Western Leader : December 21st 2010
6 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS 7 Cabernet Cres, Westgate, Auckland Ph: 09 833 3019. Phone orders welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN BOXING DAY 10am-3pm Shop Online -- www.huntingandfishing.co.nz Westgate Boost for film industry By NICOLA MURPHY More films shot in west Auckland could be screened in China thanks to a stronger relationship between the two countries' movie industries. Film Auckland executive manager Michael Brook says there are already a number of films in production that have benefited from a co-production treaty signed by the two countries earlier this year. It means a film made collaboratively by the two countries becomes an offic- ial film of each. The Chinese government imposes a limit of 20 international films shown in its cinemas per year. This restriction is removed when a film is the result of co-production between China and New Zealand. China's interest in film is growing at a rapid rate, which gives New Zea- land access to a large and lucrative potential market,'' Mr Brook says. He says this could mean more films are made in west Auckland, providing employment and economic oppor- tunities. Chinese Film Association represen- tatives visited Unitec's Mt Albert cam- pus last week to follow up on the agreement and its success so far. Deputy chief executive Kang Jian- min says a greater trust has been established since the treaty was signed. We need to develop that relation- ship and trust further,'' he says. Auckland Film Studios general man- ager Kieran Fitzsimmons says it will be a few more years before west Auck- landers see any benefits of the agree- ment. It's a long drawn-out process but once we get that co-production together the economic benefits will be vast.'' He says there will also be cultural benefits for New Zealanders of Asian heritage because more Chinese actors will be required for film roles. They'll start to see more of them- selves onscreen, allowing them to explore and express their heritage.'' Notable films produced in west Auckland recently include After the Waterfall which had its world premiere in Beijing and Korean film The Warrior's Way, which was filmed here around two years ago and will be released in New Zealand shortly. Mayor looking into CCTVs Auckland mayor Len Brown plans to review the city's closed circuit tele- vision network in a bid to battle crime. The review is one of the 100 projects he has promised in the first 100 days of the Auckland Council. CCTV is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to prevent and detect crime as the technology becomes more widespread, sophisticated and cost effective. The issue for the new council is how best to co-ordinate the use of existing systems and to extend the use of CCTV in association with police, town centres, business associations and residents. The majority of systems operating in Auckland are owned by businesses, associations and agencies other than the council. The use of CCTV is a proven tool in solving crime and making people feel safer,'' Mr Brown says. We owe it to our people to make them feel as safe as we can in our streets.'' Reported crime increased in all three of Auckland's police districts last year. The review will be completed by March.
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