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Tuesday July 12, 2011
By DURIE RAINER FONG firstname.lastname@example.org
KOTA KINABALU: Film director Ahmad Idham will shoot 90 per cent of his new movie in Sabah, using many of the state’s breathtaking locations to woo the audience.
While adopting a straightforward love storyline as the backbone of his movie Gerimis Mengundang, Ahmad really hopes to attract the people to watch the flick through Sabah’s finest eco-treasures.
“Sabah is like a studio in itself…it is so beautiful.
“I want to make a film that makes people say ‘that’s the reason why he wants to shoot in Sabah!’. I want to portray the attractions Sabah has and I know her beauty,” he said.
Having studied for five years in the “Land Below the Wind”, Ahmad knows the state well. He has handpicked many locations — Likas Bay, Sutera Harbour Resort, the Filipino market, Mari-Mari Cultural Village and Manukan Island here and the Kundasang highlands in Sabah’s Crocker Range — for shooting his film.
Gerimis Mengundang, a RM1.5mil movie, tells the story of a helicopter pilot who comes to Sabah from Kuala Lumpur and falls in love with an Indonesian girl who is the daughter of the Indonesian Consulate in the state.
The title of the movie is also inspired by a popular song that comes with the same name and popularised by a Malaysian band — Slam. The song was a hit in Malaysia and Indonesia.
The main roles would be played Malaysian actor Ahmad Kamal Adli and Indonesian teen star Olivia Jensen. The movie is slotted for release on Valentine’s Day next year.
Ahmad had always wanted to shoot in Sabah but could not due to logistical hindrances.
That stumbling block has now been overcome with the help of producer Datuk Md Afendi Hamdan, who hails from the state’s east coast district of Sandakan and also the executive chairman of E-Rama Creative Sdn Bhd.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who attended a high-tea session with Ahmad recently, hoped more film makers from Peninsular Malaysia
would pick Sabah to shoot their movies.
He said Sabah had the potential to become a film hub if the logistical side of making movies in Sabah is improved.
“The Sabah government particularly the State Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry will help as much as it can to bring more film producers to Sabah to make movies,” he said.
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