AT THE MOVIES: Desert in Spain in the running to be named Europe’s top film location

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FILM FAVOURITE: The Tabernas Desert has appeared in several blockbuster films Photo Credit: Shutterstock

THIS desert in southern Spain is one of two areas in the country to make the shortlist for a Europe-wide award for the continent’s best film location.

The Tabernas Desert in Almeria Province, Andalucia is one of 12 locations shortlisted for the European Film Location Award put on by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). Tenerife’s Teide National Park has also been shortlisted.

The EUFCN said qualifying locations had to have been the location for a film a TV series shot in 2017. The public has the chance to vote for their favourite of the 12 locations, with the poll due to close on Friday November 30.

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Filmmakers from across the world began coming to the Tabernas Desert in the 1950s. They were drawn to it because its arid landscape resembles deserts including the Sahara in North Africa and the Nevada in the United States.

Actors Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif travelled there in 1962 to make David Lean’s biopic of T.E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia.

The location was also the backdrop of classic Westerns including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Johnny Yuma.

It was also used for Game of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator 6 is set to be filmed there.

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