One interesting trait of the more recent files shot in the Turks and Caicos is that they really don’t show the amazing beaches, water, and marine environment that make our island famous. The 1941 film Bahama Passage and the Le trésor de Pago Pago television program show some great locations.
The Turks and Caicos has hosted a truly impressive collection of heads of state and celebrities. Many of which have stayed at exclusive retreats such as
COMO Parrot Cay Resort on Parrot Cay, and
Amanyara on Providenciales.
The number of celebrities that have actually acted on film in the Turks and Caicos is far lower than the number who have simply visited and vacationed here.
A frame from the 1941 film Bahama Passage showing the water locks, with the White House in the background.
The Turks and Caicos was the location for an early full feature film, Bahamas Passage. This 1941 Technicolor film was shot on Salt Cay when the sea salt industry was still in full operation.
Le trésor de Pago Pago
Without questions, the film project that left the most behind in the Turks and Caicos was the unique French game show Le trésor de Pago Pago. This survivor challenge show shot several episodes in the early 1990s at beautiful
Malcolm's Road Beach on Providenciales.
The show built a set on the breath-taking and then very remote Malcolms Road Beach, which included a tiki hut village (on the low cliffs where
Amanyara resort now stands), and a massive underwater steel Thunderdome cage and rope bridge climbing array for their challenges. The project also brought in a dugout canoe for races as well.
The 2003 Paradise Virus movie was a low budget and made for TV drama thriller that has truly hilarious production quality, writing, and acting. It was almost entirely shot on Grand Turk and prior to the construction of the
Grand Turk Cruise Center, so the backgrounds tend to be more interesting than the plot. As the film’s name suggests, the story is a rather cliché virus epidemic thriller.
Paradise Virus is only worth watching if you know the Turks and Caicos and Grand Turk, otherwise it’s tedious and predictable.
The second Hollywood film to be shot in the Turks and Caicos was Life’s a Beach. Originally shot in 2000 and titled Jungle Juice, the movie was shelved and released more than a decade later in 2012. The story is of a groom who gets stood up at his wedding and then decides to go on the honeymoon with his best friend instead.
Life’s a Beach was primarily shot at the Ramada Turquoise Reef/Allegro Resort, which was later demolished and is the site of the current
Seven Stars Resort.
Keeping up with the Kardashians
The Kardashians have visited the Turks and Caicos multiple times, staying at Amanyara and also private luxury beach villas.
This film is part of the Worricker Trilogy and features ex-MI5 officer Johnny Worricker (played by Bill Nighy) hiding out in the Turks and Caicos. Part of the plot revolves around a scheme by shady American businessman led by a character played by Christopher Walken.