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Jakarta Post

The new law will put films back in the box

  • Thomas Barker and Veronica Kusuma

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9 2009   /  01:17 pm

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you would have noticed that in terms of annual output, the Indonesian film industry has been growing exponentially. For the first time, the market share of Indonesian films exceeded those from Hollywood by 55 percent to 45 percent this year. In Indonesia, where imported films have historically and consistently dominated the box office, this is no small victory. The growth of the film industry over the past decade has been consistent with one fact: the complete absence of government regulation (interference or support) with the exception of post-production censorship. This fact alone should make any lawmaker wary of trying to regulate domestic film production. Films have not been free from controversy - Virgin ( 2004 ), Buruan Cium Gue ( 2004 ) and Lastri (unproduced) are examples that readily come to mind - but this is n...