and bridge, which appear in an aerial view, and Setenil de las Bodegas, Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra, all in the province of Cádiz. In Setenil, we see the threesome driving through the narrow streets, and the ridiculous fight scene took place in the picturesque Bar Alhambra.

Setenil de las Bodegas

Although the film was made in Hindi for domestic consumption, the characters regularly punctuate their conversations with English words and expressions, which is our excuse for including the film here; that, and the possibility of attracting millions of wealthy Indian set-jetters to Spain. The film was brought to our attention by Gus.

Checkout (2011)

This black comedy about ‘suicide tourism’ was shot in Sitges, Barcelona, the location of many interesting films since Errol Flynn shot there in the 50s.

It was made by afilm International Film Workshops.

Yolanda Torres, Producer/ Head of Studies of afilm informed us that the film centres on a guest house for suicides (the definitive check out), and one guest whose hesitation causes some concern to the landlady.

The guest house in question was the delightful Hotel Romantica, a beautiful, historic hotel in the old part of Sitges, which is full of noble mansions.

Road to Wacken (2011)

Wacken is a little town in Germany that is invaded each year by Heavy Metal fans for a rock festival.

Aragonese director Pablo Aragués made a film about an all girl band from Zaragoza that travels there to claim their fame and mix with the likes of Alice Cooper.

Apartment 143 (2011)

Property values will plummet in Barcelona, where this film about paranormal activity in a flat was made.

Written by Rodrigo Cortes, who directed ‘Buried’ and ‘Red Lights.’

Haunted Poland (2011)

A Spanish film with Spanish and Polish actors filmed in Polish and English, set in the USA and Poland although the opening scene was filmed in Girona, home of director Pau Masó.

Evil forces are lurking in Poland, or maybe in childhood, or both.

Those who feel more comfortable with it could call the film ‘Nawiedzona Polska.’

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

A thriller starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in which an American family is kidnapped during a holiday in Spain; something which almost never happens in reality all Americans may rest assured.

Various Spanish actors participated, including Simón Andreu as Pizarro, a policeman who threatens Willis.

Filming began in early September 2010 on Cabo (Cape) La Nao near Jávea, Alicante, at the idyllic cove of Granadella, where actor Henry Cavill was to be found, surrounded by 100 extras, all trying hard to look as if they were enjoying themselves playing on the beach. Five power launches and a yacht were involved in filming upon the limpid blue Mediterranean waters of the Costa Blanca.

It was here that Henry swam ashore to visit a Chemist’s while his family was being kidnapped. The Chemist’s was actually quite a long way off, in the Plaça Sant Antoni in Denia, where Hollywood brought it all back home by filming briefly in the same square where ‘John Paul Jones’ was shot back in 1958.

Just before the kidnapping, Henry’s family, headed by Bruce Willis, had suppered on a yacht in the Nautical Club of Moraira, filming of which took place on the 13th of September.

From the marina we can see the 18th century castle on the beach, built to defend against Berber pirates.

The Madrid Film Office pulled out all the stops when the story switched to the capital for the bleaker scenes where Henry takes on the combined forces of Arab terrorists, Mossad and the CIA; no mean feat. A great number of the capital’s tourist attractions appear as Henry seeks to free his family.

We see the Puerta de Alcalá and the Cibeles fountain with its chariot towed by lions, carved in stone in order to prevent them from eating the horses.

Willis meets with Sigourney Weaver in a square with the statue of a rearing horse. This was shot in the Plaza de Ramón y Cajál, in front of the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University. It is here that Bruce’s fee ran out and he was shot too.

The chase is on, with Henry sometimes chasing the baddies and sometimes being chased.

He reaches the Plaza Mayor, where a policeman is shot and he gets the blame, finally finding refuge in the American Embassy.

He makes his way to Diego Caldra’s house, actually a set built at the Ciudad de Luz studios in Alicante, where he teams up with Spanish actress Verónica Echegui. Weaver pursues them as they speed off on a scooter, sliding to a stop in front of the Delicias Railway Museum, housed in an old railway station in central Madrid.

In their search for Henry’s father and some answers they take the Madrid underground from the Pitis station, taking in the Puerta del Sol. After a shootout in an underground car park the chase is on again, passing the Puerta de Alcalá and ending up at Las Ventas bullring, where Weaver’s car tries to take the tube unsuccessfully.

At one point imagination is stretched when Verónica takes Henry to a leisure complex called Fabrik Espacio Multiuso, located between Moraleja and Fuenlabrada, where some of her friends happily help them out, beating up a professional killer as a favour, imagining no doubt that this ruthless assassin will just mutter “fair enough” and leave it at that.

It all ends happily ever after, and Bruce is hardly missed as the Mossad arrive ages before the Madrid police; which is a fairly common complaint in the capital.

Saving Isis (2012)

A post apocalyptic story of the relationship between mother and daughter, with filming in the province of Tarragona, specifically at Casa Castellarnau (for the decadent palatial scenes) and Pla de la Seu i Catedral; in fact we see a naked woman on the steps leading up to the cathedral, and the Complex Educatiu de Tarragona.

Casa Castellarnau, now the city’s history museum, is lucky enough to have a ghost. A young, sickly girl who lived there and was only allowed to play the piano, and still plays, long after her death.

Nevertheless, the action takes place in post-apocalyptic New Mexico.

Red Lights (2012)

After shooting ‘The Cold Light of Day’ with Bruce Willis in Spain in 2010, Sigourney Weaver returned in February 2011 with Robert de Niro in tow for another ‘lights’ film.

Spanish Director Rodrigo Cortés obviously earned himself a lot of credit with ‘Buried’ (apparently the producers were delighted with the low budget, an inevitable consequence of filming the whole thing inside a coffin) and have since given him a few dollars more.

Science and the supernatural battle it out in this film shot in Barcelona and Canada.

One of the locations in Barcelona was the Casino L’Alianca del Poble Nou at Rambla de Poble Nou in the north east area of the city in the municipality of Sant Martí de Provensals. The Casino was founded in 1868 and in the film is used for a theatre scene featuring 300 extras.

Other scenes were filmed in the studios of TV3, the Catalan public TV channel, and at the Facultad de Económicas of the Universidad de Barcelona (UB).

Filming also took place in the Teatre Musical, Teatre Tívoli in Barcelona, Cornellà, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, El Prat de Llobregat and Sant Vicenç de Montalt.

A Puerta Fria (2012)

Although it’s a Spanish language film, it’s all about a businessman suffering the handicap of not speaking English. For this reason, Antonio Dechent needs the services of María Valverde in order to communicate with Mr. Battleworth, played by Nick Nolte.

The film is directed by Catalan Xavi Puebla and was shot entirely in Sevilla in the summer of 2011, with the Hotel Sevilla Center, Avenida De La Buhaira, 24, as the main location.

The Dictator (2012)

As the film is about an Arab dictator, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, Sevilla was chosen because of its Arabian architecture.

One of the dictator’s palaces is none other than the Plaza de España, also used for ‘Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’

On Fuerteventura filming took place at Corralejo, Majanicho, Esquinzo and el Barranco de La Herradura, where the desert scenes were shot with the dictator on horseback and with goats. Self-explanatory.

The Zig Zag Kid (2012)

Isabella Rosellini filmed the Spanish section of this Belgian film directed by Vincent Bal in the old Rio Tinto mines of Huelva.

The film is based on a novel by Israeli author David Grossman, and the makers constructed a large wooden house in the area known as Zarandas, which represents Moonberg in the film.

The film tells the story of a young boy’s journey from Haifa to Jerusalem and was filmed in English and Dutch.

Rio Tinto started exploiting the mines in 1873 and ceased operations in 1954. Today you can visit the mining museum, ride the steam train’s remaining 12 kilometres of track, visit the ‘typically English’ house of the mine’s General Manager or visit the Peña de Hierro mines.

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Filming took place in Mallorca in September 2011 of this film by the Wachowski Brothers and Tom Twyker.

Of the film’s six parts the ‘Big Island’ and ‘Pacific Islands’ stories were filmed in Mallorca.

At Sóller, Jim Broadbent takes the familiar tourist tram to the port where an 18th century ship was kept during production, and where at the seafront Hotel Esplendido, 40 rooms were taken over by the film crew.

It was at Sa Calobra beach, near Sóller, that the opening scene, when Adam Ewing meets Dr Henry Goose (Hanks), was filmed. The beach, at the end of Torrent Pareis, is reached by regular ferries or a torturous mountain road.

Tom Hanks is at one point seen on top of a Hawaiian mountain, which is in reality Puigmajor mountain, in the Serra de Tramuntana.

A scene with fires in a slave village was shot next to the Hotel Formentor, a famous hotel in the eastern extreme of the island.

Halle Berry was unfortunate enough to break a bone in her right foot during filming and was treated at the Miramar Private Clinic (Room 119 for all you serious fans!)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Like its predecessor ‘Clash of Titans,’ Wrath’s exteriors were largely filmed in the Canary Islands, particularly on Tenerife and La Gomera.

Once again Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington star, joined by Ralph Fiennes as an especially melancholic Hades, no doubt depressed by the fact that the Greeks are losing their religion.

Abades on the southern coast of Tenerife was the site of the village of Perseus at the beginning of the film and the first attack of the Chimera.

Nearby Los Desriscaderos, an area of dry gulleys and hills, was the spot chosen for the exterior of the labyrinth leading to Tartarus. Queen Andromeda’s first camp was built at Minas de San Jose, and the Mount of Idols was provided by Llano de Ucanca.

In the north west, Teno Rural Park, an eroded volcanic mountain next to coastal cliffs, provided the opening scene of Io’s seaside grave, where Perseus, Agenor, Andromeda and her soldiers board their ship, the Nomos, which later would drop anchor in front of the Los Gigantes cliffs, at the extreme west of the island.

A second camera unit did some aerial photography of a five million year old volcano, Roque de Agando in nearby La Gomera island.

The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)

Klaus Maria Brandauer plays the controversial psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich during the last years of his life, and the Tabernas desert in Almería plays Arizona.

According to Janine Michtner of Novotny Film Produktion, the petrol station scene towards the end of the film was shot at the restaurant and petrol station ‘Alfaro,’ Autovía A-92 Exit 376 – Tabernas, and the desert scenes, where Reich is seen experimenting with his family, starting in the film’s second scene, at Finca Tecisa.

Alfaro Petrol Station

Deranged (2012)

Shot near Madrid and starring Londoner Craig Fairbrass, this horror flick tells the story of four attractive British girls staying at a friend’s place in rural Spain.

The location of the house is actually a rural hotel called La Tejera de Lozoya, located on the M635 road from Gargantilla to Navarredonda at the edge of the Guadarrama mountains.

Nearby, on the road between Rascafría and Lozoya, is the restaurant El Tascón, where Fairbrass hands over the keys of hell to the girls. Sorry; is that a spoiler?

Dancing Dogs (2012)

The trainees at afilm International Film Workshops produced this movie, in which their native Sitges, Barcelona plays a key role.

The Hotel Romantic, Carrer de Sant Isidre 33, was again a location, representing Elizabeta’s home.

Also featured are the El Prado theatre, Carrer de Francesc Gumà, 6, where the sisters are forced to dance, and the streets and beaches of the town. The film ends at the Avinguda de Balmins beach, where the dead sister’s ashes are finally scattered.

At Cami de Santa Bárbara, Lily and River miss the bus, and they are kidnapped at a farmhouse at Vallpineda.

Invader (2012)

A film about right, wrong and Iraq.

The Iraq scenes were shot in the Canary Islands at Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, where Arrefice was transformed into an Iraqui town, while the Spanish scenes were shot in Galicia on the cliffs of A Coruña, and in its port and prom, with Pablo’s house located in Betanzos.

The dialogue is in Spanish, English and Arabic, and the director is Daniel Calparsoro.

Miami II Ibiza (2012)

Focusing more on disco strobe lights than the limpid blues of Ibiza’s sea and sky, this musical comedy charts the rise of a new DJ called DJ Hound as he makes it with a little help from some real life DJ friends.

Ibiza: My Way or the Highway (2012)

A film that is almost a documentary, but not quite, and which is a homage to not only the nightlife, but also the coves, caves and light that is Ibiza.

On a more serious note, the film deals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Animals (2012)

A curious film made by the Catalan director Marcel Fores, but with some British actors such as Martin Freeman from ‘The Office,’ playing a teacher at a bi-lingual school where main character, Pol, has a disturbing relationship with his English speaking Teddy bear.

The school is in fact the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and the exteriors were also in Catalonia, where there really are bi-lingual schools, so I suppose the whole teddy bear thing is also fairly believable.

Included in the locations are Sant Llorenç de Morunys and Pantà de la Llosa del Cavall, Lleida, which is the reservoir.

Also used were Sant Esteve de Palautordera, Barcelona and El Port de la Selva, Girona.

The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012)

Only 40 years later the third part of this American denouncement of the cat food industry reached the silver screen thanks to Spanish director Manolo ‘Motosierra,’ (which means ‘chainsaw’ and might not actually be his real name).

Ted V. Mikel made the original in 1971, and for the third part the director brought some much needed work to his native Alcoy in the province of Alicante.

The old industrial area of El Molinar, a veterinary clinic in El Terrer and an old building in Calle San Francisco, were used for interiors, while exteriors were filmed in the village of Planes.

Things We Do for Love (2012)

A Portuguese man has to choose between love and home, so, rather than toss a coin, he goes on the road, touring Europe with a discrete film crew, calling on Granada, Sevilla, Madrid and San Sebastián in Guipúzcoa.

The Sleeper Effect (2012)

This dystopian vision of the future was mainly filmed in the UK, but with some shooting also done in Marbella, Málaga, a kind of dream sequence involving a supermarket, a beach, a bar and a car park, which, like the rest of the film, I didn’t really understand.

Stranger Within (2013)

William Baldwin stars in this Danish production shot mostly in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in Mallorca, especially the area between Sóller and Deià. The cliffs and coves of the island were especially praised by the director.

The Gran Hotel in the village of Sóller featured, and the city of Palma pretends to be Manhattan in one curious fabrication.

The Wine of Summer (2013)

Near the beginning, Carl, an elderly writer is listening to a man on a balcony paying the trumpet while seated at a bar in Plaza San Felipe Neri, Barcelona, a location used in various films. Later he is joined there by Elsa Patakay.

They go to watch an awful play in Teatre Tarantana, which is a real theatre and the real name, situated in Carrer de les Flors, 22.

Elsa Pataky produces and stars in this film featuring Marcia Gay Harden and Ethan Peck, grandson of Gregory Peck, who arrives, rucksack on back at Barcelona’s airport, with its Miró mural, and then at Franca station, in search of that elusive something.

We see some rapid sights of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and then Peck is exiting Hotel Adagio, Carrer de Ferran, 21, which is also real.

On to a church, and then the Canuda bookshop, where he spots Carl, and they return to Plaza San Felipe Neri for a drink.

Through the medieval streets of Girona, Peck wanders around with the playwright, and some locations from Game of Thrones and Perfume are easily recognisable, such as the cathedral steps.

El Parrigur, where the five main characters go for some music, is also real, and can be found at Carrer del Pas de l’Ensenyança, 2.

Spook (2013)

Dutch musician and film maker Aldous Byron Clarkson found his haunted house at Beniarbeig, Alicante. The old mansión is in fact the 19th century Casa Santonja, now available for weddings and other natural events.

For some mellow marsh he used nearby Pego, a coastal wetland where rice is also grown to make the famous Valencian paella.

Xàbia and Benicolet were also employed.

The Nowhere Son (2013)

This Indian film about corruption and violence in that country was shot all over the world, including Madrid, and was directed by San Benarje.

Grand Piano (2013)

The film was made in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, and Barcelona; the old hospital, now film studios at the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya in Terrassa was used to reconstruct the concert hall in Chicago.

The film stars John Cusack and Elijah Wood and deals with a pianist (Wood) who suffers from stage fright, although he finds Cusack scarier than a harmless stage.

The Fast and the Furious 6 (2013)

Vin Diesel stars in the sixth part of the saga. In an age when petrol is running out fast, it makes sense to flog a dead horse I suppose.

Among the international locations is Tenerife, with filming around Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the port of Santa Cruz taking place in September 2012.

Filming also took place on Gran Canaria, on the G2 motorway, under construction at the time, in the section between El Pagador and Santa María de Guía, in the northern part of the island. One of Spain’s highest viaducts, the Puente (bridge) de Silva, seduced the producers with its spectacular views.

The Counselor (2013)

Brad and Cameron bring on the Hollywood attraction, while Javier and Penelope offer home grown talent for yet another Ridley Scott Spanish movie, filmed in Pego, Elche, Alicante, as well as Cañada de Albatana, the vineyards of Termino de Arriba on the outskirts of Jumilla in Murcia province, and in the Badlands of Bardenas Reales Natural park in Navarra, which simulates the border between Mexico and the USA. Here filming took place around the military base and an area known as Castildeterra, with the main actors and crew staying at the Hotel Aire de Bardenas.

In the city of Alicante the Town Hall (including its colonial façade and square) was transformed for a day into the courthouse of Ciudad Juárez, while the waste processing plant at Fontcalent was used for a scene where a dead body is found.

In Alicante’s Calle Ángel Lozano, a scene was shot involving Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem in front of a lingerie shop.

The luxury mansión with sea views can be found at the Monte Pego estate, full of villas.

The Macabre Ayahuasca Hammer Experience (2013)

The 14 weeks of filming took place at various locations in the Valencia Community, although the key location was the 13th century monastery of San Jeroni at Alfahuir near Gandia, where the horror unfolds.

Filming took place at Burriana and Morella (both in Castellón province), and Alicante, Alcoy and Jávea (all in Alicante province), with studio work at the Ciudad de la Luz, Alicante.

Some filming was also done in Mallorca, at Palma and Cala Sa Ponsa.

Director Aldous Byron Clarkson returned to Spain in Spring 2012, after making ‘Spook’ in Alicante province.

Mindscape (2013)

A psychological thriller from Jorge Dorado filmed in Barcelona, at l’Hospital Clínic, for the scenes where Anna recovers from an attack, and at Col·legi d’Advocats, whose multi-level library represents the private school where Anna studies before her contretemps with some other students (who deserve what they get).

 The Parque Natural del Montseny provides some scenery for driving and chasing young girls through the woods, and the studios of Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya, Terrassa were used for interiors.

The international cast includes Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga and Brian Cox.

Wax (2013)

Author and cinema expert Victor Matellano directed his first full length feature film, ‘Wax’ in 2012 at locations such as Girona, where filming took place at the Sa Conca, Platja D’Aro, a beach well known to film makers, where ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’ and ‘Nicholas and Alexandra’ were shot, and where in ‘Wax,’ Mike shoots himself and his wife and son with his own camera.

In Barcelona the quaint old Waxwork Museum played its role, for example in an early scene where the director of the museum Mister Jarrod, in a wheelchair, explains about the security cameras in the area dedicated to Bonnie and Clyde robbing a bank. In fact the décor is real, as the museum was originally the Banco de Crédito y Docks.

A reporter stands in front of a prison where the evil Doctor Knox is held. It is in fact the Modelo Prison of Barcelona, now closed, but which functioned from 1904 to 2017. It was here that Salvador Puig Antich was the last person in Spain to be executed by the garrot on 2nd March 1974.

Málaga provided the exterior of the house featured in the same news report on Doctor Knox, at the Señorío de Lepanto estate, a location habitually used as a cheerier venue for weddings.

Mike recalls his wife on the beach again and then the 100 year old Raluy Circus, in Paseo de Colón in the port, provides some ambience.

The funeral dream sequence was shot at Monte de Valdelatas, a popular picnicking area near Alcobendas, Madrid.

The reporter approaches the entrance of the Museu de Cera and goes inside, where she finds Mike.

The Madrid Waxworks Museum was also used for other scenes in which a journalist has to spend a night in the museum.

Madrid Wax Museum

The international cast included the legendary Geraldine Chaplin of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ fame, and a special appearance by Paul Naschy, who was deceased at the time; a very clever achievement.

Another legend who participated was costume designer Yvonne Blake, collaborator on an endless number of films such as ‘Robin and Marian,’ ‘The Three Musketeers’ or ‘Presence of Mind,’ all made in Spain.

You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer person than Victor Matellano; just don’t let him inside your head!

Open Windows (2013)

Frodo comes to Madrid, but his mission is more sinister in this thriller directed by Nacho Vigalondo, a Cantabrian director shooting his first feature in English.

Filming took place in a steel factory in an industrial estate in Getafe; not a great location for set jetters really.

Elijah Wood took advantage of being in Spain to shoot two films here; the other one being ‘Grand Piano.’

Panzer Chocolate (2013)

Another Spanish production filmed in English and including international stars such as Geraldine Chaplin.

Parque Natural del Montseny, Vilanova I la Geltrú, the Mas Viver de Torrebonica in Terrassa and the city of Barcelona are among the locations of the story of hidden Nazi treasures in the Pyrenees.

The film makes use of new technologies, allowing the audience to choose a different ending. Would that they had thought of that for ‘Doctor Zhivago!’

The film opens situating us in Barcelona with a view of the twin towers, Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts.

Kid Gloves (2013)

The story of a young boxer and his father/trainer, with some scenes shot in Palma de Mallorca, which represents Cuba.

A Long Way Down (2013)

Pierce Brosnan visited Mallorca to film this version of the Nick Hornby novel about four hapless suicide candidates who make a non-suicide pact.

Filming took place in Camp de Mar near Andrax, where the interiors of the Hotel Playa were used, as was the beach and a beach bar called La Illeta. These scenes in Mallorca represent the Canary Islands, while Mallorca’s Son San Joan airport represents Heathrow.

Leaving Hotel Romantic (2013)

Filmed entirely in the appropriately named hotel in Sitges, near Barcelona, a guest’s death starts the ball rolling in this thriller made by students of the afilm International Film Workshop school.

Another Me (2013)

Isabel Coixet is one of a new generation of Spanish directors who have begun to make successful English language films mixing the best of Spain with American and British actors.

Among the actors in this psychological drama were Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rhys Ifans and Geraldine Chaplin               

Although mainly filmed in Wales, some studio scenes were shot at Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya Studios, Terrassa, Barcelona and some swimming pool scenes at Club Natacio, Terrassa, Barcelona.

Mama (2013)

A horror film directed by Argentinian Andrés Muschietti and produced by Benito del Toro. Andrés, who lives in Barcelona, first made a short, filming in a house with a spiral staircase in Barcelona, before making the full length film, which was largely shot in Canada, although some studio work was done in Barcelona.

A horror film starring horrible children.

Afflicted (2013)

Vampire problems mess up a Euro trip for two friends, Derek and Cliff, who travel to Italy and Paris, setting off from Barcelona, cam recorder in hand. Big mistake.

The first thing we see in the city is the Barceloneta beach, with the two Port Olímpic skyscrapers and the Frank Gehry golden fish statue in the background.

Derek and Cliff are first seen in the Plaza del Portal de la Pau del moll de les Drassanes, with the Columbus statue standing out.

Finally we see them preparing their yellow convertible in the Plaza del Duc de Medinaceli.

A Night in Old Mexico (2013)

Emilio Aragón, a Spanish comedian and actor tries his hand at directing Robert Duvall, who plays a cantankerous (who’d have him any other way?) old Texas rancher, forced off his ranch, who then decides to take a last, wild car journey to Mexico with a newly acquired grandson.

A few background shots from the cars were done in Madrid, although the film was shot in Brownsville, Texas.

The World (2013)

With today’s technology anybody can make a film; and here, anybody just did.

A very home made movie, obviously with a lot of help from his friends, and telling the story of a chess piece and time travel, when a young traveller briefly visits Barcelona through a whirlpool in his California supermarket.

We see the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the Boqueria market, Plaza Reial and La Rambla before returning to California.

Encontrados en NYC (2013)

A Spanish film in which some friends from Sevilla visit New York, which means that they have to speak English at some point, although not in a NY cab.

In Sevilla the Guadalquivir river appears quite a bit, as does the university.

The Liberator (2013)

From the tiny Basque village of Bolibar, Simon Bolivar’s ancestors set out for the new world. The Liberator tells his story in this film in Spanish, French (which he spoke) and English (which he didn’t).

Bolivar besieges and conquers the South American city of Valencia, although the market in which he fights was in reality in Jeréz, in the province of Cádiz. A bloody battle takes place in the Plaza del Mercado to conquer Valencia.

The horses were provided by the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, who also provided the anecdote when two steeds escaped during the shooting.

On the beach he fights another battle, upon the endless sands of Zahara de los Atunes.

The city of Carmona in Sevilla represents Valencia too.

Filming also took place in Segovia, where the Plaza de la Trinidad was transformed into a market, and the royal gardens of La Granja de San Idelfonso provided some classy backdrops for Bolivar’s alleged badminton match with a Prince.

The Andes mountains were ably portrayed by Granada’s Sierra Nevada, while the drawbridge of Chinchón’s castle gets a cameo as Bolivar rushes across it as hurriedly as he rushed all over the continent, and Alcalá de Henares in Madrid provided some authentic street scenes, offering Calle Bedel for our pleasure.

Chinchón Castle

Paper, Scissors, Stone (2013)

The film begins in Manchester, England, England, but then moves across the Mediterranean Sea to Almería.

After touching down at Almería’s international airport, a number of ranches, known locally as ‘Cortijos’ are employed, such as Cortijo El Coto at Velez-Blanco, and Cortijo Venturillo at María. 

The astounding beauty of Cabo de Gata, where beach scenes were shot at La Isleta del Moro, also makes its presence known in a story of three old friends who reunite in Spain, but each bringing their own unwanted baggage.

Violet (2013)

Like the character in the film, Alex, director Luiso Berdejo moved from Spain to California.

In this story Alex seeks a woman in a photo and ends up finding his grandfather.

The Spanish scenes were shot in Luiso’s native San Sebastián, Guipozcoa.

Tasting Menu (2013)

The clientele of a famous restaurant are from various countries, and so various languages are used, including English.

The restaurant is closing and everyone want to be present at the final supper.

Filmed at Empúries, Girona, the real restaurant was l’hostal Empúries.

The Cosmonaut (2013)

This dreamy sci-fi story with echoes of 2001 and Solaris was filmed by Nicolás Alcalá, who informed us that “we shot a good bunch of ambient shots in the north of Spain, mostly in Galicia and some in Asturias; cliffs and empty beaches and forests; landscapes mostly and some dreamy shots. Some ended up in the film, some ended up in the collateral 35 short films that complemented the movie.

We also shot all the scenes in which the cosmonaut is inside a spacecraft and on the Moon in a studio in Madrid. Most of them were used in a couple of the short films and some in the film.”

The Extraordinary Tale of the Times Table (2013)

An interesting film with an amazing performance by Aïda Ballmann. Directed by José F. Ortuño and Laura Alvea, and filmed over a period of two weeks in a studio at Cora del Rio, Sevilla, the film, described as a macabre fairy tale, shows the danger of taking pen-pals too seriously.

New York Shadows (2013)

A Spanish film that takes place in Madrid and New York in English and Spanish, about a film producer who travels to the Big Apple to plan his next movie and encounters emotional problems with a woman.

Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (2013)

Although the film is shot in Spanish, the theme could not be more English; The Beatles, and specifically John Lennon, who made How I Won the War with Richard Lester in Almería, and where English teacher Javier Cámera seeks him out in a Road Trip movie that concludes with a recording in English that does in fact sound a lot like Lennon.

The title is a translation of a line from Strawberry Fields: Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, a song written by Lennon during his Almeria sojourn, inspired by a bit of homesickness and possibly by the fact that the entrance to the villa he rented, now a cinema museum with a section dedicated to him, looks a bit like what the entrance to the Strawberry Field orphanage used to look like before it was also turned into a museum.

Javier’s journey begins in Madrid, before continuing at La Almadraba de Monteleva, next to the famous salt lakes and church Las Salinas by Cabo de Gata, Almería, where the bar and guest house are located, Desierto de Tabernas, for the scenes where Lennon’s film is being shot, as well as the beach at Playazo de Rodalquilar, Níjar.

La Almadraba de Monteleva

Blue Lips (2014)

Six characters from six cities with six directors, but with everything converging on the San Fermín bull running festival in Pamplona, Navarra.

Buenos Aires, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Matera, Italy are the runners up to Pamplona with familiar locations including the Town Hall square, the bullring and the Caballo Blanco restaurant, filmed during 2012’s San Fermin festival.

Pamplona Town Hall

10,000 km (2014)

Sergi and Alex are happy in Barcelona, but when she is offered a job in Los Angeles, their relationship has to survive through video conferences.

Nevertheless, her LA apartment scenes were filmed in a flat in Barcelona’s Gràcia neighbourhood.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Christian Bale adds a certain sex appeal to the role of Moses, played more intensely by Charlton Heston many parted seas ago.

Ridley Scott once again turned the deserts of Almería into the promised land for this promising return to epics.

The desert of Tabernas became Sinai, while at Cautivo de Tabernas, where part of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed, the scenes of the burning bushes were shot, and the great battle scene, elephants included, was shot at Llanura de Búho.

Huge sets were set up at El Chorillo, Pechina in the Sierra Alhamila mountains, and at Macael we can find the quarries where the Jews are abused by their Egyptian masters. Macael’s marble quarries have been in use since Phoenician times.

When we drive up towards the Sierra Alhamilla spa, below us to the right we see an avenue of palm trees and various abandoned buildings. The site began as a mining location and the sets were later constructed by Scott for his film.

El Chorillo

On Fuerteventura, the white sand of the beach at Risco del Paso, Sotavento, was digitally joined to other beaches at Marrajo and El Cotillo for the spectacular scenes where the Red Sea opens, with far better special effects than Charlton Heston had available for his version of the story made back in 1956.

Scott set up shop at the old Parador of Playa Blanca, now a hotel, from where he directed the massive logistics.

On the Peninsula of Jandía, at the south west extreme of the island, all kinds of animals, 500 crew and 400 local extras accompanied Moses on his Exodus.

Buen Paso became Madian, where the wedding of Moses takes place, whereas the scene showing the coronation of Ramese II, originally planned for London, was finally filmed at La Caldereta, a village belonging to La Oliva on Fuerteventura.

Traces of Sandalwood (2014)

Set in Barcelona and Mumbai, an Indian girl looks for her lost sister in a film made in English, Hindi and Catalan by the Catalan director María Ripoll.

Among the locations in Barcelona are Parque Güell, where Mina enjoys the view after arriving in the city looking for Sita/Paula.

On the rooftop of La Pedrera Sita attends a cocktail party after discovering she was adopted.

La Pedrera Rooftop

In Port Vell Paula wanders and chats with her new Indian friend from the video club, Prakash, who takes her for an Indian meal at the Veg World restaurant.

Mina is staying at the beachside tower, the Hotel Arts, which we see from inside and out, while Paula works in the Center for Regenerative Medicine (Parc de Recerca Biomedica).

After visiting her parents’ villa, which is Casa Margara in Valldoreix, Paula returns to the city on the Funicular de Vallvidrera.

A Perfect Day (2014)

Tim Robbins and Benicio de Toro star in this black comedy, where the small Sierra Nevada mining village of Alquife, Granada becomes Kosovo during the civil war, and a corpse in a well gets what they call a bit part. The mines, recently reactivated, used to be the most important iron extraction operation in Europe.

Scenes for Kosovo were filmed at Fuente del Hervidero in the Sierra Nevada National Park.

In Cuenca they took over an abandoned hotel, the Claridge, on the old main road from Valencia to Madrid at kilometre 187 near the Alarcón reservoir. Both the exteriors and the interiors served as the United Nations base, where they go after picking up the boy in need of a football. Today the building serves as a canvas for graffiti artists.

The Spanish director, Fernando León de Aranoa, and his stars stayed at the Hotel Palacio ‘Villa de Alarcón’ between the 17th and the 25th of May. This hilltop medieval village, with a small Parador castle, deserves a film of its own.

Let the Die Be Cast: Initium (2014)

Two brothers are cast adrift in a post apocalyptic world, where they confront an evil philosopher.

Almería is a pretty good place to imagine the end of the world, although there are no cowboys around as our heroes visit the famous beach at Mónsul, Cabo de Gata, where Sean Connery fought the seagulls in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ or Santuario del Saliente, Albox, for the church scene.

Tabernas is always a good place if you’re looking for a photogenic desert, whereas the well scene was shot at the Torre García beach at Cabo de Gata.

El Marchal, Lubrin, provided the shack, and Cariatiz, Sorbas the girl’s house.

The ruined bridge was at Santa Bárbara, Huercal Overa, while the rockpool was at Turre.

Tahal provided the location for the new village, whereas Marchalico Viñicas was the old one. The almond grove was at the inappropriately named Los Castaños.

Once again Almería proves to be a striking contrast to the green fields of Oxfordshire where the boys start out.

Twice upon a Time in the West (2014)

Kind of truth meets sort of fiction as Claudia Cardinale returns to Almería, and the Western Leone western township at Tabernas for a parody of her role in Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West.’

This time it’s Bulgarian director Boris Despodov calling the shots, with some inappropriate Tchaikovsky music.

The action begins when Pepe Fonda, who claims to be the illegitimate son of Henry (in real life not in the film) recalls Fonda’s role in Once Upon a Time in the West, in a film within a film shot at the Western Leone township with the almost mythical McBain ranch and the West Bank, both of which can still be seen there today.

McBain ranch, Western Leone

The shootout takes place there in the saloon.

When Claudia and Maria drive down to the beach, they are of course at La Almadraba de Monteleva, next to the famous salt lakes and church Las Salinas by Cabo de Gata.

The film ends with a parade during the annual Tabernas Western Film Festival.

Six Bullets to Hell (2014)

Now here’s a storyline we haven’t heard before in a western; a woman is murdered and her husband, an ex-gunslinger who had renounced his pistols, takes them up again to exact revenge. In order to drag the story out he has the original idea of hunting them down one by one!

Anthropologists say that the pistol is a phallic symbol, but what do they know?

Once again the authentic American desert of Tabernas in Almería comes into its own and the western townships of Fort Bravo and Parque Oasys see some real action uncluttered by tourists.

Fort Bravo
Oasys

Seve the Movie (2014)

The story of Severino Ballesteros, the great Spanish golf player, is told in his native Cantabria, and particularly at Comillas and Santander, and the golf course at Pedreña, where Seve learnt to play, and where filming took place between 23rd September and 12th October 2013.

Aloft (2014)

Filmed mostly in Canada and Madrid, where the scenes of the children underwater at the end were shot in a swimming pool, this story of a mother separated from her daughter was filmed in English and French by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa.

The Afterglow (2014)

This movie was made by students and staff at the afilm school in Sitges. All the scenes were filmed in Barcelona province.

Laura’s death scene was filmed at Carrer de la Devesa, Sitges, while the library scenes, where Laura nearly kills Carlos, were shot in the Manuel de Pedrolo Library at Plaça María Mercé Marçal, Sant Pere de Ribes.

In Cafe Plantaciones Vilanova Oliver meets his fans, in the bar situated in Rambla Principal, 32, Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Oliver’s workout and Lorena’s underwater scenes were shot at Espai Blau Sports Club Passeig de Circumvaŀlació, Sant Pere de Ribes, while Laura’s hypnosis scene was filmed at Hotel Estela, Av. de Port D’Aiguadolç, 8, Sitges.

Oliver’s dream sequence took place at Hotel Romantic, Carrer San Isidro, 33, Sitges, as did Laura’s visit to the psychiatrist.

Oliver confronted Sarah in a Pizzeria, the Gilda, Rambla Principal, 114, Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Helena’s death was filmed at Sant Camil hospital, Ronda Sant Camil, s/n, Sant Pere de Ribes.

The beach that appears in various takes was San Sebastián beach at Sitges.

Shooting for Socrates (2014)

It’s the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and plucky Northern Ireland will be taking on Brazil (and Spain).

The film follows the followers back home among ‘the Troubles’ while the football mostly took place at the grounds of Benidorm (for the training sessions) and the Rico Pérez stadium, (home of Hercules CF) for the matches, both in Alicante.

The Finca el Migueral del Hortelano, at El Rebolledo, Alicante, also appears.

Brokeback Mountain (2014)

Don’t get all excited; this isn’t the original, shot in Wyoming and Canada, but an opera version filmed at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Fleming (2014)

More of a mini-series than a film, we are introduced to the man who created Bond, James Bond, and who actually lived the life of a spy, including an operation in Spain to sabotage Nazi activity that was named Goldeneye.

One snorkelling scene, featuring Fleming’s wife Ann, was shot in Mallorca at Cala Agulla.

A villa called Can March situated in a pine grove known as Pinar de ses Vegues, between Cala Agulla and Cala Lliteres was also used.

Tea and Sangria (2014)

A young Englishman is jilted by his girlfriend in Madrid, and has to adapt to his new situation on the streets and in the bedrooms and classrooms of the city.

The Forsaken (2015)

A kidnapping and a gang of thieves holding their hostage in a large, mysterious house, which in reality is Casa Felix, in Olivella, Barcelona, whose owner Jane is apparently a great hostess and doesn’t tie up her guests at all.

Directed by Yolanda Torres, head of studies at the aFilm school of Sitges.

Mosquito: A Fistful of Bitcoins (2015)

Tom Block and Laura Revell self-financed this film with a touch of Terminator, about time travel to save the Earth, represented post-apocalyptically by the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Palma, where Tom grew up and where Mosquito exists for the first ten minutes of the film.

Summer Camp (2015)

The team that gave us ‘Rec’ filmed Summer Camp with an international cast including Diego Boneta, Jocelin Donahue and Maiara Wals. The camp and its large 18th century house, currently called Can Montmany, can be found at Valldoreix, in the mountainous forests of Collserola in Barcelona province.

The Gunman (2015)

Sean Penn and Javier Bardem star in a film that allows Penn to have it both ways, as a professional assassin with a soft spot for NGOs.

Once more Hollywood attacks ruthless corporate greed and immorality. What?

A view of the city from Collserola, and the Telefónica del Fòrum building, and inevitably a quick shot of the Sagrada Familia cathedral begin the Barcelona section.

Scenes from this thriller were shot in the streets of Barcelona; specifically Rambla de Catalunya and Calle de Valencia in the summer of 2013.

Other locations used were the arches of Plaça Reial, the Tibidabo fairground above the city (where Penn arranges to meet Terrance Cox, although the Aquarium, in whose bowels a lot of shooting takes place, is nowhere nearby).

The film makers had a problem when they wanted to film some scenes at Barcelona’s Monumental bullring, as bullfighting is no longer allowed in Catalonia. They were not permitted to use real bulls and so the bullfighting was provided by the San Isidro Fair of Madrid. It is at the bullring that Penn tries to negotiate the release of his kidnapped girlfriend and has to take out three unethical gunmen, while the bull evened up the score by taking out the main villain.

Filming also took place at Caldes d’Estrach, specifically in the castle of Can Jalpí, Arenys de Munt in the Maresme district, and Penn slept in the Hotel L’Arts.

The Rezort (2015)

I’d always thought that the last resort was Benidorm. However, according to the news broadcast map, it’s the Canary Islands where zombie safaris take place, although the island scenes were actually shot in Mallorca.

A Steve Barker horror film, a kind of ‘Jurrasic Park’ for zombies, but with real weapons. The would be hunters come ashore on the island at Cala Tuent, situated near Sóller.

The abandoned military barracks at Son Busquets was used for some of the chase scenes, where the zombies were tied up for shooting; until they weren’t!

The group that camped out among the stars saw the reservoir at Cúber, just inland from Sóller among Mallorca’s emblematic Tramuntana mountains.

Later they escaped through the forest around the Formentor peninsula.

Never Let Go (2015)

A woman’s baby is snatched while she is on holiday, and she does everything physically possible to get it back.

Writer/Director Howard J Ford informed that around 30-40% of the film was shot in Spain, including the opening sequence that used a rented villa, Casa Moleve, situated at Montroy just outside Valencia.

The other Spanish sequences were shot in Palma, Mallorca, and most of the film in Morocco, although in many cases Morocco was Spain.

An old Guardia Civil barracks, now the Museu del Calçat I de la Pell, was used as a Moroccan police station. The building, inaugurated in 1915, became a museum in 2010.

A fight scene with a van was shot in C/General Luque at Inca.

The fight with the first kidnapper and van accident took place at Puig de San Pere, a neighbourhood of Palma, as did the taxi theft and chase, specifically in Plaza Drassanes, while the internet café was in the Barrio Son Gotleu.

The Police road block in the mountains was at Llucmajor village.

Howard added that the Spanish sequences were the nicest to shoot, assisted by Mallorca Specials and he regretted not shooting more of the film in Spain. The original intention had been to return to film at several Sergio Leone locations, but budget limitations made that inviable.

Our thanks to Production Manager Joan Fontanet and Claudia Joest for their help with the Mallorca locations.

The Hunting of the Snark (2015)

Although it is a stop motion film, made in a London studio, it uses some real scenery, such as the white cliffs of Dover, and a beach, that of Lloret de Mar in Girona, perhaps to save the artists drawing all those waves. The same thing happened with the cartoon version of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ using Belmonte castle.

Lawrence Mallinson of The Third Story Productions Limited told us that the Lloret filming was “mostly close-ups of waves lapping against the beach and the rocks and some views of the horizon out to sea.” He added: “It was just an opportunistic grabbing of a few shots as we had taken a short break there as a belated honeymoon, and given that it was February the beaches were deserted, we got the shots that you are not able to get on the English coast at any time of year.”

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Ron Howard brings us his version of ‘Moby Dick,’ with Herman Melville as a character this time and telling the true story of the ‘Essex,’ inspiration of the book.

Like John Huston’s version starring Gregory Peck, some of the sea scenes were shot in the Canary Islands, although this time just off Lanzarote at Yaiza, where beach scenes were filmed at El Golfo, with its beachside crater, and around the tiny island of La Gomera, at Alajeró, on the south coast, with additional filming at Playa Santiago at Tapahuga, where rain stopped play.

The islands represent the coast of Ecuador where the shipwrecked Essex crew washed up.

At Playa Santiago, Ron and the crew lodged at the Gran Hotel Tecina.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

The makers of ‘Matrix’, the Wachowskis, were in Bilbao, Vizcaya, in May 2014, taking advantage of the futuristic Guggenheim Museum for their latest film, although they fast forwarded on the futurization, digitally remastering both the museum and La Salve and Zubuzuri bridges and Torre de Iberdrola to represent a city on another planet, where the Abrasax siblings chat about life, the universe and everything’s theirs after the harvest, to quote Neil Young..

Sean Bean and Terry Gilliam are among the stars of this sci-fi movie about a girl destined for great things. The film however is destined for obscurity, being another deluge of special effects in absence of a plot, characters or a point. ‘Casablanca’ it ain’t.

Tomorrowland (2015)

George Clooney is the star of this Walt Disney story filmed in Canada and Valencia, in the latter case at the emblematic, architectural blockbuster, The City of Arts and Sciences (CACS), where filming took place in January 2014 with Clooney and co-star Hugh Laurie lodged at the police stables turned hotel, The Westin.

CACS is often hard to recognise, but there are four points when we can identify the sci-fi architecture of Valencian Santiago Calatrava.

When Britt Robertson (Casey) finally reaches the city across the wheatfield, she finds herself there.

After the train ride, the CACS is also recognisable, especially the façade of the Science Museum.

When the spaceship escapes Earth and crashes into the CACS, we see the planet in ruins.

When Clooney (Frank) crashes into a lake, after destroying the evil machine at the end of the film, we see the first-built building of the complex, the domed Hemisferic, a 3D cinema, where Tomorrowland was premiered.

Clooney was kept under wraps in Valencia, but he was spotted at the Lambrusqueria Italian restaurant in C/ Conde Altea (the big table on the left as you go in).

