The Dayak film industry wants the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to introduce initiatives to create a friendly environment for film producers to assist the state’s domestic tourism industry.
Film producer Museh Amba said the initiatives could include the setting up of a film commission as a marketing organisation to promote localities to the movie and television industries by publicising filming locations, crew members and services of the local areas.
“As film-makers, what we ask is just a simple recognition for our efforts”, said Museh, who is BFG Media and Entertainment Production Sdn Bhd managing director.
Museh, who is currently working on his first feature film, “Dunya Gangster” at various locations in Bintulu and Miri, said Malaysian film productions normally focused on 80 percent outdoor shooting locations such as roadsides, beaches, resorts and other attractive tourist spots.
“Basically, it will help promote the places for the shooting to movie audiences,” he said, adding that he was optimistic the company’s effort to promote the two northern gateways would gain recognition from the local authorities such as the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and Miri Municipal Council (MMC).
He was confident that Dunya Gangster, which he said was unique, would receive overwhelming response from movie audiences, particularly from the Dayak community throughout the state as it was the first Dayak-Iban action feature film.
Dunya Gangster, which stars Blucewalker Breday, Mike Kilat, Julio Patrick Davey, Erry Zukhairi and Stephanie Liah, is set to begin shooting in Miri.
“All I can say is that most people, especially the younger generation are about to witness history in the making. If Yusuf Haslam and his son can create action films like Gerak Khas and KL Drift, why can’t we make our own action movies?” he said.