>KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Raising the ticket prices of Hollywood movies alone will not help to promote local films, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said yesterday. He said moviegoers who went for quality would still pay to watch Hollywood blockbusters.
"People paid more than RM500 to watch the musical Mamma Mia! recently.
"What is important, besides the ticket rates, is for the local film industry to be able to compete with international movies in a healthy manner."
He said this after visiting composer Datuk A. Rahman Hassan at Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday.
Shafie was commenting on the proposal from the Malaysian Film Producers Association to increase ticket prices for Hollywood movies to RM20, from between RM9 and RM12 at present, to protect local feature films.
The minister said the local film industry must produce good quality films with good story lines consistently.
"Countries like Iran, Korea and Indonesia have produced quality movies, which are shown in our cinemas and on national TV."
National Film Development Corporation director-general Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim questioned whether increasing the prices of movie tickets was the right thing to do as they were normally decided by market demand.