Spotlight Series #17 | ‘L-Gharusa’

Hey there my lovelies,

Welcome back to my Blog! Ahhhh I finally can reveal a little something I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

It’s not everyday that you get to see how a television show is really made. But since in October there will be a new Maltese TV series TO WATCH, I had the very AMAZING opportunity of visit the show’s on set location TWICE, first location was Palazzao Verdala in Rabat, Malta and the other was at Fort Ricasli.  On both occasions I was invited on location, since the cast was filming a very important scene in this MUST-WATCH series.

Better still was able to talk to the author of L-Gharusa to discuss the upcoming plot of this new promising series. Whether you were a fan of Strada Stretta or just want to know more about how television magic is made, here’s all I was up to 🙂

So, where to begin? I thought you should know that it takes a really long time to film part of an episode – one thing is for sure – there is a good chance that you will not hear me complaining of how short an episode is!!

L-Gharusa is a series set in the early thirties airing as of next October, produced by Sharp Shoot Media. I am very happy and proud to have been offered this amazing opportunity from the the same team as Strada Stretta, not only because I know that the project is in good hands, but also because these wonderful people have become an dear friends.  The fact that they are great professionals makes the journey a whole lot more exciting.

Taking to Audrey (who is the script writer for Sharp Shoot Media), she tells me that the challenges with this ambitious project are many and the road ahead is long and sometimes hard.  Admittedly slightly scary too,given that period dramas are never easy to produce.  I was blown away by the great care taken to ensure that the facts are true to the era and based on things that might have happened in those days.

Every little details is taken very seriously and not just for the actors background but also when it comes to hair, make-up and wardrobe.  Meticulous research is done in all aspects of a character which ultimately is the main key to ensure that the audience watching is catapulted in that era.

Apart from the script,  Audrey also takes care of the wardrobe department together with my her good friend Angelle Farrugia and I have to say that this has to be one of the most difficult roles, however having seen both Audrey and Angelle styling the actors I have the say that they do it with love and passion! In fact, Audrey admit that this is what got her hooked on period dramas and movies after all “I love the care that is taken when dressing up each character. I love how what they wear speaks volumes not just about the era but also about the character itself, their history, their role! Styling them hints to where they are coming from and where they will be going”.

Another thing that Audrey finds challenging is writing and when considering that she is a full time mummy to a two year old, who take it from me, tends to take a lot of your time. “He has of course, very inconveniently decided he is over taking naps in the afternoon so unless someone kindly watches over him I am unable to sit down and do some actual writing. Even if the working conditions are anything but ideal, I try to work
on a schedule to keep myself motivated and focused”.

Ok so let us get some information on the brilliant new series out there, the genre is of course a murder mystery with romance playing a good part of course. The story starts off in 2018 with the purchase of a vintage 1932 wedding dress. The Bride who wore it was tragically murdered on the day of her wedding just before she walked down the aisle.  Liz, a young student working for Museum owners Manuel and his son Alan is intrigued
to know if this is in fact just a legend or if there is more to this story. Rewind back to 1931 after a mysterious fire at a circus camp, the aristocratic family of the Gauci Fontanas decide to take in a number of gypsy circus performers who are left homeless. Bettina, their only daughter who is soon to be married is suddenly exposed to more of the outside world than she ever could have imagined. After the murder Inspector Fenech Lauri is determined to find whoever is responsible for the young woman’s demise.

Now after that wouldn’t you just love to fast-forward to October.  I know I do 🙂 I cannot wait.

I will try my best to keep you updated on my next invitation to witness a new scene being filmed! However do make sure to like the official L-Gharusa Facebook page for more exclusive content and behind the scenes information. Also follow my blog for more updates as the mystery unfolds!

Also stay tuned for an in depth post into the makeup, hair and wardrobe and the research involved to be true to the era.

 

Until next time,

XOXO

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