By Tom Grater
June 9, 2020
The European Film Academy has awarded the Andalusian desert the title “Treasure of European Film Culture”. The desert, in the Spanish province of Almeria, saw more than 300 films shoot there between the 1950s and 2020, famously including Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western trilogy A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Further projects to have filmed on the location include Lawrence Of Arabia, Conan The Barbarian, and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. In more recent times, series such as Doctor Who, Black Mirror and Game Of Thrones have all shot footage in the desert. The EFA hopes that the new title will raise awareness of the location’s history, encourage it to be protected, and highlight it as a cinema destination for the tourist industry.