“Magaluf Ghost Town”: An awkward documentary: Toronto Hot Docs

The promotional material from the film’s distributor leaves the impression that the town of Magaluf will be the subject of the documentary “which during season becomes a Deadwood-like capital of sin and vice”.

Magaluf is a beach town on the Spanish island of Mallorca invaded in the summer season by British youth or better said legless lager louts. You will see only a part of the documentary deal with the badly behaved pale faced and/or sunburnt Brits fornicating on the beach, vomiting, urinating, participating in fellatio contests for free drinks and being picked up by the sanitation service passed out cold in the street in the morning. The small portion of the film dealing with this is just enough to make you nauseous.

Many years ago I travelled with the remnants of the hippy movement in Greece before it became a huge tourist destination but now is having its own Magaluf issues. But in those days the youth were well behaved. Magaluf Brits are so notoriously behaved their antics they are covered in the British tabloids.

Where the documentary becomes awkward is with its side stories of residents of Magaluf where there is no common thread other than disgust with the Brits yet with some of them making money in the tourism industry so they have to endure. It’s kind of feast and famine. And when the summer season ends Magaluf is indeed a ghost town.

Aside from this commonality there are just side stories dealing with the obese and in ill health Maria Teresa, her hardworking lodger from Mali, queer Rueben and his buddy and an ambitious Russian real estate agent desperately seeking capital to transform Magaluf into a five-star resort like Miami.

The weakest part of the documentary is a murder which is unrealistic given its perpetuators are filmed planning it. One wonders if the side stories, which are largely mundane, are fictional.

You can find the trailer here https://vimeo.com/539025924

You can catch the world premiere of the film at Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival from April 29-May 9 provided you are in Canada. You can purchase your tickets here https://hotdocs.ca/p/hot-docs-festival

The film can only be seen in Canada.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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