CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The production of the ‘One Year Off’ movie Nevis is already spurring economic activity on the island, according to Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
“I am pleased at the employment and economic multiplier being experienced from my government’s decision to encourage the start of a film industry here on Nevis,” said Hon. Brantley. “Thus far, some 30 Nevisians have been hired full time. An additional 11 have been hired as actors with speaking roles and 168 hired as supporting artistes.”
Brantley pointed out there is financial spinoff from having the cast and crew for the film staying on Nevis.
“We have seen local caterers, villa and hotel rentals, taxi operators, car rentals fully engaged,” said Brantley. “Forty-six non-nationals are also now resident on the island to support the filming of this movie.”
“This is an excellent start to our promised diversification of the island’s economy,” he said. “Nevis continues to be a safe and secure environment for investment and we welcome other film producers to consider our COVID-safe environment for their next film.”
MSR Media’s Philippe Martinez, the film’s producer, says the leading cast is already on the island. Locations around the island have been chosen, and filming is set to begin February 25.
MSR Media and the NIA recently signed off on a two-film production deal that will see the UK film company shooting two films on Nevis in 2021.