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Why Fiji won

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIRECTOR of the locally shot movie Bula Quo Stuart St Paul says he is looking forward to come back to Fiji for another movie shoot in the future.

He made the comment yesterday on the eve of the local premiere of the action comedy picture.

"I have another script for Fiji which we have had in development for a while now. Provided our tax rebate system works, eventually we'll come back for the second movie," Mr St Paul said.

He explained that the location for the shoot had come down to Thailand and Fiji.

"Thailand where I've shot before in the mid '80s and I absolutely loved Thailand. It was probably my best job in the whole of the movie industry to date," Mr St Paul said.

"But Thailand's changed an awful lot. People are saying that Vietnam is now like Thailand was in the mid 80s and from the people I was talking to, I wasn't going to get the same results."

He said they looked at Fiji because they could get the real flavour of the people as well as the scenery.

"So Fiji won because of that and the second reason was that we could base ourselves in one area and move very short distances and gain all the visual things that we wanted to get in one movie."

He explained that the budget for the movie was pegged at $2million but when costs for the rock band Status Quo were factored in, it came close to $4.5million.

"So with us, because of the nature of the movie, our stars were being remunerated by the tour and the music so effectively they didn't come into the film budget.


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