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Maltese home and family feature in Australian film

Malta is one of the stopovers for an Australian couple who are shooting scenes for In Corpore, a feature film production which explores love, monogamy and infidelity between young couples in different societies.

Sarah Jayne Portelli, an Australian of Maltese descent, is in Malta together with her husband Ivan Malekin to shoot scenes for this film.

After shooting scenes in Melbourne, the producers came over to Malta, with the story continuing about a newly-married young couple. Between one scene and another, the audience will discover the hopes and dreams of Anna, and how tradition conditions her choices, and what effect this can have on her marriage to Manny.

“My heritage is Maltese so actually I’m shooting in my grandmother’s house today, so I chose to shoot in Malta for that reason but also because we wanted to explore the idea of tradition and breaking out of tradition and that sort of thing,” Sarah Jayne Portelli explained.

With one of the scenes being shot at a Qormi family home, the main actors mingle with secondary actors around a table during a  meal.

Sarah Jayne explains that this sort of film – mumblecore – allows for the actors to speak naturally, and even to express themselves in dialect form.

The producers said this is not their first filming experience.

“Over New Year we shot a feature film Friends, Foes & Fireworks, which was shot over one night on New Year’s Eve – so we shot from from 4pm until 7pm. So this year is our second feature film that we’ve produced and our feature film in total,” Sarah Jayne explained.

Sarah Jayne and Ivan Malekin, members of the Nexus Production Group since August this year, have relocated to Malta as they believe they can continue to expand in the film industry.

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