Nobody Wants the Night (2015)

Spanish director Isabel Coixet directed Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne in a menage a trois with the North Pole to calm the passions.

Although mostly filmed in Norway, shooting inside the igloo took place in the slightly warmer ambience of Tenerife, (where else?) making use of the dockside Plató del Atlantico studios.

Don’t Speak (2015)

Horror on the glorious beaches of the Costa Brava as a group of youngsters find out that they would prefer to forget what they did last summer.

They come ashore from their holiday boat and explore the old fishermen’s houses at Cala S’Alguer, Girona. Then the problems begin.

Taken 3 (2015)

Olivier Megaton directs a film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, which could quite possibly take off where Taken 2 landed. It once again stars Liam Neeson, who during the summer of 2014 was shooting in Murcia and Alicante provinces.

In Murcia the airport of San Javier was a location, as it was for ‘Green Zone,’ representing this time not Baghdad but Santa Monica, for the film’s climax when Neeson’s car stops a plane from taking off. This was made possible thanks to the Spanish airforce, owners of the airfield, reminding everyone of the golden days of Samuel Bronston, when the Spanish armed forces spent more time making films than defending the frontiers.

A road was cut off to traffic between Cartagena and Isla Plana and La Azohía so that car chase sequences could be filmed on the RM-E22 road, when Neeson is following Stuart on his way to Malibu in the film, and is attacked.

In Alicante province, filming took place near Jávea at Cala (Cove) de Ambolo, where a rather shabby boat house was constructed for a scene where Neeson tortures Stuart, pouring petrol over his face.

It’s estimated that the production contributed a million euros to the local economy.

Sweet Home (2015)

This horror film directed by Rafa Martínez was shot in a deserted building in the district of Sant Martí, on the corner of Calle Wellington, which once housed soldiers and their families in Barcelona, and explains why you shouldn’t make out in an abandoned house.

The building was close to Barcelona Zoo, although the animals didn’t make it onto the soundtrack.

Shadows in the Distance (2015)

Orlando Bosch, a director from Buñol, Valencia, living in Berlin, directs a film about an Italian radio personality who meets a German bookshop employee, with scenes in Berlin, Poland and Valencia, where the beach and streets of the city feature, but not Buñol, famous for its tomato throwing festival and its Masonic cemetery.

Valencia contributes some blue seas to contrast with grey Berlin, and the Flamenco scenes with the guitarist Javier Zamora and the dancer Marta Sol.

German, Italian, Spanish and English are the film’s languages and professionals from six countries worked on this most European of movies.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

The follow up, with Richard Gere included, to ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ features Marbella, Málaga, at the Hotel Meliá Don Pepe, and the road between Málaga and Marbella where the opening scenes were shot, as well as Almería.

Dev Patel and Maggie Smith appear arriving at the Don Pepe in a grey sportscar for one of the two scenes filmed there by director John Madden.

Extinction (2015)

Zombies have taken control of the Earth, but the survivors exist in a hotel, in reality situated in Budapest, surrounded by snow and ice, kindly provided by the Pyrenees mountains near Vielha, Lleída.

Don’t Grow Up (2015)

….because if you do, you’ll turn into a zombie, something I can vouch for.

This is good news; you can never have too many examples of the walking dead, can you?

The film was shot on the island of Tenerife, with filming at Santa Cruz, La Laguna and the Parque Nacional del Teide.

The village of Güimar was also an important location for filming during March 2014.

Second Origin (2015)

A young woman, an unhappy English teacher played by British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood, and a boy of African origin, have escaped the holocaust and they must learn to make a new start, speaking English and Catalan.

Filming took place in Barcelona, where the beach scenes were shot, and where we see Barcelona Football Club’s stadium destroyed; and Lleída, whose city is shown completely devastated, and where the water into which the boy is thrown, and which saves their lives, is in reality the ‘Estany d’Ivars I Vila-Sana,’ just east of Lleída, although the underwater scenes were shot at the INEF swimming pool. The lake where Alba’s house is located is the reservoir of Utxesa.

Also in Lleída, a fruit and veg stall and bar were constructed on the promenade of the river, with the cathedral in the background, and then blown up.

The library scenes were shot in the cathedral cloisters with a lot of special destructive effects inevitably.

Carles Porta directed, taking over from Bigas Luna who died during the production phase. The film was finished as a homage to him.

The Evil that Men Do (2015)

A story of Narcos and kidnapped children set somewhere on the border between Mexico and Texas, but written and directed by downhome good ole boys Daniel Faraldo and Ramón Térmens.

Most of the filming was done in an abandoned washing machine factory at Martorelles, Barcelona, which has since been demolished, and at the nearby quarry. More expensive than filming in a coffin!

Thanks to Ramon Térmens and Ivan Llamas for their help.

Monsoon Tide (2015)

Most of the film was shot in India, although the underwater scenes were filmed off the coast of Murcia.

Nick Fletcher of Laid Back Films informed us: ‘The underwater scenes were intended to be all shot off the coast of Tarifa. Some shots and angles were filmed there but visibility did not allow us to shoot the ‘rising of the body to the surface shot’ so our dive team travelled down to Murcia where the visibility was better and that shot was filmed there, at Aguilas.’

Carpe Diem: European Escapade (2015)

Any excuse to travel all over Europe looking for a friend who got lost in a train station toilet; very lion, witch and wardrobish!

The Spanish section includes scenes in, San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa), with views of Monte Igueldo, the cathedral and a scene shot on the Concha beach, and on the streets of Pamplona, Navarra.

Concha Beach

Finally in Barcelona we briefly see Port Vell, la Pedrera and the National Art Museum, as well as the Barceloneta beach.

The Singleton (2015)

A movie about an artist called Kudos, with filming in the UK and around Málaga.

Vampyres (2015)

Victor Matellano remakes a 1974 classic by Joseph Larraz, in which two young ladies tempt people back to their mansion to dine. Obviously the menu may not be to their liking.

The mansion in question was Finca Villa Ángeles, Avenida Alto de León 69, San Rafael, Segovia, the summer residence of Ramón Menéndez Pidal, the famous historian who was a consultant on the movie El Cid. It is located in San Rafael, Segovia.

The basement scenes were shot in the Cartuja de Talamanca de Jarama, Madrid.

Pursuit (2015)

The film crew were lodged in three hotels in Nerja, Málaga, for two weeks: the Parador, Perla Marina and Hotel Nerja Club, and shot various chase scenes in the area, particularly on the road between Nerja and Maro and a stretch of the N340 road at the Águila aqueduct, which is seen in the background as the couple, Diarmuid and Gráinne, are finally captured on a bridge.

Filming of this modern version of the ancient Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne also took place near the María Luisa estate, Hotel Marinas de Nerja, where Gráinne gets a job as a chambermaid, a garage called Talleres Autos Raya, where Diarmuid is working.

Nerja can be seen from the beach where Gráinne announces her pregnancy to Diarmuid.

The first hour of the film is set in Ireland.

Creditors (2015)

A man comes to Madrid looking for an artist and finds a love triangle.

This is the first feature film by producer, director and actor Ben Cura.

Inside (2016)

Miguel Ángel Vivas directs a horror story about a pregnant widow whose baby is on someone’s wanted list.

Filming took place at Barcelona, Sant Vicenç de Castellet, Seva and Terrassa.

Dance Angels (2016)

Former James Bond George Lazenby plays a sea captain whose boat needs to be saved, and so logically some cool young people help raise the money through a dancing challenge.

They practise their dancing all over Alicante, including the promenade with its dizzy tiles, the marina, and below, as well as from, the battlements of the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which overlooks the city.

Stopover in Hell (2016)

Colmenar Viejo (the director’s hometown, where the stage coach stopover was built in the middle of the Dehesa de Navalvillar), Manzanares el Real and Titulcia in the province of Madrid, and Almería were the locations, some of them classic spaghetti western scenarios, as Victor Matellano revives the western genre with a gang of psychopaths led by the seriously philosophically-challenged ‘Colonel.’

In the opening scene a man is tortured and killed, while his daughter is raped and killed, as we see the snowy peaks of Sierra Guadarrama and the rocky hills of La Pedriza at Manzanares.

Later, when the two sisters pay a short-lived visit to the river to bathe, they are seen beside the Jarama River at Titulcia.

One of the Colonel’s victims is the straight-laced Miss Whitman, who is in fact the daughter of film mogul Samuel Bronston, Andrea. Bronston produced such classics as El Cid and King of Kings, often in the same locations as this film.

As the Colonel rides off into what is not a sunset at the end, in front of him in the distance is Almería’s Oasys Mini Hollywood Park.

Oasys

History’s Future (2016)

A man is mugged and loses his memory and then wanders the world, including Barcelona, where he finds himself in one of the world’s oldest markets; Mercado Encants – Fira de Bellcaire.

Anomalous (2016)

A Spanish film shot in English and set in Brooklyn, with interiors filmed in Barcelona.

Spanish directors seem to have a preference for the horror genre when they film in English; maybe the accents aren’t so noticeable when the actors are screaming.

Erasmus (2016)

It’s been done before, and done in Barcelona, but this time it’s an Argentinian, Pablo Cosco, not a French director, who shows us the rough and tumble lives of Erasmus students.

Things look good at the beach and at the Pompeu Fabra University where filming took place, but turn bad when they visit the Shôko nightclub in the Gothic quarter.

My Bakery in Brooklyn (2016)

Although set in New York as the title suggests, the end of the film was shot in Valencia.

First the Town Hall and then the impressive Post Office in the Town Hall Square are locations that remind us that Valencia was an important place for Hemingway, who often turned up to see the bulls in the July Fair, and who began his first novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ in Valencia not Pamplona, in the Hotel Reina Victoria, as well as including various references to the city in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’

Valencia Town Hall

A lawyer with literary ambitions in the film wants to copy Hemingway and visit Valencia, which explains the city’s presence in a New York bread tale.

Wild Oats (2016)

Gran Canaria is the location for an American film shot in June 2014 with a bundle of well knowns such as Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly.

The swimming pool of the Hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras at Maspalomas, was used for the scene where Shirley and Jessica meet Billy Connolly, as were the endless, famous sand dunes which hosted Jessica’s wedding in the final scene. This is the hotel where Shirley and Jessica first arrive in a taxi, after we first see several shots of the island’s cliffs and dunes and the Cathedral of Santa Ana.

The stars actually stayed at the Hotel Hacienda del Buen Suceso at Arucas, whose bar features in some scenes, as do its lush gardens dating back to 1880.

For the casino scene, the Gabinete Literario at Plazoleta de Cairasco, dating from 1844, was expropriated.

After their casino visit Shirley and Billy tour the city, including the cathedral and La Casa Colón in the Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, now a museum, which was used both for filming and as a production centre. From there they go to San Antonio Abad church and talk about Christopher Columbus (Colón).

At the Finca (estate) de Osorio they meet Spain’s new Fernando Rey; the very dangerous Santiago Segura, although the inevitable Simón Andreu is also on hand as a hotel manager..

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) discovers that he is descended from his ancestor, Aguilar, from 15th Century Spain.

Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard and Brendan Gleeson are the other stars in a film made in various parts of Spain.

 In the opening scene an eagle (or is it?) swoops down into the cloister of a castle, which is La Calahorra, Granada. There the Assassins sect conducts its ceremonies by which we learn the plot of the film; Templars versus Assassins, fighting across the centuries for the possession of the apple of Eden and Man’s free will.

The key to the apple is the Prince of Granada, and there is a pursuit scene with horses and carriages through the desert of Tabernas, using Indiana Jones locations at Las Salinillas, Cañón Rojo and Rambla Moreno.

Las Salinillas

 Michael as a child narrowly escapes capture when a convoy of vehicles comes for his father, who is hiding out at Las Salinas, next to Cabo de Gata, which represented Baja California, as it does so well.

Las Salinas & Cabo de Gata

The boy escapes across the salt lakes while we enjoy a view of the emblematic church of Las Salinas, which also appears in Patton.

Also used was Sevilla’s Giralda cathedral for aerial shots in amongst a lot of digitally produced stuff, as well as the interior of the cathedral where the apple is found in Columbus’s tomb, while the 15th century scene when the apple is handed over to the Templars for a few mere seconds, used digitally generated images of the Alhambra of Granada.

On a more modern note, an aerial view of Huntsville Department of Criminal Justice in Texas is depicted by the prison of Almeria.

Altamira (2016)

Antonio Banderas leads the cast, which includes Rupert Everett as the evil(ish) Monsignor, in a film directed by Oscar winner Hugh Hudson, he of ‘Chariots of Fire.’

The film tells the story of the discovery in 1879 of the caves with their prehistoric paintings, and the shallowness of human nature.

The locations are mostly fairly accurate, in Cantabria, at Santander, Castro Urdiales and cobblestoned Santillana del Mar, whose Plaza Mayor stands out, as does the Colegiata de Santa Juliana, which is where the Banderas family go to see a painting and Banderas gives his daughter a geology lesson in the cloister after her unsuccessful violin concert. Later, after Banderas (Marcelino) presents his discovery of the cave to local dignitaries, we see a horse and cart descending Calle Cantón.

The original cave was used for filming, although today only a replica can be visited at the Altamira Museum, two kilometres from Santillana.

Nearby we can find the cliffs at El Bolao (Cóbreces), where Banderas speaks to his daughter and the painter does too.

Also appearing is one of architect Gaudí’s few buildings outside Catalonia, El Capricho, a summer house built in the 1880s at Comillas. It is here that Banderas attends a meeting of enlightened scientists in Paris at the beginning of the film.

In Santander we see Marcelino’s daughter riding in a carriage through Plaza Porticada.

When Banderas tries his luck in a congress in Lisbon, and fails, he is in fact still in Spain. The Biblioteca (Library) Menéndez y Pelayo of Santander provide the exterior, while the Palacio de Sobrellano at Comillas is the interior.

Banderas’s grave can be seen in the cemetery at Comillas, although Marcelino’s is elsewhere. His house, which was his real one, or at least the gardens were, is at Marcelino’s estate at Puente San Miguel.

Mine (2016)

Arnie Hammer stars as a soldier lost in the desert, provided by Fuerteventura, with additional scenes shot in Barcelona. He might wish he’d never said: “it’s mine.”

Risen (2016)

A Roman detective story to discover if Jesus really did rise from the grave.

Joesph Fiennes adds a certain Shakespearian quality to a film set in Jerusalem and shot in Almería at the Alcazaba castle, at the foot of which is the Parque de La Hoya, near the Muralla de Jayrá, an area now used as a car park.

The Playa de los Genoveses was used for some Roman embarkation on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and the desert of Tabernas provided backdrop.

Realive (2016)

So, what becomes of the resuscitated? Realive is the second film by Canary Island director and scriptwriter Mateo Gil, and features Oona Chaplin, grand-daughter of Charlie Chaplin and daughter of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ star Geraldine Chaplin.

The gloomy prospect of immortality contrasts with the shiny, happy beaches of Tenerife, where the modern arts centre, Espacio de las Artes, stands in for the cryopreservation clinic surrounded by forest and supposedly located in California.

A Monster Calls (2016)

The Parc Audiovisual de Terrassa, Barcelona, provided the interiors for this film with Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neesen, in which Juan Antonio Bayona follows up the horror of ‘The Impossible’ with a more traditional horror story about a tree that haunts a little boy.

The exteriors were shot around Manchester, and the windows of the set in Terrassa were plastered with photos of Manchester scenery to create some authenticity.

The Chosen (2016)

The story of Trotsky’s death is brought to life with Julian Sands and some kid from ‘Game of Thrones.’

Filming took place in June 2015 between Mexico, where Trotsky was killed, and Barcelona, where his assassin was from, representing 1937.

The streets of Barcelona represent those of Paris and Brooklyn. In the forests outside the city, Caridad visits her son in the trenches to recruit him for his mission.

It should be remembered that Trotsky’s nephew was Samuel Bronston, who also came to Spain, where he made ‘El Cid’, ‘55 Days at Peking’ and other expensive epics, although the price he paid was not as high as Trotsky’s.

The Promise (2016)

Christian Bale stars in a film set in the setting sun days of the Ottoman Empire. His first role in Spain was as a child in Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, so he must like Spain…..or empires!

The film concerns the oppression of the Armenian people, a holocaust that never achieved the capital H.

The first image in the film is Mikael’s hometown Sirun in the mountains of southern Turkey, although it is really Albarracín in Teruel province with a few minarets digitally added. The Plaza Mayor of Albarracín was transformed into a market, and the betrothal celebration was also shot there, as well as a scene in a chemist’s.

The frequently used Hospital Tavera in Toledo, with its double cloister, represents the Faculty of Medicine of Constantinople, for a scene that made use of 300 extras.

In Navarra some scenes were shot using the barren wasteland of Las Bardenas Reales. It is here that Bale witnesses a refugee exodus and the shooting of a refugee, after which he flees in a car.

The castle of San Fernando just outside Figueras in Girona also plays a part; the Turkish army drills its recruits there and executes dissidents, such as Mikael’s medical student friend, shot in the moat for treason.

The castle, inaugurated in 1766, has had some illustrious involuntary guests. In 1975, the incipient democratic military movement, la Unión Militar Demócratica (UMD) had the audacity to suggest that democratic elections in Spain might not be such a terrible thing, and after careful, objective consideration, four officers were imprisoned in the fortress.

Later the tables turned, and it was the most photogenic of the leaders of the coup d’état of February 1981, the Guardia Civil Antonio Tejero Molina, who ended up there after suggesting, pistol in hand in the Spanish parliament, that perhaps democracy and all that might be rushing things just a bit.

As the 1992 Olympics took place in Catalonia, the military prison was closed down.

We were given a captivating tour of the castle by Captain Pedro Rodriguez Ortega, including a display about all the films shot there, and later given an insight into the role of the castle as a cultural centre by the President of the Friends of the Castle association, Antonio Herrero.

The castle is the largest fortress in Europe, built in 1753. Inside there is a monument to Martin Zermeño, treacherously executed by Napoleon’s invading troops when he was sent out to negotiate with them.

The French occupied the fort using the old trick of “we only want to invade Portugal, and if we don’t house our soldiers here, they’ll probably rape and pillage in the town.”

The castle receives 40,000 visits a year, organizes chess competitions, weddings and other events, and was visited by the location scouts of Game of Thrones, who eventually turned it down.

At the end of the 18th century the castle entertained President Estrada, the first President of Cuba, although his stay wasn’t voluntary.

During the Civil War, the castle held the last cabinet meeting of the Republican government before it fled into exile, and also housed the art treasures removed from El Prado to protect them from German bombing.

When we visited in November 2022, the moat was occupied by a large crew, many extras and a massive Excalibur, for the filming of scenes from the American series Mrs. Davis.

A quarry at Pilar de Jaravía near Pulpí, Almería shows scenes of the Turks using Armenian labour to build a railway line in the Taurus mountains. Mikael escapes and catches a train full of refugees. In October 2015 a steam train was brought by road to Segorbe and used on the line to Jérica, with some filming at a tunnel at Navajas, all in the province of Castellón. Nearby, at the El Regajo reservoir, a scene was shot where a stuntman, supposedly Mikael, hurled himself from the train into the water.

Mikael is helped by an Armenian family and travels home via the Calomarde gorge in Teruel province. Bale apparently liked the area so much that he bought a property there.

Chris (Bale) and Ana reach a protestant mission, which was located at the Abadía de Párraces, Bercial, Segovia, and the Valsain forest there was also used for the scenes where the refugees flee from Turkish soldiers.

The abbey is a popular place for weddings and events. On our visit there in July 2022 they were setting up for a wedding, but Honorio, who lives on the site, kindly showed us the courtyard and two cloisters where filming took place at this lovely site, tucked away in deepest Castilla.

In Murcia, the beaches of Playa Amarilla, Cala del Pino and the road at Calabardina  showed scenes of the embarking of Armenian refugees by the French navy.

This time Simón Andreu plays an old Armenian peasant.

 All I See is You (2016)

Blake Lively is born blind but then regains her sight.

The makers reproduced the famous Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Valencia for some sensuality, and also filmed in Barcelona in the Franca railway station, and at Sitges.

Brimstone (2016)

The Almería western is not dead, it just changes; although the old themes of sex, violence and revenge ain’t going nowhere.

The twist is that the duel this time is between a dumb woman and a preacher.

Filming for the desert scenes took place around Tabernas, for the part of the film where the dumb girl (Liz) is working in a brothel.

Actor Kit Harington, better known as Jon Snow from ‘Game of Thrones,’ caused a stir in Almería, where he stayed at the Hotel Elba.

Jason Bourne (2016)

The Bourne saga continues, and again Spain gets a look in, although not contributing its own cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, but the Greek capital Athens.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has the honour of impersonating the city that founded democracy, and it was there that Bourne got involved in a demonstration, just to prove the point, which took him through Plaza de España, Imeldo Serís, Aurea Díaz Flores, Poeta Tomás Morales, Méndez Núñez, Taco, Plaza Candelaria, Calle Hero, as well as in La Salud and Valleseco districts.

Filming also took place in the University town of La Laguna and finally in Tenerife Norte airport, which represented not only Athens, but also Reykjavík airports. Similarly, Tenerife was also used for the Beirut scenes.

Damon stayed in the Hotel Mencey.

Foe (2016)

An American archeology professor is the hero; now why does that ring a bell?

Johan Meyer visits Barcelona looking for work and is contracted to translate a document by the mysterious Ramku. Their first meeting takes place at the Finca Güell, with Gaudí’s famous dragon gate.

Voyeur (2016)

Director Marc Recuenco tells us the story of Nadia, who views the world through other people in Barcelona, including scenes shot on the city’s underground.

White Island (2016)

The white island is of course Ibiza, where a friend helps out a friend in trouble while trying to forget another friend.

Among the locations are the ferry port at Denia, Alicante, the main gateway to the island, as well as the quaint little Ibizan cove of Cala Gracioneta.

After our heroes are rescued from the yacht and certain death, we are treated to first a seaview and then a droneview of the castle and city walls of Ibiza’s capital for some philosophical reflection, followed by the magical island of Es Vedra, looking as lovely as it did in ‘South Pacific.’

We also see the island as a backdrop for the scene where Leo confesses his illness to Connor, and it still looks great despite the depressing news.

The Night Manager (2016)

This six part mini series based on the John Le Carre book actually features a cameo appearance by the writer, in a restaurant in Mallorca, where all the Mediterranean scenes with villains on powerboats were shot.

Le Carre is dining in the restaurant of the Hotel Maricel at C’as Catalá, just outside Palma; a location used various times. It is here that Corky loses his cool and Pine smooths things over.

Sa Fortalesa, built in 1628, on Cape s’Avançadain at the end of the Port de Pollença, is Roper’s stronghold, seen at various times throughout the series from the second episode onwards with spectacular aerial views included.

In a scene where Pine takes Danny for a walk, they are in reality in Carrer de la Marina, Puerto de Soller. They are seen queuing at the Glace Moustache ice cream van at the moment when Angela Barr listens in on their conversation.

The super trendy beach bar Cas Patró March at Cala Deia features, as it did in ‘Evil Under the Sun,’ for the child kidnapping scene, when Pine gets beaten up and into the organisation.

Palau March, a well known landmark in the capital, was used as the entrance to an Istanbul hotel.

Flexibility is, or would be, Palma’s middle name as the terrace of the Sadrassana restaurant in Plaça de Drassanes, Santa Eulalia church (supposedly a church in Madrid where Angela meets the Spanish lawyer) and Café Moderno all perform well as locations in Madrid.

We also have an aerial view of the capital’s kilometre zero, Puerta del Sol, just before Sandy Langbourne meets with a lawyer.

Gernika (2016)

Directed by Koldo Sierra, who had earlier shown Gary Oldman a lesser degree of Spanish violence in ‘Backwoods,’ the tragedy of Gernika is seen through the eyes of an American reporter (drunk and cynical, what else?) played by James D’Arcy.

The Arriaga Theatre of Bilbao, Vizcaya features at least three times as a meeting up place, filming of which involved distrupting public transport, although not as much as the German and Italian aviation did.

As well as the theatre, the adjacent Arenal bridge and the La Concordia railway station in Calle Bailén were filmed, as was the nearby Town Hall, whose Salón Árabe held a ball for the local bourgeoisie instead of the usual weddings.

The Palacio Munoa, in Barakaldo, served as the Press and Propaganda HQ of the Spanish Republic, and was also used for some hotel scenes.

Bilbao’s columnated Plaza Mayor can be seen when Henry and Teresa kiss after their sexual encounter.

For a touch of romance, the relationship between Henry and Teresa begins to take off after a visit for foreign journalists to the chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which also appears in Game of Thrones, although this time the dragons are spectacularly absent.

Another trip is organized to the seat of the Basque parliament in Gernika, where, in front of the famous oak tree, an aurresku dance is performed by a single dancer to honour the guests.

During the lethal bombardment, the village of Artziniega, in Álava province was used, as well as Lekeitio, and Gernika itself.

The scenes showing Gernika after the desolation were shot in June 2015 at two truly devastated villages in the province of Zaragoza, Tiermas and Escó, which had been abandoned to build a reservoir.

The church of ruined Belchite, also in Zaragoza, destroyed in reality during the Civil War, can be briefly seen just before Teresa is (spoiler!) mortally wounded.

Allied (2016)

Brad Pitt finally became a real life hero when he landed in Gran Canaria and rescued a young girl in danger of being crushed by his fans.

The incident took place at Plaza Belén María in the port area of Las Palmas where Pitt was shooting this World War II spy thriller set in Casablanca.

The Gesport Atlantic terminal, situated at the dock of Gran Canaria del Puerto de La Luz was also the scene of some filming.

In one scene, Pitt appears in Calle Muro in a dust covered taxi, stopping in front of a post office, which is in reality the Centro de Iniciativas de La Caja de Canarias (Cicca); paying the driver, he then gets into another car in Calle Remedios,

Various other scenes were shot in the Arenales neighbourhood, particularly in and around Calle Núñez de la Peña during three days of filming in May 2016.

Several transformations took place; the ‘Fábrica de Hielo’ (ice factory) in the port became the Nazi HQ for the scene where Pitt and co-star Marion Cotillard exit carrying guns, while in the Plaza de Cairasco, the Hotel Madrid played the Café de la Place.

After leaving Gran Canaria, the crew hopped over to Fuerteventura to film at the desert scenery of Los Arrabales (Tuineje), at Finca Cervantes near Lajares and at the dunes of Parque Natural de Corralejo, where Pitt’s stuntman is parachuted into North Africa in the opening scene.

The film crew lodged at the Hotel Bahía Real at Corralejo.

Blood Orange (2016)

Iggy Pop somehow finds it within him to portray an ageing rock star, retired in Ibiza with a beautiful young wife with a shady past, that comes visiting.

Filming took place in 2014 around Sant Josep in October and November.

Me Before You (2016)

An attractive couple find each other and fight depression together.

Among the places they discover love and scuba diving is the famous Formentor Hotel on the eastern extreme of Mallorca, although in the film it is supposed to be Mauritius.

Lucas (2016)

Juan Pedro Ortega directs a film about a serial killer with footage from his native Barcelona.

Seat in Shadow (2016)

The relationship between a young boy and his psychiatrist in Scotland also involves the Australian outback, about which the young man is obsessed, represented, for a change, by the desert of Tabernas, Almería.

Director Henry Coombes revealed that a tree prop used in the film was the same one used to crucify Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Conan.’

Toxic Apocalypse (2016)

This low budget science fiction film tells a story of unethical pharmaceutical industry misbehaviour and includes images of a villain’s villa somewhere on the Costa Blanca, Alicante.

Ibiza Undead (2016)

Everything that’s good and not so good about Ibiza; sun, sand and sky-blue water on the one hand and nightclubs and zombies on the other.

A group of young Londoners visit the island looking for experiences, and get bitten off more than they can be chewed.

Barcelona: a Love Untold (2016)

A Philippines film shot in Spain, largely in English but with other languages too.

A young couple are in the city, each trying to get over their past.

Their romance counts on backdrops such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, la Rambla and the Ciutadella park in Barcelona, and in the same province the famous steps leading up to the church in Sitges;

as well as the historic centre of Girona, and even the Plaza de España of Sevilla.

Bittersweet days (2016)

Can distance relationships last? Of course not. When boy moves to London for the opportunity of his life, girl has to unwillingly take in an English speaking Dutch photographer Luuk, who turns her world around to the backdrop of Barcelona, with the Sagrada Familia cathedral and the city’s Barceloneta beach and marina, as well as Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, la Rambla and Mercat de La Boqueria – de Sant Josep.

Other minor locations used are BICIOCI BIKE CAFÉ, Carrer Venus, 1-3, CHÂTELET, a cocktail bar in C/ Torrijos, 54, DEUVEDES, a video club in C/ Martínez de la Rosa, 71, LA FOURMI, a bar and restaurant in C/ Milà i Fontanals, 58, L’ENTRESÒL, a bar in C/Planeta, 39, LINGUA YA, a language school in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 390, where Luuk has his Spanish lessons, MATUSALÉN, a flea market in C/ Puig Martí, 5, MELIC, a children’s clothes shop in C/Diluvi, 3, RUNROOM, C/Milà i Fontanals, 14-26, where Julia works.

Julia takes Luuk to Mallorca, where she is from, and filming takes place at the beach of CALÓ DES MORO, Santanyí, COLÒNIA DE SANT JORDI, with its black and white hooped lighthouse and the HOTEL MARQUÈS DEL PALMER, the cathedral of Palma, which they chat in front of, S’EMBAT, a beach bar at Ses Covetes, Campos, where the haystack scene was filmed, and Valldemossa, where Chopin and George Sand used to hang out.

Thanks to Margarida Araya for her help in locating locations.

The Night Watchman (2016)

The Asturias mining town of Morcín provides the coal mine, called Monsacro in the real world, which conceals a terrible secret.

The night watchman has returned home after a spell in prison to work there and face new demons, accepting a night watchman’s job in a mine, later wishing it wasn’t his.

Director Miguel Ángel Jiménez shot part of the film, located in Kentucky, in the USA but apart from Morcín, also used the Asturian locations of Mieres, the pit at Sotón and San Martín del Rey Aurelio, as well as the forest at Artikutza, Gipuzcoa.

The Cucaracha Club (2016)

A retired spy comes out of retirement and his drunken haze to rescue some kidnapped kids.

Filmed mainly around Torrevieja, Alicante, where there is a lot of haziness.

The Supers! (2017)

Yolanda Torres directs a story about the downside of being a super hero.

Filmed around Barcelona, including the Parc del Laberint d’Horta, a location from Perfume, and at Sitges, where Yolanda teachers at the aFilm school.

I Love Her (2017)

This feature film stemmed from a short of the same name released in 2013.

Ukrainian director Darya Perelay tells the story of a Ukrainian female busker playing the streets of Barcelona, who is in love with a deaf dumb girl.

As well as the mean streets of Barcelona, some of the romantic scenes between the two girls were filmed in the Parc del Centre del Poblenou.

Some say that the word ‘busker’ derives from the Spanish verb ‘buscar,’ to seek.

The Girl From the Song (2017)

Eric travels from London to the desert of Nevada to try and recover the girl he loves, with the Burning Man festival as a backdrop.

Producer Marta Rodriguez Coronil informed that the interior and exterior of the London pub and guitar shop were actually filmed at Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

Rise of the Footsoldier 3 (2017)

Crime and violence in Essex contrasted with the idyllic life of rich people in their coats and ties on the sexy coast of Málaga, and particularly in the rich man’s playground of Puerto Banús.

Megan Leavey (2017)

Leavey is a female military dog handler in Iraq, although the Spanish filming took place at the air force base at Zaragoza, and in the historic centre of Cartagena, Murcia.

In the province of Murcia the locations of Mazarrón, Monte Sacro and Cerro del Molinete were used in November 2015 to represent war-torn Iraq. Specifically Monte Sacro represented an American checkpoint, while on the road at Tentegorra we can see numerous Iraqi casualties lining the roadside.

The real hero of this true story is Rex, the dog.

It Came from the Desert (2017)

The title leaves no doubt that we are in the horror genre, although this Finnish film is a parody based on a video game.

The only doubt is about the desert; in the film New Mexico, and supplied once again by Almería, specifically Tabernas and Rodalquilar, no questions asked, thank you very much.

The abandoned mine of Rodalquiñar provides the entrance to the Chicane plant, where the fun begins.

Motorbikes and over-sized ants sum up the action.

Coco (2017)

Neil Boultby’s second film is a psychological drama about a woman trying to understand her past.

Filming took place in the province of Alicante with scenes shot at Santa Pola and nearby Gran Alacant, a large residential tourism complex where the writer and actor Neil Boultby actually lives, enabling him to obtain help with locations such as Tutti’s restaurant and Ohana Gastro Bar.

Gunned Down (2017)

Craig Fairbrass stars in this gangster film that contrasts the sunny beauty of south east London with the grim drabness of Puerto Banús and Marbella, Málaga.

Filming took place in the old town of Marbella with its narrow streets and bars in a story of violent revenge (everybody’s favourite kind).

Cold Skin (2017)

As World War I looms, a young man arrives at a location near the Antarctic Circle to man a weather station.

He is in for a few surprises, including the fact that he is slightly off course on Lanzarote, with the action taking place mostly around Las Malvas beach near Tinajo.

Filming also took place on the Costa Brava at Llançà, Girona.

Black Hollow Cage (2017)

Traumatised by the loss of her arm, Alice doesn’t do like Scarlett Johansson and rediscover her horse, but talks to her dog (who talks back) and finds a mysterious cube instead.

Filming took place in the woods around Olot, Girona, mainly in and around a house called Horizon, created by the RCR architecture studio of Olot at La Garrotxa for a local Michelin star chef.

The Bookshop (2017)

Our story, directed by Isabel Coixet, is set in a peaceful East Anglian town, although the filming actually took place in Portaferry, County Down, which was also used in Game of Thrones, representing Winterfell.

The interiors however were very Catalan. The drinks party early in the film and a private audience later, were shot at Bell Recó in Argentona, near Barcelona, a popular wedding venue.

The offices at the start and end of the film are Fábrica Anis del Mono, a distillery in Badalona, and the Biblioteca Arús public library housed in Passeig de Sant Joan also appears.

Marrowbone (2017)

A Spanish film in which a British family escapes to the USA, which is actually Asturias, home of the Spanish director.

The Valle de Arango near Pravia provided the large house, the Palacio or Torre de Arango, where the action is focused, and whose medieval tower gives character to the main character. The house is abandoned, although some cattle guard its approach, and is quite difficult to find, especially with my GPS.

Torre de Arango

The abandoned La Vega arms factory in Oviedo provided various locations, such as Molly’s shop and the library, and also the main street of the village. The factory site is well protected and not visitable, although from the outside it is quite impressive.

Main Entrance La Vega Arms Factory

The beach scenes were filmed at Xagó beach, just north of Avilés.

Geostorm (2017)

If you are one of the many people who would like to see Benidorm (Alicante) blown away by a tsunami, here is your chance as the digitally enhanced (or degraded?) Poniente beach and buildings are swept away in another global warming warning. Madrid’s Puerta del Sol suffers a similar fate.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Nobody would ever accuse anyone of cashing in; this was a film that just had to be made, and Harrison Ford isn’t getting any younger!

Andalucía provided some scenes, notably the aerial views of greenhouses of El Ejido, Almería that open the film, and the Gemasolar solar power station Fuentes de Andalucía, province of Sevilla.

Another location that made it into the film but not into the real world was the Museo del Neandertal de Piloña, which was supposed to be built at Villamayor, Asturias. Unfortunately the money ran out, but the film makers took the minimalist designs to create the HQ of the villainous Wallace Corporation.

Maus (2017)

Although inspired by the Balkan conflict and set in the forests of Bosnia Herzegovina, the woods were really those of El Espinar in Segovia province, with some extra filming in Tenerife for studio scenes at Plató del Atlántico Estudios as well as Parque La Granja de Santa Cruz.

Submergence (2017)

Wim Wenders directs a thriller with a bit of science, a bit of philosophy and a mere soupçon of terrorism with some scenes shot in Madrid and Toledo, where the river Tajo provided some aquatic support near Villamanrique de Tajo–la salina de Buena-mesón, in the municipality of Santa Cruz de la Zarza.

Still Star-Crossed (2017)

In April 2016 Salamanca’s calle Compañía, Casa de las Conchas, the cathedral and the university, all became 16th century Verona in order to continue the story of the families of Romeo and Juliet, although this time with the politically correct addition of various typically 16th century Italian black actors.

Casa de las Conchas

Some scenes were also shot in and around nearby Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, at the Basílica de Santa Teresa, an unfinished temple, started in the late 19th century to host Saint Teresa’s remains, although it does operate as a pilgrim hostel.

Another scenario is Cáceres, where a non-execution and rooftop arrowfest in front of San Jorge church serves to announce that “the new Prince is coming!”

In Plasencia, the Palacio Mirabel features as Juliet’s home, and the cathedral also appears.

Apparently the producers are now planning an LGTB version of Othello with an all Chinese cast.

Maniac Tales (2017)

Spanish director Kike Mesa makes his feature debut with a film set in New York but cleverly shot in Málaga.

The El Equitative building in Málaga impersonates a New York edifice, where Enrique Arce gets a job as a porter.

Filming also took place at Ojén, Mijas and Alhaurin de la Torre.

Dirty White Lies (2017)

The lies are about the adulterous behaviour of a couple, and the sea is the Mediterranean, specifically the Costa Blanca, Alicante, where the sailing trip to resolve differences takes place.

Yerma (2017)

Yerma was one of the works of García Lorca, and the film tells the story of its performance in London, although the other plot is a couple who can’t have children.

Scenes were shot at the stunningly beautiful village of Buitrago de Lozoya, and at the hotel and banquet palace complex of Aldea Santillana, Puentes Viejas, both in Madrid.

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

An American singing group The Bellas, reunite for a USO tour including a concert at US naval base of La Rota, Cádiz, as the girls go through their paces on the bases.

The cathedral and a few scenes of the city are clearly visible after their visit to the base.

Muse (2017)

Catalan director Jaume Balagueró directed this thriller about nightmares and English literature, using the imposing former asylum of Torrebonica, Barcelona.

ReAgitator: Revenge of the Parody (2017)

This American horror film, with a Frankenstein veneer, was partially filmed on the Canary island of La Palma, mostly at Tazacorte and Los Llanos.

Sacracide (2017)

A horror film shot in pleasant surroundings on Ibiza, with additional filming at Reus, Tarragona.

Solo! (2018)

Not many films have their premiere in the village of Barx, situated in the mountains of Valencia, but Solo was shot there and many of the villagers were extras in this rom-com about an Englishman who inherits his father’s house and tries to reform the village band.

250 locals participated as extras and the auditorium, the village of La Drova and the Puigmola recreational area all appear.

I Love My Mum (2018)

Mother and son wake up in a container and have to make their way back to the UK.

Spanish director Alberto Sciamma takes a poke at nationalism as the odd couple wend their way home, turning up on a beach, which is Benidorm, Alicante, where some kids bury them in the sand.

Luz (2018)

American Director Damian Chapas loves Spain and has a home in Marbella, Málaga, so even though most of the film takes place in LA, there is a ray of Costa del Sol light in the film too.

Fishbone (2018)

Fishbone is a homage to the island of Tabarca, just off Santa Pola, Alicante. It is a magical place both in reality and in the film, where a young chef working in Manhattan returns following her father’s death.

The film, by local director Adán Aliaga, was shot in English, Spanish and Valencian, depending on the locations.

Escape From Marwin (2018)

The first feature of Jordi Catejón is a new take on Escape Rooms but with an old idea about prisoners fighting to survive and achieve their freedom, or die.

Sabadell, Gavà and Viladecans were the locations in Barcelona province.

The mansion was in the centre of Sabadell, in calle Creueta. Visual Group Films informed that the building was later sold and divided into two blocks. The drone scenes were shot in a forest near the industrial estate of Sabadell.

The control room scenes were shot in the Ateneo de las Artes de Viladecans.

The flashback scene was shot in the restaurant El Torreón, in the maritime district of Gavà.

The opening scene was filmed in a factory in Calle Ciencia in the industrial estate of Gavà.

Dancing with Sancho Panza (2018)

Set during the Spanish Civil War, the film tells the story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, made up of foreigners who came to Spain to defend the Republic.

Filming took place in Madrid, Alicante and at Belchite, Zaragoza, a town genuinely destroyed during the war and left as a reminder.

Onyx: Kings of the Grail (2018)

The story of the Holy Grail comes back to life with the discovery of a document in a film spanning the centuries.

In León, this dramatized documentary that claims to have identified the Chalice of Doña Urraca as the grail, was filmed at the Botines Building, which was designed by Gaudí between 1891 and 1892, and now houses a museum.

 The Cathedral Museum and cloister, Plaza San Marcelo, the Palace of the Guzmanes and the Royal Collegiate and Basilica of San Isidoro (where the Grail is supposedly kept) all contributed their monumentality.

Palace of the Guzmanes
Basilica de San Isidoro

The Last Supper itself was shot just south of the city in a cellar at Valdevimbre. The castle of Cornatel at Villavieja, Priaranza del Bierzo, features too.

In Ponferrada filming took place at the Casona Burillas en Villar de los Barrios (where the Nazis had their HQ) and the Monasterio de Santa María de Carracedo, representing the court of King Fernando I, who receives a visit there from the Emir of Denia.

Heinrich Himmler has a cameo role as the film spans the centuries.

Dead on Time (2018)

The Arab Spring of 2011 finally makes it to the big screen, although it is Málaga that provides the typical Arabian scenery for this bellicose film starring Michael Madsen.

The white sand beaches of Cofete and Barlovento in Jandía Natural Park remain, although the scrap metal dumped there for filming has thankfully been removed.

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, this western about bounty hunters with unfortunate nomenclature was shot partly in Huesca province, using Pyrenees locations such as Hecho and a mountain refuge at Linza near Ansó.

Filming actually began in Almería near Tabernas, for the scenes depicting the Mayfield Mining town at the Cinema Studios Fort Bravo/Texas Hollywood, and then moved on to Navarra, where in the Urbasa-Andia mountains, a base camp was set up at the mountain pass of Lizarraga.

Urbasa

A large scale representation of 19th century Oregon was built there for filming between 29th June and 6th July 2017.

Fort Bravo

Filming took place at locations at Sarasa, Manga de Sosa, Balcón de Pilatos, Cabecera, Lezamen, Kataliturri and Ollide. The crew and actors stayed at Arbizu, and in bungalows at the Urbasa camp site.

Han Solo (2018)

Nobody would ever accuse anyone of cashing in; this was a film that just had to be made, and Ron Howard isn’t getting any younger!

For this spin off, one of many on the conveyor belt no doubt, Solo’s hometown of Corellia on the planet Savareen is represented by the wild landscape of Fuerteventura island, particularly at Cañada La Barca.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

In Toledo province, the scene of the duel with the Knight with mirrors was shot inside the castle at Almonacid; according to Gilliam, he had spotted the location as far back as 1990, although he finally filmed it during the third week of shooting.

Toby arrives at the castle and begins an affray with some sheep, and then in a very Monty Python-like scene, the fight with the knight takes place, all inside the ruined castle and finishing with Toby waking up kissing a sheep.

Almonacid

When Don Quixote believes he has arrived at the lost city of the Moorish kings, Al-Azahara, in fact it is the castle of Oreja, next to its abandoned village.

The name Oreja doesn’t mean ‘ear’ but Aurelia, demonstrating its Roman origin.

From 1113 the castle was used by Muslim forces as a point from which to attack the Christians, until a long siege by Alfonso VII of León led to its recovery.

Once it ceased to be useful militarily, most of the inhabitants moved away to nearby Ontígola and Aranjuez.

