Camelot, the company behind the Amazon movie “Prizefighter,” starring Ray Winstone and Russell Crowe, has achieved financial support from Malta Enterprise, responsible for the country’s economic development. Camelot will operate entirely from Malta producing a series of films and co-producing third party projects that will be filmed on the island. You will manage all aspects of production services, as well as Malta’s 40% refund on qualifying productions.
Camelot has produced three films in Malta since 2019 and has also helped structure and nurture several other third-party projects that have recently filmed in the country. The company’s next project is a documentary titled “The Psychopath Life Coach”, which will premiere on Netflix in the UK on November 22. The slate includes action-adventure franchise “The Lost Book of Creation,” supported by Creative Malta, which begins principal photography in the second quarter of 2024.
Camelot’s slate also includes the biopic about the true story of the Mafia based on the best-selling book “The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain.” Cain lived a double life as a Chicago police officer and a man created by the mafia for the Chicago team. Camelot has also acquired the rights to the book “Never Will I Die,” based on the true story of special forces agent Toby Gutteridge, who was paralyzed after being shot in the neck during a nighttime raid in Afghanistan.
Camelot Films was founded by Matt Hookings, who runs the company alongside associate producer Jay Gill, marketing executives Luke Faulkner, Mat Newcomb and development producer Jennifer Jones.
Hookings said: “This announcement for Camelot has been 10 years in the making and this support from Malta will allow us to expand our production base and drive our roster forward. “We are delighted with this backing from both private investors and Malta Enterprise and look forward to filming our next project there, with the aim of bringing the best projects to the island and helping to grow the local film industry and strengthen the Maltese economy.”
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, 50 miles south of Sicily and 176 miles east of Tunisia, Malta has a long history as a filming location dating back to the silent “Sons of the Sea” in 1925. Movies filmed in the island republic include 1995’s “Cutthroat Island,” 2002’s “The Count of Monte Cristo,” 2000’s “Gladiator,” 2000’s “Troy.” 2004 and more recent titles such as Apple TV+’s “Foundation” and “Jurassic World: Dominion.”
In 2022, the country hosted 24 projects, including Ridley Scott’s historical epic “Napoleon”, starring Joaquin Phoenix, which employed more than 900 Maltese and 1,000 foreigners, generating $94 million in economic activity, giving the production community its best year in a decade. Scott is expected to resume filming “Gladiator 2” in Malta imminently.