Exodus

El Negrero

Juan el Mala Vida de Los Albericoques

Almeria has a history of providing superb locations for films. It started with the westerns and biblical epics of the 60s. Only last year the BBC filmed episodes of Dr.Who and Silent Witness here, Almeria doubling as the Wild West and Afghanistan. In October, Ridley Scott starts filming the blockbuster, ‘Exodus’, near Rodalquilar. The timeless landscape of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata will replicate Ancient Egypt. During the summer auditions took place for extras in the movie. Yesterday evening we were chatting to Juan in Las Negras and he told us he has got a part in the film. He has lived here all his life and we cannot recall him ever working. He says the pay is good and we wish him luck.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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