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Drama The Singapore Grip filming in Malaysia


London-based Mammoth Screen is filming Second World War drama The Singapore Grip on location in Malaysia for ITV.

Based on the third of novelist JG Farrell’s Empire trilogy of books, published in 1978, the six-part series follows a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion in early 1942. 

Christopher Hampton has adapted the book for the screen, with Farah Abushwesha producing and Tom Vaughan directing all six episodes. Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey and Jane Horrocks are among the star cast.

Malaysia has been chosen as the key location as the country offers a better selection of period-appropriate architecture than the modern cityscape of Singapore.

International producers are becoming more aware of Malaysia’s potential as a filming location. 

The country got a big profile boost when it was used as a double for modern Singapore in the hit romantic comedy feature Crazy Rich Asians. Malaysia also hosted the latest series of action drama Strike Back, which shot in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru, doubling for story settings as diverse as Indonesia, Russia and Azerbaijan.

Producers shooting in Malaysia can access a 30% rebate as a filming incentive. 

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Malaysia.

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