Movie ‘Fort Ross’ being filmed in the Qbajjar area of Gozo
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Xwejni, Qbajjar and the salt pans, have been completely changed by a purpose-built set, where scenes are being shot for the film ‘Fort Ross.’
Fort Ross, is being shot on the 200th anniversary of the setting up of a small Russian colony on the coast of California. The colony failed and was sold to a Mexican citizen of Swiss descent in 1941. The story of the film deals with a group of journalists who go back in time to reveal the reason for the failure of the colony, which had been set up in California in September 1812.
The film, which is being shot by Act Productions Europe Ltd and the Film Corporation, has helped generate income into the local economy, not only for the local area but across the island in recent weeks, through the provision of accommodation, food etc. for some 120 foreign artists and crew as well as the 130 local residents who took part in the filming as extras and 30 locals who were involved in the set building.
This film has a budget of $ 10 million and will be shown in cinemas and on several television stations across Europe, Russia and the United States.