UK-based production and sales company MSR Media has agreed a new three-year multi-picture deal with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in the Caribbean.
This follows a two-picture deal agreed between the two earlier this year as part of efforts to create a thriving film industry on the island.
The first film to shoot on the island under the multi-picture deal will be the romantic comedy, Two Weeks in Paradise, which will begin principal photography in June.
Written by Kate Wood (Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop), and based on a story by MSR media producer Philippe Martinez (Father Christmas is Back), the film tells the story of a film star, Maggie, whose world collapses when its revealed her film director husband has had a baby with his new leading lady. She retreats to the island of Nevis, only for the outside world to come crashing back in.
The film is produced by MSR Media’s Philippe Martinez and Highfield Grange Studios’ Alan Latham. Lee Beasley and Karinne Behr from MSR Media, Jacob Katsman, Alastair Burlingham of Sherborne Media and Charlie Dombek serve as executive producers. Production financing is being provided by Sherborne Media. MSR Media International is handling worldwide rights for the film.
Two Weeks in Paradise is the third film to be shot on the Island of Nevis. MSR Media recently completed production for the new suspense thriller Assailant starring Poppy Delevingne, Chad Michael Collins, Casper Van Dien and Jeff Fahey and wrapped principal photography for their new comedy feature film One Year Off earlier this year.
Under the production deal, the Nevisian government is offering access to multiple locations across the island and hotel support for visiting cast members. While MSR Media is providing continued production training and education to the local community to create an experienced film crew and boost the island’s production infrastructure.
Nevisian Premier, The Hon. Mark Brantley commented: “This new multi-year multi-film deal is truly good news for Nevis. My government’s vision for a film industry, born out of a need to diversify our economy from its heavy dependence on tourism, is bearing spectacular fruit due to this partnership with MSR Media. The benefits to the local economy in terms of jobs, critical skills transfer, and global recognition of Nevis are obvious. My government is committed to this relationship with MSR and to developing this film industry for the benefit of the people of our beloved country.”
Martinez added, “We are absolutely thrilled to extend this partnership with the Nevis Island Administration and support the economic growth of this beautiful, authentic and vibrant island and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. It is particularly exciting to be on the ground floor of the emerging film industry, and provide resources to build strong local crews and acting talent. We have been thoroughly impressed with the progress and skills we have seen so far and we only see opportunities for the local community growing as we shoot more titles.”