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SWANSEA GOES FOR MOVIE MONEY

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The city and county of Swansea is making a bid to become a movie capital by appointing an officer to help film comp...
The city and county of Swansea is making a bid to become a movie capital by appointing an officer to help film companies use the area, reports The Western Mail (p3).

Swansea's bid to get a bigger slice of cash-generating film action comes after the area attracted the filming of three movies in six months.

Included in this line-up is Twin Town, which has been described as a Welsh version of Trainspotting. The film used 800 extras from the Swansea area.

Helen Bowen, a spokeswoman for the authority's economic development department, said the appointment of a dedicated officer for helping film companies was planned.

She said: 'Film producers like to have one person they can deal with from an area's local authority because the making of a movie is complicated enough without having to chase different people for permission to do this or that.'
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