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Málaga's scenes in 'The Crown' through to European Film Location Awards finals
Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 8:21 PM

A COSTA del Sol city has been crowned finalist in the European Film Location Awards after it featured in scenes from a world-acclaimed British saga on Netflix.

Málaga's La Concepción Historical and Botanical Gardens, which became Adelaide, Australia for season four of The Crown (photo: Málaga city council)

Málaga's municipal auditorium and theatre, its Gran Hotel Miramar, C/ Molina Lario, the La Concepción Historical and Botanical Gardens, the Málaga Palacio Hotel, the Castañón de Mena military barracks, and the Monte Miramar Palace are just a handful of the locations put forward by the Andalucía Film Commission to Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and Palma Pictures.

Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor in Málaga's La Concepción gardens, aka Prince Charles and Princess Diana in Adelaide (photo: Diario Sur newspaper/Netflix)

These and other parts of the provincial capital city were used in season four of The Crown – mainly because the Costa del Sol was easier and cheaper to get to for recreating scenes from Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's Royal visit to Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s for the Commonwealth Summit than using the actual, real-life venues on the other side of the world.

This isn't really Sydney Opera House in the 1980s. It's Málaga municipal auditorium in 2020, with ‘extra bits’ to make it look like Australia's most global urban attraction (photo: Diario Sur newspaper/Netflix)

During filming, the Castañón de Mena barracks became a children's hospital in Sydney; the auditorium was 'decorated' to look exactly like Sydney Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the background and crowds filling the steps in front; La Concepción gardens became Adelaide; the Monte Miramar Palace was the Australian president's residence in the capital, Canberra; Cártama bridge became Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, and Cártama Polo Club showed actor Josh O'Connor fall off his pony mid-Chukka.

Málaga's C/ Molina Lario also features in The Crown season four (photo: PerryPlanet/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

Emma Corrin played Princess Diana to Josh's Prince Charles in seasons three and four, but in the forthcoming seasons five and six, Elizabeth Debicki will be the Princess of Wales and Dominic West will play the current heir to the British throne.



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