LED by Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Boka Kondra, Papua New Guinea’s commercial film industry is set for a rebirth after decades of resting.
Mr Kondra’s date with the PNG film industry started with a Hollywood film proposal just weeks after he assumed the ministerial portfolio in 2012.
In September of that year, he received a funding investment proposal from PNG’s Stanley Nandex for an action film with the working title The B-Team: PNG. The proposal had been made on behalf of the film’s Los Angeles-based co-producers, Gorilla Pictures.
Although Mr Kondra endorsed the proposal in-principle, it lingered for the last two years because the policy and legislative framework was not in place.
“When the B Team proposal was brought to my attention at the time, I realised I was staring at an industry that was practically left to die because of a lack of attention,” Mr Kondra said.