Currently the castle is a ruin.

We were given a guided tour by José Emilio Cuerva of SOS Aurelio, a group of local people attempting to save this spectacular location from further deterioration.

There has been a settlement since the Bronze Age, with the Romans taking over around 170 AD.

In 1085 Alfonso VI took Toledo, and among the spoils was Oreja, a strategic castle overlooking the River Tajo valley.

In 1108 the Christians lost the Battle of Uclés and by 1113 the castle was once again under Muslim control.

Alfonso VII recovered it on 31st October 1139 after a lengthy siege lasting 18 months.

Following the Battle of Alarcos in 1197, Alfonso VIII lost to the Muslims, although they couldn’t take Oreja, which in 1171 had been given to the Order of Santiago.

The main street of the abandoned village is used when Quixote and Sancho follow a girl on a bicycle into a settlement inhabited by gypsies and illegal immigrants.

The ruined interior of the castle keep is used for a brief scene where Quixote taunts Sancho with his singing.

The famous tavern set at Talamanca de Jarama (Madrid) was put to good use once again, as was Spanish actress Rossy de Palma. Also in Madrid, and similarly frequent, Viñuelas castle saw three days shooting. Here the hotel scenes were shot. In the restaurant a canopy was created for the flamenco dancing scene.

Also frequently used, the waterfall at Monasterio de Piedra (Zaragoza) for the scene of Toby’s reunion ten years after with Angélica.

Gallipienzo (Navarra) was the village of Los Sueños, where Toby arrives on a motorbike and is reunited with the people from his past, including Don Quixote the cobbler. The nearby desert landscapes of Las Bardenas Reales once more provided wastelands for several scenes as Quixote and Toby look for adventure and Quixote ends up fighting the Guardia Civil, and the village of San Martín de Unx provided the modern windmills.

Villacastín (Segovia) provided the older windmills for Quixote’s updated dreams of giants, while the arid landscapes of Fuerteventura provided the backdrop for Quixote’s fight with the giants.

Ibiza (2018)

Three American girls travel to Barcelona and then Ibiza, although a lot of the scenes were filmed in the Balkans.

A rom-com chick-flick that didn’t please the authorities of Ibiza very much, hence the locations.

Blackwood (2018)

Also known as ‘Down a Dark Hall,’ Rodrigo Cortés continues to direct tense films. Blackwood is an exclusive school for troubled adolescents run by Uma Thurman.

The school was a set built in the Parque Audiovisual de Cataluña, Terrasa (Barcelona).

Interiors of the school were filmed at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Gabinete Literario, with other scenes shot at plaza de la Feria and around the Delegación del Gobierno.

The Titan (2018)

Same name, same Canaries, same star (Sam Worthington) but not a God in sight for this science fiction film shot in the southern part of Gran Canaria around the famous Maspalomas beach and dunes, where the stars stayed at the Hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras and dined at the Samsara restaurant.

Some interiors were filmed in the area, particularly in a villa at the Monte León residential estate at San Bartolomé de Tirajana, with exteriors in the inland mountainous region of Tejeda.

To the south west we can find the reservoir Cueva de las Niñas, which is seen several times.

Two swimming pools were used for the production, the municipal pool at Vecindario, Santa Lucia and the Manuel Guerra Ciudad Deportivo in the island’s capital.

The semi-abandoned premises of the Colegio Universitario de Las Palmas (CULP), belonging to the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria near the Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria was used for some filming, while the beach scenes were shot at Arinaga on the south east tip of the island, where the NATO base was located.

The airport scene was shot at the Real Aeroclub de Gran Canaria.

Trained to Kill (2018)

The action moves between Scotland and Torrevieja and Torremendo, Alicante, as ex-SAS men try to righten wrong.

The Price of Death (2018)

The good, old fashioned Almería western is not dead yet, and bounty hunters continue to get their man and their fee just like the lawyers of today.

The western town scenes were shot at the ever reliable, tumbleweed infested, don’t lean on anything in case it falls down, Mini Hollywood at Tabernas, with additional filming at Gádor, Abla and Abrucena and a sensible number of horses.

Domino (2018)

Brian de Palma deals with international terrorism in a Danish film with scenes in Belgium, and a brief dip into the bullring, airport and port of Almería.

The famous, endless greenhouses around Adra also feature.

Hello Au Revoir (2018)

Another of these films that accumulate contributions from all around the world, which in the case of Spain includes Madrid and Cabrils, Barcelona.

Sonja: The White Swan (2018)

This Norwegian film tells the story of an ice skating star who goes to Hollywood in order to rise and fall.

Algeciras, Cádiz, provides some street scenes, while the desert of Tabernas, Almería portrays the deserts near LA.

The Bounty Killer (2018)

Shot mostly at Poblado Western ‘Sergio Leone’, Tabernas, Almería, used by the man himself for Once Upon a Time in The West.

The story isn’t exactly original; a Mexican landowner hires a bounty killer to find his kidnapped daughter.

After the Lethargy (2018)

With a Barcelona based production company called Creatures of the Dark, you might expect something gruesome, filmed in English in Catalonia. And you’d be right. Marc Carreté directed.

A creature from another world terrorises some young people in the woods, with shooting at Bosc de Can Deu, Sabadell, and in the Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola.

Also used for the military barracks was the old Hospital de Torrax at Terrassa.

Furthermore, the iconic mountains of Montserrat appear on TV when a journalist is talking about UFO sightings.

All of the locations are in the province of Barcelona.

Life Itself (2018)

A film of flashbacks, flashforwards and even flashsideways, telling the stories of various characters in New York, and Antonio Banderas, which is why part of the action takes place at Hacienda Molinillos, Carmona, Sevilla, on the estate of an olive growing wealthy farmer who thinks that money can buy love, and isn’t exactly wrong.

The estate is actually used for weddings and other events.

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Although shot in the 70s in USA, France and Spain, the film was not released in Orson Welles’ lifetime.

The scenes with Lilli Palmer, the German actress, were filmed in Spain while Welles was trapped in Madrid, waiting for finance and good weather.

Miss Dalí (2018)

The story of Salvador Dalí’s sister Anna María, shot mostly around the family’s summer house, which is now a museum, at Port Lligat near Cadaqués, Girona, on the beautiful Costa Brava coast.

As she studied at Cambridge, Anna María speaks good English, as does her university friend played by Claire Bloom.

The scene where Lorca is led blindfolded into a church was filmed at Santa María de Cadaqués.

Sunburn (2018)

An American tourist goes looking for a missing friend in the Alpujarras mountains of Granada. After passing through Granada airport, he ends up at Bubión (‘Angustias’ in the film) for some horror and sex and then some more horror. Angustias is a character from Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, and young Mike arrives at the airport bearing Lorca’s name in Granada.

I doubt if the local tourist board will use the film to promote the village, except for a minority kind of tourism.

The Invocation of Enver Simaku (2018)

According to ‘Con Un Pack’ distribution company, the film was shot in Albania, although interior scenes, such as the interview with the priest, were filmed at Bigastro, Elche, Formiche Alto and Santa Pola, all in the province of Alicante.

The film deals with a camerawoman who was killed during a conflict and her husband’s obsession with what really happened.

Caged (2018)

A girl travels to Almería to participate in a film, which turns into a real life drama of vengeance.

Filmed in the desert of Tabernas, and in one scene the castle of Almería’s Alcazaba can be seen in the distance.

The Vibe (2019)

Poison and religion make a dangerous mix for a thriller filmed in Barcelona and Paris.

Barcelona plays itself and there are plenty of aerial shots and pans to highlight many of the attractions such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

The Glorious Seven (2019)

Not to be confused with magnificence, a surprisingly original plot of a group of ex-soldiers tracking down the kidnapped wife of a millionaire by a guerrilla group.

The millionaire’s villa is the Casa Rural Sant Grau, Navès, Lleida.

The Rhythm Section (2019)

Blake Lively and Jude Law star in a family thriller as she pursues the people who killed her family.

The action begins in Tangier as she hones in on one of the men responsible, but we return to that scene later.

Almería represents Tangier, and there is a car chase as Lively escapes the terrorists, starting in Calle Cara and ending in a crash at the roundabout in the Pescaderia neighbourhood. During these scenes the Alcazaba castle can be seen on various occasions.

Plaza Campoamor was turned into a Moroccan market for the film.

Jude, an ex-agent, sends Blake to Madrid to meet Marc Serra, an ex-CIA agent.

The streets of Madrid portrayed, specifically, were calle Arenal, calle Alcalá and Gran Vía, while other scenes were shot in calle de las Maldonadas in La Latina district, calle Augusto Figueroa in Chueca district and Pasadizo de San Ginés, where Lively meets Marc as he is looking at magazines. She also has two encounters with him in a market, the Mercado de la Cebada.

In nearby San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Marc Serra’s house is located. Supposedly a riverside villa, the water in fact belongs to the San Juan reservoir.

Then she is supposedly off to Marseilles, which in fact was Cádiz, and she pursues Mohammed Reza onto a bus, which explodes next to the city’s cathedral, in Calle Arquitecto Acero.

Calle Sopranis and Plaza de las Canastas were also used.

The Kill Team (2019)

Once again American soldiers doubt their role overseas, and Fuerteventura provides a convincing Afghanistan to deal with that. An entire village was built representing Mojammad Kalay in southern Afghanistan.

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Once again humanity discovers the folly of allowing robots to take over the world. Some people in Madrid were also a bit put out when shooting took place there in June 2018. Calle Santa Isabel, between Lavapiés and Antón Martín became Mexico, while Cartagena, Murcia provided other typical Mexican scenery, represented by calle Casas de Candela, in the Los Mateos district and the Cabezo Beaza industrial estate.

Another industrial estate used was that of Catral in Alicante province. The San Juan estate provided the wall through which a lorry crashes, a scene that is used in the preliminary trailers to promote the film.

Guatemala on the other hand was provided by Isleta del Moro, Almería.

One classic location which got a second chance was the dam at Aldeadávila de la Ribera, Salamanca. This dam started and ended Doctor Zhivago in 1965, and returns to its former glory with terrified workers scurrying for safety.

The ruins of the abandoned spa Real Sitio de la Isabela at the reservoir of Buendía, between the provinces of Cuenca and Guadalajara appear in a river crossing scene.

In nearby Toledo province, the town of Villaseca de la Sagra provided a railway line for a train scene between Prado Viejo and Los Pilares.

The Hustle (2019)

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson take on the roles of Steve Martin and Michael Caine from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in a remake shot in Mallorca, especially at Cala Rajada, at the western extreme of the island, representing the exotic French Riviera.

Much of the luxury was provided by Hospes Maricel & Spa Mallorca.

Be Happy! (the musical) (2019)

Catalan director Ventura Pons creates a wide range of characters living in different places and in different stages of their relationships.

Among the locations is Mallorca, whose mountains, coastline and vineyards contrast with London.

Girona also plays an important role as David lives in Banyoles and works in Girona, while his mother Betsy, lives in Cadaqués, while Albert lives in Begur.

Love Unlimited (2019)

Although officially finished in 2013, this thriller shot in Sevilla by young director Alejandro Ochoa, has yet to see the inside of a cinema.

During the TV news scenes the city’s Guadalquivir river and emblematic Torre de Oro appear in the backdrop.

Milk and Honey (2019)

Cyber crime is the name of the game, with some excursions to Marbella and Mijas in the province of Málaga.

Rambo 5: Last Blood (2019)

Once again Stallone shoots absolutely and definitively the very last instalment of the franchise, this time with Spanish actress Paz Vega and scenes filmed in the Canary Islands.

Fuerteventura and Tenerife represent Arizona and Mexico as Rambo tracks down the people who kidnapped a friend’s grandaughter.

The Complejo Ambiental de Tenerife at Arico, despite its cool name, is where all the island’s rubbish goes and is, hopefully, recycled. No doubt Stallone will use the location to clean up some villains.

El Rosario, a municipality in the north eastern part of the island of Tenerife provided the location of a Mexican cantina, situated near Plaza Gabriel in Llano del Moro.

Villa Circense, a luxurious building owned by a German lady, was rented for a mere 1,200€ a day to represent the home of the villain Hugo Martínez, played by Sergio Peris-Mencheta.

The house is on an estate, Villa Paraíso, at Santa Úrsula.

I’ll See What I Can Do (2019)

Although the action mostly takes place in the UK, there is a brief visit to Carlton’s villa, which is located in Madrid.

Remember Me (2019)

Bruce Dern fakes Alzheimer’s to get into a residence where an old flame is suffering the real thing.

Filming took place in Madrid, (Villanueva de la Cañada and Pozuelo) and in Navarra, where Elizondo in the Valle de Baztán was a location.

The residence was further south at the Hotel Villa Marcilla, in the village of Marcilla.

The Hotel Lobby

I had a lovely chat with the Baselga-Elorz family, who live across the street and who were the owners of the hotel and restaurant before. Surrounded by some of her 22 grandchildren, the lady of the house told us that the filming had taken place during a month in May 2018, and that the whole hotel was occupied by about 100 crew and actors, while the leads stayed in Pamplona.

In reality the hotel and restaurant are separate buildings, although they merge in the film, which took advantage of the lush, verdant restaurant gardens.

The hotel maintains its elegance, and the enormous, spacious lobby, but has lost a lot with the building of a roundabout and industrial estate right on the doorstep, and now sells itself as Low Cost.

Paradise Hills (2019)

A tropical island has a centre for reforming young people, with filming at Barcelona and Gran Canaria, notably in the capital, at the abandoned San Martín Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Gran Canaria Arena, and at the beach of El Confital, where we see our actresses walking and talking as the waves lap their feet.

Further scenes were shot in the northern part of the island at Las Cuevas de Las Cruces, situated at Gáldar, where the girls plot escaping in their boat, and at the lush botanical gardens of La Marquesa at Arucas, representing the reformation centre.

The church scene was filmed at Santa Magdalena d’Espluges de Llobregat, Barcelona, and the cloister of the Monestir de Santa María de Montsió in the same town provided images for the centre too.

Starring Emma Roberts, niece of Julia, and Milla Jovovich as the flowery director.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Spider Man and his friends go on holiday and are doing Europe when some evil needs to be sorted out.

The town of Belchite, Zaragoza lent its Civil War ruins during two weeks to represent the Mexican town of Ixtenco being destroyed by a malicious, powerful monster who is tackled by super-hero Mysterio.

The ruined church of San Agustín is especially noticeable.

Other Euro locations trashed were Venice, Prague and London.

Wasp Network (2019)

Shooting took place at some distinctive yellow flats in the neighbourhood of Las Rehoyas in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, representing Miami, with additional filming in the Colegio Brains and Ciudad de la Justicia law courts.

Filming started around the old El Pino social health centre at Tarifa, and stars Penelope Cruz.

There were also scenes filmed at San Bartolomé de Tirajana at the Campo Internacional de Golf of Maspalomas, the Real Aeroclub de Gran Canaria at San Agustín, as well as the hotel Lopesan Costa Meloneras, where the crew also stayed.

Dulcinea (2019)

Some days are worse than others. An American, obsessed with Spain, returns home to find that his girlfriend is cheating on him with his brother (who else?) and his mother is dead.

Madrid features a lot, especially the Plaza de España with its Don Quixote statue, and the lake at the Casa del Campo, Puerta del sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Museo Del Prado, Cibeles, Palacio de Correos, Gran Vía, the restaurant Las Bravas, as well as the well known ‘suicide bridge,’ which is technically the Segovia or Bailén viaduct, although locals prefer the former title.

There is also an excursion to Asturias at Cabo de Peñas, as well as Consuegra, Toledo, with its famous row of windmills, suitable for a film named after Quixote’s muse.

There’s even a magic ring!

Rare Beasts (2019)

Some of this film about feminism and bringing up children and love and the whole damn thing was shot in Lloret de Mar and Llagostera (Girona).

WW2: The Long Road Home (2019)

Director Elliott Hasler, who based the film on his great-grandfather’s experiences, told us that the scenes shot in Spain fill in for Sidi Nsir in Tunisia where part of the film is set.

The main character, Private Charlie, goes for a solitary swim prior to being sent into the desert on a mission during which he is captured by the Nazis. This was shot on a beach just north of Cape Trafalgar near Barbate, Cádiz.

 There are also a couple of shots that were filmed in Ronda, which fills in for parts of the British Army HQ in Sidi Nsir.

Radioactive (2019)

The story of the Nobel winning couple, the Curies, including a scene in the Nevada desert from 1961, shot at Tabernas, Almería, and depicting the nuclear tests there.

Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella (2019)

The Pat Tate story continues, with revenge-violence as the main theme. As the title suggests, Pat travels to Marbella, Málaga for some sunny scrapping.

Mother, Father, Son (2019)

Richard Gere’s first venture into TV with a BBC miniseries, supposedly based on Richard Murdoch.

Sevilla fills in for Mexico, with shooting taking place at the village of San Juan de Aznalfarache, decked out for Day of the Dead celebrations, and where a market was created in calle Uruguay.

In a neighbourhood called La Pañoleta, Gere visits a typical bodega, in reality, San Rafael.

In the city of Sevilla, the Town Hall, the parliament building of Andalucía and the palace of the Marqueses de la Motilla were all used.

Strong Artificial Intelligence (2019)

A bit of a one man show, unless you count the would-be robot. The writer/director adheres to conspiracy theories about world domination by the illuminati etc. However, we do get to see some lovely scenery from Gran Canaria, starting with the Maspalomas dunes.

The carnival celebrations also feature with a party on the Playa de los Ingleses.

As Riccardo (human) develops his relationship with David (aspiring human) he visits the Playa de los Amadores, where he talks about life after Riccardo, and later to the white sandy each at Puerto Rico to watch some volleyball.

Savage State (2019)

If Italian westerns are spaghetti, I’m not sure what to call a French one, but here it is.

The dialogues are in French and English as a wealthy French family tries to escape the American Civil War in Missouri.

Some of the film was shot in the Monegros desert, and the emblematic rock, the Tozal de la Cobeta appears, and is also seen in the trailer.

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+2020 & TV SERIES

The F**k it List (2020)

Agent Kelly (2020)

The Legion (2020)

Way Down (2020)

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Rifkin’s Festival (2020)

The Roads Not Taken (2020)

Ron Hopper’s Misfortune (2020)

Granada Nights (2020)

It Snows in Benidorm (2020)

State of Prey (2020)

The Midnight Sky (2020)

Trevor (2020)

Chasing Wonders (2020)

Black Beach (2020)

A Perfect Enemy (2020)

One Glorious Sunset (2020)

The Odd Perspective (2020)

Us (2020)

Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020)

The Music Island (2021)

Last Letter from your Lover (2021)

Off the Rails (2021)

The Eternals (2021)

The Internationalist (2021)

Borrego (2021)

True Things about Me (2021)

Gunfight at Dry River (2021)

Don’t Come Here (2021)

SAS: Red Notice (2021)

Under Spanish Skies (2021)

Red Notice (2021)

The Nanny’s Night (2021)

The Matador’s Cape (2022)

Uncharted (2022)

Asteroid City (2022)

Operation Mincemeat (2022)

The Seville Communion/The Man from Rome (2022)

Marlowe (2022)

Renko (2022)

The Interpreter (2022)

Hustle (2022)

The Mother (2022)

D is for Detroit (2022)

What About Love (2023)

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Game of Thrones

House of the Dragon

The Witcher

Black Mirror

Westworld

Silent Witness

The Crown

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Berlin Station

White Lines

Emerald City

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Hanna

Killing Eve

The One

Soulmates

Warrior Nun

Wheel of Time

Foundation

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Penny Dreadful

Years and Years

Rosemary and Thyme

Eastenders

El C.I.D.

The Love Boat

In From the Cold

La Fortuna

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The Head

Snatch

Utopia Planitia

The Bounty Hunters

Genius: Picasso

Top Boy

The Man who Fell to Earth

Jack Ryan

Inventing Anna

That Dirty Black Bag

The Diplomat

No Return

The Lazarus Project

American Odyssey

Any Human Heart

Blindspot

Covert Affairs

Kaos

Mrs. Davis

Vampire Academy

Queen of the South

Land of Women

Dark Justice

Films in Development

Tau Ceti Four

The Last Templar Knight

Viper 997: The Lost Mission

Who Killed Che Guevara

Guys in Polos

An Actor’s Journey

A Homeless Crime

How the West was Stolen

Rap Grandma

Shooting Bernarda

Missing Hyde

After the Fall

American Hostage

Dalí Land

Lascivious

Patmos: The Book of Seals

Sunburn 2

Never Outshine the Master

War Pigs

She Loves You

In the Box

The Fourth Horseman

The Subordinate

The Middle Man

The F**k it List (2020)

A disenchanted, privileged American without a bucket, becomes a social media phenomenon, but all he really wants is his girl, who has gone to Spain for a dubious job.

He tracks her down at Porto Colom, Mallorca, even though she sends him her location as Porto Cristo.

Fortunately the taxi he takes has the real name plastered on the side and they live happily ever after. What’s more, the black and white lighthouse is easily recognisable.

Agent Kelly (2020)

Kelly is a retired assassin in her 50s who returns to her old ways for (wait for it…..) revenge.

She escapes to Spain to avoid her hunters, ending up in Almería, where shooting of both kinds took place in El Ejido, Puerto Almerimar and Almería city.

More filming took place in the city of Málaga and in Motril, Granada.

The Legion (2020)

The Romans are bogged down in Armenia and send a messenger to get help. While they wait the actors can enjoy the mountains, lakes and valleys of the Natural Park of Somiedo in Asturias.

Among the park’s locations were La Farrapona at 1,708 metres, and the frozen lakes of Saliencia.

The crew’s lodgings were at Pola de Somiedo. In fact the staff at the Castillo del Alba hotel informed us that the actors practised their sword fighting on a terrace behind the hotel.

All this and Mickey Rourke too!

Way Down (2020)

Catalan director Jaume Balagueró is no stranger to international projects and this time combines Spanish and foreign actors in a heist movie with the 2010 World Cup final, won by Spain, as a backdrop.

Central Madrid was briefly shut down around the emblematic Plaza de Cibeles, as our stars tried to rob the Bank of Spain.

41 days of shooting included scenes shot at the Palacio Cibeles (site of the Town Hall and the CentroCentro contemporary arts centre), Edificio Zúrich in calle Alcalá, Edificio Metrópolis on the corner of Gran Vía, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Instituto Cervantes, Palacio de Buenavista (HQ of the Spanish army) and the Biblioteca Nacional

A thousand extras, 340 crew, 80 police officers and 80 soldiers took part. As did the Good Doctor, Freddie Highmore, who had actually lived in Madrid for a year.

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

In September 2018, filming took place in Almería on the follow-up to Wonder Woman. The Alcazaba castle is supposedly that of the King of Crude, Emir Said Bin Abydos in Cairo, and was one of the main locations used, including the gardens of the Casa del Alcaide, the Cerro de San Cristóbal with its distinctive statue of Christ and the Muralla de Jayrán.

Muralla de Jayrán.

The church of San Pedro with its twin towers also appears.

Filming also took place at Tenerife (around the mountains of Maciza de Teno and the gulley of Masca where Wrath of the Titans was shot) and Isla Baja.

A car chase took place on Fuerteventura, at the Corralejo sand dunes, where a village was also built, and there was also filming at La Oliva around Parque Holandés and the beach of El Jablito, as well as the beaches at Sotavento de Jandía.

On La Palma island, they superimposed images of a satellite headquarters, using the same location as the Aretuza island in The Witcher, which was also superimposed.

Rifkin’s Festival (2020)

Woody Allen does for San Sebastián, Gipuzcoa what he did for Barcelona, as well as Paris, London and even New York, with a film centred on the famous San Sebastián film festival and filming all over the city’s most iconic locations such as the Concha beach.

Concha Beach

Allen shot footage at Calle La Campanario in the historic centre, as well as el Boulevard and la plaza Cervantes.

The beach at Zumaia, Pasaia Donibane, a boat across the bay at Pasajes de San Juan and Itzurun, also appear, as does the iconic María Cristina bridge, and Chillida’s famous statue, Peine del Viento.

At the Torre de Atotxa skyscraper an airplane is rebuilt, Orona becomes an airport and at the village of Ereñozu there is a picnic. A musical interlude takes place at the Altxerri Jazz bar.

The Roads Not Taken (2020)

La Isleta del Moro, where the writer spends his time in a bar on the beach and discusses how to end his book with two girls on a bar terrace, the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata (both represent Greece), while the cemetery of San José in the city of Almería and the desert of Tabernas (supposedly in his character’s native Mexico) were all locations in a film starring Javier Bardem, whose mental state is deteriorating, much to the displeasure of his daughter.

Isleta del Moro

The cast used the Hotel Cortijo Paraiso in Los Escullos, where Pilar Miró filmed “El Pájaro de la Felicidad” in 1993 and the Hotel Elba in the city of Almería.

Ron Hopper’s Misfortune (2020)

Canary Island director Jaime Falero shot the whole film in his native Tenerife, a story about Hell with Vinnie Jones as the Ferryman who takes you there.

Granada Nights (2020)

A young British-Asian man heads to Granada to save a relationship but arrives too late and has to make do with friendship and culture in this beautiful city.

The Alhambra inevitably features, but so does the  Camborio Club for some more up to date scenes.

Writer/Director Abid Khan informed us: “Here is some information on the major locations; we shot in a lot of locations around the city but these are the main scenes – If you need more details let me know?”

Hammam Al Ándalus, Cueva de Curro – Flamenco Cave with eccentric gypsy owner Curro, Cafe Futbol, Carmen de los Martires, Mirador de San Miguel, Camino del Sacromonte, Pub Legend, Café Bar Pennsylvania, Bohemia Jazz Café, Teteria Baghdad, Granada Inn Hostel, Centro Lenguas Modernas, Potemkin café, Hannigan & Sons Irish Pub.

“We also all stayed in Hospedaje Almohada – we rented the whole place and this was actually the place that I stayed in 2005-2006 and started writing the script.

Another interesting fact is that I wrote the script on locations e.g. I wrote the Mirador scene at the mirador and the Camborio nightclub scene I wrote whilst I was at the nightclub! I wanted the film to be authentic to the place which is why I wrote in this way. We also shot the gypsy processions as they were happening and wrapped a fictional narrative around documentary scenes.  With the vast history and culture of the city, it was important the locations needed to be a main character in their own right because this film in essence is a love letter to the city of Granada.”

It Snows in Benidorm (2020)

Isabel Coixet directs this story set in the bright, murky location of Benidorm, Alicante, where some British citizens such as Timothy Spall take a break from sunny Manchester.

The Red Wall of Calpe has nothing to do with politics, but is an apartment complex designed by Ricardo Bofill. This and other locations such as Pola Park in Santa Pola, and the area between Hotel Canfali and Villa Venecia, make up some of the locations, as do the streets of Benidorm.

Carmen Machi plays a policewoman obsessed with the presence of poetess Sylvia Plath in Benidorm in the 50s, and her house is located in Plaza del Torrejó.

Alex’s workplace is located beneath Apartamentos Oasis.

State of Prey (2020)

A Scandinavian thriller with a mix of nationalities and languages, including English, much of the filming takes place in and around Torrevieja, Alicante, thanks to the ready supply of coastline, mountains, skyscrapers and natural light, according to its director.

Filming also took place at Callosa de Segura, Benidorm, Santa Pola and Elche.

The Midnight Sky (2020)

George Clooney was on the Canary island of La Palma in February 2020 staying at the exclusive Hacienda de Abajo, at Tazacorte.

One of the locations for this film about a scientist stranded in the post-apocalyptic Arctic is the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos. Two scenes were shot there featuring Ethan (son of Gregory) Peck as the younger Augustine (Clooney), sacrificing all for science on ‘the island,’ at the ACTEC site.

Trevor (2020)

Trevor seems to be a classic ex-pat, living the good life at his villa in Spain, and then his daughter and her boyfriend come to visit.

The rolling countryside is to be found around Cardedeu in the province of Barcelona.

Chasing Wonders (2020)

Although set in Australia, the film is about a Spanish family and stars Paz Vega and Edward James Olmos.

Filming also took place in Barcelona and Lleída.

Black Beach (2020)

Although mostly shot in Spanish, there is also a fair amount of English dialogue, mostly at the beginning when the action takes place in Belgium, and also during an inspiring English class given by nuns in an African school.

In Gran Canaria, the oil drilling platforms in the bay of Las Palmas were one of the reasons for filming there, and the restaurant Segundo Muelle, next to the Hotel Santa Catalina was also used for the final meeting between Carlos and his mother.

Other exteriors included Playa del Inglés, Puerto Rico, Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín.

The mansion where Carlos is lodged in Africa was actually in Gran Canaria as was some of the jungle.

The discotheque scene was filmed in Madrid, with what was hopefully a digitally inserted giraffe in the foyer.

The final chase scene was multinational, starting in Ghana, continuing in Toledo, moving on to Canarias. The car crashed in Toledo, in an African village which was built in Toledo inside a Spanish army camp. The action then returns to Madrid and Ghana.

A Perfect Enemy (2020)

Kiké Maíllo directs another Spanish film shot in English, this time about an architect who has a run-in with a girl.

Filmed in various locations in Barcelona, such as El Prat de Llobregat, El Maresme, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Reus, Masia Freixa, Terrassa and Sant Vicenç de Montalt.

Ana Eiras of Sábado Películas informed us that filming took place in the trade fair, Fira de Reus, in Barcelona for interior shots, in Maresme and El Prat for car shots and in Terrassa on set at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya.

One Glorious Sunset (2020)

The problems of dealing with dementia when ‘Dad’ starts to lose it.

Filmed on Tenerife. Deanna Dewey of TF Productions informed that “the film was mostly shot in the South of the Island with a few shots in the north and up in the mountains.  The locations I can remember are Golf del Sur, Valle San Lorenzo, Puerto Colon and Los Abrigos.”

The Odd Perspective (2020)

Another production in English from the aFilm workshop based in Sitges, where some of the action takes place, as well as in Barcelona.

Multiple murders and a synergist detective who can connect stuff!

Us (2020)

Us is a four part BBC mini series starring Tom Hollander, who tries to turn a failing marriage into a holiday romance instead of vice versa.

His holidays include Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and Barcelona, although Venice is in reality also Cataluña.

Tom is Douglas and is accompanied by his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) and son Albie (Tom Taylor).

In episode 3 Albie leaves his parents to join a girl called Kat in Venice. Douglas searches for him there and comes across a couple of musicians in a typical Venetian square, which is plaza de Sant Felip Neri.

Douglas meets a woman called Freja (Sofie Gråbøl), and they have a coffee on a hotel terrace, Hotel Neri (calle de Sant Sever, 5).

In episode 4 in plaza de Sant Felip Neri, Freja and Douglas have another coffee, when Douglas’s wife rings.

Freja and Douglas go for a walk after supper and come across a Roman temple, which in reality is in the city of Vic in calle Pare Xifré. Then they walk along the arcades in the plaza Mayor.

 The next day Douglas visits Siena, but it’s still Vic, and here we see him sitting on the steps of the Sant Pere cathedral.

In episode 5 Douglas actually travels to Barcelona, and finds his son leaving a disco, which is in fact number 4 plaza Sant Josep Oriol.

In a flashback we see Connie and Douglas watching the light show at the Font Mágica.

The next day Douglas wanders through plaza Carles Buïgas by the Font Mágica. We see him talking to Albie with the MNAC as a backdrop.

Douglas and Albie drink coffee with churros in Bar El Mendizábal in calle Junta de Comerç, 2. That night they have a drink in Granja El Drac de Sant Jordi in plaza de Sant Josep Oriol, 3. After visiting a disco we see them sitting on a bench inside pasaje del Crèdit on the corner of calle Baixada de Sant Miquel. The disco was in fact a vegetarian restaurant called Salida, at 7 Baixada de Sant Miquel, although the interiors were filmed in Sitges. Returning to their hotel they pass through plaza Real and las Ramblas.

Then we see Albie and Douglas enter the Estación de Francia in Avenida Marqués de l’Argentera to catch a train to Sitges.

In episode 6 they are back in Barcelona. From a taxi we see Paseo Picasso and la Pedrera before arriving at a rented flat in calle Teodor Roviralta.

Douglas and Connie accompany Albie to the Estación de Francia to see him off.

We then have a tour of the city including plaza de Sant Felip Neri, the Bisbe bridge and the sculpture of the Toro Pensador by Josep Granyer y Giralt in Rambla Cataluña.

Douglas and Connie walk around the barrio Gótico to the plaza del Pi through a market to a juice bar which in reality is the Giovanni ice cream shop.

We see the Montjuic cable car, and Connie looking at the city from the Jardines de Miramar.

They visit the Fundación Miró, and we also see plaza Cataluña, the Calatrava Tower and Paseo de Gracia before they return home.

Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020)

Keanu Reeves stars in an update of an old story about two rockers trying to save the world.

Although filmed entirely in Louisiana USA, San Dimas, set in the year 2720, is in fact Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences (CAC) of Valencia, also used in George Clooney’s Tomorrowland, although this time the stars stayed home and did everything on green screen, while Valencia’s sci-fi complex was padded out with some serious CGI. One such example of padding, was adding Calatrava’s Montjuïc Communications Tower, located in Barcelona’s Olympic Park and built in order to transmit the 1992 Olympic Games.

CAC represents the home of the Great Ones, led by Holland Taylor, Charlie Sheen’s mother in Two and a Half Men.

The Music Island (2021)

The music island is of course Ibiza, although this philosophical film was also shot in the UK and Bulgaria.

Last Letter from your Lover (2021)

Filming of the flashback scenes to 1965 took place in and around the internationally famous Formentor Hotel at the eastern extreme of Mallorca, representing the French Riviera, in a romance spanning decades.

Off the Rails (2021)

Starring Judi Dench, some flight scenes were shot at the Bennisalem Aeródrom in Mallorca.

The modernist architecture of the capital, Palma, is seen in some evening shots and El Passeig des Born de Palma represents Paris, while Costa de la Pols also appears. The Basílica de Sant Francesc and the parish of Santa Eulàlia are seen and also the cathedral, where on 2nd February the Festa de la Llum was woven into the plot.

Filming took place in Pollença too.

The Eternals (2021)

Angelina Jolie stars in a science fiction story about immortals who visit the volcanic wasteland of the Teide National Park, Tenerife.

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are also involved and represent pre-historic landscapes for a film that spans the ages as the Gods meddle in the affairs of Man.

Shooting in Fuerteventura took place around Ampuyenta and nearby El Espinal, as well as Buen Paso and on the volcanic, black beach at La Solapa at Pájara, all of which are in the Parque Rural de Betancuria, representing ancient Mesopotamia.

The film is part of the Marvel empire, and the crew stayed at two hotels in El Castillo, including the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach at Caleta de Fuste.

For a touch of the Amazon, the crew moved to Fragas do Eume, a forest in the Galician province of La Coruña.

The Internationalist (2021)

An Australian photographer goes in search of his grandfather, who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War.

The locations include Corbera del Ebro, (Tarragona), and Barcelona.

Today Corbera’s old town, destroyed in the Battle of the Ebro in 1938, has been conserved in its ruined state, and the church is now an exhibition centre, reminding us of its tragic history.

Borrego (2021)

A botanist researching in the desert gets caught up in a drug smuggling ring.

The desert concerned was Tabernas in Almeria, and not California.

True Things about Me (2021)

Ruth Wilson stars in a drama produced by Jude Law and which has been filmed in the province of Málaga.

The Paseo Marítimo Ciudad de Melilla was one location, with some interiors shot in a flat in La Malagueta.

The port, the historic centre and the town of Benalmádena also appear.

Gunfight at Dry River (2021)

Two abandoned villages in the province of Tarragona, Piñeres and Corbera de Ebro, are used to recreate a Mexican township with water problems; a topical question in Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

Corbera del Ebro’s tatty, desolated look is not so much due to drought, as to the fact that the old town was destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro in Spain’s Civil War in 1938.

The desert scenery of Tozal de la Cobeta, Monegros, Zaragoza is also employed.

SAS: Red Notice (2021)

Another story by ex-SAS soldier Andy McNab, about a fellow SAS man, Buckingham, trapped in the Chunnel by terrorists with his girlfriend.

Buckingham has a place in Mallorca at Son Marroig, which was also used in The Kovac Box (2006).

The final wedding scene includes images of the Sa Foradada peninsula hole in a cliff, allegedly made by a cannonball in a 1582 conflict between North African pirates and Majorcan Christians.

Don’t Come Here (2021)

As opposed to wishing you were here, as a tourist is murdered on idyllic Mallorca.

Filming took place around the village of Campos, and especially at Sa Barrala, where the forest cabins were located.

Under Spanish Skies (2021)

A very international cast with actors and crew from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, China, Japan, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Canada, U.S.A. Uruguay, Peru and Suriname, and with a timeless theme: what to do when your partner dies.

A woman living on an idyllic farm, which in reality can be found at Cazalla de la Sierra in Sevilla province, invites some old friends to visit her as she makes some decisions.

Nathan Buck, director and writer of Before El Finâ (later changed to Under Spanish Skies) told us “the film was shot entirely on location in Cazalla on three private farms in the area: Finca Juncarejo, Cortijo Chacón Casa Rural & Casa Rural Riscos Altos. We shot the film in August, 2019 and completed it in June, 2021”.

Red Notice (2021)

This year sees two films with Red Notice in the title, as this is the name of an Interpol alert.

This international film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.

Johnson and Reynolds travel to Valencia to rob arch-villain Sottovoce, although an aerial view of the city’s main square for two seconds is all we see.

Reynolds and Johnson escape the clutches of Sottovoce and escape through a trap door into the middle of a bullfight. Johnson is butted by a bull in the bullring, which was that of Antequera, Málaga, with 300 locals as extras, although the aerial shot is of the Sevilla bullring, La Maestranza, both of which are supposed to be Valencia.

The Nanny’s Night (2021)

The interiors of this horror story were shot in a house in Valdemoro, with exteriors nearby in Valdetorres del Jarama, both in Madrid.

The film marks the debut of Ignacio López, a close collaborator of author and director Victor Matellano.

The Matador’s Cape (2022)

Martial arts expert Gary Wasniewski tries his hand at bullfighting, with filming in the bullring at Almería, and in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo.

The film is a variation on a standard theme of what to do when someone assassinates your wife.

Uncharted (2022)

First there was a Playstation game, and then came the movie.

Starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas, filming took place in October 2020 along the Costa Blanca, Alicante.

The Granadella cove was once again used, as it was in The Cold Light of Day, and so was the fishing port area of Jávea.

The Cova dels Orguens, a cave that can only be reached by sea near Cap de la Nao, also appears.

The popular, sandy Arenal beach, next to Jávea’s Parador, was employed to create an oasis, where one didn’t exist before. Presumably the popular restaurants there will be blocked out.

When brothers Nathan and Sam are arrested, they are taken to an orphanage, the Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau (Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167); a former hospital, now a museum in Barcelona.

They meet Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali), in Plaza de Carles Buigas, site of the Font Mágica de Montjuic. They talk on the roof of the Pabellón Victòria Eugènia, and they chase her past the fountain of the Plaza de las Cascadas, and then through a market situated in Plaza de Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The chase ends at her car in Plaza de las Cascadas.

Then we see Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) arguing with his father Armando (Manuel de Blas) in the Born Centro de Cultura y Memoria.

Santiago Moncada meets his father again in Plaza Gaudí in full view of the Sagrada Familia.

Nathan, Sully and Chloe stay in a flat located in Calle Sant Pere Més Alt.

They visit the church of Santa Maria del Pi. Sully and Braddock fight in Bar Pisamorena (Consolat de Mar, 37).

Secret tunnels abound and Sully talks to his friends from a sewer in Plaza Sant Felip Neri.

The action moves to the Phillipines, although the beach is in reality that of Lloret de Mar, Girona, as is the hotel. The coves at Sa Boadella and Treumal were employed, while the scenes with the boats were shot in Denia, Alicante.

Sa Boadella

For the prison scene at the end, they once again used the Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau.

After the credits we find Nathan and Sully in a bar in Havana, in reality Barcelona in the Mescladís del Pou, Calle Carders, 35.

Asteroid City (2022)

This Wes Anderson film was shot from August to October 2021 near Chinchón (Madrid), where a western-type set and a train station were built.

The golf course at Aranjuez was used for filming on September 6th.

200 local people were contracted as extras and the Chinchón Parador was sealed off for mere mortals until December 1st.

Stars such as Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Carell are in it.

Operation Mincemeat (2022)

Colin Firth stars in a remake of ‘The Man who Never Was’, which also had scenes shot in Spain, at the beach and cemetery where the corpse was washed up and buried respectively in Huelva.

However, the new version was filmed in Málaga, largely because of its busy, international airport, much to the displeasure of the people of Huelva.

The local film office informs that the locations are Málaga Town Hall, Gardens de Puerta Oscura and the San Miguel cemetery.

The Seville Communion/The Man from Rome (2022)

Set in Sevilla and Rome, a computer hacker meets a ghostly 17th century church (or something like that).

The action in Sevilla was filmed in Plaza de San Francisco, including the Town Hall, and around Plaza Nueva.

Yet another film based on a novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, with performances by the actor who played Conan as a boy, Jorge Sanz, and Fernando Rey’s rival as the Spanish actor with most notches on his gun, Simón Andreu.

Marlowe (2022)

Philip Marlowe is not a new subject for a film, and Liam Neeson is not a newcomer to filming in Spain, but shooting Marlowe is Manresa, in the province of Barcelona is an original idea.

Accompanied by Colm Meaney and some period cars and costumes, in November 2021 the actor was to be seen filming in calle Jaume I in the Bar Restaurante Miami, which was converted into Schmidt’s Liquors in faraway Los Angeles.

Filming also took place at Sant Cugat del Vallès, Capellades, Castell d’Aro – S’Agaró, Alella, Garraf, Sant Pere de Ribes, Sitges, Blanes and Terrassa, where a building belonging to the Federación Empresarial Comarcal de Terrassa was used.

Renko (2022)

Javier Bardem’s brother Carlos stars in this thriller about a Spanish secret agent and an American bounty hunter

At Valdemanco, Madrid, we can find Daryl’s house, the Di Lorenzo adventure park and some roads to Di Lorenzo adventure park, which includes scenes shot at Aranjuez, and the park bar, filmed at San Martín de Valdeiglesias, while in Segovia we encounter the Airsoft Camp and battlefield of the Di Lorenzo adventure park.

The Interpreter (2022)

Filming for this Guy Ritchie movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal began in December 2021, when the production team set up in the car park of the Petrer Football Club, Alicante.

It is supposedly a true story of an Afghan interpreter who saves an American soldier, who then returns to Afghanistan to save him in turn.

Filming took place in the village of Sax, where the houses leading up to its spectacular castle served as typical Afghan dwellings.

After Sax the film moved on to Novelda, where two scenes were shot. The first consisted of a Taliban ambush of an American convoy, and in the second the Taliban search a vehicle, and in the following gunfight bodies are thrown into a river, which was in fact the Vinalopó.

Hustle (2022)

Adam Sandler returned to Mallorca, (he filmed scenes from Jack and Jill there with Al Pacino) for a story about a basketball scout who hopes he’s found a new star in Spain, although most of the film takes place in Philadelphia.

The scene where Sandler discovers Bo playing basketball in a rough neighbourhood was shot at El Rafal, while the more professional players played in the Son Moix Polideportivo.

The flat where Bo and his family live can be found at Nou Llevant.

 At the beginning Sandler visits various countries looking for his star, among them Russia, where the artificial snow was in fact created at Pollença.

The scene where Sandler is offered a job at a hotel with a pool was filmed at Sa Fortalesa.

