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Doubts cast over wisdom of investing in 'major movie'

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DOUBTS are growing about the credibility of a project funded in part by Island taxpayers for a major film to be shot in Jersey.

Despite assurances from Economic Development Minister Alan Maclean last week that the States £200,000 grant to Canbedone Productions to help with the production costs of Knights of Impossingworth was not a con, information about both the company and the film is proving hard to find.

Backbench States Members looking into the matter have also been unable to find any evidence linking famous names like Bill Nighy and Malcolm McDowell to the project.

Deputy Richard Rondel, who is leading a Public Accounts Committee review into the 2011 grant, said there was a lot of paperwork but so far he had not found anything setting out the terms of the grant or clear details about when and how the money had been spent.

Assurances, however, have been given to the JEP by the film makers. The director of Canbedone Productions, Keith Cavele, said that filming was to go ahead in Jersey as planned in September.

He said that the company 'most definitely plans to film in Jersey' and that a number of Island landmarks would appear in the film.

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