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Netflix's 'Ibiza' Director Has Never Been to Ibiza

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Ibiza, Balearic Islands in Spain

Most dance fans have now heard of 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 of the White Isle.

In the film, drug use is flippant and rampant, the music is big and gaudy, and none of 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 of time there and also Richard Madden who spent a lot of time there and I sort of 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 of 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 of a recent epidemic of 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 of narrative license being taken to push the boundaries of the comedy ... It’s loosely assumed those pills are Adderall but it’s never specified."

Read the full exchange via Mixmag.