The Mother (2022)

Jennifer Lopez and Joseph Fiennes star in a film interrupted by the pandemic, where Gran Canaria represents Havana.

Shooting took place there around Plaza Cairasco, Alameda de Colón, Gabinete Literario and Hotel Madrid.

Calle Guzmán El Bueno, the districts of San Cristóbal, La Isleta and San Juan de Las Palmas, Parque San Telmo, Calles Malteses and Bravo Murillo all feature.

D is for Detroit (2022)

A young man called Tarquin, getting away from drugs and London, discovers sun, scenery and music in Ibiza, including a shot of the magical island of Es Vedra.

What About Love (2023)

Starring Sharon Stone and Andy García, and with a load of Spanish actors too, the film was made in the USA, Rumania and Catalonia in October 2012.

The locations include Barcelona, Canet de Mar, Montserrat and Tossa de Mar (Girona), made famous in the 50s when Ava Gardner filmed ‘Pandora and the Flying Dutchman’ there.

Some images were also shot in Begur, Castelldefells, Gavà, El Prat de Llobregat, Jardines de Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar, Pals and Sitges.

Jardines de Santa Clotilde

 Directed by Klaus Menzel, it is the story of an American Senator’s daughter who falls in love with a cinema director in Barcelona, with whom she sets off on their own road movie.

TV Series Made in Spain

Game of Thrones

In Game of Thrones, the Alcazaba of Almería represented the castle of Sunspear, the capital of Dorne, kingdom of the Martell family. Some benches created for the series can still be seen there.

Also in Almería, Mesa Roldán castle appeared in season 6, episode 9, representing Meeren.

Driving up to the Sierra Alhamilla spa, below you to the right you see an avenue of palm trees and various abandoned buildings. The site began as a mining location and the sets were later constructed by Ridley Scott for Exodus. Later they would be employed in Game of Thrones as a Dothraki settlement, Vaes Dothrak. The series Penny Dreadful also used this location.

The Real Alcázar of Sevilla represented ‘Dorne.’

Córdoba, and specifically its long Roman bridge, was used in to represent the city of Volantis, along which Tyrion and Varys escape. In a later episode, Theon and Yara cross the bridge to take refuge in the city.

The castle at Almodovar del Rio, Córdoba represents High Garden in the 7th season, when Jamie Lannister sacks and loots the place.

Trujillo in the province of Cáceres was a location, representing Casterly Rock.

In the city of Cáceres itself, filming took place in Plaza de Santa María, Torre de Bujaco and the medieval Arco de la Estrella.

Also in the province of Guadalajara, the abandoned castle of Zafra was employed to represent The Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains of Dorne.

The castle of Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar, Barcelona was used in the 6th season to represent Horn Hill.

Medieval Girona was used in to represent the city of Braavos.

The church of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, just west of Bermeo, Vizcaya, became a popular cinema tourism site after representing ‘Dragonstone.’

House of the Dragon

An inevitable spin off from Game of Thrones, this prequel to the original series explores the House of Targaryen, and uses some of the same locations, such as Cáceres, and also the frequently filmed castle of La Calahorra in Granada province, representing Pentos where Daemon and Laena Velaryon stay in episode 6.

In Cáceres filming took place in Cuesta de Aldana, and the plazas de San Jorge, Santa María and San Mateo. Santa María square was the main location for the scenes where Prince Daemon and his new, reformed Watch commit a massacre.

In episode 4, King of the Narrow Sea, Rhaenyra and Daemon see a play, which takes place at the Casa del Sol, a 15th century building in Calle de la Monja.

In October 2021 filming took place in the main square, castle and some churches in Trujillo, Cáceres, where a dragon statue replaced the usual suspect, Pizarro.

The leafy splendour of the Jardins de Santa Clotilde at Lloret de Mar, Girona was also used to represent the gardens of King’s Landing.

Once again the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Vizcaya, became Dragonstone with some serious CGI. The name means Rock Castle in the Basque language, which may have induced Francis Drake to sack it in 1593, an incident repeated the following year by the Huguenots of La Rochelle, who rather churlishly killed the caretaker.

The Witcher

Filming took place in Gran Canaria of the highly successful TV series The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, who had previously made The Cold Light of Day on the peninsular. Maspalomas, Cuevas Blancas, Tamadaba, Roque Nublo, Caldera de Tejeda, Fataga, Agaete and Guayedra, were all locations on Gran Canaria, while Garafía, Los Tilos, La Zarza, Cubo de Galga, El Paso and San Andrés y Sauces, were locations on La Palma island.

The dunes of Maspalomas represent a desert where Yennefer transports Queen Kalis and her child, trying to escape an assassin. The second transportation is to Roque Nublo, and the third to the forests of Caldera de Tejeda. Finally, Yennefer ends up alone on the beach at Guayedra.

The dry river bed of Fataga is the location along which Jaskier and Geralt travel and Jaskier sings ‘Toss a Coin to you Witcher’.

Garafia represents the location of the magicians’ academy Aretuza, situated in the series at Thanedd (Temeria). The rocks are real but the tower is a CGI creation.

Near Agaete we can find the beach of Guayedra, which is where the Brotherhood comes ashore on its way to the keep at Sodden Hill to confront the army of Nilfgaard.

Brokilon, the forest of death, is an amalgamation of three La Palma forests; Los Tilos, La Zarza and Cubo de la Galga. It is to here that Ciri flees from Cintra. When she drinks the liquid from the tree, she is transported to the dunes of Maspalomas.

At El Paso we find Los Llanos del Jable, which represent the Dragon Mountains, where the four teams go in search of a green dragon to kill. Llano de las Brujas, the viewpoint at Cumbrecita and Roque de los Muchachos, where the questers set up camp, were all used, although the dragon cave itself was situated in Hungary.

Black Mirror

One of Spain’s most filmed petrol stations is the ‘Alfaro,’ on the Autovía A-92 Exit 376 – Tabernas. The restaurant next door, now closed, was used for the Netflix series Black Mirror to represent the Black Museum in episode 6 of season 4. The museum, supposedly located in the Australian desert, was painted black for the occasion.

The interior however, was filmed in Málaga’s old Provincial Prison at Cruz de Humilladero, now closed and a location for various films.

Gran Canaria’s Caldera de Tejeda provided the final scene of the episode ‘Hated in the Nation’ from Season 3. At the end, like the end of Silence of the Lambs, we see the policewoman following the villain, without his bees to protect him, in what appears to be South America; or somewhere exotic.

In season 5, episode 2, Billy Bauer, the boss of Smithereen, is located, supposedly in Furnace Valley Utah, although his glass home retreat was in reality located in the province of Granada, at Gorafe.

Episode 1 of season 4 is a Star Trek spoof in which USS Callister lands on a planet which is in reality Lanzarote.

The Playa de Bermeja in Yaiza, with its black sand beaches and the red Montaña Bermeja were used, as was an abandoned quarry called Rofera de Teseguite at Teguise.

For season 6 the Black Mirror team returned to Málaga. The episode Red Book was filmed at Marbella, Estepona and an estate between Monda and Ojé. San Pedro Alcántara and the Loasur studios in Coín were also employed.

Westworld

The film version of course starred Yul Brynner, who made many films in Spain, and the third season includes various Spanish locations.

The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (CAC), in Valencia, which appeared in George Clooney’s Tomorrowland, plays the hi-tech HQ of the Delos corporation, where we see Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) landing by helicopter.

Architect Ricardo Bofill, who designed the park where the CAC is located, provided his house-studio at Sant Just Desvern (Barcelona), built in an abandoned cement factory. In the series it is Engerraund Serac’s HQ. It’s here that Maeve Millay, actress Thandie Newton, regains consciousness.

In another episode she comes to in an Italian town occupied by the Nazis during World War II, although it is in fact Besalú, (Girona), where part of The Perfume was shot. Plazas Llibertat and Prat de Sant Pere were employed, as was the town’s iconic 12th century bridge.

Silent Witness

When Silent Witness, a BBC series, took the action to Afghanistan in 2012, they took a short cut and filmed in Almería.

Rambla de Buho and Rambla Roja near Tabernas were used for some desert driving scenes, the airport was the well-known Alfaro petrol station by the A92 car park, while the tarmac road was on the way to the Sierra Alhamilla.

An Orange Grove was filmed at Cortijo Concejo. The main compound was at La Galera, north of Tabernas.

The Tenerife village of Güímar has been frequently used for the BBC series Silent Witness, which began in 1996, representing a Mexican border town with the USA. Furthermore, the abandoned leper colony there at Abades has been put to good use.

The Crown

The TV series The Crown was one of many to employ the desert of Almería, this time representing New South Wales during the visit there of Charles and Diana in season 4.

When Mark Thatcher gets lost during the Paris-Dakar rally, he is in fact more lost than you’d think, in the Finca Las Lomillas in the Tabernas desert.

What’s more, the famous red Ayer’s Rock was also filmed in Almería, with a little CGI magic, specifically in Rambla Búho.

A little less technology was used to construct the ranch in the same rambla, where Charles and Diana are reunited with their baby son William.

Unlike many sets, the ranch has been preserved, although transported to the Oasys western township.

The producers also managed to create an airport at El Toyo, in a car park next to the Hotel Barceló Cabo de Gata.

In episode 8 there is a flashback, when Princess Elizabeth gives a 21st birthday address to the Commonwealth from Cape Town. The scenes of her and her audiences were shot at Finca El Romeral, and the beaches of Genoveses and Mónsul.

In Málaga, Puerto Banús and a luxury villa at La Zagaleta appear, while the Palacio de Ferias of Torremolinos became an airport.

In the fourth season we see Charles and Diana in a parade from the Hotel AC Málaga Palacio, supposedly in Brisbane.

The Jardín Botánico represented Adelaide and the iron bridge at Cártama, seen briefly over the River Guadalhorce, was Darwin.

In the Cártama sports centre we witness a polo match and in the Monte Miramar palace the meeting with the Australian PM Bob Hawke in Canberra.

The Castañón de Mena military residence had three scenes; a meeting with swimmers at the pool, a hospital visit in Sidney and a staircase for a gala dinner, supposedly in Tasmania.

Furthermore, Jerez and San Juan de Aznalfarache portrayed Greece during its civil war, while the emblematic Hotel Alfonso XIII in Sevilla, which appears in Lawrence of Arabia, became California in the 60s for a visit by Princess Margaret.

Sevilla was used again in season 5, this time to represent Egypt, when the whole Dodi business kicks in.

During a wedding in Alexandria, as Dodi’s birth is announced, the ceremony is celebrated in the Casa de Pilatos.

The Plaza de América, and its Museo Arqueológico and Artes y Costumbres were used, as was the María Luisa park.

Charles and Diana try out a second honeymoon, including a trip to Capri, where the ruins they visit are in reality the Baelo Claudia Roman site, on the Bolonia beach near Tarifa, Cádiz.

Doctor Who

The sci-fi location of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia was used in 2017 for an episode of the legendary British series Doctor Who.

Since 1963 the time-travelling Doctor has changed identities 12 times, and was being played at the time by Peter Capaldi. In fact, the first episode was screened the day after President Kennedy’s assassination.

But Valencia was not feeling itself, as the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex represented Colony world Gliese 581 D, where, according to the BBC’s magazine Radio Times: “architect Santiago Calatrava…..created an opera house like a spaceship; an Imax cinema resembling a giant eye; a science museum that could be an aircraft hangar crossed with a whale skeleton; and the largest aquarium in Europe, with 45,000 living creatures of 500 different species”.

In 2019 filming also took place in Tenerife for the 12th season of the British TV series Doctor Who.

Filming took place in a pine forest near the Teide mountain and in the Auditorium de Santa Cruz. They also filmed at the Volcán del Cuervo in the Parque Natural de Los Volcanes (Lanzarote) and at the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya or La Geria.

Kill the Moon was the title of the 7th episode of the 8th season filmed on Lanzarote, near the Volcán del Cuervo, in the Parque nacional de Timanfaya.

Planet of Fire was shot at the jetty at Órzola, also on Lanzarote, this time playing itself, where Howard discusses Peri’s future with her and the Doctor looks over the treasure found underwater.

At the Mirador del Rio, Timanov and Malkon speak about the unbelievers. This old gun battery was converted into a restaurant by Cesar Manrique. Filming also took place at the Papagayo beach, where Peri is brought ashore after a swimming accident.

When Jodie Whittaker took over from Capaldi some filming took place in Granada province, specifically around Aldeire, Alquife, and La Calahorra. This was episode 6 of Season 11 and Granada represented the Punjab in an episode entitled Demons of the Punjab, with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada once again standing in for The Himalayas.

The episode The Two Doctors, screened in 1985, was filmed all over Sevilla.

Locations included La Finca La Caprichosa, the River Guadiamar, Plaza del Triunfo, Calle Joaquin Romero Murube, Calle Rodrigo Caro, Plaza de la Alianza and Plaza Doña Elvira among others.

The 2012 episode A Town Called Mercy made use of both the Oasys and Fort Bravo western township parks in Almería.

While filming in Almería, the production team slipped next door to the Sierra Nevada mountain’s, the peninsula’s highest, to shoot the snow scenes for the episode Asylum of the Daleks.

Berlin Station

The Canary island La Palma features in the TV series Berlin Station, representing Panama.

When Meyer enters the Panamanian jungle in the first episode looking for a box, he is in fact at Los Tilos, with its spectacular waterfall.

Later, scenes in a typical Panamanian street market were filmed in Avenida El Puente de Santa Cruz.

Some beach bar scenes were shot at Playa de la Bombilla at Tazacorte.

Fuerteventura also appears in the series specifically at Hotel Oliva Beach and Finca Cervantes at Lajares.

White Lines

The TV series White Lines is the story of a DJ called Axel, whose death is investigated by his sister Zoe.

But first we go to Almería, where Axel’s body is unearthed after a storm, and Zoe talks to the police at the Fort Bravo western theme park at Tabernas.

Fort Bravo

A lot of the filming was done on Mallorca, including the scene in the first episode when Marcus meets a mafia boss in Bar Restaurant Illeta, located at Camp De Mar beach near Andratx. Marcus’s villa is in reality Can Pirata at Cala D’Or.

The orgy scene in the first episode was filmed at S’Estaca, a villa that had belonged to actor Michael Douglas.

The Calafat finca was Son Oliver, a villa in the Coanegra Valley near Santa Maria del Camí, although scenes from the villa’s chapel (where the dog’s funeral is held) and courtyard were actually filmed at the Biniagual vineyard at Binissalem.

The Calafat foundation’s residential home, where Conchita Calafat tries to enlist the support of a priest for her plans, is El Rafal dels Porcs at Es Llombards.

From Almería, Zoe takes a ferry to Ibiza and gives us a good view of the capital with its castle and harbour seen both from below and above. Most of the film’s flashbacks are of Ibiza in the 90s, including Axel’s favourite spot, the watchtower Torre d’en Rovira at Sant Josep de sa Talaia with views of the islands of Des Bosc and Sa Conillera. It is here that Kika takes Zoe to talk about her relationship with Axel. We also see him staring out at the iconic island of Es Vedra in the first episode.

In episode 2, Marcus meets the Romanian drug dealers at Port Esportiu Marina d’Eivissa, with Dalt Vila, the city’s walled city in the background.

Dalt Vila

Oriol tortures Cristobal at Ses Salines salt lakes on Ibiza.

Scenes were shot at Portocolom with its iconic black and white lighthouse and the religious procession in episode six was filmed there, ending in the harbour at Cala Figuera. The lighthouse is clearly visible behind Kika as she sits on a bench waiting for Zoe.

Homage is paid to Sergio Leone twice. When they are in Fort Bravo, the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is mentioned, and in the Calafat mansion there is a poster from the film A Few Dollars More.

Emerald City

In the TV series Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz is to be found in Barcelona’s Parc Güell,

Parc Güell

whereas the Wicked Witch of the East makes do with the often used castle of La Calahorra in Granada province, and in the same province, the cave dwellings of Guadix, Granada get a reprise in episode 2.

La Calahorra

In Almería, Cabo de Gata provides one of its many beautiful beaches, and the inevitable desert of Tabernas, features, as does Sevilla’s one model suits all Alcázar royal palace. Within the Alcázar we can find the baths of Doña María de Padilla, which is where young Dorothy goes to get purified.

In Málaga province, El Torcal Natural Park, near Antequera lays on a yellow brick road for Dorothy.

The Spanish Princess

An American series The Spanish Princess takes its turn at butchering history, telling a version of the story of Catherine of Aragon.

Although the opening shot shows the Alhambra of Granada, when we go inside to meet Catherine, we are in the Real Alcázar of Sevilla with good use made of the gardens, as well as the Salón de Embajadores, the Cuarto Alto, the Patio de las Doncellas, the baths of Doña María Padilla and the Pavilion of Carlos V.

When Isabel, the warrior Queen escorts Catherine towards the boat for England, they are attacked by Moors in the Tabernas desert of Almería.

Hanna

The Amazon series Hanna chose Almería for some of its locations, starting with the capital’s old railway station, in front of which a French flag flew to prove that Hanna had reached France, and where she takes on a bunch of villains. At the port, with scenes incorporating a Trasmediterránea ferry, Hanna and Sophie’s family travel from Morocco to Spain.

Almería’s Old Railway Station

In the Tabernas desert, Hanna finds Sophie, and the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar also features.

The series also used some well-known locations from the city of Barcelona. Sandy arrives in a taxi at the arcaded Plaça Reial, while her classes are in the 19th century Universitat de Barcelona through whose cloister we see her stroll.

Parque de la Ciutadella is where Kat meets her father at the monumental fountain, Plaça del Pi is where we see Sandy playing the piano and La Monumental bullring is where Hanna meets up with Clem.

Robert and Kat have lunch in the Carballeria restaurant (Reina Cristina, 3).

In the Biblioteca de Lletres CRAI of the University of Barcelona Clem tries to contact her mother by e mail.

The nightclub that Kat and Sandy visit is the Club Opium in the Barceloneta district, while the offices of El Periódico de Catalunya newspaper are where the journalist Alba works.

Furthermore, the rooftop swimming pool of the Hotel Ohla in Via Laietana was used for the scene where Sandy sunbathes with Kat, and another Barcelona hotel, The Metro Plaza, where the lawyer Robert Gelder stays, is in fact the Almanac Barcelona in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, although the Mandarin Oriental, and Majestic hotels were also used for some scenes.

The luxury modern villa where Clem and Hanna hide, and where there is a shoot out, is above Barcelona in the Tibidabo area.

In episode 7 Marissa is rescued in a desolate landscape, which can be found in the province of Zaragoza in Los Monegros, specifically at La Almolda.

Killing Eve

The series Killing Eve features a serial killer, and in the third season Jodie Comer (Villanelle) visits Barcelona.

Her wedding in episode 1, Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey, is not a happy occasion and takes place in fact in Sevilla, where the exteriors were provided by the 14th century Castillo de la Monclova, situated to the east of Sevilla.

Villanelle’s first whacking of the season takes place in a spice shop, with exteriors located in Carrer d’en Mònec, Barcelona.

Episode 2, Management Sucks, begins with Villanelle walking past the Arco del Triunfo.

Villanelle’s apartment in Barcelona is the modernist Casa Ramos in Plaça de Lesseps, 31, while the clown party takes place in San Andrés de Llavaneras, in Casa Paradiso.

When we see Villanelle and Dasha having breakfast in a square, they are in Plaça de la Barceloneta.

When Villanelle is sent on a mission to France, she is in fact still in the province of Barcelona, at Sitges, at the marina.

In episode 3,  Meetings Have Biscuits we see a beautiful view of the Alhambra palace in Granada, although when Villanelle pursues her next victims there, the shooting takes place back in Barcelona province at the Castell de Godmar.

The One

One series filmed in Tenerife was Netflix’s The One, a science fiction story about DNA with the series opening at the Auditorio de Tenerife designed by Santiago Calatrava, where Rebecca gives a conference explaining her project to find people their perfect partner and in the biology laboratories of  the Instituto Universitario de Enfermedades Tropicales y Salud Pública de Canarias at the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), where Rebecca and James work.

The coast at Granadilla de Abona also features and, when Rebecca and James go looking for her own personal match, they hire a car and drive along the road that connects La Tejita and El Médano, to reach a water sports centre, which is in reality the Surf Center Playa Sur (C/ La Gaviota).

In the same street is the Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife, where Rebecca stays.

Rebecca also goes for a beer at Manfred’s Soul Café, Avenida José Miguel Galván Bello, 10, where she meets Matheus and his brother Fabio.

In Apartamentos Bahía (Carretera de Los Roques), on the coast at Fasnia, Rebecca and Matheus discuss going to live in the UK.

On the black sandy beach at Anaga, Matheus and Fabio argue about going to live in the UK.

The scene, supposedly in London, when Fabio blackmails Rebecca, was actually shot at the Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey Hotel, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Calle José Naveiras, 38).

Soulmates

With a basic idea similar to the series The One, Soulmates was filmed in and around Madrid, representing places as diverse as Los Angeles, New York and Mexico.

In the episode Soul Connex, the testing clinic was the Clínica Dermatológica Internacional in calle Marqués de Villamagna.

The residential estate, Monteclaro de Pozuelo in Alarcón and the Santo Domingo one in Algete were used, as was The Magic Forest children’s park in the Ciudad de la Imagen, as well as The American Dream and El Gallinero restaurants in Collado Villalba.

In the second episode filming took place in the  Universidad Complutense of Madrid, specifically in the Facultad de Medicina, Pabellón 8 and the Sala de Juntas as well as the Facultad de Derecho. The Colegio Mayor Mendel also appears, as does the WeCollect Club, in calle Conde de Aranda.

Other locations include Restaurante Paolo in calle del Maestro Ángel Llorca in Vallehermoso, Home Burguer Bar in calle de Silva in the capital, Madrid, Hotel Los Olivos in Getafe and Hotel Pax in Torrelodones. The finca La Granjilla near El Escorial also appears.

Episode 3 takes us to the USA, although we are in fact near Paseo de la Castellana, and Impact Hub Picasso also provides locations. Faborit de Torre Europa, Sala Equis and the La Neomudéjar arts centre also appear.

In episode 4 we visit Mexico, using calle de Cormorán in the Pueblo Nuevo district, La Estación de Pitis in Fuencarral-El Pardo and Hotel Hilton Madrid Aeropuerto.

Outside the capital, San Martín de la Vega, Navalcarnero and Aranjuez appear, and some images were also filmed in Málaga.

Episode 5 takes us to San Martín de la Vega and Daganzo de Arriba, as well as Casa Villa Marista San José in Los Molinos in the Guadarrama mountains.

Back in Madrid we see Restaurante Casa Mono in calle Tutor and the Clínica Sanzmar in calle del Buen Suceso as well as ETSIT in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The last episode takes us to New York. The district of Arganzuela saw filming in calles Juan Duque and Moreno Nieto.

The Cafetería HD in calle de Guzmán el Bueno, Restaurante Chifa in calle de Modesto Lafuente and La Noche Club in calle de Segovia also saw action, as did Alcalá de Henares and San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Warrior Nun

A simple tale (in 10 episodes) of an order of nuns who fight demons. As they damn well should!

Saint Michael’s orphanage was established in the Cultural Center La Térmica, Av. de los Guindos, Málaga, where Ava’s story begins. However, the orphanage church exterior was the Encarnación in Marbella, while the interior was the San Juan de Dios church in Antequera.

The old prison, the Antigua Prision Provincial de Malaga, Av. de José Ortega y Gasset, 24, provided a disco scene in a prison.

The castle at Almodóvar del Río, Córdoba, appears again, as it did in Game of Thrones, this time as a castle in Areala of Córdoba’s flashback scenes.

In Antequera the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María La Mayor was another province of Málaga location, as was the Church of San Juan de Dios, where Ava and Mary sleep on pews. The Order of the Cruciform Sword has its headquarters in the Real Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor perched on a hill above the town.

The Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, appears as a luxury chalet with some beach and pier scenes with Ava and JC.

The mountainous Torcal de Antequera provided a quarry where Shotgun Mary speaks to a mercenary and where Mary and Ava trek towards Ronda. Ronda’s bridge over the famous gorge stands out and when Mary and Ava arrive there and hear that the Pope is dying.

They stop for a meal at the Caserío de San Benito, a restaurant next to the Málaga motorway near Antequera.

The twin churches that are supposed to be in the same town are in fact Portichuelo Chapel and the Santa María de Jesús church in Plaza Portichuelo, Antequera.

In the capital of Málaga the University of Malaga provided the headquarters of the Arqtech company in the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture.

The Vatican is represented by Malaga´s Cathedral, which appears during the Papal conclave. From a window in the Vatican we see Málaga’s Roman theatre in front of the Arab castle.

The Museo de Málaga (previously the Custom’s House) provided the Vatican’s arched corridors.

The Baños de María de Padilla in the Real Alcázar of Sevilla are also part of the Vatican, specifically the Vatican Grottoes, where the nuns search for Adriel’s tomb, while St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was not far away in the Real Fábrica de Tobacos, now the Rectorado of the University, where the final battle takes place in the cloister at the end of season 1.

If season one was shot in Andalucía, most of season two was filmed in and around Madrid.

The action opens in Switzerland, although we are in fact in Madrid’s ski resort, Navacerrada. Even the bar where Ava works, La Vasseur in the series, is in reality El Portillón.

The action then moves to the famous double cloister of the Hospital Tavera in Toledo, where we see a group of nuns speaking. Among the films made here are The Three Musketeers by Richard Lester and The Promise.

Quinta de Mirabel near Toledo provides the large estate where Jillian tries to straighten out the arc, the portal to ‘the other side’.

In episode two we meet our villain, Adriel, who moves in mysterious ways around the Temple of Debod, an Egyptian monument reconstructed in Madrid’s Parque de la Montaña.

Adriel’s lair is the 13th century Moorish palace of Galiana, on the outskirts of Toledo.

His new cathedral is the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute in Madrid, which looks appropriately like a crown of thorns.

In episode 3, after Father Vicent attacks the nuns, we see the Cine Dore in calle Santa Isabel, 3, the façade of which dates back to 1923.

A lot of action also takes place in El Prado museum, where the nuns seek the crown of thorns.

Episode 4 also sees action in El Prado and the Cine Dore is burnt down.

There are also a few encounters of a futuristic footbridge, which is the Arganzuela in Madrid, designed in 2010 by Dominique Perrault.

A fight with members of Adriel’s cult takes place in the Almudena cemetery.

When the Pope organises a conclave in Madrid, which turns into a bloodbath worthy of The Godfather, his choice is the modern Princesa Plaza hotel complex in calle de la Princesa 40. This time the Vatican scenes were shot in Madrid’s Escorial palace.

Season two ends with a long shot of the monastery of Uclés, Cuenca, where Richard Lester filmed The Four Musketeers.

The last scene is the monastery’s courtyard, as Beatrice leaves her sisters, no doubt preparing the ground for season three.

Wheel of Time

White smoke is good and black smoke is bad in what is another version of the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings type of saga.

Opening episode 4, the city of Ghealdan is represented by Segovia, and specifically, as usual, its spectacular castle, the Alcázar. Some impressive aerial views show the castle and the city in flames as a battle takes place between the false Reborn Dragon and the King of Ghealdan, culminating in a scene on the Terraza del Pozo, on the battlements.

The final scene at the end of season 1 was shot at Benijo beach, Tenerife. Here we see an invading (presumably) navy sending a tidal wave against the beach where a little girl is to be seen. A question of breaking a butterfly on a wheel perhaps.

Foundation

Asimov’s masterpiece was filmed all over Europe, including Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where the village of Tuineje was the focal point, as well as Caldera de Los Arrabales and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Some scenes were shot at Hotel Mencey and the Trade Fair building.

The Mallorca Files

British and German police officers team up to solve crimes in Mallorca. All highly believable as it’s a BBC production.

The first episode of season 1 focuses on Palma airport and later moves to the Ses Cases del Virrey hotel near Inca.

Max and Miranda track down a gunman and a corrupt policeman to a lighthouse on the cliffs, which is the 19th century Far de Cap Blanc lighthouse. Afterwards we see some views of the capital Palma, including the hilltop Bellver castle.

A lot of action takes place in Palma’s old town, including the Moltabarra Bar which poses as Joan’s Bar.

In episode 2 a famous cyclist disappears at the end of a tunnel, which is at Puigmayor, overlooking the Gorg Blau reservoir.

The headquarters of the race competition is located in front of Palma’s gothic cathedral, the building of which started in the 13th century.

When Esteban the famous cyclist is found, he is placed in the Joan March hospital.

At the end of episode 2 Miranda and Max race each other on bikes at Sa Calobra.

Episode 3, about a stolen icon, was filmed in the Església de Monti-Sión de Palma, and especially in its cloister.

Episode 4 portrays Mallorca’s famous train, which runs between Sollér and Palma, and also features in the film Cloud Atlas.

In episode 5 a dog dies in a vineyard, with shooting at Bodegas Oliver Morgagues and Bodegas Ribas, representing the fictional Bodegas Negra.

This episode gives us yet another opportunity to see the omnipresent Spanish actor Simón Andreu, this time acting in his native Mallorca and playing the role of wine-maker Emilio Byass, shotgun in hand.

The luxury villa in episode 6 is Sol de Mallorca, just south of Magaluf.

In episode 7 a DJ is the focus of the investigation, and the nightclub used was Tito’s. The cemetery that features is Palma’s.

Episode 8 focuses on bullfighting, and was largely shot in the town of Felanitx, using the town’s bullring and church to represent the fictional village of Cazador.

In season 2, episode 1 features an opera concert in the famous Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo. The theatre scenes were filmed in the Teatre Principal de Palma, in Placa Major.

The drowning sequence took place at Cala Anguila in Porto Cristo Novo.

The Tanatorium is Bon Sec.

Episode 2 features the hairpin bends at Sa Calobra. The Gris family home was the Gran Son Net hotel, and there are flashbacks to the Civil War showing the Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles church, in Sineu with its winged lion statue, and where the private detective confesses.

Episode 3 sees a food critic murdered, and the restaurant used was the Gran Hotel Son Net in Puigpunyent.

In Pollensa 365 Calvari Steps leading up to a chapel feature in a chase scene.

Episode 4 deals with a football star and filming took place in the Real Mallorca FC, the Estadi Son Moix.

Episode 5 focuses on bird-watching, especially at the Paraiso Parque Natural. Filming also took place in Es Salobrair de Campos, a wetlands area near Es Trenc.

Puerto Pollensa also appears.

In episode 6 we see some mean riding at Rancho Grande Park (Son Serra de Marina), near Can Picafort.

The manhunt sequences were filmed in the Serra Tramuntara mountain and Puig de Masanella mountain.

Penny Dreadful

Juan Antonio Bayona directed some episodes, and in the third season the series came to Spain, using the set created by Ridley Scott for Exodus at El Chorillo at the foot of the Sierra Alhamilla and the Fort Bravo western township, Almería.

Fort Bravo

Years and Years

This dystopian vision of Britain, incorporating contemporary themes such as Brexit, included some shots of demonstrations in the streets of Barcelona and aerial views of Madrid.

Rosemary and Thyme

Miss Marple, Poirot and Father Brown are people no sane person would invite for a cup of tea, knowing that when any of them turn up, murder most foul will be committed.

Much the same can be said for Rosemary and Thyme, two female gardeners with a knack for finding bodies in the sod.

In the third season there were two visits to the Costa del Sol. In episode 4, Agua Cadaver, an old Moorish garden on the Costa del Sol is their hunting ground,  and the episode begins with a tour of the gardens of Málaga’s Alcazaba palace.

In episode 7, Thyme’s son Matthew is playing in a tennis tournament in an episode which opens with a visit to the bullring at Mijas, Málaga, which we are told is the smallest in Spain, built in 1900, and with a nice view of the village, and with the church of Inmaculada Concepción looming behind it.

 The tennis scenes were shot at the Lew Hoad Tennis Club, Fuengirola.

Thanks to José María Burgos for his help in identifying these episodes.

Eastenders

Or Coronation Street South as it’s also known.

In the double episode, Peggy and Frank in Spain from 2002, Peggy goes to the Costa del Sol expecting to attend con-man Frank’s funeral.

We see her arriving at Torremolinos, Málaga, and checking in to the Hotel El Pozo, and later we see her in Marbella.

Thanks again to José María Burgos for his help in identifying these episodes.

El C.I.D.

The title of this three season 1990s series does not refer to the medieval knight, but to a boat bought by a couple of ex-police officers who look for the good life in Spain, but end up chasing crooks as usual.

Local expert José María Burgos informed us that most of the filming took place around Fuengirola (especially the marina and Bar Lineker), the Teatro Salon Varietes, as well as Marbella and Mijas, all in the province of Málaga.

The series features stalwart Spanish actor Simón Andreu as a local detective.

The Love Boat

This American series was very popular in the 70s and 80s. Episode 242 featured Barcelona, where we see the cruise liner in the port, along with Columbus’s Santa María, which sank in 1991.

The episode is a tour de force of the city featuring the Sardana statue, the National Art Museum of Cataluña, Gaudí’s dragon statue in Park Güell, Montjuïc, Plaza Cataluña, the Ramblas when they still sold birds in cages and flowers and you could walk along without tripping over a clutter of human statues, and of course Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral.

At the end of the episode we see some flamenco dancers outside a bar in C/ los Caños. This is in Mijas, Málaga.

In From the Cold

Madrid is the main location for a series that focuses on spies, mind control and a mother’s love for her daughter.

In the first episode we witness three acts of seemingly inexplicable violence, the third of which takes place in the Plaza Mayor, where a woman stabs a mother and tries to steal her baby.

Our heroine Jenny arrives with her daughter Rebecca for a skating competition and we see some iconic Madrid landmarks such as the crystal palace in El Retiro park and Atocha station, followed by Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta de Alcalá.

The scenes representing the Moscow underground during Jenny’s flashbacks were in fact shot at Madrid’s old Antigua Estación de Chamberí, now a museum.

The scenes where Jenny breaks into a prison and then morphs were filmed at the barracks of USAC Primo de Rivera, Rotonda Brigada Paracaidista, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.

The ice skating took place at the Pista de Hielo Valdemoro.

In episode two, a bloody wedding, supposedly celebrated in Zaragoza, was in fact filmed in and around the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Brunete, while Jenny tracks down the blushing bride at the Cementerio de la Almudena.

In episode 3, still in the cemetery, Jenny fights an assailant among the tombs.

Chauncey meets a contact by the El Retiro lake.

Jenny, in her Chinese morph, scores some drugs from Ramón and Diego in front of the Café Moderno in Plaza de las Comendadoras.

In episode 4 we see the skaters jogging in El Retiro park, and also there, Chauncey meets his Europol nemesis among the statues of the Alfonso XII monument.

In episode 7, Andrés phones his brother Felipe from a balcony overlooking Las Ventas bullring.

The leaning Torres Kio, a landmark in Madrid’s Plaza de Castilla, appear here and on other occasions.

The attempted assassination of the Prime Minister takes place where it is supposed to, in the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, and in the last episode, the Madrid Arena and the rooftop of the Centro Colón also play themselves for the ice skating championship and the final meeting between Jenny and Svetlana respectively.

La Fortuna

Alejandro Almenábar turned to TV to make this six part series about 19th century treasure and 21st century ownership, with international actors such as Stanley Tucci.

With its maritime theme, ports proliferate, such as Ría de La Graña, El Ferrol, La Coruña, La Linea de la Concepción, Algeciras (including the Playa del Rinconcillo, where Manolo Solo’s character lives) and the Rota navy base, Cádiz as well as Pasajes, Guipúzcoa, where part of the naval battle between the British and Spanish took place, with additional sea scenes between the ports of San Sebastián and Fuenterrabía, while the underwater scenes were shot in the swimming pools of the Club Deportivo Martiartu in Erandio (Gipuzkoa).

Back on dry land, shooting took place at Madrid, in the Palace of Moncloa and the Ministry of Culture, Plaza del Rey, while various buildings performed alternative functions: the Instituto Cervantes was the Banco de España, the Ministries of Transición Ecológica and Trabajo (which provided the courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia) and the Archivo Nacional performed as the Ministerio de Cultura), Delegación del Gobierno was the Spanish embassy in Washington and the Centro Cultural de los Ejércitos impersonated the Archivo Histórico de la Marina.

Madrid also provided some American locations. Madrid Arena showed us the interiors of the Atlantis Corporation HQ, Madrid, Getafe provided the Hotel Los Olivos, Cercedilla was the location of a traffic accident, Mejorada del Campo for a car chase, and Valdemorillo, where the lawyer played by Clarke Peters had his house.

There is also a night time meeting between Álvaro Mel and Karra Elejalde at the frequently filmed lake in El Retiro park, and a military parade of the Guardia Civil and army in the Paseo de la Castellana.

The airforce base at Torrejón de Ardoz was used as was the old American base at Zaragoza airport.

Filming also took place in Guadalajara, acting as the HQ of the Atlantis Corporation.

Little Birds

Set in Tangier in 1955, the series, based on the erotica of Anais Nin, was actually shot in Tarifa, Cádiz.

Rossy de Palma, one of Almodóvar’s favourite actresses appears, as does the city of Algeciras.

The Head

The Head is a drama set at the South Pole (Iceland in fact) and tells the story of mysterious disappearances from the Polaris VI research station, built to scale in unlikely Tenerife.

Snatch

Harry Potter’s friend Rupert Grint changes role and becomes an English gangster, who in the second season finds himself and his cohorts in Spain.

All the filming took place in Málaga province, and local journalist Paco Griñán pointed out that Vélez Málaga was one of the main locations, with a bar called Torre del Mar in fictitious San Toledo being the gang’s main hangout.

Málaga’s port and Marbella’s Town Hall also feature, as do Rincón de la Victoria and Mijas.

In episode 5 of the second season, Simón Andreu plays the part of Federico.

Utopia Planitia

This American series about the colonisation of Mars took a right turn when an episode called Zartaginetik was filmed in the abandoned flour factory, now a protected building, Grandes Molinos Vascos situated in Zorroza, near Bilbao, Vizcaya. The building represents the ESA shipyards in the series.

The Bounty Hunters

A comedy series about an odd couple fighting crime.

In the first season, in episode 6, Las Canteras (quarries) of Osuna, Sevilla was chosen to represent Mexico, with additional filming in the local sports centre and the Veracruz neighbourhood.

In the second season they filmed in Almería, specifically in the Pescadería district, also representing Mexico. Further filming took place in Tabernas and Huercal Overa.

Genius: Picasso

Two Spanish cities associated with Picasso are Málaga and Barcelona.

Filming in the former took place in the bullring and the church of Santiago, where he was baptised.

La Misericordia beach substituted for the French Costa Azul.

In Barcelona province filming took place in the old Universitat de Barcelona building, the Arc de Triomf, the Arc de la Ciutadella and Llotja de Mar, as well as the Torreta district and in Davallada, as well as Sitges.

Top Boy

In the second season of this modern gangster series, some of the action moves from the UK to Spain and Morocco as the gangs try to secure the supply lines of their ‘food’.

Cádiz was the scene of much shooting, in Plaza Pinto, where Spanish actor Hugo Silva participated, the children’s playground in front of the La Salle-Viña school, with interiors shot in the Instituto de Fomento, Empleo y Formación, Avenida Cuesta de las Calesas, 39.

The beach scenes included Barbate, Conil de la Frontera and Roche.

The Spanish connection continues with Jamie travelling there and discovering the amazing beaches at locations such as Los Caños de Meca.

When Sully follows him out there they kill three corrupt policemen underneath Cádiz’s emblematic bridge ‘De La Constitución de 1812’.

The Man who Fell to Earth

This remake of the 70s film that starred David Bowie as the alien, has its 10 episodes all taking names from his songs.

Some of the action is set in New Mexico, which was actually filmed in Almería, using the Lawrence of Arabia oasis site at Rambla Viciana and the Oasys township near Tabernas.

Cast and crew stayed at the Hotel Cortijo El Paraiso, Níjar.

Jack Ryan

For the 4th season of the series, the action moved to Gran Canaria, where La Aldea de San Nicolás was a location; specifically the Rúben Díaz park, the harbour and beach. Castillo del Romeral, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, was another spot chosen.

Shooting (of both kinds) also took place on Tenerife.

Inventing Anna

Based on a true story, as they say, of a con-woman who at one point, in episode 2, flies to Ibiza to con a millionaire, with some nice aerial views of the capital Eivissa and some beaches.

That Dirty Black Bag

A new series with some new takes on old western themes. Largely shot around Tabernas, Almería and with two western townships, both Oasys-Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo-Texas Hollywood, representing the town of Greenvale.

Fort Bravo

Ridley Scott’s Exodus enclave at El Chorrillo, Pechina, was also employed, as was Mazarrón, Murcia.

Mini Hollywood
Fort Bravo Saloon

The Diplomat

The Diplomat is a new 6 part series set in Barcelona.

It follows the adventures of Sophie Rundle who works in the British Consulate.

No Return

Once again (as in Midnight Express) Turkey gets the blame although Spain gets the money as, due to the pandemic, the tale of a young boy on holiday with Mum and Dad who gets accused of a sex crime in Turkey, was mostly filmed around Nerja, Málaga.

Filming took place in Benalmádena and at the Calahonda beach.

The 4 part series was shot in September 2021 and was shown on ITV.

There were also scenes shot in Vera, Almería, where Jack Nicholson met his end in The Passenger.

The Lazarus Project

Not to be confused with a film of the same name, the first season of this time travel/end of the world series includes scenes shot in Barcelona.

American Odyssey

El Prat de Llobregat and Plaça Reial, both in Barcelona, appear in episode 13 of this series about conspiracies.

Any Human Heart

This 4 episode drama includes such characters as The Duke of Windsor, Ian Fleming and Hemingway.

It is in Barcelona that Hemingway convinces Logan Mountstuart to go to the front and participate in the Spanish Civil War.

Among the Barcelona locations are Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Port Olímpic, Parc de Pedralbes and Palau Reial, as well as Girona.

Blindspot

The 6th episode of the third season called ‘Adoring Suspect’ takes us to Barcelona.

The series turns on a woman with amnesia and meaningful tattoos.

The Moll de les Drassanes docks appear when Roman phones Weller about a tattoo.

Roman has a meeting with a villain to get information about Crawford in the Gothic quarter in Carrer del Bisbe with its famous bridge over the street.

Hotel Ayre Rosselló’s rooftop bar is the location of Roman’s meeting with Crawford.

The emblematic fountains of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya provide the backdrop as Roman and Crawford discuss wine and someone tries to rob her.

The Hotel Ohla provides Crawford’s penthouse.

Covert Affairs

Episode 2 of season 3 takes the unlikely CIA couple to Barcelona, playing itself.

A deadly computer virus is their target, but much more interesting are the Gothic district, Parque Güell and the Ciutadela park.

Kaos

Domingo Lizcano worked on this series and told me it had been filmed in Madrid and Málaga. Filming has also taken place in Cádiz and Jeréz. One location was the disco Mucho Teatro in Puerto de Santa María.

Hugh Grant plays Zeus (who else?) in an epic parody on the ways and wars of Gods and Men. Eventually Grant was replaced by Jeff Goldblum.

Filming has taken place in Marbella, and in the city of Málaga in calle Parras. It is here, beside a basketball court that Nabhaan Rizwan takes of phone call from a public phone (don’t rush to use it, it’s a prop), although the nearby Centro Cultural Provincial MVA is real enough.

Aided by Fresco Films, who collaborated on Warrior Nun, it is not surprising that they used some of the same locations, such as the palace of Galiana, a 13th century Moorish style building near Toledo.

Sevilla provides another iconic landmark, the Plaza de España, made famous by Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars shooting.

Also in Sevilla province, the Torre del Águila reservoir at Utrera saw some action.

