Film mystery: 'There is no guarantee'

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A FILM company given Jersey taxpayers' money to help fund a proposed local production has debts of more than £200,000 and has not provided any accounts to the States, it has emerged.

In developments that are likely to fuel concerns about the legitimacy of the project, Economic Development chief executive Mike King yesterday admitted that few checks had been carried out on the people behind the production or the company's finances.

After fierce questioning from the Public Accounts Committee about his department's decision to hand over £200,000 of public money to Canbedone Productions Ltd to help produce the film Knights of Impossingworth - some of which it is claimed will be shot in Jersey - he was ultimately forced to admit that there was no guarantee that the deal would work out.

Yesterday morning, the film company assured the JEP that filming would go ahead in Jersey in September, as planned.

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