‘TGV cinemas a catalyst for movie, film hub in Miri’

MIRI: The production of local films is still low in the country, Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin said when launching at the grand opening of TGV Cinemas at Imperial City Mall yesterday.

Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman, said for TGV Cinemas, the local films stood for only 10 per cent of its movie screening which means two local movies per week.

The production of local movies in the country is still lacking in numbers. Perhaps, the relevant government agencies could look into every means to increase movie production in the country.

He said a successful movie depended greatly on its story line presented creatively by the script writers.

A movie will not meet its objective without the best story line. Thus, no matter how good the actors and actresses are, a movie cannot become a big hit without good scripts.

In this respect, he suggested the relevant authority has to be able to come out with incentives to send local script writers for scriptwriting courses in order to produce more creative, quality films for the country.

Besides that, he pointed out that Sarawak offers an abundance of natural picturesque settings and the uniqueness in cultural blends, which add up to vast potential for filming on location for the movie-making industry.

On the grand opening of TVG Cinemas, he said the operator has made the right decision by choosing Miri for its first cinema chain in East Malaysia.

Located strategically, he said Miri is also the perfect entertainment destination for movie-lovers from around Bintulu, Limbang, Lawas as well as neighbouring country Brunei Darussalam.

The presence of TGV Cinemas will contribute to the overall enhancement of Miri city. The Resort City is primed to be a premier film destination and with TGV Cinemas unique cinema going experience, we hope it will provide another relaxing entertainment venue for locals and tourists alike as well as encourage local film industry.

Also present were Miri mayor Lawrence Lai, Boulevard Group of Companies chief executive operator Liong Chiong Sing, CEO of Boulevard Group of Companies Don Yew Hoon and CEO of TGV Cinemas Gerald V Dibbayawan.