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Cambodia beckons Hollywood movie makers

Cambodia beckons Hollywood movie makers

CAMBODIA is becoming a desired Hollywood location with three major film makers looking

to include the kingdom in their projects.

Stephen Spielberg's Dream-works production company is the latest to visit and scout

locations.

Nine Dreamworks employees visited Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, leaving last week on

the company's corporate jet.

One of them said they had been visiting Angkor with a view to setting part of their

next animated feature there.

He said the movie was titled Tusker and was a story about elephants.

He said it would star the voices of Morgan Freeman and Jody Foster. They plan to

return and start filming later this year, with a release date some time in 2002.

Meanwhile there are two other Hollywood productions planned for Cambodia.

Oliver Stone is scheduled to begin shooting a feature in the country during the next

few months and actor Matt Dillon is understood to be still interested in filming

a movie here following several planning visits.

Locally based journalist Hurley Scroggins has worked with a number of film crews

in Cambodia and believes that the sudden interest is due to the discovery that the

country has good scenery and the local authorities have a relaxed attitude.

"Cambodia has idyllic unspoiled locations and the Government is very cooperative

with film makers, probably due to the King's enthusiasm and history with the cinema,"

he said.

"There are also very few complications in filming in Cambodia compared with

other countries in the region.

"There are no problems in bringing in specialist staff from overseas. The Government

does not want to vet the scripts."

He said he believed this to be an excellent opportunity for Cambodia to be portrayed

in a positive light as well as providing employment at a local level.

"These companies spend a lot of money and it trickles down - it is the ultimate

tourism."

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