- Blood On The Crown presents the concealed account of how Maltese citizens fought for their independence against England in 1919.
- Over 115 Maltese citizens, mostly teenagers, were blamed for the violence and sentenced to life in jail.
- This film is Malta’s long-awaited triumph to share with the world how a small Mediterranean island took on the British Empire.
The true story of resilience and honor that has been covered up for nearly 100 years, heavily supported by the Arts Council of Malta, was distributed by Los Angeles-based Electronic Entertainment.
Based on actual events, “Blood On The Crown” presents the concealed account of how Maltese citizens fought for their independence against England in 1919. Immediately following the end of World War I, in a plea for their country’s independence, Maltese people from all different walks of life, united to lead an uprising against the British. The Army was sent to quell the riots. Blood flowed when unarmed protestors were brutally killed by the British army. Due to its cover up by the British government in the years following, the revolution is not documented and not widely known. The large number of casualties was an embarrassment to the British army. Over 115 Maltese citizens, mostly teenagers, were blamed for the violence and sentenced to life in jail. “Blood On The Crown” is Malta’s long-awaited triumph to share with the world how a small Mediterranean island took on the British Empire.
“Blood On The Crown” is produced and written by Jean-Pierre Magro (“Bulgarian Rhapsody”), produced by Pedja Miletic, Aaron Briffa and directed by Davide Ferrario (“After Midnight,” “We All Fall Down”). Mario A. Azzopardi, Roland Joffe, Konstantin Ishkhanov, Albert Marshall, Shayne Putzlocher serve as Executive Producers. Music is composed by Alexey Shor.
Producer Aaron Briffa said, “We are immensely proud to tell how a small island nation rose to defy the most powerful empire in the world. This David versus Goliath story has been mostly buried until now.”
When screenwriter Jean Pierre Magro was asked where the Malta source material came from he noted “the British Colonial office did try to cover their tracks and eliminate any photographic evidence, I believe only 3 or 4 pictures survived. However, there were two reports that served as source material and various books written by Maltese historians over the years.”
Commenting further, producer Pedja Miletic noted that he was “extremely pleased that this project was embraced by so many great actors who were invaluable in helping the film become a reality.” He added that the director, Davide Ferrario, framed the narrative with such beauty. Miletic further made note that “the music of Alexei Shor was sublime in rendering the perfect mood.”
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. For more information on Malta, visit www.visitmalta.com.
About the Arts Council of Malta
Previously known as the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA), Arts Council Malta (ACM) is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its central task is that of effectively funding, supporting and promoting the cultural and creative sectors in Malta. The Council manages a funding portfolio for the cultural and creative sectors through its national funding programs. www.artscouncilmalta.org/pages/the-council/about-us/our-profile
About Electric Entertainment
Electric Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production, international distribution, and post-production company, with an office in Vancouver, Canada.
Electric’s domestic distribution division theatrically released the award-winning film “Say My Name” starring Lisa Brenner and Nick Blood, “Bad Samaritan” starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “LBJ.” The company also exclusively licensed these films’ post-theatrical rights to Amazon and other outlets.
Electric’s hit television series, “The Librarians” and “Leverage,” which ran for four and five seasons respectively on TNT, continue to be successfully relicensed to all arenas domestically and internationally. Currently Electric is in production shooting the spin-off continuation of “Leverage,” “Leverage: Redemption,” which is one of the first original programs coming from Amazon’s IMDb TV. Electric’s series “The Outpost” is currently in production on its fourth season for The CW and “Almost Paradise” is currently streaming on IMDb TV after having premiered on WGN America. Electric’s International Distribution division also manages certain distribution rights for the FilmRise library including titles such as “Change Is In The Air” starring Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”