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British filmmaker Guy Ritchie envisions a bright future for the Saudi Arabian film industry

RIYADH: British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, best known for his hit gangster films, the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise and his live-action “Aladdin” adaptation, said the Saudi Arabian Red Sea International Film could build a successful film industry. ripe for. festival.

The director was speaking to Arab News on the second day of the film festival in Jeddah.

Guy Ritchie at the photocall at the Red Sea International Film Festival on Friday. (Getty Images)

“The interesting thing about (Saudi Arabia) is that there’s such an explosion of enthusiasm. It’s young and it’s creative. And there’s a high desire to express creativity. That makes it very interesting. So it’s brimming with enthusiasm.” Trying to add inexperience, because you have the enthusiasm and the means. And now you have to develop some form of experience and sub-infrastructure,” Ritchie said of the developing and nascent film industry in Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t like making films in the UK anyway. So I would love to make films outside the UK. We worked in Jordan for ‘Aladdin’.” And it worked very well for us. We were in Spain for the last film and Turkey for the one before that. There is no need to move out of the UK, but I would love to work in a new and exciting environment. Really all you need is a substructure to facilitate the ability to film for and .

Richie with his wife, Jackie Ainsley, at the opening ceremony of the Red Sea International Film Festival on Thursday. (Getty Images)

In a separate ‘The Conversation’ segment on Friday, Richie addressed the subject again, saying, “I think I’m very interested in this part of the world. And I think creativity is being embraced in this part of the world.” We must find a way. That’s why I’m here. Really, what we’re looking for is a fusion and an integration of cultural collaboration.”

Ritchie further explained that in order to build a healthy film industry, incentives and subsidies for film production are the way to go. “I can’t shoot in the UK anymore because it’s too busy to shoot there. It’s so busy. And they’re able to do it because of the incentive. So once you have the incentive, the other thing you need is here in Saudi Arabia to make some films. So other filmmakers look at filmmakers who have gone before and then they rely on that,” Ritchie said.

Richie first made headlines and gained international acclaim with the 1998 British black comedy crime film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, which he wrote and directed. At an In Conversation panel at the Red Sea International Film Festival on Friday, Richie talked about how the film almost didn’t get made.

“It was the toughest film. I mean, it’s not coal mining. So you put it within the world of how hard it is to survive. But the film fell down 1000 times before it was resurrected. And here until when it came to redistribution, you know, it was out and in and then it was out. And then it came down, all of a sudden, there was a special guy in the UK named Chris Evans, who saw it And he loved it and at the time, his show was the most watched show in the UK. And he pulled me in for the next week. It really made it a hit. He made a fuss about it then everyone else People will come,” said Richie.