Mrs Davis

At times we must have all felt like a nun taking on technology with nothing but a little faith; and that is what this series, due for release on Peacock in 2023, is all about.

In November 2022, while visiting the castle of Sant Ferran in Figueras, Girona, we came across filming taking place in the moat and other locations in the castle, which had also seen filming of The Promise and The Perfume.

Vampire Academy

Vampires never die, they just fade into twilight, and the half human, half vampire concept continues in this series, filmed largely in Navarra, and specifically at Palacio Real de Olite (the vampire queen’s abode), Monasterio de Irache and Bodegas Otazu.

Olite

Filming took place between September 2021 and March 2022, and shooting also occurred in Ujué and the Señorío de Beraiz estate, as well as the Alfonso XII fortification, built during the 1872-1876 Carlist War on mount San Cristóbal at Ezcaba, near Pamplona.

Simón Andreu makes an appearance as the Queen’s herald, Clarence.

Queen of the South

Marbella is one of the stars of the Queen of the South series written by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

After her escape to Spain, drug queen Teresa continues her adventures at El Puerto Marina la Bajadilla, la Playa del Marbella Club, la Plaza de la Iglesia, la Playa del Faro and Puerto Banús. All in Málaga province.

Other scenes were shot in Melilla, Gibraltar and Madrid.

Land of Women

Eva Longoria is the star of a series based on a book by Sandra Barnada, whose hometown of Vilanova de la Muga, Girona, is one of the locations.

A woman (Eva), her daughter and mother (played by veteran Spanish actress Carmen Maura) have to leave the U.S. after a scandal involving Eva’s husband, and return to her mother’s village.

Dark Justice

Dark Justice is believed to be the first series shot totally in Spain, or at least the first season was.

Barcelona was in fashion in 1992 because of the Olympics, and so it was there that this story of a judge who seeks revenge outside and beyond the system takes place.

And yet, all the action takes place in California! Studio work was undertaken in Maresme, near Barcelona, and the city’s main post office became the California Supreme Court.

Costa del Garraf represented the cliffs of Malibu, while the Tibidabo amusement park impersonated the Hollywood hills.

Films in Development

Tau Ceti Four

Diehard John McTiernan directs Uma Thurman and a group of rebels out to repeat the Star Wars formula; rebels versus all-powerful nasties.

The Last Templar Knight

Touching all the bases; time travel and Templar Knights; Outlander meets Assassin’s Creed.

Viper 997: The Lost Mission

Four veterans go after Ghaddafi’s gold and are inevitably stabbed in the back.

Filming took place in Cuba and Marbella (Málaga) and Sevilla.

Who Killed Che Guevara

The title speaks for itself. Figueras (Girona) was among the locations.

Guys in Polos

The world of art meets the world of gangsters with wealthy Puerto Banús (Málaga) as a meeting point.

The guys arrive at Pablo Ruiz Picasso terminal, which is appropriate as a Picasso is the centre of the deal.

An Actor’s Journey 2020

An Indian actor goes west looking for the dream, and visits a lot of European locations, including Madrid.

How the West was Stolen

A woman seeks revenge on the mining company that stole her land.

A Homeless Crime

Post Traumatic Stress meets Down and Out in London as an ex-soldier learns to cope.

Rap Grandma

The generation gap and human values mixed up with eviction orders and reality TV. A blockbusting mix!

With exteriors shot in Valencia and studio work in nearby Poland.

Shooting Bernarda

A film crew arrives in Andalucía to shoot Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, and then things start to get complicated.

The film hasn’t been made yet but director Marcus Thompson said “I scouted many places in Andalusia and particularly around and in the town of Cogollos de Guadix. I also visited Huerta de San Vicente, cortijo Santa Catalina and The Wellington Estate including the Dehesa Baja de illora, and of course Granada. Great locations.”

Missing Hyde

A man discovers he has a brother, and one with a very different lifestyle.

Shooting in Tenerife included street scenes, Whitman’s House, The Ring and a nightclub.

After the Fall

A spy thriller whose action locations include Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastián in Guipúzcoa province.

American Hostage

The Canary Islands fill in as Iraq and Syria as an ex soldier fights to rescue his son.

Dalí Land

Ben Kingsley plays the older Dalí in a film about his New York exhibition.

Filming in Spain, probably Cadaques, Girona, due to take place in late 2020.

Lascivious

This thriller directed by Philip Berg is due to be filmed in Tenerife and London.

Patmos: The Book of Seals

This dystopian Armageddon is mostly filmed in the USA, but for some reason some street scenes from Barcelona are included.

Sunburn 2

A woman follows her twin brother on a trip to Spain, a trip that was filmed in the Alpujarra mountains, Granada, and Tenerife.

Never Outshine the Master

Extortion rackets on the Costa del Sol as two criminals tighten their grip on the rich and powerful of Málaga.

War Pigs

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell star in a film about ex-special forces members out for revenge, with Tenerife standing in for Mexico.

The film is still in the pre-production stage.

She Loves You

With that title who wouldn’t think of the Beatles? And in fact Claire from Liverpool visits the Sevilla of 1968, where she has an affair with Iberia flight attendant Ana.

The film is, as they say, in a pre-production phase and Spanish superstar but so far unknown outside of Spain, Paco León, also participates.

In the Box

A case of opposites attract as two Americans find themselves and/or each other, including in Barcelona, where Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the locations.

The Fourth Horseman

Franco Nero returns to his role as Keoma in a film to be shot in the desert of Tabernas, Almería and Alicante.

The Subordinate

If you sell your soul to the devil then you mustn’t grumble about the conditions.

Filming took place at Xátiva, Valencia, with its spectacular castle and Borgia family history, and in Madrid.

The Middle Man

The action takes place in New York, London and Dublin, but there is also time for Marbella, Málaga, to get a look in.

To be continued…………?

Categories
Period

2000-2009

THE NOUGHTIES

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (2000)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure (2000)

Love and Basketball (2000)

Sexy Beast (2000)

Faust: Love of the Damned (2000)

One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)

Helter Skelter (2000)

Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)

Don Quixote (2000)

Sabotage (2000)

The Pilgrim factor (2000)

Where is the Chesterfield King? (2000)

Happy Days (2000)

Off Key (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

The Others (2001)

Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Dagon (2001)

The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

Arachnid (2001)

Stranded (2001)

Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)

Intact (2001)

Baby Blue (2001)

Sword of Honour (2001)

Is Harry on the Boat? (2001)

Hemingway, the Hunter of Death (2001)

Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)

Die Another Day (2002)

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Callas Forever (2002)

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Food of Love (2002)

Come Together (2002)

Darkness (2002)

Welcome 2 Ibiza (2002)

The Bourne Identity (2002)

High Speed (2002)

Second Name (2002)

Incubus (2002)

Morvern Callar (2002)

Chopin, Desire for Love (2002)

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Bear’s Kiss (2002)

Angel of Death (2002)

Mystics (2003)

The Galindez File (2003)

The Emperor’s Wife (2003)

Face of Terror (2003)

The Life of David Gale (2003)

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003)

Imagining Argentina (2003)

Kombi Nation (2003)

Jericho Mansions (2003)

Oh Marbella! (2003)

Seeing Double (2003)

Are We There Yet? (2003)

Cambridge Spies (2003)

A Talking Picture (2003)

The Reckoning (2004)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

The Machinist (2004)

It’s all Gone Pete Tong (2004)

Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

Rottweiller (2004)

Art Heist (2004)

Blueberry (2004)

Fakers (2004)

The Birthday (2004)

Crusader (2004)

Glitterati (2004)

Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt (2004)

People (2004)

Merlin (2004)

Visions of Europe (2004)

Within the Way Without (2004)

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Sahara (2005)

Fragile (2005)

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Soldier of God (2005)

Americano (2005)

Beneath Still Waters (2005)

The Business (2005)

The Secret Life of Words (2005)

The Nun (2005)

Wannabe (2005)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)

Runt (2005)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005)

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

One Day in Europe (2005)

The Kovak Box (2006)

Goya’s Ghosts (2006)

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006)

Cargo (2006)

Tirant Lo Blanc (2006)

Backwoods (2006)

Mysterious Creatures (2006)

The Deal (2006)

Moscow Zero (2006)

Find Her, Keep Her (2006)

The Stoning (2006)

The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)

The Fall (2006)

Ride Around the World (2006)

Xavier (2006)

The 9/11 Commission Report (2006)

Karol: the Pope, the Man (2006)

Savage Grace (2007)

El Greco (2007)

Body Armour (2007)

Four Last Songs (2007)

Velocity (2007)

Intergalactic Combat (2007)

Blackout (2007)

Irina Palm (2007)

The Heart of the Earth (2007)

Hidden Camera (2007)

Goal 2 (2007)

Never Sleeps (2007)

The Matador’s Mistress (2008)

 Vantage Point (2008)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)

Che: Part 2 (2008)

Vicky, Christina Barcelona (2008)

The Garden of Eden (2008)

Deception (2008)

Little Ashes (2008)

Unnatural Causes (2008)

Black Forest Gateau (2008)

The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary (2008)

Ser o Estar (2008)

Donkey Punch (2008)

The El Escorial Conspiracy (2008)

The Crew (2008)

Reflections (2008)

Stevie (2008)

Sing For Darfur (2008)

Goodnight Irene (2008)

Telstar: the Joe Meek Story (2008)

My Life in Ruins (2009)

Green Zone (2009)

The Limits of Control (2009)

Triage (2009)

Tetro (2009)

Open Graves (2009)

The Frost (2009)

Paintball (2009)

The Damned United (2009)

The Third Testament: The Antichrist and the Harlot (2009)

Nothing Personal (2009)

My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

The Lost (2009)

Original (2009)

Just Shy of Being (2009)

Justice/Vengeance/Iron Cross (2009)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (2000)

Not only Indiana Jones but also Terry Jones as director of the Barcelona parts and in a cameo in an attempted comedy combining scenes from World War I in Barcelona and later Prague.

The film opens with a homage to Barcelona, and especially Guadí, with images of Casa Batlló, Parc Güell, Sagrada Famila, as well as the port and the Arc de Triomph.

Casa Batlló

The ballet scenes were shot in the Gran Liceo theatre, later destroyed in a fire and rebuilt.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure (2000)

Indiana Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia and so it’s logical that the desert action should take place in Almería, although we are led to believe that it’s the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Love and Basketball (2000)

Quincy and Monica are both basketball players, but whereas he enjoys the fame and glory, she has to struggle to get ahead in a male-dominated world.

The film, like a basketball match, consists of four quarters, and deals with the problems of choosing career (or sport) over love. The fourth quarter begins in Barcelona, where Monica has to go to play in a serious competition.

A few street scenes of the city are seen, with an aerial view of the port including the emblematic statue of Christopher Columbus, the Monumental bullring and, inevitably, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

Monica is also seen entering the Palau Blaugrana basketball stadium where her coach’s complex, tactical speech in Spanish is translated to her by a team mate as “he says to give the ball to you”.

Sexy Beast (2000)

Agua Amarga is a Mediterranean fishing village, hidden away in the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata on the Costa de Almería. Actor Ray Winstone (Gal) described Agua Amarga as absolutely stunning, the genuine article, which had restored his faith in the country. The production team found Gal’s villa, which is in reality an architect’s home, perched high above the perfect beach cove in the tiny village of Agua Amarga on the site of an old coal mine, 30 miles east of Almería.

It’s the typical film of an English criminal finding the peace and quiet he needs, apart from a boulder that scrapes past his head before crashing into his swimming pool.

Hot on the tail of the boulder is Don, played by Ben Kingsley trying to shake off his wimpish image from ‘Gandhi’ by playing a psychopath.

Despite the peace and quiet, weapons are always on hand when hares or unwanted visitors need to be shot.

Faust: Love of the Damned (2000)

The film raises an important moral issue; does seeing your girlfriend murdered justify selling your soul to the Devil; and even more important, can the Devil be trusted?

Filmed in and around Barcelona, the elegance of some of the architecture contrasts with the gruesomeness and gore.

One of the architectural gems of the film, which appears in the opening credits and later as the scenario of Jasper’s suicide bid and meeting with the Devil (or M as they call him with perhaps a nod and a wink to Bond, James Bond) is the Bach de Roda bridge, which crosses a train line and joins Felipe II and Bach de Roda streets in the Barcelona district of Sant Martí.

Although the bridge has its ground supports augmented by digital techniques, the basic structure of Santiago Calatrava’s first important bridge is intact.

Barcelona port is briefly seen as we loom in on Jasper’s hideout, and scenes were also shot around Barcelona at Terrassa (for the hospital scenes), Argentona, Alella and Granollers.

Line 2 of the Barcelona underground system was the location of the scenes where Jasper (or Faust if you prefer) makes a barbeque of some American policeman.

The film is in fact supposed to be set in an anonymous American city, although the modernist architecture of Gaudí’s Palau Güell gives the game away when we enter the lobby of the Devil’s quite tasteful lair.

This is definitely not a film for those who can’t stand the sound of blood: pitter patter, pitter patter.

One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)

Jeff Goldblum stars in a film about the victims of McCarthyism in the 50s, with shooting in many parts of Spain. Spanish actress Angela Molina also participated in this film about the problems of making a movie about workers, originally entitled ‘The Salt of the Earth.’

Mines which have been exploited since Roman times in Portman, Murcia, became a silver mine in New Mexico with a little help and three months work from the production team, and the crew also used the mining zone of La Union and the casino of Cartagena.

The church scenes were shot in San Nicolas de Bari, Estrecho de San Ginés, Murcia.

The New Mexican scenery of Almería, with some filming around the Rodalquivir mines, the San José beach representing California and Finca El Romeral, and the 50s style interiors of Madrid added to the atmosphere of an epoch of elegance and inequality.

Filming took place between 31st January and 30th of March 2000.

 Helter Skelter (2000)

Tired porn filmed in a flat overlooking the beach at Málaga. Saved from the fires of Hell only by the narrative from the work of the Marquis de Sade and an acceptable jazz soundtrack.

Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)

Harry Enfield explores the minds of modern adolescents with hilariously unpleasant results.

A family holiday in Ibiza allows us to see the perfect beaches, although our heroes are more interested in the discos, such as the Amnesia Nightclub.

Kevin and his Mum and Dad stay at a holiday flat above Nina’s bar, which exists, and is to be found in the town of Santa Eulalia.

The cove where Kevin swallows his pride and something else, equally unpleasant, or more so, is Playa Benniras, recognisable because of the strangely shaped offshore rock. The beach is a hippy hangout and is considered one of Europe’s top ten beaches.

Ibiza airport was another location where, amazingly, our heroes arrive in a plane.

Don Quixote (2000)

If they won’t let you play Hamlet, the next best mad role must surely be the Don.

“En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme,” are the famous opening lines to this classic, which is Spain’s equivalent of ‘Ulysses’ or ‘War and Peace,’ a tome that everyone has on their bookshelves, although few can attest to reading the whole damn thing.

Unfortunately the makers of this version didn’t enter into the spirit of things and shot the whole film in Málaga province; perhaps because of the superior golf courses.

The actors stayed in Ronda, and at the beginning and end of the film we see what is supposed to be the view from Quixote’s home, which is in fact the gate and city wall at Puerta de Xijara.

The fencing scenes were filmed in the cloister of the Palacio Mondragon, and the church scenes in the cathedral.

Authentic Bob Hoskins plays Sancho Panza. Enough said.

Sabotage (2000)

An eccentric comedy about the Battle of Waterloo, with Stephen Fry as the Duke of Wellington, a role he also played in ‘Black Adder.’

Our thanks to Denis Murphy, who was dialogue coach and script editor on this film for providing most of the information below.

Filming began on the 2nd of August 1999 and continued until the 6th in the Colegio Seminario de San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, from beyond whose walls a view of the city can be seen. Inside they created the set for the operetta in which a cock and a damsel perform until Napoleon arrives to address his gathered troops.

Before we enter the theatre, we see troops milling outside, although the exterior is in reality the Church of Los Santos Juanes in Bílbao, Vizcaya.

Next they moved to Álava and stayed in an old schoolhouse at Izarra, near Abornikano, where the interiors of Wellington’s tent were filmed.

On the 7th filming took place at the Urrúnaga Reservoir at Legutiano, just to the north of the Basque capital Vitoria, where they shot the scene with Armani coming out of the water and Napoleon telling him to look for Lady Edwina.

On the 9th and 10th they shot in the woods of Monte Grande near Abornikano, where the French camp was established, supposedly at Waterloo, and on the 11th at Victor Meabe, Goiuri Ligny, where they filmed the scenes of the French army attacking and being massacred as the false Napoleon takes charge of the battle plan.

Between the 12th and 17th they filmed the interiors of Napoleon’s tent at K2000 Galdakano Studios in Bilbao and then returned to the Monte Grande woods between the 18th and 20th to film the French camp.

Back to the woods of Abornikano on the 24th and 25th where we see Napoleon’s wagon escaping the pursuit of two Prussian cavalrymen, after which they went to Bilbao’s Palacio de Artaza situated in Leioa at Avenida Txikia Etorbidea, 20, between the 26th and the 31st for the scenes of the mansion and hothouse (where Napoleon discovers his true destiny as a gardener) of the allied headquarters two days after the battle, where a trial decides that Napoleon isn’t himself. The palace, inaugurated in 1918, belongs to the Basque government.

Between the 1st and 4th of September they filmed at Abornikano, in the fields of Victor Meabe at Goiuri, Alava for the film’s most violent scenes, and on the 5th of October they were back in Bilbao at the church of Los Santos Juanes to shoot the exteriors for the theatre.

The film’s director, Esteban Ibarretxe, informed us that the Guadalajara scene in the movie was the one where they launched the chariot, in which Napoleon was escaping from the Prussians, into the inland waters of the Embalse (reservoir) de Sacedón.

The reservoir in question is the Embalse de Entrepeñas, just north of the town of Sacedón.

Ironically, much of the filming of Waterloo took place just around the corner of the site of a real defeat by Napoleon’s troops at the battle of Vitoria near the village of Tres Puentes as the French forces were being chased out of Spain on the 21st June 1813. For this reason there is a statue of the Duke in the main square of Vitoria.

The Pilgrim factor (2000)

This Spanish production, usually entitled ‘El Factor Pilgrim,’ includes scenes shot in London where English is (from time to time) spoken.

Rumour has it that when they finished filming in London, they realised they needed more shots from there and so, to economise, they used the English neighbourhood of Huelva, known as the Barrio de Reina Victoria, where the Rio Tinto Mining Company had built British-style houses for its employees.

Where is the Chesterfield King? (2000)

A kind of Monkees/Beatles type spoof featuring an American band, one of whom is kidnapped by an alien.

The other members circle the globe trying to get him back, save the world and play a few tunes.

Among the bits of the globe trotted was Madrid, for which 1997 footage of The El Sol Club and the Bilbo Club was used.

Happy Days (2000)

A woman buried up to her waist and then her neck on a volcano in Tenerife; it could only be Samuel Beckett.

The island does in fact have other attractions and some very nice scenery.

Off Key (2001)

Although the stars of the film are American, this is really a Spanish film with a Spanish director, Manuel Gómez Pereira, and various Spanish actors, including Ariadna Gil, who appears with blue hair.

The scene with the ambulance rushing into a French village was shot at Ayllón, Segovia, where the local Romanic church of San Miguel was transformed into a restaurant and the buildings around the main square became bakeries and cafés.

Scenes were also shot in the Teatro Calderón de la Barca in Valladolid, where the final concert was held with 500 local extras posing as a sophisticated New York audience at the Lincoln Theatre. Scenes were also shot at the Palacio de Congresos in Madrid.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Don’t get excited, you won’t be able to visit the rooftops of Paris nor the orgiastic dance hall. The whole film was made in the studio, mostly at the Fox Studios in Sydney. When the makers passed their deadline however, they had to leave orbit so as to make way for the filming of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and so some finishing touches were made in Madrid, which was convenient (or not if you enjoy conspiracy theories) for Nicole Kidman, whose next film, ‘The Others,’ would be made in Spain.

The Others (2001)

It’s not unusual that a film by one of Spain’s top directors, Alejandro Almenábar, should be filmed in Spain; what is unusual is that it stars Nicole Kidman, was produced by Tom Cruise and filmed in English.

The action supposedly takes place on the island of Jersey, although the haunted house, which is the true star of the film, is in fact in Cantabria.

The house in question is the Palacio de los Hornillos at Las Fraguas in the Arenas de Iguña region of central Cantabria, and it was chosen after permission was refused to use a house in Jersey itself, where the natives apparently don’t like to mention the war, during which some of them were apparently somewhat accommodating with the occupying Nazi forces.

Almenábar looked at about 100 houses in the UK before finally finding something typically English in the green, northern belt of Spain.

The house was in fact constructed in ‘the English style,’ as all the local guide books will tell you, and was designed by an English architect, Selden Wornum, and built between 1899 and 1904.

When we arrived in Las Fraguas we checked out the Ocho Hermanas hotel and on seeing a book about The Others in reception, which was in fact the script of the film, decided to check in, which was a good idea, as the owner turned out to be very knowledgeable, informing us that the spooky house was inhabited not by a ghost but by a Duke.

The Duke’s family also apparently built (or had built) a mini Parthenon just across the road.

The house is not open to the public but is easily seen from the road and very photographable, and the spookiness is alleviated by a herd of very placid white cows and a lake.

Those who wouldn’t mind snoozing with Nicole Kidman, or at least spending some time in the same bed (though not at the same time) could do worse than stay at the El Jardín de Carrejo, an example of the trend in rural accommodation that has become so popular now in Spain, and where Kidman was lodged during filming.

According to Isabel, one of the hotel’s owners: “Nicole stayed in our hotel, which was especially dedicated to her team and to her, including her personal trainer, personal assistant and cook. Although we were ready for her in September 2000, an injury to her leg delayed her appearance here until mid October.

She lodged at the hotel for 20 days, during which time she took over the hotel, using the ground floor gym, dining room and offices, and on the first floor taking up each room for massages, changing room and her own bedroom (number 5).

The second floor was used by her staff”.

Almenábar spent 4 months studying English in London so that he could charm Kidman and the 2 English kids whose performances really make the film.

A special delight in the film is Eric Sykes’s performance, a return to Spain for him after the making in Almería of ‘Shalako’ with Sean Connery in 1968, and a pleasant surprise to those of us who had thought he must surely be dead, (don’t worry; in the film, he is!)

Kidman’s character is called Grace, which is Almenábar’s homage to Alfred Hitchcock, whose favourite actress was Grace Kelly. Almenábar’s admiration of Hitchcock led him to emulate the maestro’s custom of making a brief appearance in his own film. He appears as a corpse in one of the photos of dead people (the one with three men lying on a bed). In fact the other two were his flat-mates in real life.

In the film Kidman lives in a large house with her children, who suffer from a rare disease called ‘xeroderma pigmentosum,’ which makes them allergic to light. Anyway, that’s her alibi.

The music that Kidman hears playing is Chopin’s Waltz Number 9 in A flat.

Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Where else could a film with this title be set if not in Barcelona, where the 19th century architect Antoní Gaudí created his greatest works?

Judy Davis, one of Woody Allen’s favourite neurotic actresses, (‘Celebrity,’ ‘Deconstructing Harry,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Husbands and Wives’) plays an American writer based in Barcelona, who receives a plea from a stranger for help.

The first location we see is the Plaza del Pi, where Cassandra (Judy Davis) takes a walk with Frankie, the woman who wants to hire her as a detective and turns out to be a man, although in the film he is played by a woman.

Actually all the characters are a bit bizarre, even more so than Allen’s, and if he liked this film that would explain why he used so many of the same locations in ‘Vicky, Christina, Barcelona.’

When Frankie confesses to her first of many lies, she and Cassandra are strolling in Paseig Born, with the famous church of Santa María del Mar behind them.

Ben, who we at first think is a man but turns out to be a woman played by Lili Taylor, is living with Hamilton, who we believe to be Ben when we first see him, and straight, then gay and finally bi. Ben is living in Gaudí’s La Pedrera in Paseig Gracia, although some of the interiors are taken from Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. The fight between Ben and Frankie, who actually love each other, takes place on the famous turreted roof of La Pedrera.

Before we discover who Ben is, Cassandra follows the man who is not Ben to Gaudí’s Parc Güell, where we see the real Ben and her lover April, played by Juliette Lewis, and who doesn’t really love her. During these scenes we see the famous ceramic dragon fountain, the terrace overlooking the city and the colonnades, fortunately free of the thousands of tourists who are usually draped all over them.

When her cheque bounces, Cassandra seeks Frankie out at her hotel, which is the Hotel Avenida Palace located in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 605.

Cassandra accidentally on purpose meets Ben, who is really Hamilton, at a café in the Plaza Reial, and then pursues him through the short and winding streets of the Gothic Quarter.

When Cassandra goes for a walk with April they are at one of the four beaches just north of the Olympic Village, a stone’s throw away from the Hotel Arts, where the crew for this film stayed, as did Woody Allen when making his own homage to Gaudí.

The prostitutes of the Raval district also appear in both films.

One of Cassandra’s meetings with Frankie takes place in the Crypt of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the facades of which are seen on various occasions, such as when Cassandra is on her way to the meeting in the crypt, walking along Avinguda Gaudí, with the towers of the Cathedral in the background.

After the daughter is kidnapped, Cassandra and Ben look for her in the Franca railway station, where they meet a couple of policemen who turn out to have extraordinary typing abilities.

Later there is another visit to Parc Güell, where Frankie chases April.

When Cassandra finds the girl at the nightclub, she takes her for a banana, as one does, in the Plaza Sant Felip Neri, another location repeated by Allen.

Finally, at Barcelona airport, the postcard Cassandra chooses is a photograph of Gaudí himself.

One of the things I like about Gaudí is that he didn’t do too well in school. Like Einstein, he was no more than an average student. In 1875 Gaudí was expelled from an examination in which he was supposed to be designing a cemetery gate; but the dreamy, young man devoted far too much attention to details of the mourners’ faces or the branches of the cypress trees for the liking of his professors.

But what I really like about Gaudí is that he was a mean, badly dressed religious fanatic, a humourless celibate and a teetotal misogynist who was notoriously bad company. So there’s still some hope for the rest of us.

The city of Barcelona finally demonstrated its undying affection for Gaudí by having one of its distinctive municipal tram cars run him over on Monday June 7th 1926. He died 3 days later on June 10th.

Dagon (2001)

Galicia is Spain’s Cornwall, with similar scenery and similar maritime traditions, like piracy and smuggling.

Onto the Galician coast two couples are hurled by the sea and the American male lead entertains us with his version of the Spanish language: “Roomo, pleaseo, upstairso.” He does after all have a Spanish wife.

Filming took place in the Galician village of Combarro in Pontevedra province, and the film is based on a story by H P Lovecraft called ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth.’ The Spanish village in the film is called ‘Inboca,’ which literally means ‘in mouth.’

The little church which appears is Igrexa Vella de San Roque.

The film gives a whole new meaning to ‘Pulp Fiction’ (‘pulpo’ means ‘octopus’ in Spanish) and the nasties in this horror movie are half human, half tentacle.

Incidentally ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ is an excellent local dish of boiled octopus with paprika, although I’d wait a few days after seeing the film before trying some.

The village hotel is admittedly not up to modern standards, although the green tap water is not as bad as it looks once you get used to it.

Filming also took place in Barcelona at Capella Romànica del Poble Espanyol and in the Sala de les Columnes the large hall with 36 Romanic-style sandstone columns, located at the Jardins de Ca n’Altimira, a park in the Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. It also features some manmade underground caves and through these caves our hero makes his way to the sacrificial room of the worshippers of Dagon.

The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

Although a Dutch film, and largely made in Holland, the film stars British actors such as Stephen Fry and is all about God’s wrath, which is never a bad plot device.

The Spanish parts were shot in Carmona (Sevilla), and Coronil (Cádiz).

Also in Sevilla the Fundación Lara building in Calle Fabiola was employed.

Arachnid (2001)

A man with strange bites is taken to a small clinic in Guam. A group of men and women, en route to his island to investigate the causes, crash on the island.

With a title like this, you won’t have to be a genius to know what they find…..or what finds them…..

Mind you, Guam is quite a way away from Fira de Montjuïc (Palau Victòria Eugènia) and the Font Groga (Parc de Collserola) or the Can Catà private estate in Barcelona, where some scenes were shot.

The film holds few surprises, and most of the victims and survivors-to-be are obvious from the beginning, especially when they wander off alone accompanied by sinister music and copious webbing.

The best moment for me was the line: “the more guns I have, the safer I feel.” Classic.

Stranded (2001)

Lanzarote is out of this world, and especially in this Sci-fi movie where it represents Mars.

It is of course Mars through rose-tinted glasses and so everything looks pink, but nevertheless you get an idea of the lava harvest to be found on the island.

The film itself, a wholly Spanish production, follows a failed attempt to explore Mars in a craft resembling a series of Coca Cola cans stuck together. When the going gets tough, the crew turn out to be a bunch of bickering manic depressives and fatalists who sound as if they are reading the scripts for the first time ever.

Visitors to Lanzarote will be pleased to learn that the chances of survival and a return flight home are considerably better than the scenario portrayed in the film.

El Golfo (with the famous green lake that the astronauts reach at the end of the film), Timanfaya and the Volcán (volcano) del Cuervo are some of the locations, with studio work at Plató Valencia and in Hollywood, where they used the same space ship as Clint Eastwood in ‘Space Cowboys.’

Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)

The follow up to the ‘Omega Code’, and which also featured Michael York, was partly shot in Madrid.

Intact (2001)

Four people with tortured pasts are brought together by fate and consequently don’t really get a chance to enjoy the exquisite locations on the island of Tenerife.

The blindfolded race through moss-laden pine trees takes place in the Bosque de La Esperanza at El Rosario.

The director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, probably not coincidentally, comes from the Canary Islands, and would later direct Clive Owen in an Anglo-Spanish film ‘Intruders,’ which also swings between English and Spanish.

Max Von Sydow is the reason why the film is partially made in English, and everyone who talks to him does so in the language of Shakespeare, although it’s Shakespeare with a Cervantes accent.

Max lives in a casino nestled amid the moonscapes of Las Cañadas del Teide in a building that is a touched up version of the local Parador.

The airport scenes were shot at Tenerife Sur airport.

Baby Blue (2001)

Theo Van Gogh is mostly famous for being the great grandson of Vincent Van Gogh (or Kirk Douglas if you prefer, who is famous for being Michael Douglas’s father) and for having been assassinated by a Muslim extremist.

The film is far less controversial and deals with tension in an insurance company.

Half the film was shot in English and half in Dutch, and is set mainly in Holland, though the nice bits were filmed in Ibiza.

Sword of Honour (2001)

Not strictly a film, this two part, four hour television production starring Daniel Craig attempts to encapsulate Evelyn Waugh’s trilogy.

Parts of Mallorca became Crete, Egypt, Yugoslavia, North Africa, France and Italy.

Bellver castle in Palma, or at least the rooftop terrace, became Fort Sidi Bishir, the military headquarters in Egypt, where Guy comments Trimer’s apparent heroism.

The disastrous commando raid on a beach to capture an enemy head was filmed on a southern cove of the island called Cala S’almunia

The scenes representing Yugoslavia, where Guy (Craig) befriends a Jewish couple and saves a train-load of refugees, were shot in the village of Sineu, in the centre of the island.

Is Harry on the Boat? (2001)

A TV film based on a TV series; or maybe it’s a TV series based on a book…..whatever it is, Ibiza provides the beautiful backdrop to a comedy about tour reps.

Hemingway, the Hunter of Death (2001)

Albert Finney plays Hemingway on safari in Kenya, although he also finds time to pop into Ronda, Málaga; no doubt to fight a few bulls and stare mystically into the town’s famous gorge.

Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)

Although he doesn’t have Gregory Peck’s irritating cough, or an easy to pronounce name, Ioan Gruffudd gives a good performance as C S Forrester’s Hornblower in his younger days in this version of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’

The terribly British Spanish island of Menorca is among the locations, and we were informed by Núria Sintes of the Menorca Tourist Board that most of the shooting took place at La Mola, in a country house on the road to Fornells.

One well known location is the Castillo Fortaleza de Isabel II or de la Mola, where Hornblower is imprisoned in Jamaica, and is gazing out of his cell window when Sir Edward visits him.

Die Another Day (2002)

The spa where Bond meets Jinx (Halle Berry) is in fact the Castle of San Sebastián in Cádiz, and the wide sweeping Bay of Cuba is Cádiz Bay too. Curiously Fidel Castro’s government wasn’t too keen to let Bond do his stuff in the original locations.

Filming took place between 3-12 April 2002 and made good use of 600 local extras.

The castle is situated on a small island at the end of La Caleta Beach, where Halle Berry walks out of the sea in a bikini, wearing a white belt and a diving knife, just like Ursula Andress did in ‘Dr. No.’

After Bond comes through the window of the medical facility in Cuba, he grabs a few grapes as he did before making his exit from a room in the medical centre in ‘Thunderball’, although this time the ever-present Spanish actor Simón Andreu is on hand as Doctor Alvarez.

The spot where Bond arrives in Cuba is ‘el Campo del Sur’ and the road he drives along goes to the Camposoto beach at San Fernando.

Bond’s hotel is in reality the spa ‘Balneario de La Palma y del Real’ at la Caleta beach in Cádiz. The place where Bond and Berry drink a ‘mojito’ together is in Cádiz’s other beachside castle, Santa Catalina.

The Torre del Sagrario of the old Cathedral and the area around the new Cathedral appear, as does the Plaza de Abastos, which becomes a tobacco factory in the film.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

When Anakin Skywalker and Padmi Amidala arrive on her home planet of Naboo we see an impressive exercise of digital invention mixed with real images of Sevilla’s impressive Plaza de España, one of Spain’s best-loved tourist attractions, built as part of the Spanish-American Exhibition of 1929.

The Plaza is constructed as a semi-circle with buildings around the edge that are reached across a moat by bridges. In the centre is a large fountain. Around the inner walls are various alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain in ornamental ceramic tiles.

Callas Forever (2002)

Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright star in Zeferelli’s tale of the last years of Maria Callas.

One scene, representing the filming of ‘Carmen’ by Bizet, shows the procession towards the bullfight, which was shot in Calle San Pedro in the town of Osuna in Sevilla province, with the collaboration of El Coro de Opera de Córdoba. Osuna’s Collegiate was also used for some scenes.

Osuna is also a Game of Thrones location; its bullring was used to represent the fighting pit of Meereen. The Roman ruins of Itálica, in the same province, became the location for the Dragon pit summit.

Zeferreli and his stars spent 6 weeks in the Hotel Palacio Marqués de la Gomera, and the Italian director also shot scenes there.

Carmen’s murder in the opera took place at the Plaza de Capuchinos y Cristo de los Faroles in Córdoba.

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Filmed in Spain (Madrid), Portugal and Ecuador, and based on the story of the Maoist terrorist group from Peru, Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), this was John Malkovich’s first film as director, with Spanish actor Javier Bardem taking part.

In the time spent in Madrid the crew and actors stayed at the Hotel NH Alcalá, Hotel Santo Mauro and Hotel Wellington.

Food of Love (2002)

A story of music and homosexual love set in New York, San Francisco and Barcelona, in which a famous musician and an aspiring one have a brief affair while the younger is on holiday with his mother in Barcelona.

Food of Love is the first English language film by Catalan director Ventura Pons.

The young boy goes on a walk around the city and visits Plaza San Felip Neri, the Picasso Museum and Plaza Real, and later, his mother on a tour bus passes the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Come Together (2002)

A romantic comedy set in Hollywood Hills and directed by Graham Theakston but with villa scenes shot in San José, Almería.

Darkness (2002)

A Spanish film in which an American family moves to a haunted house in Spain, and in which filming took place in Barcelona and Lleida.

The idyllic, American-style country house where it all happens was built for the film, which is probably just as well, considering all the nasty things that went on there. It is a haunted house, with a haunted father. Some people may think that a man who takes out his rage on inanimate objects is insane, although most of us have long realised that that is precisely what inanimate objects are for.

The country house, apart from our first visit there for a sunny drinks party, is in a permanent storm, in all senses, and the victims occasionally visit Barcelona for a bit of light relief, or to find a library with some books on the occult. It is in fact immediately before this that we see an aerial view of the port area of Barcelona with Columbus’s characteristic statue.

The hospital in which the father of the family’s fits are dealt with is in reality a school, situated in Sant Cugat, and the street where his first fit occurs, and where the film-makers created their own traffic jam (on a Sunday fortunately) was in the Via Laietana, between Plaza Urquinaona and Plaza Antonio López.

Many of the interior shots were done in Casa Burés, built between 1900 and 1905 by the modernist architect Francesc Berenguer i Mestres for the textile magnate Francesc Burés i Borràs on the corner of Calles Ausiàs Marc and Gerona.

Welcome 2 Ibiza (2002)

The film really only has two good things about it; the enviable scenery of Ibiza and the appearance of Gary Busey, a man who was born to be a film villain (with apologies to his parents).

An American girl tries to turn around her life and an inherited dilapidated beach bar.

While the credits are still running we discover that she’s quite clumsy, provoking a cascade of water melons on the narrow winding streets.

We also see both an aerial and ground level views of the castle, crowning the capital.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Clive Owen is ‘The Professor,’ a Treadstone assassin based in Barcelona. We briefly see the statue of Christopher Columbus in the port and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, started, and still unfinished, by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, when Clive is contacted by the villains (or parallel American government), as you prefer.

High Speed (2002)

The world of motor bike racing with footage from circuits in Italy and Spain, where our hero Raf competes on the Valencia circuit located at Cheste.

Second Name (2002)

Another production by the Catalan company Filmax with a Valencian director, Paco Plaza and an English speaking cast filming in and around Barcelona.

Like Richard Cory, a rich man blows his brains out, although this time in a forest, and his biologist daughter visits her catatonic mother to find out what it’s all about.

The film is based on the book ‘Pact of Fathers’ by Liverpudlian Ramsey Campbell. Happy go lucky it isn’t.

Incubus (2002)

Spanish director Jess Franco worked with Orson Welles, although his themes tend to lean towards gore and tit, and preferably both.

The moral is that if you make a pact with evil, you’d better read the smallprint.

Filming took place in Málaga.

Morvern Callar (2002)

It may not be a total coincidence that ‘callar’ means ‘to shut up’ in Spanish, because that’s pretty much all Morvern Callar does throughout this insufferable, self-indulgent chic-pic.

It begins when she finds her boyfriend’s body, after his suicide; so she quite naturally goes out for a drink, takes a bath, steals his money, steals his book, cuts him into pieces and buries him on the heath with a trowel!

Obviously a bit knackered after all that, she goes on a package tour to Spain with a friend.

The hotel where they stay is the Hotel Aguamarina at Almerimar in Almería. After purchasing snorkels, they immediately go off to a bar to get pissed and pick up boys. Morvern shows how volatile and interesting she is by moving out of the package mind set and they end up in a village festival in the mountains, where everyone dresses up for San Fermín and looks a bit angry.

The village is in fact Ohanes, where the locals even brought forward their traditional festival of San Marcos, with most of the villagers celebrating their status as extras.

The festival has all the drumming and bull running you would expect; the only thing missing is the goat being tossed from the church steeple.

The marvellously unspoilt Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar can also been seen briefly during a car trip.

Chopin, Desire for Love (2002)

Filmed mainly in Poland as you would expect, but Chopin also lived in Paris and Mallorca, where he explores his passion for George Sand.

In the film, and in real life, the couple take up residence in a monastery at Valldemossa, where the relationship with the locals was far from cordial. Today however, the town largely lives off this brief stay and you can’t turn a corner without wading through a sonata.

Valldemossa

Actually it’s a lovely place, especially when the tourist buses head back to the coast every evening.

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

Despite being dated as 2002, this documentary, shot in August 2000, was released in 2011.

Like Orson Welles, Terry Gilliam took on Don Quijote and lost, in a production jinxed by bad weather.

Only a few scenes made it into the can, the rest went down the can (as Americans like Gilliam would say).

Nevertheless, among the few scenes shot were some using the arid wastelands of the Bardenas Reales in Navarra and the waterfall at the Monasterio de Piedra located in Zaragoza province.

The film would eventually get made as The Man who Killed Don Quijote (2018) with some of the same locations.

 L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Although a French film, almost half of the dialogue is in English.

A group of Erasmus students share a flat in Barcelona and in the brief intervals between sex, drugs, rock and roll and more sex, they study.

Xavier from Paris is the main character and, not content with having pre-‘Amelie’ Audrey Tautou as a girlfriend back home, he decides to start an affair with the wife of a man who has shown him nothing but kindness and trust.

When Xavier arrives in Barcelona looking for a place to live, we see him at the Urquinaona underground station just north of the Gothic Quarter. We also see him briefly in the Plaza Real.

On his first date with Anne-Sophie, he takes her to the famous ceramic terrace of Parc Güell, where he returns with her later to ravish her. Keeping in with the Gaudí trend, he also takes her to the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

He visits the Barceloneta beach a couple of times and takes her (in the non-sexual sense this time) in the cable car that traverses the port.

Despite his two-timing, he is shocked to see flatmate Wendy making out with an American who is not her boyfriend on the pedestrian bridge to the Port Vell leisure complex.

Bear’s Kiss (2002)

Girl loves bear, bears loves honey; a relationship doomed from the beginning to be syrupy.

A mixed grill of Bambi and Prince turned into frog set in a circus.

Arcos de la Frontera appears when the circus travels to Spain. We see them approach, with a stunning aerial view of the town perched on its spectacular rocky crag.

The castle is the home of the Marqués de Tamarón. His son, Diego de Mora-Figueroa kindly informed us about the history of his home.

The castle, like so many in the area, is of Arab origin and was conquered in 1253 by Enrique, the brother of King Alfonso X. In 1264, after a revolt, the remaining Arab inhabitants were expelled.

In the XV century the powerful Ponce de León family took control of the castle, whose importance waned once Granada was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs.

The castle was affected by the great earthquake of 1755, which destroyed Lisbon.

Between 1809 and 1811 the castle was occupied by French troops during the Napoleonic War. From the castle they controlled guerrilla activity in the mountains of Ronda.

As a parting gift, they blew up part of the castle.

In 1922 the castle was auctioned as a ruin and Violeta Buck, daughter of British wine maker Walter J. Buck (1843-1917), bought it.

Buck ran the Sandeman & Buck distilleries and was a pioneer in protecting natural spaces such as Doñana.

Violeta moved in and began the restoration of the castle.

Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, similarly in the province of Cádiz, were locations and Spanish actress Ariadna Gil participates.

Arcos de la Frontera

The film was written in English by a non-native speaker, with other languages having their say.

Angel of Death (2002)

Mira Sorvino stars as a Spanish detective trying to catch a serial killer in Sevilla during Holy Week, with caped, hooded penitents adding a touch of colour and the city inevitably providing its architecturally sublime backdrop.

At the beginning we see some Easter religious parades and then a girl drives past the Maestranza bullring.

She arrives at a cheap guest house and goes up on the roof for a view of the city, including the cathedral, and then the murders begin.

Mystics (2003)

Ghosts, gangsters and Guinness; what more could you ask for in an Irish film that doesn’t begin with ‘g?’

Although mostly shot in Ireland, there is a window for Sitges, Barcelona at one point, where our séance con-men David Kelly and Milo O’Shea can be seen on the beach in front of the emblematic, beach-side San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla church. Our thanks to Paco Griñán again for identification.

The Galindez File (2003)

A student researching the disappearance of a Basque Nationalist FBI collaborator is searching for clues as to his fate, continually thwarted by FBI agent Harvey Keitel.

She visits Madrid and the Basque Country as part of her investigations.

