Kyanite TV, one of Malaysia’s leading production houses announced a landmark co-production deal with Singapore-based multi-award winning production house, Beach House Pictures (BHP) for an epic documentary series titled, Borneo.
The two companies also join forces with Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, UKTV, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), besides local organisations such as Sabah Parks and Sarawak Forestry Department, to make the series a reality.
Borneo, a 10-part half hour series will explore the world’s third largest island’s stunning tropical landscape, rich biodiversity and follow the colourful cast of human characters from different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures, united in a battle to uncover, understand and protect the world icon. The series also utilised the latest technology in filmmaking, from aerial photography to underwater cameras; to capture never-before-seen images of Borneo, revealing not only the beauty of the island but also the reality of frontier living.
“I’m proud to make history with the biggest factual co-production agreement between Singapore and Malaysia to date,” said Jocelyn Little, Managing Director of Beach House Pictures. “Borneo is one of the world’s last true frontiers so it's an absolute privilege to be able to tell its story,” she added.
Kyanite TV’s Managing Director, Michael Lim reiterated, “This world-class series will foster global awareness of Borneo’s pristine tropical rainforests as it uncovers stories of wildlife protection, exceptional scientific research and conservation from the unsung heroes of Borneo. We are honoured to be collaborating with field experts from around the world on such a large scale international co-production.”
Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS echoed that FINAS has always encouraged filmmakers to take advantage of the diversity in Malaysia as backdrop to their storytelling, not only about the people but also the wonderful flora and fauna. He further asserted, “It is therefore with great pleasure that we see documentary projects like Borneo materializing and pushing the boundaries of the stories we can show and tell to the world.”
The announcement was made on the first day of KL Converge! 2016, organised by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) on 22nd September 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
From left to right: Mr. Fred Wang, Chairman of Salon Film; Jocelyn Little, Managing Director of Beach House Pictures; Michael Lim, Managing Director of Kyanite TV; and Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS.