Local residents in Mafia movie filmed on the Costa Blanca

FILM STARS: Merch the Movie actors filming Photo: EWN

IT’S not every day that you leave your house to find a local Mafia movie being filmed downstairs in your local pub. But that’s what happened on Tuesday this week as EWN reporter Julie Day left home and came face to face with around 20 bikers congregating by her car.

The bikers were, in fact, actors who were waiting to start shooting the day’s scenes in Torrevieja before moving onto their next location.

MERCH is a feature film being produced on the Costa Blanca and is directed by Swedish film director NormannBjorvand.


Darren Stone of MI6 is sent down to Spain to investigate a possible connection between the local mafia and Chinese smugglers in relation to a specific MERCHANDISE and things begin to go haywire as he gets closer to the truth.

Filming has already taken place in Santa Pola, Quesada and in the mountains of Callosa de Segura, with Tuesday’s scenes being shot in Murphy’s on the Park Irish pub in Torrevieja.

EWN spoke to some of the cast members and extras who all commented on how much fun the experience was and how friendly all the locals have been.

Esther Hyman, a local resident, popped into the pub and ended up being an extra in the film.

“It’s been such a giggle,” she told EWN, “I’ve never done anything like this before. I just had to sit at a table and pretend to be chatting.”

Gerard Lenihan, the real barman in Murphy’s, also got a role in the film – as a barman. However, in the film he has to slip two tablets into a bottle of beer, which are then given to MI6 investigator Darren, the unsuspecting recipient.

For more information on Merch the Movie and to follow all the action, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MerchTheMovie/.


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