Almeria’s film career continues to thrive

Dominique Sanchez

Tourism, check. Agriculture, check. Film-making? Check, because Almeria ticks that box, too. Thousands queued recently to work as extras in the next Game of Thrones series which has chosen Almeria Province for some locations.
This wasn’t the first time and nor will it be the last, because Almeria’s film career began with Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, continued with the Spaghetti Westerns and has never looked back.
Ridley Scott’s choice of Almeria for Exodus in 2013 gave the province a boost whose momentum shows no signs of slowing down. That can only increase once Kevin Reynold’s latest film Risen (originally Clavius) is released next year. Starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton and Peter Firth, scenes for the thriller set in the first century were shot in Almeria City’s Alcazaba.
“We have everything: the light, the scenery, the history… but we need studios,” Almeria City’s mayor Luis Rogelio Rodriguez-Comendador said recently.



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