HBO Series, The last of us, attracted attention because the story begins in Jakarta. Unfortunately, the filming of this series was actually done in Canada.
The Last of Us chronicles the outbreak of a fungal disease that originated in Indonesia, specifically Jakarta. The series, which stars lead actress Christine Hakim, is also getting netizens talking as the atmosphere of Jakarta can be seen on international broadcasts. This series is also popular as evidenced by the number of viewers reaching around 48 million.
However, much of The Last of Us was apparently filmed in Canada. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno explained that one of the reasons the series was not filmed in Jakarta or Indonesia in general was the difficulty of obtaining licenses.
“We have just received information, the difficult licensing issue is the main reason why they did not choose a shooting location in Indonesia. Apart from that, there are also problems with the facilities and the atmosphere. which cannot be provided to be able to hold the shooting in Jakarta,” Sandiaga said in the weekly press briefing on Monday (30/1/2023).
Sandiaga admitted that he had discussed this issue with Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin and conveyed it to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
“We agreed that licensing issues should be increasingly simple, not as complicated as they are today. The President also stated that licensing activities for MICE and other events such as concerts or filming must be facilitated,” he said.
Sandiaga also forwarded the steps to form a special team to expedite the issue of filming permits and other events. It aims that within three months, an appropriate regulation will be issued, including a legal framework in the form of a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) or a Government Regulation (PP).
“So we don’t want something like this to happen again. Licensing issues should be easier. Later we will also offer incentives for locations and areas that are filming locations, indeed that is part of promoting films and other artistic productions,” he said.
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