UK film studio to set up shop in Bahrain

Firm behind recent US$97m Saladin movie to open up office in Gulf state
By Claire Valdini
Thu 03 May 2012 04:34 PM

Twickenham Films, the
London-based firm behind the recently announced US$97m Saladin movie, will open
an office in Bahrain, as it looks to produce more films in the Arab world, the
firm has said.

Twickenham Films, a production
arm of the Twickenham Film Group, will work alongside its sister company Oasis
Film Fund in Bahrain.

“Bahrain was selected by
Twickenham Film Group as the perfect Gulf country in which to establish the
company’s planned Middle Eastern-based office, due to its strategic location in
the Arab world,” a statement said.

The announcement follows
weeks after the firm announced plans for ten new productions, many of which
will be shot in and partly on location in the Middle East. 

The films will
receive funding from the Oasis Film Fund, established in February specifically
to tap wealthy Arab investors. The fund aims to build up a minimum rolling fund
of GBP£200m (US$323.4m) for investment into Anglo-Arab film productions over the
next 12 months.

The firm in February said it
would look to cast Hollywood actor George Clooney to play the title role in its
multimillion dollar movie, Saladin. Saladin tells the story of the 12th century warrior king and his fight against Richard the Lionheart in the Third
Crusade.

 Ralph Fiennes will be cast as Richard the Lionheart.

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