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Filming Greece
« on: Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 @ 13:56:43 »
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Greece Reaches Out to Film Producers with Fresh Cash Incentives

Aiming to establish Greece as a leading filming location, the digital policy ministry is allocating some 75 million euros, set to reach 375 million euros in the coming years, as an incentive, said Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas and General Secretary for Media & Communication Lefteris Kretsos on Monday, during a special presentation held at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.

The event focused on the ministry’s “New Investment Incentive for the Production of Film and Audiovisual Works in Greece”, which was attended by film industry professionals including producers, directors and actors.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/03/27/greece-reaches-out-film-producers-fresh-cash-incentives/


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« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 29 March, 2018 @ 20:42:13 »
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Greece Bars BBC from Filming at Ancient Site

Almost immediately after the Greek government presented an initiative to attract international film productions, the authorities have refused permission to Britain’s BBC to film in the archaeological site in Sounion.

The Central Archaeological Council on Wednesday rejected an application to film scenes for the mini-series The Little Drummer Girl.

According to an AMNA report, the decision was made by a slim margin and permission was denied for three reasons:
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/03/29/greece-bars-bbc-from-filming-at-ancient-site/

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Re: Filming Greece
« Reply #2 on: Thursday, 29 March, 2018 @ 22:18:51 »
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Greek govt upset as spy show denied access to ancient temple

“We have declared that Greece is now film-friendly. A few days later, another institution is contradicting this, not us but the hopes and ambitions of artists, technicians and thousands of professionals that are a part of this industry. It is an international embarrassment,” Lefteris Kretsos, general secretary at the government’s media and communication department, said Thursday.

The decision, he said, “once again highlights the issues we have as a country.”

Filming at Greek archaeological sites, whether for commercial productions or news reporting, requires a permit from archaeologists that is often near impossible and very costly to obtain.
http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/03/29/eu-greece-filming-ancient-site/

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Re: Filming Greece
« Reply #3 on: Friday, 30 March, 2018 @ 14:48:28 »
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Greek govt upset as spy show denied access to ancient temple

“We have declared that Greece is now film-friendly. A few days later, another institution is contradicting this, not us but the hopes and ambitions of artists, technicians and thousands of professionals that are a part of this industry. It is an international embarrassment,” Lefteris Kretsos, general secretary at the government’s media and communication department, said Thursday.

The decision, he said, “once again highlights the issues we have as a country.”

Filming at Greek archaeological sites, whether for commercial productions or news reporting, requires a permit from archaeologists that is often near impossible and very costly to obtain.
http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/03/29/eu-greece-filming-ancient-site/

Yup, I don't know about you, but I couldn't show my face around town today, such was my embarrassment.   :oops:

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Re: Filming Greece
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 31 March, 2018 @ 11:37:18 »
Worry not, Bryan  ;)

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BBC revises request to shoot scenes at ancient temple

The BBC submitted a new request to shoot scenes for an upcoming TV drama series at the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio next month, limiting the hours of filming, in an effort to placate the members of the powerful Central Archaeological Council (KAS) who voted down its initial application.

The planned shoot is for part of a miniseries, “The Little Drummer Girl,” based on a spy novel by John le Carre and directed by South Korea’s Park Chan-wook.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/227267/article/ekathimerini/news/bbc-revises-request-to-shoot-scenes-at-ancient-temple

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« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 03 April, 2018 @ 17:55:50 »
BBC spy show granted access to ancient Greek temple as filming decision reversed

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A panel of archaeologists has granted a British TV crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for an adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl.

The move reverses a decision from last week following strong government criticism.

The Central Archaeological Council granted access to the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on April 12 after the production company said it would limit the number of hours needed.

The miniseries being produced for the BBC and US-based cable network AMC is due to be released next year.


Greece’s government has launched a new campaign to attract film productions as part of a wider strategy to lure investors back after eight years of a crippling financial crisis.

https://www.breakingnews.ie/showbiz/bbc-spy-show-granted-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-as-filming-decision-reversed-835525.html

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« Reply #6 on: Friday, 06 April, 2018 @ 12:15:40 »
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After Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) approval for BBC to shoot the series “The Little Drummer Girl” at the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, another license was granted to a Chinese production.

