UnNews:Foreign film-makers happy with gender-segregation in malaysian state
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21 December 2006
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA--This is a good news to Malaysia & the state of Kelantan! A few American & British production companies are interested to film their movies in the conservative Islamic Malaysian state of Kelantan after hearing of it's unique gender-segregation policies.
"This is like, so cool," says Benjamin Dover of Villet Fuschia Films, who has produced internationally-acclaimed and downloaded gems such like Wilde Boys Vol. 5 and Hot Guys Behind Bars Vol. "We have been looking for a place for the sixth volume of our popular Steamy Tropical Dudes series hosted by Stephen Fry. We are planning on renting some discreet islan near Maui or something, but when we found out that Kelantan separates the guys from, you know, those other people, it instatly seemed like an ideal locale.
He is made to understand that his website is already popular with Malaysian internet users. "They type the oddest words to get there, but they usually do get there," he confirms.
And it isn't just the men who sre rejoicing.
Rose Troche, the producer of the TV series "the L Word" and the owner of Femme 2 Femme Productions says: 'It's time that women are given enough creative space to come out with stuff. I looks towad scouting for our next flick, Go-Go Girlzz Vol.7. We are also planning to shoot our new season of The L Word there as well as featuring characters wearing hijabs."
Both production companies, however concede that although the policies of separating men and women, including in discos, are ideal for their work methods, the dress codes might be a little restrictive. "The costumes that people wear here might be commercially inappropriate for what we were thinking," says Dover.
"Our target audience usually doesn't want too much left to their imagination, and we have to respect their cultural sensitivities to make our money back."