Most dance fans have now heard the movie Ibiza, posted on Netflix and threatened with a lawsuit from the real-life Ibizan government. Ibizan authorities and dance music fans around the world are upset at the romantic comedy's portrayal the White Isle.
In the film, drug use is flippant and rampant, the music is big and gaudy, and none the shots were actually filmed on the island or in its clubs.
Mixmag recently caught up with Ibiza's director, Alex Richanbach, and it turns out he's never been to the island.
“You know I hadn’t been able to go,” says Richanbach. “So I did all my research through our writer who spent a lot time there and also Richard Madden who spent a lot time there and I sort watched as much as I could from a documentary stand-point and I read books and did as much as I could. But the speed which we prepped the film I wasn’t able to get there.”
The movie's writer's experience partying there might be the only real tether to Ibiza the film can claim.
The film also contains scenes depicting a woman taking three nondescript pills at once, only to take another pill later on. When asked if such scenes were appropriate in light a recent epidemic extra-strength ecstasy leading to an increase in fatal overdoses on the island, Richanbach responds, “I’m sorry, I thought we were talking about music today.”
“I do take drug use seriously,” he continues. “This is something that was based on our writer’s own experiences while she was on vacation and is meant to be a big, crazy comedy,” he says. “We do take that drug-use] seriously but there’s also a certain amount narrative license being taken to push the boundaries the comedy … It’s loosely assumed those pills are Adderall but it’s never specified.”
Read the full exchange Mixmag.