Magazine article Screen International

Thailand Film Office Sets First Project under Film Tax Incentive

Magazine article Screen International

Thailand Film Office Sets First Project under Film Tax Incentive

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Vicky Jewson's action film Close to benefit from new programme.

Thailand Film Office has announced that the first project to benefit from Thailand's new incentives programme will be UK director Vicky Jewson's [pictured] action drama Close.

Scheduled to start shooting in June, the film revolves around elite female bodyguards who offer 'close' protection to the rich and famous.

The film will be produced by London and Oxford-based Jewson Film/Whitaker Media, founded by Jewson and Rupert Whitaker to produce films featuring female protagonists. The company's credits include Born Of War (2014), which Arclight Films handled internationally.

Launched by Thailand Film Office in January 2017, the new incentives offer a 15% to 20% rebate for qualifying productions with a local spend of over $1.4m (baht50m). Several countries were considered for the location of Close, but Charles Salmon of Thai Occidental Productions convinced Jewson to shoot in Thailand. …

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