Jonathan Melville aka The Film Traveller

Jonathan Melville aka The Film Traveller

Film Traveller Côte d’Azur France is a blog covering the film connections of the Côte d’Azur region of the South of France.

We all enjoy watching classic movies set in exotic locations, with actors such as Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Sean Connery spending their days being chased along mountain roads in sports cars or lazing on a sun-dappled beach before their next romantic interlude.

Today’s films may not be as glamorous as they once were, but those locations still exist, if you know where to look.

This blog was created by arts journalist Jonathan Melville and travel blogger Kash Bhattacharya after a discussion with the Côte d’Azur tourism board in 2012. It was agreed that the area, also known as The French Riviera, was a paradise for film fans who wanted to follow in the footsteps of their cinema heroes, but that trying to find the various locations wasn’t so easy.

In January 2013, Jonathan took a 10-day trip to the Côte d’Azur in search of film locations and connections in the area, visiting 16 towns and villages and taking photos and videos along the way. The result is this blog, which will be updated in the coming months with posts covering the areas film connections.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Melville is a freelance arts journalist who writes a weekly film column for the Edinburgh Evening News and regularly contributes to BBC Radio Scotland’s Movie Café. He established the online film magazine, www.reelscotland.com, in 2010 which went on to be named one of Scotland’s best websites by The List magazine in 2011. He also helps maintain Cinematic Scotland.

About Kash

Better known as the ‘BudgetTraveller’, Kash Bhattacharya is a travel blogger and social media professional who runs the successful blog, Budget Traveller. Kash was recently recognised as the number 1 blogger and influencer in Budget Travel by UK media bible, Cision UK. Currently Kash is compiling a guide to Luxury Hostels across Europe in partnership with easyJet, Travelzoo, Interrail, Busabout and TravellersPoint. Brilliant Media listed Kash as one of the top 50 online travel influencers based on Klout plus he is also one of Visit Britain’s 20 ‘superbloggers.’

About the Côte d’Azur tourism board

The Comité Régional du Tourisme (CRT) Côte d’Azur is a government agency which manages the trademark. Its core mission is to drive the destination’s tourist marketing and development. Through its expertise and know-how, the CRT provides active support for the large scale projects promoted by the department entities and local authorities through specific partnerships.

The CRT transports you to this moviemaker’s paradise. The French Riviera extends a warm welcome to visitors to share its passion for all things film, visit its wealth of stunning landscapes used as classic film locations. See it through the eyes of the great film directors and actors. and fall in love with it, like so many before.

CRT Cote d’Azur and its partners, in association with the Commission du Film Cote d’Azur, hope that you enjoy this blog. It is designed to take you on a journey of discovery through the French Riviera, the ultimate film destination.

Visit the Côte d’Azur Tourist Board website for more information on the region.

About The French Riviera Film Commission

Founded in 1999 under the initiative impetus of the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The French Riviera Film Commission is a public organisation in charge of developing business.

Services of the French Riviera film commission are completely free of charge and include the promotion of the Côte d’Azur region and its locations, offering help and information to film and audiovisual professionals at every stage in the development of the project.

Creation of a hub for audiovisual and image industries to allow the identification of the skills available on the French Riviera in the field of audiovisual and image industries. In the past 13 years filming on the Côte d’Azur has included:

  • 133 feature length films
  • 201 television series episodes
  • 2,070 commercials

More information can be found at www.filmcotedazur.com and www.ccinice-cote-azur.com.