New treaty encourages collaboration
LONDON- Morocco and the U.K. have inked a co-production pact that should lead to greater collaboration between filmmakers from the two countries.Treaty, which goes into effect next year, will enable U.K. and Moroccan filmmakers to work together to co-produce films eligible for national status in both countries. Morocco has already proved a popular destination for many Brit helmers. Mike Newell lensed part of the big budget Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Prince of Persia” in the North African country, and Ridley Scott has filmed a number of his features there, most recently “Body of Lies.” “The United Kingdom and Morocco have a shared history of filmmaking, from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to more recent productions like ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Troy.’ This agreement will give filmmakers an economic incentive to work together and build on that legacy by giving them access to the benefits available in both countries,” commented U.K. Culture Minister Barbara Follett. There are already a number of U.K.-Moroccan co-productions in the pipeline.