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‘Rajah’ the movie will help promote Sarawak to the world
Posted on : 31 Oct 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

BAU: Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is confident the  upcoming Hollywood feature film ‘Rajah’ which is on the first White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, will help to promote the beauty of the state to rest of the world.

“The filming of ‘Rajah’ has gone on for the past one month where besides the various places of attraction in Bau, the film was also shot at Sarawak Cultural Village and Camp Permai in Santubong,” the minister told reporters after visiting the set of ‘Rajah’ at Siniawan Old Heritage Town on October 29.

According to him, the shooting of the film had taken place in several areas here including Siniawan, Fairy Caves and Wind Caves while the ‘Rajah’ stars include famed Hollywood actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the titular role as well as Dominic Monaghan as Colonel Arthur Crookshank.

“The movie is also being spiced up with a few other things such as fantasy and romance to make it more suitable for commercial viewing,” the minister said on the film which was based on Brooke’s life as he arrived in Borneo in 1839 in search of adventure and fortune and later came to be known as the ‘White Rajah’.

“We hope that when people see the film, it becomes an attraction whereby the scenes where the film was shot show the beauty of Sarawak," Datuk Abdul Karim said while expressing his hope to see the film become a blockbuster success upon its release in cinemas worldwide..

“With all these locations being used as the shooting site, it will arouse movie lovers to see that this is a beautiful place and that is part of our tourism effort,” he added.

Meanwhile, the film’s producer Rob Allyn said filming was currently running on a tight schedule as he hoped to complete the film in time for next year’s Cannes Film Festival in May.