17 Oct 2006

Fiji police investigate pornographic movies alledgedly shot in Fiji

6:43 am on 17 October 2006

The Fiji Times newspaper has been asked to hand over to police a copy of a locally produced pornographic movie shot in five of the country's most prestigious resorts so they can begin investigations into those responsible.

The newspaper says the movie titled The Fijian Sex Story, with a cast of local and foreign actors, was allegedly filmed on location at resorts in Nadi, Suva, Pacific Harbour and Savusavu.

It says the movie, which was produced by a company calling itself Baraba Productions Australia, has acknowledged the support of the Prime Minister's Office, the Fiji Police, the ministry of home affairs, the Audio Visual Aids Commission and the Fiji Visitors Bureau.

The chairman of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Dixon Seeto, says if the movie was shot on location as claimed, it would have been done without the knowledge of the management and staff of the resorts.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says the best thing to do would be to hand over the movie to police so they can begin investigations.

The Fiji Audio Visual Aids Commission, which attracts movie making to Fiji with generous state subsidies, says it has never heard of Baraba Productions Australia.

A Methodist Church spokesman, the Rev Iliesa Naivalu, says the pornographic movie was just another side effect of the tourism industry.