- Ibiza Consell have denounced the makers of the new Netflix ‘Ibiza’ film, which was shot entirely in Croatia.
- The Consell refused to co-operate with the film’s producers when they were approached prior to the filming, stating that the film reinforced all the “worst stereotypes of chaos linked to the name of the island”.
In a statement issued by Ibiza Consell on Thursday 3rd May, the Department of Tourism said they wanted to make public their outrage at the use of the name “Ibiza” in a film that they say was shot entirely in Croatia.
The new film is currently being heavily promoted in advance of its Netflix release later this month.
The producers of the film approached the Island Council to request the support of the institution in the processing of permits and filming. On the grounds that the film portrayed Ibiza in the “typically negative image that we want to fight”, the Consell rejected any possibility of collaboration with the project, and say they had heard no mnore on the subject until recent publicity of the films release.
The Consell say they are exploring the possibility of legal action against the television production company, on the grounds that they have taken advantage of the name Ibiza without the film having any connection to the island.
Our inbox has had a steady stream of P.R. for the Netflix movie over recent weeks. The accompanying blurb gives the following synopsis of the plot.
“Meet Harper: She’s a single thirty-something New Yorker with awesome friends she loves and a dead-end job she hates. So when her controlling, condescending, germophobic nightmare of a boss sends her on a business trip to Barcelona, Harper jumps at the chance to shake up her routine. Flanked by her two best pals, Harper lets loose in the land of Sangria, where a bit of surprising body graffiti leads to a flirty encounter with a famous DJ.
“Ibiza stars Gillian Jacobs (Love, Community), Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones). The film is directed by Alex Richanbach (We Are Young) from a script by his fellow Funny or Die veteran Lauryn Kahn, who is making her feature screenwriting debut with Ibiza.”
Ibiza will be released globally on Netflix on May 25, 2018.
- Editor’s comment; Let us hope that this instance of Croatia taking what Ibiza rejects, does not turn out to be a prophetic forewarning of far greater losses to come. We can survive a film, let us hope it does not grow to be an entire tourist industry.