I remember those days when our local film makers lamented the dearth of funding for movie projects. Though I always thought that you'd never really need a big budget to make a film. And good films at that. You can see many cases in point here -- as proven by our talented independent film-makers. So proud of them.
But I am not proud of some individuals who were given the Malaysian Film Develoment Corporation (Finas) feature film loans, shouted about their projects...and nothing came out of them.
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These loans are meant to help local film-makers and to boost the local film industry.
I'm not sure what happened to these movie projects such as Aduh Saliha (The Cameracrew Productions).
According to the report, the project (in 2007), to be directed by M. Nasir, would have seen Mawi's acting debut alongside newcomer Puteri Sarah Liyana.
Shooting had already taken place in Sabah for several weeks but it was inexplicably halted.
Mawi's second movie, Jin Notti, is making waves in cinemas. But there's no news on Aduh Saliha.
Then, there's The Chini (Raffi Hussein Corporation), an ambitious film project on the legendary dragon of the Chini Lake was launched in August 2003 at its namesake.
In this case, Raffi Hussein, who was also the director, died before production could begin.
And then there's Mat Kilau (Lagenda Studios), about the legendary Malay warrior. It was to feature newcomers Mohd Hairulnizam and Maslina Omar.
It wa launched last February with the usual fanfare. It was to be directed by Rodzee A. Razak. The producer announced that the film would cost RM10 million, the second most expensive film after Puteri Gunung Ledang.
Nothing has been heard of it since.
Mek Ani (Wan's Production), to be produced by Wan Noraini Wan Noh launched the project about the life of a Makyong dancer in July last year.
She said the film could become Malaysia's first entry in the Academy Awards.
The RM4 million project never took off.
The film shoot, set to be directed by Arieef Karmahani with Zulhuzaimi and newcomer Sharina Ahmad Hadzimdan as main stars, has been postponed several times.
I'm not sure what's going on, why these projects were not completed or never took off, or if they have and are completed, never got to see the light of day.
But it sure ain't right.