Early on in the film she discusses her quest with two men in the painted forest of Oma at Kortezubi in Vizcaya.

The Emperor’s Wife (2003)

Starring heart-throb Jonathan Rhys Meyers, this fantasy was partly filmed in La Peza in Granada province.

The Emperor’s fairy tale castle is none other than La Calahorra Castle, scene of so many films.

Face of Terror (2003)

A wholly believable plot in which an American police officer travels to Barcelona looking for his lost sister, who may have become a victim of a terrorist cell using girls as bombs.

This is another collaboration between the Catalan producer (Drimtim) and American actors, using the streets and monuments of Barcelona as a backdrop.

At various stages the scenes are interspersed with views of the city, the first one including the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and La Rambla. After a brief interlude in Los Angeles to meet our star, we are back to aerial views of the port and our hero checking into the Hotel Colon. He visits his missing sister’s flat, which we are supposed to believe is in Gaudí’s famous Pedrera building, and then we meet the villains, who hold their rendezvous in Montjuïc Castle, overlooking the city. There are really two sets of villains, or rather one group and one lone wolf terrorist, who likes to enjoy his villainy at Montjuïc Castle.

Montjuic Castle

After enjoying the view and the artillery, the lone wolf shoots two thugs to emphasise his disagreement with the deal, and then follows their boss into the castle moat to discuss terms of disagreement with a further bullet.

Another location is Plaça Palau, where the Barcelona Nautical School (posing as the American National Bank) is cleverly blown up behind our hero.

The city’s Gothic quarter is used for many scenes, and the police woman’s flat (in reality the Hotel Colon) is located right in front of the Gothic Cathedral.

After a night of passion, our hero and his heroine are machine gunned and begin a car chase round the wide avenues of the city, passing through the Arc de Triomf, a favourite car chase scenario for Catalan film makers, before continuing in the nearby Parc de la Ciutadella, where the zoo is located, and ending up in a lake.

For the second visit, after a spectacularly unbelievable car chase, we return, by cable car this time, to Montjuïc Castle for another meeting between villains, where agreement is reached; the usual thing, plastic explosives in exchange for “taking care of the girl.”

The climax takes place in front of and around a seaside hotel, the Gran Meliá, at the nearby tourist resort of Sitges just south of Barcelona; a point that is made clear when the ambulance drives away with the town’s name on its rear.

Hotel Gran Meliá

It is on the steps of the hotel that the villain (who has his misunderstood side), is foiled in his plan to blow up the hotel using a suitcase bomb, before being pursued and vanquished down at the beach.

It is appropriate that the hotel should appear in a film, because it is here that the Sitges International Film Festival is held every year in October.

If you are not so lucky, you might bump into a zombie, as one of the highlights of the festival is the Zombie Walk, which actually starts at the hotel before moving off into town to scare the locals.

The Life of David Gale (2003)

An American film with a European finish; specifically in the Plaza Real, Barcelona, where Dusty (Matt Craven) is seen walking through a square with the briefcase at the end.

The rest of it is a will he, won’t he be executed thriller with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslett.

Also seen briefly in Barcelona is the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where the public watch a performance of Turandot.

David Gale’s wife has left him and taken their son to Barcelona after he rapes and murders someone and is sentenced to death. After a lot of did he or didn’t he; save yourself some anxiety; he didn’t, and Kate doesn’t get there on time to save him.

Winslett’s meeting with Gale’s wife takes place in Casa Ramos, located in Plaza Lesseps. The same modernist flat was used by Pedro Almodóvar for a scene from Todo Sobre Mi Madre.

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

Apart from Jesus Christ, the big star here is narrator Christopher Plummer. Jesus is Henry Ian Cusick, better known for his role in the TV hit show ‘Lost,’ but now he is found!

Although the studio work was done in Canada, you can’t find a better, more peaceful Galilee these days than Almería.

The cave scene was shot at Tabernas and other scenes were filmed around San José for the sermon on the mount, and around the Sierra Alhamilla for the scenes of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Málaga also added some locations, specifically at the castle of Gibralfaro, which became Jerusalem.

Gibralfaro

Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

Another Spanish production made in Spain, but in English and with a mixture of foreign and Spanish actors.

Practically all of the action takes place inside Arkham State Penitentiary, although the film was made in Valencia’s old Modelo Prison, during its closure and before its conversion into an administrative complex.

It is here that Doctor West, a modern-day Frankenstein, as you can guess from the title, is incarcerated and where he continues to carry out his experiments with horrific effect. Or at least the effect would be horrific if it weren’t so amusing.

On a couple of occasions the camera gives us an aerial view of the prison and we can see behind it the green swathe of the Turia Park, built in the old river bed of Valencia’s river, which was rerouted around the city after the disastrous flood of 1957.

It is now the city’s green lung, brimming over with cyclists, joggers and sports facilities.

Spanish comedy actor and director Santiago Segura participated in typically manic style, while less restrained was Simón Andreu as Warden Brando.

Also participating is Elsa Pataky, real life wife of super hero Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003)

The film has three, or possibly four distinct parts, and is probably what some people would call ‘artistic’ cinema.

In the section ‘From Vaux to the Sea,’ the Benedictine Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages near Manresa in Barcelona province was used. Founded in 960 AD, it is now a leisure and educational complex.

We were helped by Montse and shown around by Bernat, who helped Greenaway with his props, including 70 cabbages provided for a scene filmed in a patio. Fortunately for Greenaway, Bernat tends the vegetable gardens at the monastery.

Greenaway also required some baths to be placed in the chapel.

Use was also made of a garden terrace, where some women were sewing. As Bernat pointed out, Greenaway’s films are largely incomprehensible, but he was a very nice man.

In another part of the series director Peter Greenaway took advantage of the Franca railway station, Barcelona, which he transformed into the station at Anvers during the 30s.

Another emblematic jewel of Modernist architecture featured was the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

In the first part ‘The Moab Story’, he also filmed in Almería, taking advantage of the terrace of the Balneario (Spa) de Sierra Alhamilla among other locations.

Imagining Argentina (2003)

This distressing film about the ‘missing’ during the Argentinian dictatorship, with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson, was filmed largely in Argentina, although the scene where Banderas dives to the bottom of the sea contemplating suicide was shot at the marvellously unspoilt beaches of San José in Almería, including the coves of Mónsul, Carbón and Borronal.

Some filming also took place at the Puerto Deportivo de San José and in the Hotel Don Ignacio.

Interiors were shot in Madrid at Estudios el Alamo, and the hospital scenes at Hospital Clinico San Carlos.

Kombi Nation (2003)

Some young New Zealanders ‘do’ Spain, and various other bits of Europe, in a camper van with a film crew, and doesn’t this sound like ‘Big Brother?’

As they try to prove their lack of redeeming anything, they drive into the Basque Country, heading for Pamplona, Navarra to run with the bulls at San Fermín, then on to Buñol, Valencia, to discover they are a month early for the Tomatina festival.

After some time on the Costa del Sol, and Sevilla, for an argument in front of the cathedral, they make for Barcelona to discover that one of them has drugs in the van in front of the Sagrada Familia.

The relationships continue to deteriorate in Parc Güell.

Jericho Mansions (2003)

An interesting story exploring the bowels of a building and those who dwell within, with veteran actor James Caan and Spanish star Maribel Verdu; made mostly in Canada, but with Spain and particularly Almería threading through the story as a series of flashbacks finally reveal the truth.

A younger version of Caan finds himself in the middle of a gunfight at Fort Bravo and then makes his way through a village to his hotel, the Esperanza, situated in Tabernas.

Fort Bravo

According to local expert José Enrique Martinez, the locations were Las Salinillas, Lanújar and El Cautivo.

Rambla Salinillas

The director Alberto Sciamma lends a tasteful eccentricity to the film, especially the opening scenes, as he did in ‘The Killer Tongue’ in 1996.

Oh Marbella! (2003)

You won’t be surprised to discover that this comedy about time-share scams, mob murders, prostrate problems and animal rights was made in Marbella, Málaga, a place where even the rich and famous sit around pointing at the rich and famous.

The film starts and ends at Málaga airport as the various characters arrive. Their paths finally cross at Silks by the Sea restaurant, situated on the Rio Real Playa estate on the Cádiz road.

The goat that is not hurled from a steeple scenes were shot in the village of Montejaque with the help of angry locals charging through the streets and olive groves. The young couple meet up on a terrace in front of the 17th century Hotel Palacete de Mañara. The village is located in the Sierra Grazalema mountains north of Ronda.

The assassin and his prey meet up at the Don Miguel Hotel, while the nudists cavort at The Caché Club.

Seeing Double (2003)

Perhaps the irony is too subtle for some, but in this film the youthful members of a pop group are cloned.

This happens while they are on holiday in Spain, where we see them in various emblematic Barcelona locations in a film that reaches its climax at Cardona, with its Parador Hotel Castle.

Cardona represents Victor’s castle in the film and includes the dining room scene where they sing ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ just before preventing an explosion. Long shots of Cardona are a prelude to taking us inside the castle where Victor Gaghan, an evil scientist, creates and trains his S Club clones among others.

Cardona. Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

The climax of the film also takes place there, with Victor’s failed attempt to escape by helicopter giving us some good shots of Cardona.

Are We There Yet? (2003)

An American comedy set in Barcelona and employing every child’s favourite car back seat expression.

An embarrassing travel agent father attempts to bond with his embarrassed family on a trip to Barcelona, including a ham negotiation in the Boqueria market, leather negotiations in La Rambla and various locations in the Gothic Quarter.

Cambridge Spies (2003)

This four hour series tells the story of Maclean, Burgess, Philby and Blunt, four Cambridge University students who worked for the Soviet Union.

The BBC chose the village of Granyena de les Garrigues in Lleida province to take the place of Gernika for the scenes showing the Civil War bombing of the town in the Basque Country, although the budget only seems to have allowed for a solitary biplane instead of the Condor hordes.

The town of Vic, Barcelona, portrays Vienna in the 1930s as the film’s producers pay their own particular homage to ‘The Third Man;’ ironical considering that Philby would acquire that sobriquet.

A Talking Picture (2003)

John Malkovich plays the captain of a cruise ship travelling from Lisbon to Bombay.

Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira collects a multi-national cast speaking five different languages and all of whom, being civilised, cultivated people, understand each other perfectly. Really only Malkovich speaks English, when not showing off his French.

The only Spanish site seen, and from a distance at sea, is Ceuta (a Spanish enclave on the North African coast), whose Portuguese connection is explained by a mother to her daughter.

The Reckoning (2004)

Rodalquilar in Almería saw its goldrush in the 20th century, not in the 12th when this film is set. Its scenery bears little comparison with England either, so the landscapes were shot in Wales and, after a long search, an abandoned gold mine at Rodalquilar, frequently used in films, was chosen to build a 12th century castle and village in Northern England, blanketed in cyber-snow.

If you visit the gold mine today there is no sign of the sets built for the film, only the ruined buildings of the mine on the face of the cliff. At the foot of the cliff there is however a pleasant botanic garden to spend an hour enjoying the scents of flowers and trying not to recall the scenes of murdered (and worse) children in the film.

If medieval England was a prison for the poor, oppressed by French-speaking nobles and Latin-speaking priests, it is perhaps appropriate that the castle, which in the film is covered in scaffolding, was constructed for the movie by inmates of the nearby El Acebuche prison.

The villain, a Norman paedophile noble plotting against good King Richard the Lionheart (not exactly a gentleman himself by all accounts) helps identify himself by speaking with a French accent and dressing diabolically. The good Normans of course speak perfect English, although no English king would again speak something approaching English after the Conquest in 1066 until the reign of a Welshman, Henry IV.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

This film, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Thornton Wilder, was a remake of a remake (1929, 1944), and its promotion campaign was not harmed when Tony Blair quoted from the book in a speech following the September 11th terrorist attack.

Filming started in Madrid in April 2003, using medieval locations such as Talamanca de Jarama and also the Monastery at Úcles in Cuenca.

This time the Monastery is the Convent where Geraldine Chaplin attempts to instil a little moral rectitude in an epoch that didn’t really want it too much. A lot of her shots were taken in the cloister.

La Granja palace in Segovia was used as it was in the Musketeer Trilogy. Among its lush gardens, ponds and fountains we see F Murray Abraham twirling his curls and enjoying the benefits of absolute power.

Together with American medieval stars such as Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, Spanish actress Pilar Lopez de Ayala played a key role in a story, which was set in Peru, but was filmed entirely in Spain.

Many of the religious scenes (including a burning at the stake) were done in Málaga’s Cathedral and Plaza Mayor (where they still grumble in the bars with a fantastic view of the portal about all the custom they lost), and for the theatre scenes they used the Cervantes Theatre.

Where a bit of genuine, lush Peruvian ‘tropicality’ was called for, the cast drove north from Málaga city to the botanic garden of La Concepción, Carretera de las Pedrizas (a garden in the ‘English style’ according to the guide book).

The crew stayed at the Hotel AC Málaga Palacio and the Hotel Byblos (Guadalpín), and Robert de Niro dined among other places in the Café de París.

The Real Colegiata de Santa María of Antequera, also in Málaga, was used for some interior scenes and provided many period manuscripts from its own library for the film. The scene in the bullring was also shot here, and Harvey Keitel enjoyed himself dining in the well-known Plaza de Toros restaurant.

The mountains of El Torcal, a local nature reserve, served as the Andes, with a small leap of the imagination and some nifty camera work.

In Toledo we visit the often used Hospital de Tavera and find the Marquesa, played by Kathy Bates, praying for her daughter’s love in a church. As she leaves she passes a sarcophagus, which belongs to Cardinal Juan Pardo de Tavera, who commissioned the building and ran the Inquisition; probably not a coincidence considering the role of the Inquisition in the film.

The scene where the five victims of fate tumble from the broken bridge into a ravine was shot at El Chorro canyon, Málaga province.

The Machinist (2004)

Filmed in Barcelona, and featuring Spanish actress Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, the port of Barcelona and the old fairground at the top of the mountain, El Tibidabo, are featured, as is a ghoulish Christian Bale in his very own slimming movie.

The film was set in Los Angeles, which meant that they had to create all kinds of American cars, signs and traffic signals.

The plot concerns a lathe operator who has suffered from insomnia for a year.

In Barcelona the extravagant Montjuïc cemetery appears, as does the refurbished port area, now an entertainment centre called Port Vell.

Can Tunis, a poor area of the city, is also used as is Clavegueram, a museum dedicated to the city’s sewers. Barcelona airport is briefly seen too, and some scenes were shot in the neighbourhood of Sant Cosme.

Old industrial estates in Sabadell and Sant Adrià de Besòs added their gloom to the general melancholy, and the final scene was shot at the beach between Badalona and Sant Adrià.

It’s all Gone Pete Tong (2004)

A famous DJ in Ibiza begins to lose his hearing and, he fears, his way of life.

Ibiza locations used in the movie include the classic discothèques Pacha, Amnesia, Privilege and DC10, as well as the historic Pike’s Hotel.

The hotel is a bit of a legend; named after a globe trotting adventurer who decided to build his home there, it has become a favourite place among rock stars.

Astonishingly this is a movie with a message…..wait for it…..money can’t buy you happiness and taking drugs is bad for you.

Thank God somebody told me!

In fact I have time for any film that ends with ‘Good Vibrations,’ and the unexpected redemption of the main character and his moral stand surprise and revindicate his initially unpleasant character.

When Frankie begins his lip reading exercises at a beach bar, he is, as the signs tell us, at the Cala Llonga restaurant on the south eastern corner of the island, ordering scotch by the bottleload.

After losing his hearing completely, Frankie runs to the cliffs and stands screaming at the magical islet of Es Vedra of ‘South Pacific’ fame.

We also catch glimpses of the fortress walls of the old town of Eivissa.

Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

A bit of a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of a film, except that it’s set in Scotland, so maybe it’s a bit more like Macbeth. In fact it’s not much like either as there’s only one family raising objections to the relationship and nobody murders anybody else, although an irate Pakistani father does tear a strip out of a house extension, which is not unfunny.

With the incompatibility (according to some) of a Pakistani boy and a Scottish girl it could almost be Othello, except that Othello and Desdemona didn’t grab a package holiday in Nerja, Málaga, halfway through the story to get away from rainy Scotland in order make the beast of two backs and then have a major row when the boy mentions, as one does afterwards, the trivial detail of his engagement to somebody else.

Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films, who participated in the filming, informed us that they shot in Nerja for two days; 4th and 5th July 2003. 

They filmed at the Portofino Hotel (Calle Puerta del Mar, 2), Cafe Cavanna, on both beaches and on the Balcón d’Europa.

Rottweiller (2004)

The film is actually set in Spain, or it least we are told at the beginning that we are in South Spain and that the date is 2018.

This is however a dark, futuristic version of that fine country, with a robotic dog that has an excessively faithful bent and a desire for revenge more Sicilian than Spanish.

It should be made clear that this is a film with a message, with a hero called Dante and a villain called Rott, which means we can be forgiven for thinking that this will be a story of paradise lost and damnation found.

It is certainly a warning to actors who take on the no-win scenario of sharing screen space with small animals.

The philosophical depth of the film is revealed in highly quotable phrases such as “I don’t believe in destiny;” this briefly before the first of a long run of victims is eaten alive by the true star of the film.

“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose” and “what’s real?” are two more breathtaking examples of the scriptwriter’s subtlety and finesse.

When the dog conveniently helps our handcuffed hero escape by eating his partner, he finds himself wandering around some magical mountains, which are in fact one of Catalonia’s holiest of places; Montserrat, a 1,236 metre high jagged mountain near Barcelona with a Benedictine Abbey at the top (not seen in the film), which can be reached by cable car.

In his flight from Rover, Dante inevitable finds himself in a foggy cemetery with a ghost. The cemetery, the first to be built in Barcelona, in 1775, is the Cementeri de Poblenou.

The action returns from time to time to an industrial area with a power station, which is in reality the Central Tèrmica FECSA at Sant Adrià de Besòs.

An alley behind a warehouse in Calle Valencia was used to create the impression of a forbidding urban landscape teeming with prostitutes, pimps and pushers.

I think that, philosophy aside, my favourite part is when Dante asks the little girl, who has just seen Rott eating her mother, “are you ok?” Such empathy certainly won me over.

Art Heist (2004)

A very valuable El Greco painting is stolen from a Spanish gallery, specifically the Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo of Barcelona, and a New York art expert Sandra Walker (Ellen Pompeo) is called in. Sandra is divorced from Bruce (William Baldwin), an NYPD detective, and she persuades him to look after their daughter while she’s away. When several people connected to the case are killed, Bruce flies to Spain to help with the investigation.

William Baldwin is the star, although it is Barcelona that shines, with scenes shot in Parc Güell, particularly in the colonnaded Sala Hipóstila,

as well as Montjuïc, Tibidabo amusement park, Pedralbes, Raval and La Rambla, where the spectacular car chase was filmed near the market of Boquería, as well as MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) and Barcelona port.

A further robbery takes place inside Barcelona’s gothic cathedral.

Simón Andreu expands his international cachet by playing a Russian art collector under suspicion.

Blueberry (2004)

‘Easy Rider’ meets ‘2001’ with actors from ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (Michael Madsen) and ‘Joan of Arc’ (Vincent Cassel) in a cowboy film where nothing is what it seems, especially if you sit around a camp fire with the Indians, who are mostly too stoned to scalp, apart from one or two not terribly effective exceptions.

Although mostly shot in Mexico and produced in France, the township scenes were filmed in old favourite Texas Hollywood western town near Tabernas, Almería, where sheriff Ernest Borgnine rules from his wheelchair with a sawn off shotgun.

There’s a lot of falling over sand dunes too, which suggests they paid a visit to the spectacular and often filmed dunes of Cabo de Gata.

Fakers (2004)

The film is set in present day London and the Sicily of 1911. Consequently, as Italy looks nothing like 1911, they chose Girona for the Italian job, as Spain can look like any epoch or scenery type that you like.

The opening sequence took place in a remote Catalan village, Pau, east of Figueres, which doubled as a remote Sicilian village, where a tale of art and violence begins.

Children play in the cobbled streets, a solitary fruit vendor takes care of his wares, stone and cast iron railings speak of centuries of permanence, an artist tries to sketch a nude but is distracted by her lasciviousness, and her father just happens to be the local Mafia boss. Oops!

The Birthday (2004)

Despite being set in a hotel in Baltimore, USA, the ‘set’ was built and the whole film made in the Ciudad Audiovisual de Terrassa, in Barcelona.

An entirely Spanish movie made in English with a number of international actors, this film could be an attempt to create a whole new genre, somewhere between ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The Shining’ but without the nice mountain scenery. In fact the entire film gives the impression of being an extended avant garde drama class, where everybody is allowed to ‘express themselves’ without the inconvenience of a script or a plot.

Crusader (2004)

A thriller featuring Michael York and Bo Derek and exploring, as if we didn’t already know it, the corrupt, decadent world of the media.  The message is made clear by Michael York, a seedy media Mogul: “the Internet is dangerous” and must be controlled by Big Business.

Filming took place around La Maquinista shopping centre, with a shoot out and pursuit involving the deaths of millions of pieces of popcorn in the installations of Barcelona Football Club, Camp Nou (including some shots of a game where players Etoo and Iniesta stand out) and at various locations in the city of Barcelona.

The connecting shot between the different sections of the film is an aerial view of the city, although in general there is no outstanding use of famous monuments, except in the scene where our hero meets the policeman who turns out to be a villain, at a garden party with a maze, the Parc del Laberint d’Horta.

The film studios of the Antena 3 TV station at Sant Just provide the media backdrop.

Glitterati (2004)

Another story of a young American whose ‘find myself before I accept that job at the corporation’ European trip includes an obligatory visit to Hemingway’s Pamplona, Navarra, as well as Barcelona and Cadaques (Girona).

Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt (2004)

It’s not easy believing that Julian Sands is Spanish, especially if you’ve seen ‘A Room With a View,’ but in this film he plays a Spanish travelling salesman serial killer werewolf with an original approach to liposuction and environmentally-friendly soap manufacture; which is far more credible I suppose.

In his defence he claims that he was born the 9th son of his father, and therefore the Devil has a claim on him; an alibi that would strengthen the arguments of many a legal aid lawyer or social worker today I suppose, although his many victims would no doubt have begged to differ.

Based on a true story from 19th century Spain, and filmed in Lugo, in Galicia, and in Barcelona, most of the filming takes place in rural Galicia, with its mysterious misty woods, moss-cladden trees and semi-permanent drizzle. Among the Galician scenery we can find Folgoso do Courel, O incio, Seceda, Samos, A Fonsagrada, Esgos, Sierra de San Mamede and Allariz.

We are told that it is 1851, which may explain why the local people’s best form of entertainment is a Punch and Judy show that the village children happily watch before being devoured by the werewolf.

The tiny, rustic church with twin bells that we see after the market scene with happy, frolicking villagers, is the church of Cereixido in the province of Lugo. The tiny, rustic church with twin bells that we see after the market scene with happy, frolicking villagers, is the church of Cereixido in the province of Lugo. Here Romasanta, Teresa and Maria are seen praying in front of the church.

The waterfall scene, which is also when we first see Sands transformed, leading to the deaths of Teresa and Maria, was filmed at Cascada de Vilagocende (A Fonsagrada), in Lugo province.

In Barcelona province, some of the filming took place in the mountain range of the Parc Natural de Montseny as well as the Parque de Collserola, and the hospital where Doctor Phillips attempts to introduce enlightened methods of medicine such as acupuncture and hypnotism, is the 12th century Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages near Manresa.

We see the cloister when the police inspector and Pataky visit the hospital to speak to Antonio, Romasanta’s sidekick.

The wine cellars (an essential feature for any group of monks) were used for the scene where the doctor and policeman examine the victims of Romasanta, whose existence has been concealed.

Our thanks to Montse and Bernat for showing us around the monastery and identifying the locations.

People (2004)

People as in Beautiful People.

Suave Englishman Rupert Everett adds a touch of class as the jet set seek out the matching sunset for their Guccis in all the best places, including Ibiza.

The film moves among the white villas, colourful streets and especially the vibrant nightclubs such as Privilege in four languages including English.

Merlin (2004)

This opera by the Spanish composer Isaac Albénitz was written with an English libretto and this filmed performance was given in Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Teatro Real

Visions of Europe (2004)

25 directors from the 25 nations of the old continent each made a five minute statement about Europeanism.

Spain’s contribution came from Miguel Hermoso and was called ‘Our Kids.’ It consisted of images of a school in Mijas, Málaga, where north European immigration has brought a lot of fair haired kids to the deep south.

Within the Way Without (2004)

The way referred to is the Camino de Santiago, narrated by Richard Attenborough and directed by Laurence Boulting.

Three pilgrims find their way to Santiago in three different seasons and for three different reasons; which pretty much sums up what the Camino is all about.

It’s certainly not about cycling or sending your rucksack on by taxi or just doing the last 100 kilometres, but a personal quest with or without rewards, and always a journey both within and without (a much better title than the Spanish ‘Tres en el Camino’).

There are scenes shot at Roncesvalles in Navarra, where most Spanish pilgrims begin; and at Arleta, Eunate and Puente de la Reina.

At the end of the Camino, in the province of A Coruña, we of course visit the Cathedral of Santiago, Monte de Gozo, where pilgrims first catch sight of the Cathedral, and Fisterra, the end of the Camino for those of Pagan persuasion and the end of the world in olden times.

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Ridley Scott discovered the 12th century Castle of Loarre (Huesca) while he had been searching for locations to film his ‘1492: Conquest of Paradise.’ The scene showing the castle was originally to be shot in France and is supposed to be France in the story, but the French castles available were not authentic enough to portray France, and Loarre is supposed to be the best preserved castle of the epoch in Europe. This magnificent castle can be seen at the beginning and end of the film, looming over Orlando Bloom’s humble blacksmith’s abode with some humbler mud huts added by the production team.

Loarre: Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

Scott said of Loarre that the sunsets there were the most beautiful in the world (Spielberg said the same about Trebujena in Cádiz when filming ‘Empire of the Sun,’ so perhaps film directors are prone to exaggerate). Orlando Bloom described the castle itself as “breathtaking,” while Liam Neeson, whose participation supposed his first trip to the Spanish mainland, said that he found the country “mind-blowingly beautiful.”

The stars and director of the film spent their free time in the Hotel Villa de Ayerbe, seven kilometres from Loarre, where various press cuttings referring to the filming abound in the hotel.

Built between the XI and XII centuries, Loarre castle was for a long time on the border between hostile Christian and Muslim forces.

In 1020, Sancho el Mayor (1063–94) re-conquered the area from the Muslims and started serious building. In 1073, King Sancho introduced a community of Augustinian monks, and used Loarre as his base for the conquest of Huesca in 1094.

The outermost walls of the castle and their eight towers were built between the XIII and XIV centuries.

Extensive restoration work took place in 1913 and later in the 1970s. Today it is fortunate to have an association of friends to protect its interests and a campaign to have it declared a UNESCO site.

The stars and director of the film spent their free time in the Hotel Villa de Ayerbe, seven kilometres from Loarre, where visitors today can find ample evidence of their stay.

The attic rooms occupied by Scott and Bloom each have a collage of images and press cuttings related to the movie, while Neeson’s room has a similar one outside in the corridor, and two more are to be found in the small bar next to reception.

The owner Antonio proudly shows the guestbook with the thanks given by all who stayed there.

Loarre castle appears twice in Kingdom of Heaven and so it is appropriate that it should have two ghosts; Count Julián and Doña Violante de Luna.

At the battle of the Guadalate River in 711 Julian supposedly betrayed the Visigoth king Don Rodrigo. Julian probably had good cause, as the King had impregnated his daughter, Florinda.

After the defeat the Count and his daughter retreated to Loarre. She committed suicide by throwing herself from one of the towers and the count, after dying, was buried at the entrance to the church of San Pedro so that anyone who entered would step on the traitor.

Since then Julián’s ghost wanders around the castle’s outbuildings weeping disconsolately on nights with a full moon, lamenting his betrayal, which enabled the Arab conquest of Spain.

Some years later in 1410 the King of Aragon, Martín el Humano, died without descendants, and Fernando de Antequera became the new sovereign, with the support of Benedict XIII, better known as Pope Luna. Some nobles, such as the Count of Urgel, Jaime de Aragón, and the Infante Antón de Luna, refused to accept him.

When the Pope learnt that his niece Violante de Luna, abbess of the convent of Trasobares, was having an affair with Antón and supporting the rebellion, he ordered the burning of the convent and the scattering of the nuns.

Violante took refuge in Loarre, which after two months of siege was conquered by Fernando’s men. Violante was arrested and imprisoned, and since then appears on the night of San Juan upon a balcony looking for the reinforcements that her lover would bring to free her. When the moon is full, she can be seen, all in white.

It must get a little crowded on the battlements some nights.

The film was shot during six weeks all over Spain. The Cathedral of Ávila was transformed into a temple of Jerusalem, where both coronation ceremonies are held.

The Catholic Church forbade filming inside the famous Mosque in Córdoba, alleging it would be too disruptive. Perhaps the anti-religion message of the film also had something to do with it.  Lacking Córdoba, the crew went to Sevilla in order to film in the Casa de Pilatos for scenes of the court at Jerusalem. The Jerusalem interiors are a fusion with the exquisitely decorated Real Alcázar of Sevilla.

One of the curiosities of the film is that while Orlando is in the Holy Land, trying to find forgiveness because his wife committed suicide and he killed a priest, his home is at the Palacio de Portocarrero, situated in Palma del Río, halfway between Córdoba and Sevilla, where he teaches the Arabs how to irrigate; curious considering that it was precisely the Arabs who taught Europe this clever trick. His home is attached to the cheap and pleasant Santa Clara hotel and is signposted as a film location with guided tours.

The Celtic castle of Las Cogotas, ten kilometres from Ávila is employed in the scene where Godfrey’s followers are en route to Messina and come across a ranting pilgrim who informs them that killing Muslims is a not only a good thing, but also the road to Heaven. It is here that Bloom first meets his enemy Guy, with Los Cogotas reservoir in the background representing the Med.

Las Cogotas: Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

The Segovian Boca del Asno forest in the mountains of Valsaín was used for the ambush scene where Liam Neeson is mortally wounded. The exact location is known locally as Los Asientos.

The butchery on the field of battle is only comparable with Scott’s butchery of history, and the film really should carry a History Health Warning. Orlando’s character Balian was not from France, was not an enemy of Guy, did not steal Sabina from Guy and was present at the Battle of Hattin. He was allowed to return to Jerusalem to collect his family and leave, but broke his promise. Whatever, whoever, however; who cares about accuracy?

Sahara (2005)

Although the film was made mostly in Morocco, with emerging Spanish star Penelope Cruz in the line up it was hardly surprising that some scenes should be filmed across the cradle of civilisation in Spain.

In fact the crew spent a month, mainly in Catalonia’s 320 square kilometre wetland and rice growing zone the Delta del Ebro, Tarragona, specifically in the Peninsular de Fangar, which is famous for its dunes of white sand and mirages. The area is very popular with bird watchers due to the presence of almost 100 species of breeding birds.

It is at the Fangar lighthouse that Cruz is attacked and rescued by Matthew McConaughey, supposedly in Nigeria.

Fangar

While filming there the crew made good use of the Restaurant Figueres, situated on the road to Fangar. Here they did all the make up for the actors and carted food (paella, local mussels and salad) and drink down to the isolated beach for filming.

Two hundred African immigrants from Barcelona were employed in making the film, which ends with a lesson in practical morality. The old dilemma of how to achieve anything in a world where diplomats abort any effort by intelligence agencies to use their means to bring about the ends of the baddies is overcome during one of the final scenes shot in the Hotel Claris in Barcelona, where the baddy in question is given a glass of the very same lethal water that he’d been polluting in Africa.

The film itself is about as believable as an American Civil War ironclad turning up in the middle of the Sahara; but the main thing is that Penelope, as always, got her leading man; for a bit.

Fragile (2005)

Barcelona is the main location, with Clarissa Flockhart as the star. Clarissa’s presence in the city did not go unnoticed, especially when her partner Harrison Ford popped in to say ‘Hola.’

The old Hospital del Torax in Terrassa was used in this thriller, in which things go bump in the night shift, although the interior scenes of the hospital were shot in studios in Barcelona. The Residencia Infantil Emmanuel of Sant Just Desvern, a children’s shelter in Barcelona, allowed the film makers to record children’s voices in their hospital to be used in the film.

The old Torax hospital was an appropriate place to seek help from beyond, as it is beset by rumours of haunting and paranormal activity according to local people. It is now the Parc Audiovisual de Cataluña, where films are made and promoted, although its many ghosts, many of them patients who committed suicide by jumping from the ninth floor, continue to haunt the wards and play with the equipment.

Filming also took place in Sabadell near Barcelona, although most of the exteriors were filmed on the Isle of Wight, including a genuine IOW ferry.

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Definitely one of the greatest books of all time, although the film probably had too much to live up to for fanatic adherents to the world as perceived by the late, lamented Douglas Adams.

The pre-title sequence about dolphins (narrated by Stephen Fry) was filmed at Tenerife’s Loro Parque. The dolphins, and even the humans, seem to be having a whale of a time despite the impending end of the world.

Loro Parque

The beautiful moon, against which they flip and dive, is of course false, as is the part of the scene where they fly off into space, although the claim that they are more intelligent than humans is an open question.

Soldier of God (2005)

A very politically correct film about Muslims and Crusaders, made in California, where everyone gets on so well because of the nice weather, but with some scenes shot in Spain, which is also a very friendly country, where there have been no religious wars for a very long time.

The Spanish scenes were shot in Málaga province, notably in the Alcázar Moorish Castle, which takes on the role of Syria in the 12th century. The scenes shot here on the 14th June 2004, and seen at the beginning of the film, narrate the arrival of a Templar Knight, Tim Abell, in 1187, to announce the coming war with Saladin.

We see the same castle in some flashbacks, such as when the Templar Knight arrives at an Arab woman’s tent. The castle should look pretty new in the film, as it was actually built in the 11th century.

The Alcázar has a fairly modern ancient ghost, who started throwing stones at a group of women who had taken refuge there during the early days of the Civil War in 1936. Many believe the ghost may have been a Muslim misogynist who had occupied the castle during the Muslim occupation.

Americano (2005)

From the very beginning we are plunged into the wild exuberance of the San Fermín festival of Pamplona, which takes place every July, as the film opens in front of Pamplona’s Town Hall with the opening ceremony.

This is Hemingway country, and an American travelling around Europe inevitably Hemings his Way to Pamplona, where he meets some people who will change his life; at least until the end of the film, as the festival of bulls, red scarves and white shirts, fireworks, wine and giant twirling cardboard heads unfolds.

Unfortunately a grinning youth steals our hero’s rucksack and the chase is on, although Ryan loses him at the Caballo Blanco restaurant crashing into some tables.

Adela captivates Ryan and leads him on a trail of sensuality, stopping first for a lunch of bull’s tongue and testicles in the legendary Bar Iruña in Plaza del Castillo, whose décor remains as it was during Hemingway’s time, and which has a separate bar filled with Hemingway photos and a bronze statue of the man himself leaning appropriately against the bar, erected in 2006.

Ryan also spends a drunken moment embracing Hemingway’s other statue, next to the bullring that the great man felt so at home in.

Dennis Hopper, eccentric owner of a nightclub called ‘Americano,’ which is in reality the Boulevard Jazz Club, Plaza Félix Huarte, 6, plays alongside his daughter Rhuthanna in this story, with some very Hemingway fly fishing filmed among the mountains of Navarra.

Our group of friends leave the city on bicycles, passing through the city gate and past the city wall, and before they know it have reached the village of Zubieta, where Adela has her country house and swimming pool.

Here we see simple village pleasures as the natives consume the local cheese, ham and wine of Navarra and emanate rural bliss.

There are various scenes involving fishing and swimming, filmed in places such as Indurain, Dantxarinea and Muskitz, as well as the natural parks of Urbasa and Andia, until the sojourn ends with the group emerging from the Foz de Lumbier canyon, with its tunnels carved through rock and its colony of vultures, which is actually quite far away from the other locations.

While absorbing nature, they also catch a glimpse of the Camino de Santiago (Saint James’ Way), which passes through Pamplona, and the seed of an idea is planted, as Ryan will finally follow that trail, which we see him beginning up on a ridge, which is actually the Sierra de Urbasa, which separates Navarra from the Basque Country, and dry from green Spain.

Beneath Still Waters (2005)

The film tells the story of a ghost town in northern Spain, one of many in Spain that have been flooded to build a reservoir. An American journalist played by Michael McKell joins in the investigation, hampered by corrupt officialdom. The flooded town is called Marienbad, which shows that either somebody likes 1960s French films or that nothing good can be expected.

The filming took place around Madrid at Boadilla del Monte, Navas del Rey, San Martín de Valdiglesias, Pelayos de la Presa (which as the name suggests is where the reservoir is located) and Villanueva de la Cañada, with studio work at Estudios Telson, Madrid.

The Casa de Campo, Madrid’s massive park was also used, as were the villages of Buitrago de Lozoya and Villaviciosa de Odón.

Contributions were also made by the Central Hydroelectrica de San Juan, where hopefully the cracks in the dam have since been repaired

Spanish swimming star David Meca participated in the film and demonstrated that as far as acting is concerned, he is an excellent swimmer.

If you like pints of blood with your severed limbs then this is the film for you, although you might hesitate before drinking tap water near Madrid in future.

The common problem of why everybody speaks perfect English all the time is resolved by giving the Spanish actors an accent.

The Business (2005)

What is it about criminals and sunshine? Why do they all dream about lying around on a sun bed under a palm tree in Spain. In this case Almuñécar in Granada province.

Writer director Nick Love spent four weeks sweating over a keyboard in Marbella writing the story.

They spent 8 weeks in Almuñecar, which was chosen because it looked like a village from the 80s.

The Secret Life of Words (2005)

A story of people with wounds; on the inside and on the outside.

Tim Robbins plays the American patient who has an accident on an oil rig, where he is cared for by a mysterious nurse with a soap fetish.

This Spanish production, which takes place mostly on the rig, used three different sites to recreate it, including Bilbao, Vizcaya. The rest of the rig used images from Belfast and studio work done at Navalcarnero, Madrid.

The hospital where Robbins completes his recovery is in fact the Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Madrid.

Julie Christie makes an appearance as a Danish psychologist; I imagine she took up medicine after Doctor Zhivago’s death.

I still haven’t worked out what the goose is supposed to signify.

The Nun (2005)

Another tale from Barcelona based Filmax, specialising in English language films.

In this case a nun has been murdered by her own students in a boarding school, and quite rightly sets out to get her revenge. If only education were always so conclusive!

It only takes a few minutes to realise that the schoolgirls in question are fairly repulsive, their English rarely going beyond four letter words.

There are views of the city of Barcelona, especially the port area as the plot thickens, and a brief view of La Rambla as the heroine goes off in a taxi.

The Parc de Collserola is used for the grounds of the boarding school where the nightmare begins.

Wannabe (2005)

A comedy about a Boy Band singer trying to make it in California, with some footage from Spain.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)

Cala Sardina (Sardine Cove), aka Playa El Cabrero or Cala Taraje, a beach with dark sand near Torreguadiaro, San Roque, Cádiz, was one of the locations for the film, as was Estepona in Málaga province.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005)

This theatrical performance of Shakespeare’s play with music by Benjamin Britten was acted out and filmed on the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

Once again we have to thank cinema expert José Enrique Martínez for tracking down the brief scene from this film shot in Almería, starring Ben Kingsley and Edward Burns.

When Burns travels back in time alone, he finds himself in arid scenery and on the point of being run over by Native Americans on horseback. He is in fact in the Rambla de Búho, under attack from employees of the nearby Fort Bravo western theme park.

One Day in Europe (2005)

One Day in Europe is a film about football and about the Camino de Santiago.

Various people are in some way affected by the transmission of a football match between the Turkish team Galatasaray and the Galician team Deportivo La Coruña.

One of them is Gabor, a Hungarian photographer on the Camino who is robbed in the Plaza de la Quintana, just next to Santiago’s Cathedral.

The Kovak Box (2006)

A writer, played by Timothy Hutton, whose life starts to take on some of the ‘thrills’ of his books, arrives at a conference in Mallorca.

The conference centre is in reality Son Marroig, the estate that belonged to the 19th-century Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria. Good use is made of the emblematic, cliff-top temple, built with Italian Carrara marble.

The film was written and directed by Majorcan native Daniel Monzón, who spent eight weeks filming on the island, as well as another three weeks in Madrid.

Among the locations used was Palma’s Son Sant Joan airport, one of the busiest in the world, where the central fountain is the scene of one of the many suicides of the film. The site of the fountain is now an unattractive sand pit; perhaps to dissuade further high divers.

Next to the airport is the AC Ciudad de Palma Hotel, where Hutton and co-star Lucia Jimenez stay while trying to sort out the plot, and where the planes taking off and landing almost touch their balcony.

Lucia spends a night with a local DJ before her nightmare begins and we see them picking each other up at a famous local disco called Tito’s.

The seaside promenade in the island’s capital of Palma and the district of Sa Calatrava in the capital also feature, as do various island roads, including the winding mountain roads around Sóller and the motorway near the Son Rossinyol industrial estate, which was closed down during three successive mornings for filming, much to the annoyance of local workers. It was on this stretch of road that Lucia attempts her second suicide in a taxi.

The clinic where Lucia ends up twice, and where Hutton’s wife dies, is in reality the Clinica Palma Planas, which is no secret as all the actors had it written on their lab coats, and the marina where they are taken on their way to meet Kovak after the morgue doctor’s suicide, is the Cala Nova Port Eportiu.

When Hutton goes by boat to visit the villain, he disembarks at a stone jetty, goes up some stairs and then enters Kovak’s lair, a spectacular clinic which is in reality the Hotel Formentor, an icon of the island with previous guests such as Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin.

To reach Kovak he walks along a corridor with a blue carpet, which is still there just opposite reception.

The climax of the film takes place at some caves, called the ‘Caves of Hell’ in the film, but which were actually a composite of two important tourist attractions on Mallorca; the caves of Drach and those of Artà. The lake belongs to Drach; it is called Lake Martel and is one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world, which you can take a boat ride on while listening to relaxing classical music, although in the film it is the location where a hundred American tourists commit suicide; not the best kind of public relations, but there you are; at least they paid the entrance fee beforehand.

Incidentally, the ticket seller, whose performance of a man who has recently been shot in the head is very convincing, really is the ticket seller at the Artà caves; so don’t complain if he’s a bit slow in serving you.

The Catalan word ‘drac’ actually means ‘dragon,’ and according to legend, a dragon used to live there guarding a treasure.

On his way to the cave, Hutton stops and looks down upon a headland with a small island just off it; this is the Formentor peninsula, location of the lighthouse where he finally shoots Kovak.

The song that triggers off the victims’ suicides is ‘Gloomy Sunday,’ composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress in 1933 to a Hungarian poem written by László Jávor, in which the singer mourns the untimely death of a lover and contemplates suicide.

The version in the film is sung by Billie Holiday, and the song is supposed to have inspired hundreds of suicides. Seress himself committed suicide in 1968, and the song was banned by the BBC during World War II.

Thanks to Harald and Inge Weissling for their help visiting these locations; and for lunch.

Goya’s Ghosts (2006)

In the 1980s, a visit to El Prado museum in Madrid while publicising his film ‘Amadeus’ (set in Vienna and filmed in much more authentic Prague) gave writer-director Milos Forman an idea for a movie about the painter Goya, but it was 20 years before he was able to return to Madrid to turn the idea into reality.

