Tres­pass al­le­ga­tion in film pro­duc­tion

The film crew was re­port­edly from SBS Korea and AHTV China

Fiji Sun - - World News -

The Lessees of an is­land near Malo al­legedly vis­ited by an in­ter­na­tional film crew to do film­ing has re­sulted in the de­mand of Vt5 mil­lion ((F$ 97,222.61) from Van­u­atu Tourism Of­fice ( VTO) for tres­pass on the leased land. The ul­ti­ma­tum of Vt5 mil­lion (F$97,222.61) or face a civil law­suit was made by the lawyer for the Lessees of Malotina Is­land, Clifton Rau of Jack Kilu Lawyers. The Reg­is­tered Lessees of Malotina Is­land are Ja­cob Hakwa, Tony Moli Hakwa, and Bradley Aisi­namoli Hakwa. Lo­cated near the is­land of Malo on Santo, Malotina is a reg­is­tered lease is­land un­der the ti­tle 04/3424/002. Tony Moli Hakwa as the spokesper­son for the reg­is­tered lessees said they were not con­sulted nor en­tered into any agree­ments nor re­ceive any pay­ments from film­ing that was done on their prop­er­ties.

Footage con­fis­ca­tion

The film crew was re­port­edly from SBS Korea and AHTV China for the Korean re­al­ity show- Laws of the Jun­gle. A sim­i­lar let­ter de­mand­ing con­fis­ca­tion of all footage shot on the is­land, has been sent to the Van­u­atu Cul­tural Cen­tre.

In its let­ter to the Van­u­atu Cul­tural Cen­tre, Mr Rau of Jack Kilu Lawyers al­leged: “It is our view that SBS has breached clause 3 (a), (c), (d) and (e) of the agree­ment as they did not rec- og­nize the pro­pri­etary rights of our clients. “We there­fore de­mand you to con­fis­cate all footage that were shot, fail­ure to do so will re­sult in legal ac­tion against all stake­hold­ers in­volved in the film­ing ar­range­ment and ac­tual shoot­ing on Malotina Is­land.” Af­ter be­ing granted a film per­mit and hav­ing paid an autho­ri­sa­tion fee of Vt300,000 (F$5833.36) to the Van­u­atu Cul­tural Cen­tre, SBS and AHTV al­legedly brought in around 100 film mak­ers and cast mem­bers who re­port­edly stayed in Van­u­atu for 14 days, Daily Post was told. This film show, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained on­line nor­mally in­volves a cast of celebri­ties.

Van­u­atu Daily Post

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