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plandecampagneHard hats may be the new fashion for shoppers at Plan-de-Campagne as a second mini-tornado struck the shopping complex yesterday.  Continue Reading »

pridefr‘Pride’ is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to Continue Reading »

Back in the Swim of Things

…at last.  The Yves Blanc Pool in Aix reopens on 15th September after being closed all summer for urgent repairs. That’s the good news.  Continue Reading »

color runTaking part in a fun-run has now been combined with Indian-style Holi colour-bombing in a world-wide craze for ‘Color Runs’.

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IMvieux port.jpgG_2824Marseille will soon be in the international media spotlight with a new series to be filmed in the city.  It will be an 8-episode drama about a fierce battle for the mayorship. 

Netflix says it will produce a French-style “House of Cards” series as it prepares to launch in France this month. The series will tell a “tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city,” Netflix said in their press release.

“Marseille’ stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city,” it added.

“It will be a lot more Shakespearian [than the original House of Cards] because a lot of family vendettas will play into the intrigue,” producer Pascal Breton told Le Figaro daily. “There will be drama, tragedy, some explosions, but this is not an action movie.”

Netflix will launch in France next week on September 15, but breaking into the French market has been controversial as the country is protective of its film and television industries. Media commentators are saying that this series will help their relationship with the French.  But also I feel that Marseille has all the ingredients for a great series and will be an absolute gift to the cinematographers.

I wonder if the shooting will have the same impact as ‘Breaking Bad’ had on Alberquerque?  This series gave so much business to local hotels, restaurants, shops and even locals as extras – and post-show has given life to all sorts of guided tours around the locations.  Next year will tell…

Netflix will begin shooting ‘Marseille’ in the spring of 2015 and will be shown later that year. 

Here’s a coup for Aix…all thanks to the hard work and determination of a locally-based American who so wanted to bring the best of London theatre direct to the town.

06artsbeat-queen3This month sees a broadcast of the London West End production Continue Reading »

Starting at the Cinema…

Some interesting films opening on 10th September.  First off, Les Recettes du Bonheur (VF) at the Cézanne.  Continue Reading »