Magazine article Screen International

Golden Island Filmworks, Antigua Plot $125M Equity Boost

Magazine article Screen International

Golden Island Filmworks, Antigua Plot $125M Equity Boost

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Finance and production company Golden Island Filmworks comprises The Hurricane producer Rudy Langlais, Caribbean social entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, Toronto-based producer Don Allan and veteran executive Neil Sacker.

The first five features will range in budget from $20m-$85m. A portion of all the films will shoot in Antigua and the first two titles are Rebels, about the formative years in Bob Marley's life, and spy thriller Nick Carter: Killmaster.

The model is the result of a lengthy courtship of Langlais by Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston A Brown and will use funds generated by the Antigua Citizenship Investment Program.

Additional funds from investors will raise the initial war chest to $250m.

"We are welcoming the leading directors, actors and filmmaking technicians of the world to Antigua and they are coming to create exciting films that capture the beauty, mystery, history and complexity of our country, our history, our people," said Browne. …

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