Goya’s Ghosts stars Natalie Portman, who was cast for the part because Forman noticed her likeness to the girl in Goya’s painting ‘Milkmaid of Bordeaux,’ and Javier Bardem, who looks really Spanish.

The film features scenes at the city’s Parque El Retiro, where we see Natalie Portman cleverly playing her own daughter, now a prostitute, as well as at a residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the Palacio Real de El Pardo, on the outskirts of the city.

There were also some scenes in Madrid’s Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida, where Goya is actually buried.

Also featured is the 12th century Monasterio de Veruela in Zaragoza province, which since 1994 contains a museum dedicated to wine.

On our visit in August 2011 we were accompanied by Luis, who told us all about the filming in November 2005.

Apparently Natalie Portman spoke good Spanish, as did director Milos Forman, who surprised all and sundry by turning up dressed as a Madrid dustman!

The monastery church is used for the scene where a French soldier on a white horse (Javier Bardem’s brother Carlos) enters to inform of the abolition of the Inquisition.

In the refectory they shot the scene with the monks analysing Goya’s sketches on the look out for heretical content and for some of the trial scenes.

In the room once used to embalm dead (hopefully) monks, Bardem has his ‘tete a tete’ with a still very much alive Natalie Portman in an asylum run by none other than Simón Andreu.

Another scene featuring French Cavalry made use of the tree-lined entrance to the main buildings.

In Segovia filming took place in Calle Real, Calle José Canalejas, the Plaza de San Esteban and inside the Casa de la Moneda (the Mint), which French troops enter shooting in one scene. The filming in Segovia took place on 29th and 30th September 2005, and represented the French troops sacking and looting in Madrid.

In Segovia’s Plaza de San Martin, the entrance to the Bilbatúa’s house was located, and at the church of the same name and location, French troops show their viciousness by hurling a patriot from the tower.

Just north of Madrid in the Palacio Real de El Pardo, the King receives the news of the French King’s execution in the presence of Goya. In the same royal palace they filmed the scenes where Napoleon consults with his ministers and where Ines’s parents beseech the King on behalf of their daughter.

In the nearby Palace of La Quinta, various scenes with Lorenzo (Bardem) were shot, including the one where Goya confronts him with Ines after her suffering at the hands of the Inquisition.

In Boadilla del Monte near Madrid the crew spent 6 weeks filming, mostly in and around the Palacio del Infante Don Luis. The production team had to restore the façade, spending 300,000 euros in the process. Here they filmed scenes of the interior of the Bilbatúa mansion and some scenes representing the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, where an execution takes place.

The 13th century castle of Viñuelas, built by King Sancho IV near Madrid was used for the scene where Goya paints the Queen and for the King’s hunting episode, as was the rocky nature reserve at La Pedriza. Here, in the Parque Natural Cuenca Alta de Manzanares we see Wellington’s army liberating two wagon loads of prostitutes from the French. Great work boys!

The episode in the tavern where French troops carry away the whores leaving a baby under a table was shot in the Cartuja de Talamanca de Jarama, Madrid.

In Alcala de Henares, Madrid, the trial scenes were shot in the Paraninfo of the Universidad Cisneriana.

According to Susana Redondo at the Ocaña Tourism Office, at Huerta de Valdecarabanos, on the road towards Cabañas de Yepes, Toledo, we see Wellington’s army advancing through Spain, and in the nearby mountains they filmed a scene with a French commander addressing his troops before invading Spain.

In San Martín de la Vega near Madrid, Goya’s studio was created in an abandoned 16th century farm building.

In the same building, in the cellars, the dungeons where Ines was held were built.

In the final scene we see Goya, following the executed corpse of Bardem, along a street, Calle Compañia, in the University city of Salamanca, reminiscent of Oxford with its sandstone buildings. Salamanca also provided the Plaza Concilio de Trento.

Calle Compania

That most English of Englishmen, Wellington, was played by Spanish aristocrat Cayetano Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart.

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006)

Women’s perfume has always baffled me; I can’t understand why anyone would want to smell like a fruit, unless of course it’s their wish to attract the attention of bears, simians or the entire insect population.

A book, and now a film, about a perfume maker with no body odour doesn’t sound too promising at first; nor does the fact that it turns out to have been Kurt Cobain’s favourite book and the inspiration of Nirvana’s song ‘Scentless Apprentice’.

The film is ostensibly set in France, although Paris in the film is largely the medieval Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and the scenes in Grasse (the French perfume city) were mostly shot in Figueres and Girona.

In the summer of 2005, 350 crew members spent 29 days in Barcelona, mainly in Calle Ferran, where mass murderer Jean-Baptiste first awakens to the full possibilities of all the scents on his first excursion into central Paris.

Although it was well disguised during filming, the opening scene with the birth (and also the final death) of Grenouille took place in the Plaza de Mercé, which is meant to represent the Rue aux Fers of 18th century Paris, appropriately deluged by large quantities of fish and meat. The baroque church of La Mercé, which houses the gothic sculpture of the patron saint of Barcelona, can be seen.

La Mercé

Grenouille locates a perfume shop by following his nose; today you can do the same and find it in the Calle del Vidre 1, although it sells herbs rather than perfume, and is called Herboristería del Rey, founded in 1823.

The shop is at the corner of Plaza Reial, an impressive arcaded square which was built in 1848 by architect Francesc Daniel Molina; before that it had housed a religious convent. You can still see the lamps there by architect Antoni Gaudí and a fountain with Zeus’ daughters Thalia, Eufrosina and Aglae.

Grenouille meets a fruit seller by the Cathedral wall and follows her to Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, where he inexcusably wastes both a beautiful girl and some delicious fruit by killing one and spilling the other after having followed her around Carrer del Bisbe, Carrer Sant Sever and Carrer de la Pietat for a while.

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

In October the crew moved to Girona, where they spent 8 days. Madame Arnulfi’s home and perfume factory was filmed at Castell de San Ferran, as were Grimalfi’s tannery and the Paris city gates. Its dungeon was used for the prison scenes.

In the Jewish Quarter (El Call) of Girona we can find the little alley, which is really a tunnel through houses built on the rock of the town centre, where Jean Baptiste awaits in order to kill Laura, only to be foiled by the last minute arrival of her overprotective father, Alan Rickman. (Don’t worry; he gets her in the end).

At another moment in the film, Grasse’s Bishop is celebrating a funeral for a murdered nun’s soul, and we can see the gothic church of Sant Just i Pastor in Barcelona’s Placa San Just, where the nun’s body was also found, although the façade was Girona’s Cathedral.

One of Girona’s most popular places is in fact some steps that appear several times during the film, (such as when Jean Baptiste contracts a prostitute whom he later murders) and which are in reality today a sprawling terrace for a bar with dangerously perched tables where locals and tourists come for a pre-supper drink to admire the church portal above.

The staircase, called the Pujada de Sant Domènec, is surrounded by historical monuments such as the 16th century renaissance Palacio de Caramany, the gothic Palau dels Agullana and the church of Sant Martí Sacosta.

The medieval town of Besalú in Girona province provides the impressively long bridge across which Jean Baptiste runs into the Provenze town of Grasse in pursuit of Laura after he first sees her, although he then keeps running rather cleverly up the steps of the Pujada de Sant Domènec in Girona. Surprisingly the director chose to only show half of this magnificent stone bridge, at the other end of which is the Hotel Els Jardins de la Martana, where the filming crew stayed while in Besalú.

The bridge, which dates from the 11th century, has a tower and portcullis in the middle, unseen in the film.

The mountains across which Jean Baptiste treks can be found on the borderlands between Girona and France, and include the mountain range known as the Montgrí Massif. The inn to which Laura flees to escape Jean Baptiste is in reality a rocky peninsular on the Costa Brava, with the villa super-imposed by digital technology.

Poor old Alan Rickman went to incredible lengths to save his daughter from the murderer, and all to no avail as they are tracked down to the inn, where they spend their last night on this side of eternity.

When they arrive, and are greeted by the innkeeper and his wife, they are in fact inside the castle of Requesens, in front of one of the inner gates.

She had fled there with her fussy father after leaving the family mansion, to which Grenouille had tracked her and stalked her as she celebrated her 15th birthday. The celebration is held in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Barcelona’s oldest existing park, situated on the north eastern outskirts of Barcelona in Passeig Castanyers.

The façade and terrace in these scenes belong to the Palau Desvalls, situated in the park. The two gardens are the garden of the ‘insane’ (dels boixos), next to the Palau Desvalls, and the maze, which lends its name to the park.

Another part of Catalonia used in the film was Tortosa in Tarragona, where the wide, meandering River Ebro fulfilled its role as the River Seine in Paris. Specifically, the scenes there were shot at the playa del río Ebro (Ebro River beach), situated in front of the Puente (Bridge) del Estado and the railway bridge, near the Roser Church on the right bank, with the cameras located in the Ferreries district in the Paseo del Ebro. The local rowing club collaborated in the filming according to the organisers of the annual Renaissance Festival.

The failed execution of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the perfume-making serial assassin, was shot in Barcelona’s Poble Espanyol, a tourist attraction on Montjuïc mountain built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, recreating typical architecture and neighbourhoods featuring 117 buildings, streets and squares from all over Spain.

The opening scene of the film, where Grenouille is led onto a balcony to confront the angry crowd was also shot here; the room and balcony being the replica of Vall-de-Roures Town Hall.

The famous special effects and dance company, La Fura del Baus, helped to choreograph the crowd scenes and subsequent orgy with 5,000 extras. Volunteers were apparently not lacking.

Cargo (2006)

A young German gets himself into a ‘situation’ in Africa and stows away on a cargo ship. The action takes place aboard the ship, which was in fact moored in Barcelona port for most of the filming.

The ship, called ‘Ira’, which means ‘rage’ in Spanish, had been abandoned in the port at the Moll de Contradic (Port de Mercaderies) for three years, making deterioration decorative work unnecessary.

The ship has now sunk, and as such visits by cinema tourists could be a bit awkward.

Tirant Lo Blanc (2006)

Although it is essentially a Spanish film, and one based on one of the most important literary works in the Catalan language- Tirant Lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell- written in the 15th century, the film was made in English with an international cast and actors such as Jane Asher, who plays the Empress, and the lead actor Casper Zafer.

Among the locations used was El Muelle (dock) de las Carabelas in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), specifically in the Nao Santa Mar, as well as Barcelona, (where some scenes were shot from the balcony of the Palau de la Generalitat in the Plaza San Jaume).

In Madrid the scene, supposedly set in Constantinople, where Leonor Watling and Esther Nubiola whisper to each other over the latter’s bed while she seems to levitate, was in fact filmed in an industrial estate at Fuente el Saz, just outside the capital.

The 18th century castle of Sant Ferran in Figueres, Girona was used between 20th and the 23rd of June 2005. Tirant’s soldiers’ camp was set up in the moat there, whereas the castle where Tirant rides out (twice) to defeat the Turkish foe, is the oft used castle of Calahorra in Granada province. On the second occasion, the snowy peaks on the Sierra Nevada are clearly visible.

Tirant’s death occurs returning from his strange victory in the Rambla de Búho, Tabernas, Almería.

The whole film is a bit unusual; while the men fillet each other on the battlefield, the women come and go in their palaces, whispering and conspiring during the breaks in the fighting. Nothing ever changes!

Backwoods (2006)

This film will almost certainly do for rural tourism in northern Spain what ‘Straw Dogs’ did for Cornwall, or what ‘Deliverance’ did for White Water sports.

The backwoods in question are in northern Navarra, where two holidaying couples discover the dark side of human nature amongst the extensive beech forests.

The story begins however in the Basque Country near Hendaya, where the two couples are to be found bickering, as couples do on holiday, during a drive along the beautiful coastline of Guipúzcoa province.

Filming took place around Artikutxa and Arantzeta in Guipúzcoa. The former claims to be the rainiest place in the Iberian Peninsula, and certainly there are bucketloads being thrown about, especially at the end of the film.

In Navarra they filmed near Itxaso, just south of Lekunberri and Erasun to the north of the province near the French border.

But the real stars are the beech forests of Navarra, which initially attract and later trap the two couples, led by ‘Dracula’ himself, Gary Oldham.

In Navarra you can lose yourself, with or without shotguns, in the Irati Forest, the second largest and best preserved beech and fir forest in Europe, consisting of 17,000 hectares spread over hills and mountains.

Unlike the film, in real life the people are friendly and welcoming and there are plenty of nice hotels and guest houses or reconverted farmhouses known as Caserios, where they don’t actually lock their children up in coal cellars like in the film.

Mysterious Creatures (2006)

A story about a couple with a daughter suffering from Asberger’s syndrome. Unable to cope they enter into a suicide pact, which only half succeeds.

The place they choose to end their lives is the popular Los Cristianos beach, Tenerife.

The Deal (2006)

An American living in Sitges, near Barcelona, loses her wine making husband and her daughter in a fire. What Oscar Wilde would call ‘clumsy.’

She decides to investigate and uncovers the usual conspiracy involving Interpol and the Colombian underworld.

According to local cinema expert Francesc Borderia, the film includes a car chase that reaches the San Sebastià beach promenade at Sitges and continues through the narrow streets of the historic centre, including the Town Hall square, climaxing in the square in front of the church.

The Augustus Cavas vineyard, owned by the unhappy couple, is the scene of the explosion that destroys its idyllic main building. The vineyard is situated at Carretera Sant Vicenç El Vendrell, Tarragona.

The cemetery where Laura thinks she is burying her family is in Poble Nou, Barcelona. The gallery where Laura meets the Colombian mafia is an antique gallery in Barcelona’s Eixample, and the FBI raid in Miami was in fact filmed at the marina in Puerto de Llaverneres.

The park, which I think is supposed to suggest the Retiro in Madrid with its boating lake, was in reality a park in Cornellà.

The Escoles Pies in Barcelona is supposed to be the school in Madrid where the wife goes to investigate her husband’s past and talks, while children play behind them in the playground, to the director, who like all Spanish headmasters (and Police Captains and Colombian Mafia) is fluent in English.

During her visit to Madrid, we see some of the landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid. The emblematic leaning towers of Kia also get a brief cameo.

This may be what they call a spoiler in the business, but personally I find it difficult to suspend disbelief when a man who has been shot four times, makes an upbeat speech to his wife and daughter and then dies with apparent satisfaction and a smile on his lips.

Moscow Zero (2006)

Although set in Moscow, and largely underground at that, the Spanish production team took advantage of the tunnels being built for Sevilla’s underground system for some scenes. They also shot some scenes at nearby Carmona, where the Roman Necropolis was used.

The church of San Luis de los Franceses of Sevilla, an 18th century ornate building which passed into the hands of the state when the Jesuits were expelled from Spain, was used for filming the scenes inside the church.

A snazzy website enables you to explore the church with its ornate interiors, although don’t expect to see panels sliding away and refugees emerging from the walls!

It’s a claustrophobic film, during which we barely see the light of day, and when we do it’s the frozen wastes of Moscow in winter.

Down underground everybody is worried about the Gates of Hell being opened, which is a pity because Sevilla is a happy city with amazing architecture and glorious sunlight most of the time.

Although nearly all the actors are Spanish, everybody speaks English or Russian (I’m guessing) fluently. The exception is Val Kilmer making a cameo appearance and looking in need of a nice shave and shower.

José Manuel Lara from Villanueva de las Minas told us that he was an extra in the film, and that on the 13th and 14th of December 2005 he shivered along with other extras in the galleries of mine number seven in the abandoned Minas de la Reunión playing one of Kilmer’s cohorts.

Find Her, Keep Her (2006)

We know that it was filmed partly in Spain and in the UK, but very little else.

The Stoning (2006)

This German film about Iran was shot largely in Spain and Malta, and has a surprise reappearance of Suzannah (is she still alive?) York.

The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)

You’ll be surprised to know that this is the follow up to The Cheetah Girls 1. It is also known as ‘When In Spain,’ and is set in Barcelona.

The all girl pop group sing and dance their way around Barcelona and during the song ‘Strut,’ which starts in a bar that is the gothic patio of the Palau Dalmases, we see some rather nice views of the Plaza Born with the Santa María del Mar church in the background, the ceramic terrace of Gaudí’s Parc Güell and the Plaza España with the gardens, fountains and Palau Nacional behind them.

Another song, ‘Performance’ is performed in the Plaza Reial.

Thanks to Margarida Araya for her help on this one.

The Fall (2006)

Tarsem Singh normally makes ads and pop videos, one of which was REM’s ‘Losing My Religion.’ He took advantage of his travels to knock together this film, which was shot over a period of four years and includes footage from over 20 countries, including India, Indonesia, Italy, France, Namibia, China and Spain.

The Spanish contribution was filmed in Toledo province, next to the famous Don Quijote style windmills which continue to draw tourists.

The windmills stand on the slopes outside Consuegra near the 12th century castle, which was a stronghold when Consuegra was the seat and priory of the Knights of San Juan, the Spanish branch of the Knight’s Hospitallers of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

The windmills are seen ever so briefly during the witch doctor dance scene when the corpse turns into a map (it makes more sense when you see it).

A suicidal stunt man tells a fantastic adventure story to a little girl with a broken arm and a serious attitude problem, interweaving real and fantasy characters.

The aesthetics make viewing worthwhile, as does the inclusion of Beethoven’s less commercial 7th Symphony.

The heroes are flawed and the villain, Governor Odious, is Spanish. Charles Darwin makes an appearance and gets shot dead for his troubles.

This must, therefore, I’m guessing, be fiction.

Ride Around the World (2006)

The horses are definitely the stars in this film, which Hitchcock would have loved as he once described actors as ‘cattle’.

The film takes us to locations in Morocco, all over the American continent, and to Badajoz.

Xavier (2006)

Liam Neeson narrates the story of 16th-century Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who was born in the family castle at Javier, Navarra.

The film is a documentary-style reproduction of the Saint’s life using actors.

The castle’s history is one of defaulting on a loan. It was collateral on money borrowed by a noble from the King of Navarra, Sancho VII el Fuerte in 1223, which was never repaid.

In 1516 the castle was badly damaged in an assault by Castilian troops, seeking revenge because Xavier’s brothers bore arms against the King. It is at the moment of the telling of this tale, at the beginning of the story, that we see the castle and its ‘beautiful tower’, as described by an interviewee.

The 9/11 Commission Report (2006)

This dramatization of the report raises questions about whether the Twin Towers attack could have been prevented, and features among the locations Algeciras, Cádiz, which represents Pakistan, where two terrorists are planning their evil deeds until one sells out the other.

Karol: the Pope, the Man (2006)

This dramatization of the story of Pope John Paul II includes the assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador and the Pope’s later visit to pay him homage.

In both cases the cathedral of Guadix, Granada was used.

We also see the assassins walking up the famous ramp used by Leone in Duck You Sucker, on the way to do their dastardly deed, and as the Pope arrives, he is driven into the arcaded main square.

Savage Grace (2007)

Many film producers assure their audiences that no animals were hurt in the making of the film, although they rarely mention babies.

In Savage Grace, the baby in question spends a lot of his time in his parents’ smoke shroud as they lean over his cot, ash-dangling fags in mouths. It may explain why he ends up as a dope-smoking hippy in Mallorca.

It’s good to have a film with a message, and the message here is that you shouldn’t introduce your attractive Spanish girlfriend to your bored but still not unattractive father, otherwise you’ll end up alone; or with your deranged mother and her Bertolucci lunar complex.

Although set in New York, Paris, Mallorca and London, the entire film was in fact shot in Spain, and mostly around Barcelona. Spanish habitual Simón Andreu this time tries his hand at playing a Frenchman, Jean Pierre Souvestre.

The platja de les Assutzenes, which belongs to the village of Colera, Llancà, in Girona province represents Cadaqués in 1967, the genuine summer holiday Costa Brava location for the rich family, which is based upon the true story of the American dynasty of the ‘Bakelite’ fortune. It is here that Tony first meets Blanca.

Sitges, just south of Barcelona, was also used as a location; it is here that we see father Brooks seated with his son Tony and then Julianne Moore with Spanish actress Belen Rueda in flashbacks on the terrace of a restaurant with large windows overlooking the sea. The restaurant in question is El Viver, located above the San Sebastià beach just to the north of Sitges’ historic centre, just below the cemetery.

Owner Margarita Sanchez informed us that the filming actually took place on the roof of the restaurant on a single day’s shooting in August 2006.

Margarita had to feed between 50 and 60 actors and crew from 5 am onwards. The restaurant is very popular, and rightly so, with the stars, who frequently eat here during the Sitges Film Festival. Among the special guests that have dined here are Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Perkins and Anthony Hopkins.

If you eat there, as we did, try the local dish Xatò (absolutely delicious).

El Greco (2007)

Those were simpler days, when a Greek artist living in Spain was referred to simply as ‘The Greek’ (El Greco), although presumably there weren’t many of his compatriots about, otherwise it could have got confusing.

Visitors to one of Spain’s most monumental cities, Toledo, can visit El Greco’s famous paintings there, particularly in his house, now the El Greco House Museum where, among his furniture and artefacts you can see some of his paintings such as ‘Apostolate,’ ‘San Bernardino,’ the famous ‘View and Map of Toledo,’ ‘The Tears of San Pedro’ and ‘The Redeemer,’ although his most famous painting in Toledo is probably ‘The Burial of Count Orgaz,’ in the church of Santo Tomé.

Mostly shot in Greece and Rhodes, the film also used some exteriors in Manresa, Barcelona and the 12th century Santa María de Santes Creus Monastery (Tarragona) and Solsona (Lleida).

The monastery was founded on murder. Legend tells us that in January 1194 the Archbishop of Tarragona was murdered by Guillém Ramón de Moncada, who was ordered by the Pope to pay for this sin by building the monastery; hence the expression: business is business.

So popular with tourists is Toledo that the film makers didn’t use it, and had to use the Cathedral of Manresa (Basilica de la Seu) to represent both the cathedrals of Toledo and Madrid. Filming took place inside the cathedral, with El Greco praying, and outside.

Forty extras from local theatre groups were employed in Manresa, where the scene in which Francesca appeals for clemency for El Greco from the Inquisition was filmed.

Queen Sophia of Spain, who was born in Greece, attended one filming session in Manresa.

El Greco, or Domenico Theotocopoulos, as his parents preferred to call him, was born in Crete in 1541.

Body Armour (2007)

The film opens in LA and closes in NY, but all the interesting bits were filmed around the city of Barcelona, where an assassin must be protected from other assassins.

There are plenty of good opportunities to see the sights, such as the cemetery of Montjuïc, at the beginning of our visit to the city, where the villains meet to plot dastardly deeds among the gothic tombs, just to let us know that they are indeed villainous.

Before that the plane lands at Barcelona airport and we can see the Barcelona skyline with the impressive Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by Antoní Gaudí

The assassin turned informer, played by Chazz Palminteri, is holed up in the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Avenida Diagonal 661, and, like all authentic gangsters, is listening to Opera when we meet him.

The plot is so shaky that it would register on the Richter Scale. The US government would hardly cut a deal with someone who’d killed a US Presidential candidate (at least not a Republican one!) and the buses in Barcelona don’t normally drive around town with their doors open.

The streets of Barcelona are used for some nice car chases, and the Barcelona version of the Arc de Triumph is the location for a chase and crash, which sends flower sellers fleeing in all directions. The arch was built by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas for the 1888 Universal exhibition, to which it was the main access.

During this sequence we can hear some authentic Spanish taxi driver insults: “¡Capullo!” to be exact (it actually means ‘bud’; possibly an oblique reference to Citizen Kane).

The next in a series of fluffed attempts to kill the killer takes place at the Pacha Disco with its famous cherry logo, situated in Avenida del Doctor Mariñon 17.

Here they finally kill the obligatory Vampire bitch killer, who arrives late at all the shoot outs because she has to pose for ten minutes each time.

Next we go up to the Tibidabo amusement park on one of the hills overlooking Barcelona for more shooting and a chance to enjoy the quaint attractions of this popular park, especially the red aeroplane that has continued to fly in small circles over the city since 1901.

Still alive, our heroes escape to a country house that is a tribute to bad taste and which is located near Cardedeu.

With all the baddies dead, it only remains to have a final murder on the steps of the NY courthouse in great American tradition, and for everyone to exclaim “but didn’t he fall to his death in the previous scene?”

Four Last Songs (2007)

‘Four Last Songs’ is a piece of music by Richard Strauss, and these songs form part of the soundtrack in a comedy all about music and the beautiful lifestyle of beautiful people in Mallorca.

Filming took place around the idyllic locations of Deia and Sóller, on the northern coast of the island, with Stanley Tucci, Rhys Ifans and Hugh Bonneville as the stars

Velocity (2007)

A thriller set in the world of professional car racing and featuring the Russian mafia as well as location shots in  Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Intergalactic Combat (2007)

The usual ‘beat the Aliens at martial arts or lose your planet’ scenario, with location shots in Barbados, UK, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Spain.

Blackout (2007)

A film that will either give you a lift or ensure that you never get into one again.

Set in the USA but filmed largely in Barcelona, and particularly using the facade of Casa Burés in Carrer Girona 12; three people who urgently need to be somewhere else end up trapped together with horrific consequences.

Irina Palm (2007)

Marianne Faithful survived the sixties, in which she was a sexual icon, to play a grandmother in this film. Unfortunately her grandson doesn’t look like he’ll survive and so Marianne decides to lend a hand.

She looks for employment until she finds an apparently sleazy entrepreneur from the gentlemen’s pleasure industry, whose vocabulary extends to the word ‘euphemism.’

Crafty camerawork means that we never get to see the object of her handicraft, although it becomes pretty clear why she is given the pseudonym ‘Irina Palm;’ and it’s nothing to do with swaying trees on balmy beaches.

In fact the only sight we catch of Spain is a photograph of the entrepreneur’s dream house, which he is having built for his well earned retirement in Mallorca. And this in spite of the fact that, according to the credits, a complete Spanish crew participated in the film, which was also shot in the UK, Luxembourg and Germany.

Despite some sordidness, contrasted with large doses of utter boredom, the film is a surprising celebration of the power of love, and will bring a tear to your callous heart and a re-evaluation of the usefulness of OAPs.

The Heart of the Earth (2007)

Evil British mine owners pit their wits against Spanish miners in the Rio Tinto mines of Andalucía. And when that doesn’t work there’s always bullets!

The film is based on a book that is based on the true story, known in Spain as ‘el año de los tiros,’ ‘the year of the shots,’ in which 14 miners were officially killed, although the real number is believed to be greater.

In Huelva the British influence, from the days when the mines of Rio Tinto were exploited, can still be seen. There is a whole neighbourhood called ‘Barrio de Reina Victoria’ that looks just like a little bit of Brighton or Westward Ho transplanted in the middle of this otherwise not very attractive city, which was destroyed by the same earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1755.

There is also the Rio Tinto pier, now an attractive venue for young couples hoping to see the same splendid sunsets that attracted Stephen Spielberg to the nearby village of Trebujena, where he filmed the prison camp scenes of Empire of the Sun.

The pier appears in the film, with a superimposed train on top of it. It is from the pier that the bodies of the victims of the massacre are dumped into the sea.

The film was made mainly at the Rio Tinto mines of what is now called Linares de la Sierra. Among the locations is the Barrio (neighbourhood) de Bella Vista which was where British staff, who worked for the Rio Tinto Company and lived a lifestyle more reminiscent of India or Borneo, were accommodated. They had their own Protestant church and the kind of club that would have banned Lawrence of Arabia.

Over 5,000 local people participated as extras and were duly massacred for their trouble.

One of the houses is now the Mining Museum with British colonial furniture to be lounged about in.

Rio Tinto mine was founded by British venture capitalists in the late 19th Century and exploited mainly for its copper. This is the main reason why Huelva is one of several Spanish towns that has a British cemetery. Today the mine has been converted into a theme park, and also a filming location.

The train station used was that of Los Frailes at El Campillo.

Some of the beach scenes were shot at Playa Mazagón, near Palos de la Frontera.

Trigueros is the hometown of the film’s Spanish director Antonio Cuadri, many of whose friends participated as extras in the tavern scenes shot there.

The house of Blanca Bosco (Catalina Sandino) was also filmed there, although it was digitally transferred to the beach of Mazagón.

Hidden Camera (2007)

Yet another thriller from the Barcelona production company ‘Drimtim’

A famous journalist is killed in Barcelona, and his brother trashes this very beautiful city to avenge him.

As the credits roll we see an aerial view of some of the city’s landmarks: the Torre Agbar, the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the National Art Museum, the port, Montjuïc castle and Parc Güell among them.

Somehow North Korea gets involved, but let’s not worry about how.

Among the Barcelona locations were Edificio Principal de Correos (Post Office), Mercado (Market) de la Boquería, La Rambla, Plaza España, Hotel Ritz, the Francia railway station and Palau de Pedralbes.

Goal 2 (2007)

The cunningly titled follow up to ‘Goal 1.’ The film’s story involves a David Beckham style move to Real Madrid, where real Real players like goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Raul, Zidane and Beckham make cameo appearances as the action moves between Newcastle, London and Madrid.

When the move takes place, the Spanish capital gets its cameo with shots of the Puerta de Alcalá and an aerial view of the stadium.

Never Sleeps (2007)

A man delivers parcels to Berlin, London, New York, Reykjavík and Barcelona, but his life consists of hotels and airports. Mustn’t grumble.

The Matador’s Mistress (2008)

The distance between Spain and the Anglo-American world of the cinema has become almost non-existent as Spanish and foreign actors, technicians and directors participate in increasingly international projects.

That most Spanish of New York actors, Adrien Brody, plays that most Spanish of macho men, the bullfighter Manolete.

The director is Dutchman Menno Meyjes, who had previously contributed to scripts for two famous films made partially in Spain, Stephen Spielberg’s ‘The Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’

Along for the ride is that most international of Spanish actresses, Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.

The first day’s filming took place at a tiny bullring in the town of Matilla de los Caños del Río in Salamanca province, where Brody is seen with his cape doing some passes. In reality he was coached through the film by two famous Spanish bullfighters, Espartaco and Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez.

Bullfighting scenes were shot in Alicante’s bullring, and the streets of Alcoy, also in Alicante province and home of Spain’s most famous Moors and Christians celebrations, can be seen too when the streets around the San Mateo market, such as Calle San Francisco, become the streets around the Linares bullring in Jaén for Manolete’s entrance there.

Some scenes showing Manolete’s early days were filmed in Matarrubia in Guadalajara province.

Many of the interior scenes were shot in the City of Light studios in Alicante, and also used was the Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz, for Manolete’s visit to Mexico, and filming also took place at the Balneario La Palma at La Caleta beach, which had previously represented Cuba in the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’. The couple find solace in Mexico, walking on the beaches and talking about having a family, and at the far end of the beach, we can see the castle of Santa Catalina.

In Carmona in Sevilla province, the matador’s funeral was filmed below the battlements of the Alcázar de la Puerta de Sevilla and the mansion of the Marques de San Martín was both Manolete’s patron’s office and the guesthouse where Manolete stayed.

The Alcázar has a lot of history, with a construction started by the Carthaginians between 237 and 206 B.C. Then the Romans arrived as usual.

When they conquered Málaga, the Catholic Monarchs imprisoned the Muslim mayor Amet-el Zegrí there.

A major restoration took place between 1973 and 1975.

Ex-British cabinet member and train enthusiast Michael Portillo has been known to hang around the main square.

Alcázar de la Puerta de Sevilla

The prison scene was shot at the Molino de Marruecos on the edge of town.

At Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Cádiz, where El Palacio de Orleáns, currently the Town Hall, was transformed into the Hotel Sur, Manolete sets off on his last journey, to meet with death in the Linares bullring.

Calle Santiago in Sanlúcar was also used for a scene where Manolete is searching for Penelope Cruz.

Vantage Point (2008)

If you’re going to assassinate the President of the United States, then Dallas seems a rather tacky place, lacking in history. Much better Salamanca, the Oxford of Spain, where the great minds of Europe have gathered for centuries among the sandstone monumental buildings, and where their faces adorn the arcaded Plaza Mayor, including the only non-Spaniard to be found there, the Duke of Wellington, who won the Battle of Salamanca on July 22nd 1812 against Napoleon’s army at the nearby village of Arapiles.

This time it is the leader of the free world who attends a summit on terrorism and addresses the crowds in the very same square, only to be rudely interrupted by shots and explosions.

The aerial view of the car chase that follows was unfortunately the only real opportunity to see Salamanca in all its glory as the Town Hall wasn’t prepared to close down the square for three months’ shooting, which would have deprived the tourists of the free world of the opportunity to sip their sangria around the many terraced bars that make up the square today.

In the rest of the film, that which purports to be Salamanca is Mexico City, and the famous square is a mock up, which is fortunate seeing as how this famous, arcaded tourist attraction is blown up during the film.

William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver and Spaniard Eduardo Noriega star in this film about terrorism. And just to make sure that we understand the subject matter, an ETA graffiti can be seen during the car chase; something that wouldn’t last ten seconds in Salamanca.

This variation on ‘Groundhog Day,’ in which we are condemned to relive the same twenty minutes again and again, with its unrealistic plot, in which a single terrorist can saunter through the President of the United States’ security detachment, is plagued by numerous errors, such as the infiltrated hotel receptionist greeting people in Catalan (“Bon Dia”) instead of in Spanish.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)

In true Bond tradition Jason Bourne travels around the world as both predator and prey and is worryingly successful at outwitting the CIA with all its agents and all its expensive paraphernalia.

Madrid was luckier than Moscow, as when Bourne is supposed to be in Madrid he is in Madrid. When he’s supposed to be in Moscow, some of the time he’s actually in Berlin because Moscow got just too damned cold.

In Madrid Bourne foils his pursuers by ringing the police and warning them of the presence of armed Americans. The rapid intervention of the Spanish police and their disarming of the CIA’s agents is gratifying; in real life you’d spend a half hour arguing with some cynical switchboard operator.

The action in Madrid begins at the Atocha railway station before moving to Daniels’ office for Bourne’s encounter with Nicky at a location to be found in Calle de la Virgen de los Peligros. 

Atocha

The meeting between Simon Ross and Neal Daniels takes place in Plaza Santa Cruz, next to the Plaza Mayor.

Matt Damon was so enamoured by Madrid that he stayed on a few extra days with his wife Luciana Barroso to see the sights.

Che: Part 2 (2008)

The second part of Benicio de Toro’s adaptation of Che’s diaries was filmed largely in southern Spain.

The village of Los Navalucillos in Toledo province was taken over by the film makers and turned into the military camp from which Che’s capture was organised.

Among the locations used were the holm oak forests of Huelva province, which served as the backwoods of Bolivia, where the guerrillas trekked from place to place in search of a revolution, as well as ‘El Buitron,’ in the mining district of Huelva, where director Steven Soderberg covered up street lights and electricity lines for authenticity’s sake.

Che’s execution was shot in Corchado, part of San Pablo de Buceite in Cádiz province, referred to as ‘Villa Los Gálvez’ in the film.

The electric substation in El Corchado belonging to the Endesa electricity company was transformed into the interrogation room where Guevara was shot. A local maize field and several ruins in the area were also used.

Alcornocales Natural Park, which covers 167,767 hectares between Tarifa in the south and Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the north, extends across the border between the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga, it is the largest cork forest in the Iberian Peninsula and among the most important in the world.

Here filming took place at the Molino (mill) de Felipe Gómez, la Ruta de Gaucín, where various houses were blown up for the scene when the guerrillas are bombarded by the Bolivian air force, and El Dorado, besides the River Guadiaro, where Che is finally wounded and captured.

Another place used was the Plaza Villa de París in Madrid, which became the seat of the Bolivian government, in which Americans and Bolivians plotted Che’s demise. The building used for this purpose is actually the Tribunal Supremo.

Vicky, Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Unsurprisingly this film was largely made in Barcelona and uses many of the city’s landmarks.

But, to begin at the beginning, Rebecca Hall (Vicky) and Scarlett Johansson (Cristina) arrive at Barcelona’s international airport, El Prat. Actors and crew moved into the 1992 Olympic village area, where they put up at the Hotel Arts, situated in one of the two towers that were built to house the Olympic teams. Many of the crew also stayed there, including the Allen family, who had a whole floor to themselves.

In the nearby Port Olímpic there is a scene where Mark and Judy walk along the Moll de Xaloc.

Filming began on the 9th of July 2007 and ended on the 24th of August, using some of Barcelona’s most emblematic locations such as Passeig de Gracia, where some of Gaudí’s incomparable architectural works can be seen. At Casa Milà – ‘La Pedrera’, Vicky, Cristina and Judy admire the views of Barcelona from the rooftop with its amazing chimneys, from where the Sagrada Familia cathedral can be seen.

The façade of La Pedrera in the Passeig de Gràcia appears again when Vicky and Doug meet with two American friends, Sally and Adam.

All the Pedrera scenes were filmed on July 13th.

When Vicky and Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) meet again after their trip to Asturias, the scene features the famous ceramic dragon on the steps of Parque Güell, which Gaudí designed to be a housing estate for the rich in the English style.

The famous ceramic dragon can be seen although the water streaming from its mouth had to be slowed down as it was too loud for the microphones. The gatehouse and Bugaderia viaduct also feature.

Vicky is attending Spanish classes, but her ‘school’ is in reality the Hospital de Sant Pau, whose wrought-iron gate with its floral motifs is seen.

Gaudí’s Finca Güell at the end of Avenida Pedralba, also makes a brief appearance when Vicky is waiting for Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) to arrive in his sports car outside its famous dragon gate.

The visit to a church takes place in Santa María Del Mar, which is the church featured in the famous novel ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ by Ildefonso Falcones.

We also see Vicky and Cristina taking photographs of the Nativity façade of Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral from the Plaça de la Sagrada Família.

The scene with a parade of Devils tossing firecrackers, a typically Catalan festival, was shot in Via Laietana.

The opening scene was filmed on 9th July 2007 in La Barceloneta restaurant in an area near the port of the same name, famous for its seafood cuisine.

One other popular restaurant used was the legendary ‘Els Quatre Gats,’ for the scene of the first meeting with Juan Antonio and the two American girls. It was once frequented by artists like Picasso, although Allen replaced pictures by the old masters with those by modern Catalan painters such as Agustí Puig and Rosa Mujal.

Here Bardem first speaks to his future lovers as the typical Catalan dish, bread with tomato paste and olive oil (pa amb tomàquet) is visible on their table.

The scene was filmed in the main dining room of the restaurant, situated in Carrer Monsió 3, and originally opened in 1897.

The restaurant has been run by the Ferré family for the last quarter of a century, and Silvia Ferré informed us on our visit that the only day the restaurant has ever closed was to allow filming of the scene.

The name, which means ‘4 Cats,’ derives from the fact that it was originally opened by four Bohemians, and that when Spanish people want to say there are very few people present, they say that there are only ‘four cats.’

Picasso was responsible for several posters advertising his favourite eating place, copies of which can be seen on the walls.

Many famous people visit this surprisingly inexpensive restaurant, as can be seen by the photographs on the walls of such eminent diners as ex-US President Jimmy Carter. Many people ask for the table where Scarlett Johansson sat.

Art features heavily in the film, hardly surprising in a city with such an important artistic tradition; one famous artist, Catalonia’s own Joan Miró is honoured when Vicky, Cristina and Judy look at a sculpture by Miró called ‘Girl Escaping,’ a painted bronze created in 1967, on the terrace at the Miró Foundation.

Miró’s work can also be seen at the beginning of the film. When the girls arrive at Barcelona Airport, we see Miró’s ceramic mural outside Terminal B, which was commissioned by Barcelona City Council in 1967.

Furthermore, at what is in reality the Fundació Tàpies the American couple, the Nashes, invite Vicky and Cristina to a private viewing of an exhibition, where we see Javier Bardem for the first time.

In another scene at Plaça del Àngels, where Catalonia’s Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) is located, Cristina, Vicky and Doug sit chatting at a pavement café and we can see one of the Basque artist Chillida’s sculptures.

Moreover, at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) Vicky and Judy chat on the steps leading up to the museum.

In the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cristina and Juan Antonio invite Vicky and Doug to join them for lunch, and after lunch, which was actually on the terrace of the Hotel Neri, an 18th century palace, the four of them visit the old-fashioned Tibidabo amusement park, perched on a hilltop above the city. This scene was shot on 27th July.

In another moment we can see the luxurious Hotel Casa Fuster (at the top of Passeig de Gràcia-Els Jardinets) where Judy and Vicky have a chat while having tea. This modernist building was constructed in 1908 and restored in 2004, having originally been designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domenech i Montaner.

Two members of the hotel staff, director Ferrán Rojo and assistant director Cesar Royo participated in the film as extras in the scenes where the hotel was used as a set.

While filming, Allen played several times in the hotel’s Café Vienés Jazz Club with Eddy Davis and Conal Fowkes, members of the band with which he often plays in the Hotel Carlyle in New York.

In the Parc de la Ciutadella María Elena (Penélope Cruz) teaches Cristina photographic techniques; scenes that were filmed on August 13th.

In the internationally famous ‘La Rambla’ Cristina has a stroll while she takes photos of the flower stalls.

Allen actually took over a section of La Rambla between the Belén church and the entrance to the Boquería market for this purpose on the morning of the 10th of July.

In one of the final scenes, Vicky and Cristina are seen sitting at a pavement café in the centre of La Rambla between Carrer Aragó and Carrer Consell de Cent.

At the end of the Rambla, at the entrance to the old port area, now a leisure centre, Allen shows us the sixty metre high statue of Columbus, exiled like Nelson to the top of a column, looking cross and pointing out to sea.

The prostitutes of the red light district of Raval get their own cameo and also in Raval we visit the Bar Marsella in Carrer San Pau 65, whose previous customers included Dali, Picasso, Gaudí and Hemingway. The bar, opened in 1820, is thought to be Barcelona’s oldest.

In this district we see the argument between Bardem and Cruz , which was in Carrer de Sant Ramon.

Barcelona Tourist Office has now prepared itineraries to allow tourists to visit these locations and those of other films made in Barcelona.

While filming in Asturias, with its green rolling hills and spectacular coastline, Allen and his stars stayed at Oviedo’s 18th century Hotel de la Reconquista, which is where we see them arriving in the first scene.

The hotel lobby also appears in the film, as do other locations in Oviedo such as the Plaza de la Catedral, the Tránsito de Santa Bárbara, Plaza de Trascorrales, Fontán market, the Confitería Camilo de Blas, where they taste some chocolates, and the Corrada del Obispo restaurant, where Bardem eats with Vicky while Christina is ill.

Bardem takes us to two churches; first he takes both girls to San Julián de los Prados, also known as Santullano, a 9th century church.

Later he takes Vicky to the similarly 9th century Santa María del Naranco, and then they chat by the lighthouse in Áviles.

Santa María del Naranco

In Avilés we can also see el Jardín Francés (the French Garden) of the Palacio de los Marqueses de Ferrera where they attend a night time guitar concert.

In one scene, supposedly in the hills outside Barcelona, when Penelope Cruz gives Javier Bardem a massage, they are in fact in Asturias, on the Naranco mountain.

The Garden of Eden (2008)

Director John Irvin found Valencia’s historic centre irresistible for the authentic feel of 1920s France, impregnated with that certain ‘je ne sais quois’ that is not only Paris but also the Cote D’Azur in the 1920s

The film, based on Hemingway’s unfinished novel of the same name, stars Mena Suvari, Jack Huston and Caterina Murino. When Huston and Murino make a brief visit to Madrid, the facade of the hotel where they meet Richard E Grant is in fact Valencia’s Notary Association in Calle Pasqual y Genis 21, a building that used to house Valencia’s Stock Exchange. Some of the typical French sidewalk bars of Nice are easily disguised bars and cafés in Valencia’s medieval district, the Barrio del Carmen.