A plan to simplify the licensing for film shoots in monuments and archaeological sites is in the pipeline, and a new electronic platform will be available soon for producers to submit proposals for funding.

In an interview on ERT1, Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas said that the new platform, on which producers can submit their proposals in order to secure financing, will be up and running in the next few days.

At the same time, a plan is underway to simplify the licensing procedures for filming in monuments and archaeological sites. According to the plan, a fee will be required, the amount of which, will depend on the duration, the season and the type of shooting. Regulations are also being considered that will offer financial incentives and tax relief to producers.
http://int.ert.gr/new-chinese-tv-production-given-green-light-film-greece/

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« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 13 May, 2018 @ 11:40:32 »
Greece launches 25% cash rebate to lure foreign film productions
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Stunning scenery, spectacular sunsets, amazing archaeological sites. Who wouldn’t want to put a film setting in Greece? Many… if only there weren’t so many bureaucratic and financial hurdles. Now the Greek government has reportedly introduced a 25% cash rebate in order to attract foreign film productions. A long-awaited measure, a big step towards opening Greece to the international film industry.

http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2018/05/12/greece-film-industry-measures/

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« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 28 October, 2018 @ 14:15:25 »
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A panel of archaeologists has granted a British TV crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for an adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl.
https://www.breakingnews.ie/showbiz/bbc-spy-show-granted-access-to-ancient-greek-temple-as-filming-decision-reversed-835525.html


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When is The Little Drummer Girl on TV?

Remember when we collectively fell in love with The Night Manager? Well now the production company behind that John le Carré drama is coming back with another adaptation from the spy novelist – and it looks set to be one of the big TV events of the year.

Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård and Charles Dance are lined up to star in a seventies tale of international plots and espionage.

When will The Little Drummer Girl be on TV?

The Little Drummer Girl went into production in February 2018, with filming in Greece wrapping at the beginning of June.

Since then, the series’ airdate as been confirmed as Sunday 28th October on BBC1, with the drama filling the primetime 9pm slot.
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2018-10-26/when-is-the-little-drummer-girl-on-tv-who-is-in-the-cast/


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The Little Drummer Girl
9pm, BBC One

Florence Pugh and Michael Shannon star in this 70s-set spy drama, which sees an actor drawn into an Israeli agent’s investigation of a series of assassinations. Another Le Carré adaptation featuring complex exposition – the opener is intriguing enough to get you to return for the next five instalments.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/oct/28/sundays-best-tv-the-little-drummer-girl-jane-fonda-in-five-acts



https://youtu.be/wyPnZjAl6Xo?t=1

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Re: Filming Greece
« Reply #9 on: Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 10:50:00 »
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Where was The Little Drummer Girl filmed in Greece?

Much of the novel is set in Greece, and so a large portion of filming took place in Greece’s capital city, Athens, and in nearby towns and villages.

Charlie and Becker first cross paths in Naxos, Greece, an island in the South Aegean with a healthy tourism industry. But all the scenes set in Naxos were actually shot at the beach town of Kineta on the mainland – a quiet resort about an hour away from Athens.

The British-US co-production spent 24 days filming on location in Greece, with one key scene taking them to Cape Sounion. Located about 70km from Athens, Sounion is home to the Temple of Poseidon, one of the major monuments from the Golden Age of Athens. The temple was constructed in 444-440 BC under the statesman Pericles, and although it was destroyed nine centuries later by invading troops, some of the columns still stand amidst the ruins.

The Little Drummer Girl is a global tale that spans a huge number of countries and cities, but the production team realised they could use Greece as a stand-in for a number of different locations.

Simon Cornwell, co-CEO at The Ink Factory, remarked, “We were able to shoot not only extraordinary scenes set in Greece, but also scenes set in Lebanon, Israel, Yugoslavia (as it was then) and Rome.”

The Nikaia neighbourhood in Athens was used as a stand-in for Palestine, while nearby coastal town of Elefsina was used to double as Lebanon.
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-10-28/the-little-drummer-girl-location-guide-filming/