New movie series to be produced in Papua New Guinea
An Australian funded organization, Tribal Voice Art Links, will be producing a new movies series in the country.The community based organization is a local soap opera group and is bringing back film production with K47, 000 funding from AusAID through the Strongim People, Strongim Nesen (SPSN) with a planned launch in December.
The director and executive producer, McPolly Koima; who was a member of the 80 strong PNG cast of German production, Jungle Child, said the films about Grace will not only be entertaining but educational with in-depth relevance.
“Grace simply means love, dignity, kindness and mercy which is what PNG lacks currently,” he said.
Koima said the story of Grace would take the audience on a tour of schools, villages and the city of Port Moresby.
“The story reflects the quality of life in a nation that is 70% illiterate and divided by over thousand different tribe and geographical features, cultures and tradition,” Koima added.
Meanwhile SPSN program director, Jeremy Syme, said the production of films is about art and we have to recognise that it is really about art-media. He also said the funding was a gift from the Australian people to Papua New Guineans.
The film industry in the country has had a decline in recent decades. However, the last few years have seen a boom in the industry with local cast recruited for Jungle Child and the planned shooting of The B-Team (which is yet to commence).
Previous locally produced films include Tinpis Run, Tukana, Wokabaut Bilong Tonten and featured legendary artists like William Takaku.