Jordan: A Gold Mine of Filming Locations that Can Stand in for Different Countries
Amman - 4th, March 2018
Jordan has been on high demand in the past few years as a filming location. Examples of the Kingdom doubling for other countries on the big screen are increasingly rising in the cinematic scene. A very recent case of such is the drama feature-length film “A Private War”- by American director Matthew Heineman - in which the Kingdom stands in for five different countries: Syria, Afghanistan, Sri-Lanka, Libya and Iraq.
The lens of the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winning filmmaker has roamed the country and shot for 19 days, in seven different areas in the Kingdom.
Best known for directing and producing the documentaries “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts”, director Heineman chose this time the narrative style to tell the true story of American war correspondent, Marie Colvin, in his upcoming film “A Private War”.
Starring Rosamund Pike, the British actress portrays the character of Colvin, a journalist specialized in Middle Eastern issues, but who also covered conflicts in Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and East Timor. She worked for the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1985 until she was killed while covering the siege of Homs in Syria back in 2012.
The movie also stars Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who plays the role of the war photographer. As to the visual side of the film, Heineman collaborated with American cinematographer Robert Richardson, who has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times.
Commenting on his shoot in Jordan, Heineman said:"I had an amazing experience filming in Jordan. It is a beautiful country with diverse topography and very kind people. Within two hours of Amman, I was astonished that we were able to shoot in locations that were supposed to be Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, and they looked completely authentic. Fuad Khalil, Diala Raie, and Saeb Abu Ragheb were extremely professional, welcoming, and helped us find and secure amazing these locations - from the tunnels of Umm Qais to the market in Madaba. And they also made the production process seamless and easy. I look forward to coming back to Jordan.”
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) provided, as usual, comprehensive production services, facilitating the shoot of this movie by issuing filming permits, assisting with customs clearance as well as coordinating with the concerned entities for logistical procedures.
It is worth mentioning that 195 Jordanian crew have worked on “A Private War”, along with the foreign crew.
For more information, please call: Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext. 23
About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.