Once Upon A Time In Almería



In the summer of ’98 Robin Amanda Faure, Julius Cotter and I decided to make a film … and we came up with the idea of a documentary on Sergio Leone and his lasting effect on Almería where all his westerns where shot. We got Sir Christopher Frayling, the pre eminent expert on all things spaghetti western and author of the definitive biography of Sergio Leone, involved and filmed all over the Tabernas desert and in the sets of Mini Hollywood and Western Leone. Our documentary, Dust To Dollars was never completed as we ran into major copyright issues with MGM and Paramount who were charging $100 a second for use of material from those iconic movies … and naively we had apportioned a good 7 minutes! Without those clips our film didn’t make much sense. However we managed to cobble together this short film about Western Leone as a gift to Luis, the owner of the film set and it has been sitting in a box along with the rest of the tapes all this time. Time now to let it out in to the light…



Once Upon A Time In Almería from Jasper Hawker on Vimeo.