Calle Pasqual y Genis 21

Those locals who like their night life to exude a little ‘joie de vivre’ will easily recognise typical Carmen District landmarks that appear, although somewhat disguised in the film, such as the Plaza del Tossal, El Café de Sant Jaume, el Cafetín, el Estanco, el Marrasquino or la Relojería Grau (the watch shop), all of which are bunched together in a very small area. The Café San Jaume with its little, tree-shaded square is a very popular spot for Valencians to sit outside and read a novel or newspaper, or dream of Parisian life in the 1920s.

Various locations in Alicante province were used, including Alcoy (in and around Calle José), Altea (in whose port five old fashioned boats and their owners were brought up the coast from Torrevieja), Playa Racó del Conill, Ibi and Novelda (where the Modernist museum of Novelda provided a sought after 1920s bourgeois house).

Merche, who is in charge of the museum, informed us that filming took place in the cloister, the ballroom and the dining room, and that furniture was brought in from Paris.

In Villajoyosa a Valencian tiling company, Tejas Borja, was contracted to provide authentic roof tiles for the house where actors Carmen Maura, Jack Huston, Mena Suvary and Caterina Murino played out some of their scenes.

In the city of Alicante itself, filming took place around the Patronato de Cultura (which was converted into a liquor factory), and the Plaza Santa Faz, which purports to be a square in Cannes.

Further south in Murcia province, Archena also offered its delights as did Los Alcazares, where the historic Hotel Encarnacion was transformed into a 1920s French Riviera hotel, ‘Des Voyageurs.’

Deception (2008)

This thriller with Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor uses Madrid for some sections, including the Plaza Mayor (the last scene with the crane’s-eye view), the Circulo de Bellas Artes and the Cibeles square, with its famous fountain, in which Real Madrid supporters traditionally celebrate their triumphs.

In the film the colour and architectural curves of Madrid offer a positive contrast to ‘impersonal’ New York, (all straight lines and dark colours), although the researchers must have been distracted when they shot a scene in a bank called Banco Nacional de San Sebastián.

When the would-be bank thieves enter the bank, they are in fact entering the Instituto Cervantes in Calle Alcalá 49, and behind them can be seen (ironically?) the underground stop of Banco de España. The inside of the bank however is not only a different building, but on a different continent; in New York in fact.

The shooting of Hugh Jackman takes place in the Paseo de Recoletos, designed at the end of the 18th century by architect José de Hermosilla on the orders of King Carlos III, most well-known in Spain for his appearance on the label of a very fine brandy.

The name ‘Recoletos’ comes from an old convent of Augustinian Recoleto friars built in 1592 in the area.

Recoletos

If we’re going to be strictly honest, the last scene with Ewan McGregor crossing the Plaza Mayor is a sham; not only is the character in it a stand-in, but the stand-in wasn’t really there either, replaced by a digital insert.

Little Ashes (2008)

The 1920s were one of the highlights of Spanish culture, and in this Spanish version of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ we are told the story of three of its most significant protagonists; painter Salvador Dalí, poet Federico García Lorca and filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

It was made largely in Cadaqués, Girona, and in various locations in Barcelona, such as Paseig Circunvalació, Calle St. Pere Mitjà, Teatre Llantiol, Escola Sant Lluc, Calle Marquesa and Calle Duana, Barcelona’s bullring (where Lorca chats with his would-be girlfriend), Poble Espanyol and Parc de la Ciutadella.

Dalí and Lorca spend an idyllic summer at Cadaqués, and we see the naughty students stealing bicycles from hard-working flat-capped peasants outside the village church and riding them past the strange, rock formations down to the beach around Cap de Creus.

Cadaqués

There are also brief interludes when Lorca visits his native Granada, and we can see the pastoral tranquillity of the area and a brief twilight shot of the Alhambra Palace.

The twilight tranquillity is of course briefly ruffled when Lorca is taken out and shot.

Speaking of ‘twilight,’ Dalí is played by none other than blood-sucking Robert Pattison, the only Briton in a completely Spanish cast.

Although located in Barcelona, Casa Burés was used in the film as the student residence where the three great figures lived in Madrid. It is situated on the corner of Calle Ausiàs March and Calle Girona.

Simón Andreu plays Fernando de Valle this time.

The film is named after a Dalí painting: ‘Cenicitas.’

Unnatural Causes (2008)

An American couple who work in advertising get involved in deception (subtle eh?)

We see them in the first scene making an ad in front of the impressive facade of Barcelona’s Palacio Nacional, now the MNAC art museum, on the Montjuïc mountain.

The meetings between Colm Meaney and his accomplice, a corrupt policeman, take place at a viewpoint also on Montjuïc overlooking the port of Barcelona.

The climax, where Meaney and his man get their comeuppance and Julia escapes death on a clifftop, was shot at the impressive meseta, known as El Puig de les Baumes, at Tavaret, 100 kilometres from Barcelona.

The film stars Tara Reid as Julia and Angus Macfadyen as her talented but doomed husband, drinking his way in and out of the snake pit.

Black Forest Gateau (2008)

A bunch of British expatriates decide to pull the perfect crime (no doubt after one too many gin and tonics) in a home made product starring local people and filmed around Fuengirola and Mijas in Málaga province.

The opening scene in a post-office was shot at El Coto, Mijas, despite the bad weather.

The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary (2008)

A low budget film telling the story of Queen Mary with a documentary flavour. Mostly filmed in Britain, but with an exotic Spanish location, the famous Alcázar Castle of Segovia, which we see in a long shot once Mary has decided to marry Prince Felipe, while he has his doubts, unhappily debating the question with an advisor in the Throne Room.

Ser o Estar (2008)

A young American tries to resolve his mental problems in Spain, where people are merely quixotic.

Filming took place in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, where Andy arrives looking for solace in the home town of Cervantes, as well as Barcelona, Dos Hermanas, Sevilla and Toledo.

The title loses a lot in translation.

Donkey Punch (2008)

Although this boating version of ‘I Know what you did Last Summer’ is set in Mallorca, the sequence when the girls are in the cab was filmed on the Costa del Sol, as illustrated by the road sign for Belamadena and Torremuel in Málaga, province.

The El Escorial Conspiracy (2008)

Despite being a Spanish production, the film was made in English, with some obvious dubbing of some of the Spanish actors.

As the title suggests, many interiors and exteriors were filmed in the royal Escorial palace, just outside Madrid, including the library and throne room.

Also near Madrid, the old Monastery of Talamanca de Jarama, now privately owned and used in many films, is the scenario of the assassination at the beginning.

Filming also took place in Segovia, at the Alcázar Castle and La Granja royal summer palace, as well as the forest of Valsaín, where the Constable meets the Moorish girl, who is washing clothes in the stream.

In the square outside Toledo cathedral we see the execution of the Moorish servant girl and the Tavera Hospital is also used there, for the scenes where Julia Ormonde practises her fencing skills in the cloister, as were the Puerta de Bisagra (the emblematic town gate, where the King’s Treasurer is assassinated), and the Town Hall Square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento).

Bisagra Gate

The province of Jaén also lent some architecture to the film, including Jaén’s Arab baths, the Sierra de Cazorla mountain range (whose lake features in the picnic between the Constable and the Moorish girl), and the Plaza Vázquez de Molina of Úbeda, where the Princess of Eboli, played by Julia Ormond, is arrested.

In Baeza the area around the Cathedral and the Palacio de Jabalquinto appear.

Some scenes were shot in Ciudad Real at the Alvaro de Bazan Palace and in the streets of Viso de Marqués.

In Guadalajara the Monastery of Lupiana was used.

The Crew (2008)

Stephen Salter of Benchmark Films informed us that the section of the film made in Spain was shot at Comares near Málaga, although most of the action takes place in Liverpool, where the crew execute their robberies.

The leader of the crew is ripped off by a smooth-talking couple who take his money and flee to a luxurious villa called Villa Tesoro (Treasure), which is also available for rent to non-criminals, infinity edge swimming pool included.

In the last scene the Crew leader arrives at the villa to exact his revenge as the honey sunlight of Spain contrasts with the grim atmosphere of Liverpool. The spectacular views of olive groves do not seem to distract him as he ambles towards the unsuspecting smoothies.

The owners assure us that in fact an insignificant number of their tenants get whacked in a good year.

Reflections (2008)

Timothy Hutton stars in another Barcelona-based thriller by director Brian Goeres. This time a serial killer called ‘Pygmalion’ brings police officer Hutton to the Catalan capital.

Among the locations used were Edificio Fira (Trade Fair) of Barcelona, Forum Barcelona and the Port D’aiguadolç marina in Sitges, where Hutton is informed of Marco’s abduction.

The building with the cloister where Elena works is in fact the Universidad de Barcelona situated in the Plaça Universitat.

There were also various aerial shots both of Barcelona and Ibiza.

Stevie (2008)

Stevie is that ‘imaginary friend’ that most girls grow out of in time, although sometimes he won’t go away without a fight.

All the special effects are there to confuse us as the truth emerges through a series of flashbacks. Before that we can enjoy a haunted sink, a talking fridge and rebellious taps, not to mention a moody doll’s house where Barbie and Ken don’t always get on.

This is one of a number of films shot by American director Bryan Goeres in and around Barcelona.

According to Francesca Ibáñez of Drimtim Entertainment most of the film was shot inside and outside a house in Begues, Barcelona, with other scenes in Valldoreix, in the Port Olimpic de Barcelona, in the Torre Mapfre of Barcelona, in Sant Just Desvern, in the Hotel Hesperia Tower in Barcelona, the Hotel AC Diplomàtic de Pau Clarís in Barcelona, the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, which represents the orphanage where the mother finds out some of her daughter’s past, and in Can Cabanelles (Mataró).

Other scenes were filmed in boring old LA.

Sing For Darfur (2008)

Shot during October and November 2007 in Barcelona in black and white, the film tries to send a message about the human disaster in Darfur, relating it to the lives of ordinary people.

Plaza Catalunya is one of the locations.

Goodnight Irene (2008)

This Portuguese film was made mostly in Lisbon, but becomes a road movie when widowed Welsh ex-pat Alex, played by Robert Pugh, sets off with a friend to find Irene.

Their travels take them across the border to Cáceres and the old Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, built in the second century BC on the coast of Cádiz.

Telstar: the Joe Meek Story (2008)

Telstar was a massive hit in the 60s, although the story behind it is far from glamorous.

Con O’Neill and Kevin Spacey star in a film made mostly in London but with a Spanish cameo when Joe escapes to Mallorca (or at least that’s what he says in the meeting afterwards) to cavort on a beach to the music of one of his hits, ‘Have I the Right’ by The Honeycombs.

My Life in Ruins (2009)

The Plaza Adolfo Suárez in Jávea, Alicante became a Greek market for this light comedy, the (sort of) follow up to ‘My Fat Greek Wedding,’ but only in the sense that it’s the same female lead, this time playing a discontented tour guide.

Although the whole film is supposed to be set in Greece, and some of the country’s best attractions, such as Olympia, Delphi and the Parthenon are used, most of the more interesting scenes, such as coach crashes and ice cream stains, take place in Spain.

The Plaza de España in Alicante had to be closed to traffic for three days, and for two days the production team were to be found in Calle Óscar Esplá, where they took over Bar Michelle, in front of the El Piripi restaurant, and calle de Calderón de la Barca became Katia Neokaeovz.

At one point where the tourists can be seen looking down from a beautiful viewpoint, they are in fact at the village of Guadalest, situated just inland from Benidorm. It is here that Nia attempts an ice cream reconciliation with Richard Dreyfus, who is looking down at the reservoir while two tourists act macho in and around a fountain.

Unfortunately, as Guadalest is supposed to be Greece, we don’t get to see any of its eight museums (the one with the medieval torture instruments is my personal favourite) or its startling 13th century hilltop castle, which has been destroyed by earthquakes and artillery fire during its lively past. Not bad for a village with just over 200 inhabitants!

The tour bus traffic accident was actually shot in the mountains of Sierra Gelada, near Alfás del Pí, and as the driver stands on the cliffs by a ruined watchtower, which is the Torre de les Caletes, waiting for the tow truck and talking philosophy to Nia, we can see the landmark, Peacock Island, in the background, situated in the Bay of Benidorm, and named for its shape.

The promenade of Altea, where a nocturnal scene in an idyllic ‘Greek’ port was filmed, is another popular resort on the Costa Blanca with a delightful medieval hilltop square filled with restaurants and bars with impressive views of the sea. As it is the port that is used for the purposes of the film, we only get to see the hilltop in the background in the last scene when Nia finally kisses the now beardless bus driver, which is apparently the whole point of the film, despite the incursions into culture.

When Nia and her tourists steal Nico’s keys and air conditioning, the coaches are parked in front of the the seafront Hotel Miramar in the port of Javea.

The hospital where Richard Dreyfus recovers from his heart attack is the Hospital Clinica of Benidorm, although it is not usually included in most tours.

1,300 local extras were employed on the project, as well as one ghost. Richard Dreyfus’s dead wife was played glowingly by the film’s producer Rita Wilson, who is Tom Hanks’ real life wife.

Green Zone (2009)

No doubt their favourable impressions of Spain while making ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ led Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass back here in January 2008.

Some scenes were filmed at Fuente Álamo, Murcia, in an area where a new motorway was being built. The exact location was at a section of the new Alhama to Cartagena motorway near the Venta El Campo.

It was here that the scene of an American convoy driving under an overpass comes across crowds fleeing Baghdad in a panic

Also in Murcia Las Alcázares offered its old military airbase for shooting. The base, situated to the south of the town, also allowed the film crew to use the local football stadium to store their material and set up their canteen.

Here the scenes representing the exterior of the Republican Guard and Mukhabarat intelligence headquarters were filmed, although the interiors of the palace were done at Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden.

San Javier military base, academy and airport in Murcia were similarly used to represent the relative security of the Green Zone of post-war Baghdad. Many of the extras were in fact Spanish soldiers, who attended a casting held at the Hotel Los Narejos in Los Alcázares. The Spanish army also lent a large number of military vehicles to the production team.

During the months of January, February and March 2008 Matt Damon and his family stayed in the Royal Suite of La Manga Club Hotel, enjoying the views of El Mar Menor, a 22 kilometre long lagoon next to the coast.

To bid farewell, Matt held a party for all the crew in a hotel bar and signed the visitors’ book in appreciation of the treatment received by the hotel staff.

The Limits of Control (2009)

The Limits of Control by Jim Jarmusch, with Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt was filmed in Almería, Madrid, Toledo and Sevilla.

The story begins in Paris, where the film’s hit man Isaach De Bankolé takes a plane to Madrid, and for his hideout there uses architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza’s ‘Torres Blancas,’ a bizarre apartment building that had fascinated Jarmusch for decades.

Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum was another scenario for the film; in fact our cultured hit man visits it several times, seemingly being fond of the Picassos, although we don’t get to see Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ which is there.

The museum used to be a hospital for tuberculosis patients, and before that, a hospital built generously by King Felipe II as a place where beggars could go to expire.

 From 1965 the building underwent 20 years of abandon until the Ministry of Culture took it over.

In 1990 the mummified remains of three nuns were found during reforms, and many spectres have been seen or sensed, such as an old grey haired bearded man who sits on a bench in the garden, or voices on the staircase, although it is in the basement that most underworld phenomena are detected.

It is there that many poor souls were buried and soldiers tortured during the Civil War, and today it is avoided by security staff.

Bill Murray took advantage of a ten day break in filming to tour Sevilla on a bicycle, while staying at the luxurious Hotel Imperial in Calle Homónima. The Sevillian districts of Santa Cruz, La Judería and the Triana bridge offered their traditional atmospheres as locations.

Seville’s Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold) plays a special role, appearing several times in the background, and also being reproduced as a souvenir lamp in the hit man’s bedroom. It is a dodecagonal military watchtower built in the early 13th century by the Berbers to control access to Sevilla via the Guadalquivir River.

The Moorish Alcázar Palace can also be seen, or at least its battlements, behind the square where John Hurt has his meeting with the hit man.

Filming took place in Sevilla in March 2008, and some interiors were shot in buildings used for Sevilla’s Expo 1992. The hit man helps plug the Spanish High Speed Rail system (AVE) by travelling on its first line, built from Madrid to Sevilla.

Spain’s extensive wind farms also get plenty of plugging, no doubt as an oblique reference to Don Quixote, who our Bohemian guerrillas might be imitating in fighting corporate giants.

One Sevilla bar used for the film was El Faro de Triana. The riverside Muelle de la Sal and the Santa Justa railway station also appear briefly.

From Sevilla our message-eating hit man heads by train for Doña María Ocaña station in Almería, but just across the border from Granada province, to meet a cowboy and hand over a guitar.

The strange white house with the vertical garden inhabited briefly by Bill Murray, and where the bloody helicopter finally lands, is in fact on the outskirts of San José in Almería. Its use was recommended by Jarmusch’s friend, the late Joe Strummer of The Clash rock group, who used to pass by the house and think what a good location it would be for a film.

Triage (2009)

Colin Farrell stars as a war reporter, and Spanish star Paz Vega plays his girlfriend.

Christopher Lee returned to Alicante, where he had made two Dracula films previously.

Lee plays Vega’s Spanish grandfather, who collaborated with the Franco dictatorship after the Civil War, a period with its fair share of summary executions.

Apart from the studio scenes filmed at the City of Light Studios of Alicante, location shots were filmed at Xixona, famous for its almond trees and derivatives thereof, where a desert battle scene was filmed, and at Elche, a town famous for its palm trees. The producers went to Elche taking advantage of its rich verdant foliage to shoot the jungle scenes of Africa, while the beaches of Alicante recreated the decadence of old Beirut.

The Palmeral of Elche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest palm grove in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

It is believed that the palms were originally planted as early as the 5th century BC by Carthaginians who settled in south-east Spain.

Another area of Alicante province used in the shooting was Sabinar Valley in Sant Vicent del Raspeig, which became the site of a hospital in Kurdistan.

Tetro (2009)

Shot mainly on location in Argentina, ‘Apocalypse Now’ director Francis Ford Coppola’s family drama also used the City of Light studio complex in Alicante, where the world famous director finished off the final scenes, particularly the ballet scenes during two weeks from September 8th.

Many Spanish actors participated, such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ star Maribel Verdu, and Carmen Maura.

Open Graves (2009)

Shot in and around the Basque Country surfing areas of Getxo, Mundaka and Sopelana in Vizcaya, and in Madrid. This horror version of ‘Jumanji’ stands out mostly because of the spectacular Basque coastline.

The port where the skinned corpse is found at the beginning is Bilbao, and the lumberyard where the massive Mamba attack takes place is at Álava Maderas.

One romantic scene takes place between horrific murders at the seaside church of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, just west of Bermeo, with its winding path reaching up to the church perched on a promontory, just like the one in the wedding scene of ‘Mama Mia.’ It later became a popular screen tourism site after representing ‘Dragonstone’ in Game of Thrones.

The Santa Catalina church above the rocks at Mundaka can also be seen during some surfing scenes.

The Frost (2009)

A joint Spanish-Norwegian effort based on an Ibsen play, ‘Little Eyolf,’ and filmed in Norway and in Norwegian conditions in the Pyrenees, specifically at the spectacular Aigüestortes Natural Park in Lleida province.

Linguistically the film is quite interesting and informative; the Norweigans speak to each other in Norweigan (or at least I suppose that’s what all that noise was), the Spanish and Norwegians speak English to each other and the Spanish speak to each other in Spanish.

Norway is the main setting, although for the mountain scenes involving individuals wandering around and discovering naked bodies in the snow, Aigüestortes was used during a week of filming.

Filming also took place at Gijón in Asturias, for the brief scene at the end when Raúl receives the package and opens it on the seaside prom there.

Ibsen is not the most cheerful of writers and this version hardly radiates joy and well-being. If the cinema is pure escapism, then where can we go to escape from this?

Paintball (2009)

Spain has produced some great painters; Dalí, Picasso, Velázquez, to name but three. None of them appear in this film however.

Those of you who like strolling under a wide canopy of tall trees, enjoying the swishing sway of the branches, could do worse than to visit Collselora in Barcelona province, where they are no longer shooting this film, and where nobody is shooting anybody else anymore.

You could also enjoy Can Catà in the wild forested mountains of Cerdanyola del Valles, without the inconvenience of being hunted down and shot any longer.

Fresh air, flora, fauna, shooting people; the perfect weekend really.

The Damned United (2009)

Is it Tony Blair? Is it David Frost? No, this time Michael Sheen is playing somebody interesting; none other than Brian Clough, described in the film and many places north of Watford as the best manager England never had.

The film concentrates on his brief love affair with Leeds (as in ‘Damned’) United, and he can be seen in the film, as in real life, arguing with Peter Taylor with the crystalline waters of Mallorca as the background, on the Palma Nova beach in front of the Santa Lucia Hotel.

The real argument actually took place there, and in fact Taylor would die on the island years later (although most tourists have a jolly nice time and fatalities are rare).

The Third Testament: The Antichrist and the Harlot (2009)

See the world and change the world! A globe trotting film with stop offs at Menorca, where filming took place at sea, whereas the resort of Torremolinos (Málaga), was used for the scene where Felix encounters Asuka.

Information provided by writer/director Ali Paterson.

Nothing Personal (2009)

Although set mostly on the west coast of Ireland, the film ends up at Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, where the film’s enigmatic heroine goes for no apparent reason after sulking through the film to no apparent purpose.

If you thought existential angst died out in the seventies, here it is again in all its excruciating splendour.

Vejer is probably a nice place, although all we get to see is a beach, a typical winding uphill, downhill street and a hotel reception and bedroom.

Watching this with the sound off might make it bearable as the Irish scenery is quite nice.

My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

A bit like ‘Hi-Fidelity’ plot-wise with a cameo appearance by Michael (how did he get so famous so fast?) Sheen.

When the narrator commits suicide in the first scene, you can be sure of two things; that there won’t be a happy ending, and that there will be quite a few flashbacks.

Actually only one of those certainties is true.

The two scenes in Mallorca, where our hero spends brief, sunsetting, Spanish getaways with both Wendy and Jemma, were apparently shot at Producer David Willing’s villa, proving that making a film isn’t such an unprofitable business if you’re a producer.

An interesting use of toys and dream sequences; although that might have been thrift too.

The Lost (2009)

Nothing to do with planes crashing on desert islands with polar bears, but a Spanish production in English set and shot in Barcelona and directed once again by the city’s greatest fan Bryan Goeres.

A woman misdiagnosed, or not, a desperate sister, or not, and a blackmailed doctor who flies into Barcelona airport to save his reputation.

Among the patient’s nightmare flashbacks is the maze of Parc del Laberint d’Horta, where a house burns down.

Other locations were the salt caves of Cardona, the Barceloneta district near the port and the docks of Barcelona, Montjuïc, Capellades, the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and the secondary school IES Vall D’Hebrón.

Original (2009)

A Scandinavian film in which two characters from the cold north descend upon Barcelona to open a restaurant, looking for sun, sand, sangria and tapas.

English is one of various languages employed.

Just Shy of Being (2009)

Romeo and Juliet in the Holy Land with a Jewish girl and Arab boy trying to make the famous ‘it’ work.

Some of the filming took place in Spain.

Justice/Vengeance/Iron Cross (2009)

Roy Scheider’s last film was mainly shot in Poland, but with a couple of minor scenes, involving an orchard of medlars and a donkey farm located at Tàrbena, Alicante, although supposedly in South America, where Nazis habitually hide from their vengeance seeking victims.

Categories
Period

1990-1999

THE NINETIES

Bethune The Making of a Hero (1990)

Angel at My Table (1990)

Dr. M (1990)

Navy Seals (1990)

Honeymoon Academy (1990)

Cthulhu Mansion (1990)

Arrivederci Millwall (1990)

The Rift (1990)

The Monk (1990)

City Slickers (1991)

Immortal Sins (1991)

Born to Ride (1991)

Operation Condor (1991)

José Carreras: My Barcelona (1991)

Eye of the Widow (1991)

The Hours and Times (1991)

Under the Sun (1992)

Shooting Elizabeth (1992)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

Revolver (1992)

The Sands of Time (1992)

Inferno (1992)

Don Quijote by Orson Welles (1992)

Fool’s Gold: The Story of the Brink’s Mat Robbery (1992)

Remember (1993)

Death and the Maiden (1994)

Uncovered (1994)

Barcelona (1994)

A Business Affair (1994)

Doomsday Gun (1994)

Land and Freedom (1995)

Two Much (1995)

Vendetta (1995)

Costa Brava (1995)

Sons of Trinity (1995)

Blue Juice (1995)

ID (1995)

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)

Evita (1996)

Killer Tongue (1996)

Eye for an Eye (1996)

Wilde (1997)

In Praise of Older Women (1997)

Gaston’s War (1997)

Talk of Angels (1998)

Spanish Fly (1998)

Dollar for the Dead (1998)

Three Businessmen (1998)

Diana: A Tribute to the People’s Princess (1998)

The Sea Change (1998)

Amazing Women by the Sea (1998)

Middleton’s Changeling (1998)

Presence of Mind (1999)

The Ninth Gate (1999)

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Outlaw Justice (1999)

Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

The Last Seduction II (1999)

All The King’s Men (1999)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure (1999)

Camino de Santiago (1999)

The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin (1999)

The Delivery (1999)

1990s

Bethune The Making of a Hero (1990)

This film, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, was made mostly in China, and tells the true story of a Canadian doctor.

Real footage of Madrid during the Civil War appears in a news broadcast in a cinema, and then Sutherland visits the Spanish capital, walking and running through anonymous streets as the bombs fall.

His arrival there by train takes place at the frequently employed Delicias Railway Museum.

Angel at My Table (1990)

Although most of the film takes place in New Zealand, there is a brief respite in the small village of Puerto de la Selva on the Cabo (Cape) Creus peninsular on Girona’s Costa Brava, and just inland at Selve de Mar, where the children’s funeral scene was shot.

We see a new variation on the coitus interruptus theme, as a woman brings breakfast to an American writer at a rocky cove at Puerto de la Selva, which inevitably inspires him to make love to her to the accompaniment of Flamenco music. Unfortunately (for her) he pauses halfway through to read his latest scribblings, not to her greatest pleasure.

On returning to her house, black-scarfed washerwomen tut tut over their buckets and over her morality.

Dr. M (1990)

Although directed by Frenchman Claude Chabrol, and a remake of a film by Fritz Lang, Alan Bates is the villainous star of this version, in which the action moves effortlessly from suicide-sodden Berlin to the placid sand dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria island.

All over Berlin people are merrily meeting their makers before their sell by dates and thereby causing others to take a well earned holiday.

The last resort in question is called Theratos, which may sound like Greek to you, but which turns out to be situated among the endless sand dunes of Maspalomas.

The spacious hotel that Sonia and Inspector Hartmann visit and learn about Bates’ brain washing programme is in reality the Hotel Riu Maspalomas.

Navy Seals (1990)

The film, starring Charlie Sheen, took advantage of the naval base at Rota and impressive shipping around Algeciras and Tarifa, all in the province of Cádiz, with Almería substituting for Beirut in the last action sequences, when the team complete their mission and save the world from weapons of mass destruction, but in the nicest possible way.

An old sugar factory called El Ingenio, now no longer with us, was used for the purpose.

Cartagena, an important Spanish naval base in the province of Murcia was also used in a film that shows how real men drink hard, play golf badly and kill with moderation. In the scene where an important Arab is kidnapped by the Seals, we see in his bedroom some of the typical green and white ceramic tiles of Almería.

Honeymoon Academy (1990)

A couple honeymooning in Spain cannot avoid getting involved in a counterfeit ring, in a film with Christopher Lee and Kim Cattrall from ‘Sex and the City,’ and footage shot in the medieval village of Pedraza, in Segovia province; and it is there that he is miraculously shot by the otherwise totally incompetent villains.

Pedraza. Photo Courtesy Mark Yareham

Previously they had forsaken Washington and arrived at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

The chase continues with a motorbike pursuit that ends up among the waterfalls and streams of the Monasterio de Piedra spa in Zaragoza.

Later we see them enter a cathedral, where the printing plates used to make perfect forgeries of American currency are found in a confession box. The cathedral in question is that of Segovia.

Denia in Alicante province was another of the locations, as it was here that a car chase began in the pine forests around Jávea on the Les Planes road, and finished at the Marineta Casiana beach, at the southern end of Denia. A ramp was specially built so that the bus involved in the chase could soar into the air and land in the sea.

Our thanks to Toni Reig and Romu Soler of Denia for this information, and for guiding us to the location.

Cthulhu Mansion (1990)

A tongue in cheek (hopefully) horror film by the Valencian director Juan Piquer. Starring Frank Finlay and filmed in Madrid, using Piquer’s studios in Calle Padrillo, and a house in Torrelodones.

Domingo Lizcano, who worked on this and many other films, identified the mansion as Palacio de Panarras.

The cast included William Shatner’s daughter Melanie.

Arrivederci Millwall (1990)

A group of British tourists posing successfully as football hooligans prepare their invasion of Spain for the 1982 World Cup.

Simultaneously the British army is involved in its own excursion to the Falkland Islands.

The title may be explained by the typical football hooligan’s knowledge of geography or modern languages as taught in our finest schools.

Filming took place in Canet de Mar, Barcelona. However, the hooligans seem to be a bit lost; they allegedly land at Santander on the ferry and then start walking and asking for a lift to Bilbao, although the weather and scenery are clearly Mediterranean.

In fact England’s finest don’t seem too fond of Spain (or life) remarking that: “this Spain is a right hole, innit? It’s all countryside!”

As for Canet, only the church (Sant Pere) stands out, along with the Bar Los Pinchos, which quite naturally gets trashed, and, thankfully, the prison cells.

The Rift (1990)

The Rift, also known as ‘Endless Descent,’ was shot mostly in the Estudios Verona de Tres Cantos, Madrid, by the Valencian director and writer Juan Piquer Simón, and tells the story of a submarine attempting to rescue another off the coast of Norway, and finding subterranean homesick monsters.

Some sea scenes were filmed at El Ferrol, La Coruña.

The Monk (1990)

Also known as The Final Temptation, Spanish director Francisco Lara Polop brought to life the novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, with a cast that included Simon Ward’s daughter Sophie.

The film tells the story of a monk who strays from the path of righteousness in a convent in Madrid in 1767.

In fact, according to Stuart Sutherland of Celtic Films, whose father produced the movie, the monastery used was San Juan de Reyes in Toledo, also used in El Greco, 1966.

The streets around the Plaza Mayor of Madrid and the Alcázar castle of Segovia were also employed according to Stuart.

City Slickers (1991)

During a midlife crisis not even running with the bulls at the San Fermín festival of Pamplona in Navarra can elevate the spirit as much as driving a herd of cows and a swarm of flies across what’s left of the great open prairies of the Wild West, but that’s what Billy Crystal attempts at the beginning of this film.

Actually the whole thing was digitally mastered so that the actors needn’t be gored.

Immortal Sins (1991)

The sins of the fathers transcend generations, and it’s always a good idea to know if any of your ancestors have burnt any witches (or wise Earth Mothers if you prefer) before accepting a castle as an inheritance.

Two Spanish castles: San Paio de Narla in Friol in the province of  Lugo, Galicia, and the Madrid Castle of San Martin de Valdeiglesias are combined to recreate this haunted castle, supposedly located in the Galician village of Baamonde, also in Lugo province.

San Paio de Narla

An American woman arrives at the castle which her husband has inherited, and from then on it’s meaningful cats, spooky dolmens, succubus sex and broken mirrors as the curse of Joaquin is visited upon the heirs of the castle.

The castle appears several times in Hervé Hachuel’s film, usually in fog, and the green Galician countryside can be seen from its battlements.

San Paio de Narla, also known asthe Torre de Xiá is situated on a small hill just outside Friol (and mysteriously poorly signposted). It is eventually burnt to the ground in the film, although it still stands today and is open to visitors.

It was once a fort, and has been a museum since 1983. The original 14th century fortress was rebuilt in the 16th century, with additional works being carried out until the 19th.

In the 15th century it was one of 150 castles destroyed during the Irmandiños revolt against the feudal nobility.

The contents of the museum cover aspects of farming and regional domestic activities as well as local history.

The castle was saved from demolition in 1939 when the provincial government acquired it.

The castle’s ghost is called Berta. In a typical Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story story, the local Lord’s daughter escaped with her peasant lover and hid in the nearby ‘Serpent’s Cave’. Both the serpent and her lover were killed fighting each other, much to the relief of her peeved father no doubt.

Born to Ride (1991)

Definitely a case of if you can’t beat them…..join the US army and invade Spain on a motorbike.

The mission is to rescue an American nuclear scientist and his daughter from a castle near Bilbao, Vizcaya, while pretending to participate in a motor cycle festival.

Some of the racing takes place beside the river in the old part of Bilbao.

All highly believable!

Operation Condor (1991)

Set in the Sahara but filmed near Madrid, Jackie Chan does his Oriental Indiana Jones bit in his search for Nazi gold.

Oscar, who has a web dedicated to La Granja de San Idelfonso in Segovia, informed me that part of the filming took place there.

La Granja is the palace where Jackie has his new mission explained to him following his Indiana stunt (filmed in the Philippines).

We have a grand tour of the palace, both inside and out, and then Jackie is pursued, first in the municipal market and then all over the streets of La Granja village. As he begins his journey, leaving La Granja palace again, we catch a few glimpses of Madrid, including the Cibeles fountain

José Carreras: My Barcelona (1991)

Almost a documentary except that his youth is dramatised by another actor.

As the title suggests, the famous Catalan tenor (part of the famous Three Tenors along with Placido Domingo and Pavarotti) reveals his love for Barcelona.

As he tells his life story we see images of Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Parc Güell, as well as the port, the statue of Columbus, La Rambla, the Teatre del Liceo, the Gothic Cathedral and the stadiums of Barcelona Football Club and Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games were held.

When he talks of the cancer he overcame we see him in the Hospital Clinic and musing around the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

We also see him eating with friends in Els Pescadors restaurant in Plaça Prim, Poblenou.

Eye of the Widow (1991)

An interesting cast, including F Murray Abraham and an angry Ben Cross, and some nice locations in Austria and in Marbella, Málaga, where Abraham holds his party in his villa.

Local journalist Paco Griñán identified the villa, which belonged to the notorious Kashoggi family. The mansion, called Al Baraka, is located in the luxurious zone of  La Zagaleta.

When Malko first arrives in Marbella, we see him stepping out of the Toni Dalli restaurant, now called Do Mar, at the exclusive Oasis Club. Dalli was a close friend of another Marbella stalwart, Sean Connery.

Also in the province of Málaga, at Ronda we observe a bullfight in the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería, in the same bullring that Orson Welles frequented, with a ‘corrida’ featuring Antonio Ordoñez and the meeting with Avenger Patrick MacNee, playing a merry Englishman abroad.

The Hours and Times (1991)

American director Chris Munch tells the story, as he imagines it, of a holiday in Barcelona for John Lennon and Brian Epstein.

A lot of shooting took place in the Art Nouveau surroundings of the Avenida Palais Hotel, and the Plaza Cataluña, the port with its cable cars and the Ciutadela Park are all seen.

View from the Cable Car

In the latter, Lennon takes photos of Epstein in front of the Cascada Monumental fountain.

Under the Sun (1992)

We all know that there’s nothing new under the sun, but Michael Winterbottom went there anyway, directing a couple of girls from Manchester en route to Africa.

However, one of them goes off with a local boy and the other has to look after herself at Costa del Sol locations such as Nerja and Maro in Málaga province.

Shooting Elizabeth (1992)

Jeff Goldblum stars in a film that would be difficult to make today, a comedy about an American executive hoist by his own petard when he ponders the possibility of murdering his wife while on a second honeymoon staying at the Hotel Eden Roc, situated on the coast at Sant Feliu de Guixols.

 Filming also took place at the nearby Sa Conca beach, along which Goldblum walks after his wife disappears.

The second honeymoon starts at the Girona-Costa Brava airport, as Goldblum dreams his demented dreams and struggles to finish his sentences against the agate waters of the Costa Brava, becoming the typical difficult hotel guest that you never want to have in the next room; one who can’t decide whether to shoot his wife or his pillow, and who makes a lot of noise while doubting. In a word; Hamlet.

The police finally catch up with Goldblum as he catches up with his wife when she is supposedly camping at Montseny in the Catalan Pyrenees, although the filming actually took place in the Parque Regional Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, near Madrid.

Here we can see some of the park’s characteristic rocks, including a rock balancing precariously on another one, which is called ‘El Caliz’ (the Chalice), although the one seen in the film is from Pedralta, in the mountains near Sant Feliu de Guixols. It has been known for centuries as the biggest rocking stone in the Iberian Peninsula, and the second largest in Europe. The upper rock weighs 1,000 tons and used to rock naturally until a violent storm in 1966 sent it tumbling down. It was replaced in 1999, but without its rocking capability.

Goldblum finds his wife with the help of a mountain-walking Catalan, Chinese priest, who is none other than Inspector Closseau’s faithful manservant Burt Kwouk.

Golblum and wife actually live in Madrid, where he is an executive in a mineral water company, where stalwart Spanish actor Simón Andreu also works, and at the beginning we see a brief shot from Goldblum’s taxi of the Fuente de Neptuno, situated in Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, traditionally the place where Atletico de Madrid FC fans celebrate their triumphs. El Prado museum also appears, when Goldblum goes jogging after he thinks he is free of his wife.

1492: The Conquest of Paradise (1992)

There has been much debate as to whether Christopher Columbus, as we know him, was in fact Genovese, Portuguese, Catalan, Majorcan or even Galician. At the end of his lifetime nobody claimed him; later, when it was decided he had ‘discovered’ America, much to the surprise of the indigenous population, everyone wanted a piece of the action.

Ridley Scott solved the problem by making him a corpulent Frenchman bearing a passable resemblance to Obelix the Gaul, the idea perhaps being to give him a foreign accent.

Scott does get the country right, filming the scenes of Spain in Spain and capturing the wide, open empty spaces of Extremadura from which many of the Conquistadores came, with scenery from Cáceres and Trujillo, home of Pizarro, where they shot the scenes of Columbus arriving in what was supposed to be recently conquered Granada.

In Trujillo Columbus is accompanied by his benefactor Luis de Santangel on their way to see the Queen, passing by the Puerta del Triunfo, the Palacio de Orellana and the Alcázar de los Bejarano.

The scene with the auto de fé used the stairway and church of San Francisco in Cáceres, and Cáceres also portrays Salamanca when Columbus seeks recognition from a tribunal of cosmologists with scenes filmed in the Cathedral of Santa María and the Plaza de San Jorge.

The film begins with the Christian conquest of Granada and the victors trampling through what is supposed to be the Alhambra Palace as Queen Isabel, played by Sigourney Weaver, who also appeared in Scott’s ‘Alien,’ is seen preparing her new kingdom with various documents and giggling ladies in waiting.

In fact the Alhambra is the Reales Alcázares and Casa de Pilatos of Sevilla, where Scott would film the scenes of Jerusalem years later for ‘Kingdom of Heaven.’

Although he flirts with Queen Isabel, Columbus’s wife is played by the far more beautiful Spanish actress Angela Molina, whose appearances during the film mostly consist of staring at Depardieu as if he were transporting her to ecstasy every night instead of turning up every seven years or so with scurvy and a burning idea.

When he finally returns home to her, the interior of her house is in reality the exquisitely decorated Arab interior of Sevilla’s Alcázar Palace.

Spanish actor Fernando Rey is also hanging around, this time as a monk who helps Columbus, despite the fact that he’s quite clearly a dangerous heretic. His home is the Quinta de la Enjarada of Cáceres.

The new cathedral of Salamanca also appears at the end of the film, as do the façade of the University and the church La Clerecía.

The New Cathedral
La Clerecía

The Spanish finally see through Depardieu/Columbus and sling him in the nick, which is described as the Prison of Castille, but which from the outside is a home from home for Columbus, being the Alcázar of Segovia.

Another location chosen by Scott was the Parador Nacionál de Sigüenza (in the throne room and the parade ground) in Guadalajara.

The Parade Ground no longer trembles to the sound of marching feet, but to the chinking of ice in gin tonics, having been transformed into a patio-bar, and the throne room is a gloomy, palatial suite where Parador guests can sit around feeling regal.

Filming took place while the Parador was being reformed. Photographs in the reception area show that the hotel has in fact been converted from a ruin into a very pleasant building.

The exterior appears but briefly, hardly three seconds, as a torchlight procession marches out of the castle, presumably towards Columbus’s ships, for immediately we are in Palos, embarking for the New World, or ‘India’ as Columbus craftily called it.

The film was a stunning failure, despite the fantastic music by Vangelis, the liberal political message, and despite the scenes of stomach-churning violence; or maybe because of all three.

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

This film by ‘Bond’ director John Glen competed with Ridley Scott’s version for Spanish government funds and audiences to take advantage of the 500th anniversary of the ‘discovery’ of America.

Both Glen and Scott filmed in Sigüenza in Guadalajara, at the Parador hotel, a historical monument which began its life as an Arab castle built upon a Roman one in the year 1123. Glen used it to portray the Spanish royal court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, for scenes in the courtyard where Marlon Brando made his only film in Spain, portraying the Inquisitor Torquemada.

Sigüenza Parador Parade Ground

Guests at the Sigüenza Parador (since 1976) often report hearing sobbing.

If local legend is to be believed (or exploited), we are dealing with Doña Blanca de Borbón, ditched on the third night of her honeymoon by her husband, appropriately named Pedro I the Cruel, in the 14th century, who then ran off with his lover.

The King imprisoned her in the castle for four years and later in Jerez and Medina Sidonia, where she died, probably poisoned.

Her cell can only be visited once a day on a guided tour, although the rattling of her chains and her eerie white presence have no specific timetable, even though night time is preferable.

Glen also filmed in the main square, the cathedral and the 13th century house of ‘Doncel de Sigüenza’.

Scenes were also shot in the Canary Islands, Talamanca de Jarama near Madrid, and Segovia.

The copies of two of Columbus’s ships were lent to the filmmakers and were sailed from Huelva (whose port at Mazagón was used as Columbus’s point of departure in the film) to Costa Rica in commemoration, and so that the film crew might get a feeling of what the original enterprise involved.

Revolver (1992)

Shot in Barcelona during its Olympic year, with none of the original Beatles participating but with views of the city’s wide avenues and including a glimpse of the emblematic Picasso Museum, Robert Ulrich wheelchairs his way to victory against a Spanish Mafia boss.

Among the Spanish actresses present are Assumpta Serna and Ariadna Gil.

The Sands of Time (1992)

A curious film, supposedly set in Spain but mixing up the Civil War with ETA and not getting either right.

Some ‘revolutionaries’ travel across Spain, with stops supposedly at Ávila, Logroño (which none of the supposed Spanish characters can pronounce) and San Sebastián.

However, the only recognisable location is Pamplona in Navarra, where we see the bullring and Hemingway’s statue outside.

The rest coincides with the American vision of Spain: “go to Europe and turn right.”

Inferno (1992)

A writer tries to overcome his block, without the help of super models like Kate Moss.

Mostly shot in Italy, but with a little help from Barcelona.

Don Quijote by Orson Welles (1992)

Orson Welles’ unfinished masterpiece had a troubled time, being put together over various decades before being tattily finished by a Spanish director.

Sancho Panza leads a delirious Quijote back home after his imprisonment in Pamplona, Navarra and as they arrive and then leave again we see the imposing walls and battlements of the castle of Maqueda, Toledo.

On more than one occasion we see our Quixotic pair travelling through open country with the castle-topped village of Zahara de la Sierra, Cádiz, in the background.

In the same province, Pancho’s promised island reward is in fact the castle of Fatetar, above the village of Espera.