By James Gough
Teamworx Television and Film GmbH of Germany, a leading German production house, is currently producing a 2-part 90-minute television movie filmed totally in Malaysia of which 10% of the locations are filmed around Ipoh.
Love and Death in Java, the title of the film, is basically a love story and a period movie set amidst the turmoil in Batavia, Java from 1939 to 1949 at the start of the Second World War.
The lead actors for the movie are actor Francis Fulton-Smith and the actress is Muriel Baumeister both popular German actors. The popular local actors include Patrick Teoh and Tony Yussof and a big host of extras.
According to Bill Donovan, the Producer with Biscuit Films, the local film production support service company, Ipoh was chosen as it has a lot of suitable heritage buildings with “all the right settings for a period movie”.
One of the scenes taking place at the verandah of the Station Hotel had actors and actresses dressed in period costumes of the colonial era. The previous day had the crews filming at Batu Gajah and in front of the Town Hall.
Donovan could not reveal the cost of producing the movie saying “I am not the main producer” but said the expenditure to house his team of 75 crew for a whole week was “sizeable”. His expenditure did not include the other multiple support crews coming in and out for the week. A welcome bonanza indeed for Ipoh’s hospitality and service industry.