Brunei locations impress Indonesian filmmaker

Aziz Idris

A prominent figure in Indonesia’s film industry, Sheila Timothy was impressed with several locations in Bandar Seri Begawan and suggested a potential collaboration with Brunei’s creative talents in her future film projects.

Sheila expressed her interest after her first visit to Kampong Ayer and the surrounding mangrove forest on a river cruise yesterday.

“I went on the River Safari tour and I saw some fantastic locations earlier today and Brunei really has a potential to command a film industry,” said Sheila.

Asked if she was interested to incorporate Brunei’s unique locations for her projects, she replied, “We can definitely do something about it.

“Nowadays, producing a film is very risky and I think it’s best to collaborate. Not only one country producing one film but it has to be a collaboration with other countries,” she added.

Sheila’s work includes producing the action-comedy-fantasy movie, Wiro Sableng 212, a groundbreaking title that has become the first movie in Southeast Asia to be partnered with Hollywood’s 20th Century Fox.

To date, she has produced four other films namely; The Forbidden Door, Modus Anomali, Tabula Rasa and Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail.

Sheila is in the Sultanate for Brunei Film Blitz’s Close-Up session attended by professional broadcasters, filmmakers, Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia students and participants of the 96-Hour Film Blitz.

Sheila Timothy. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS