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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Tomb Raider's legacy of film
Film star Angelina Jolie
Film star Angelina Jolie on location in north Wales
Top producers feel Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie's stay in north Wales could result in more big names arriving on the scene as the area's reputation goes from strength to strength.

The production team involved with the action adventure sequel Tomb Raider 2, being filmed at Llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert in Snowdonia, feel the area has met their needs ideally.

Snowdonia
The scenery has been described as "wonderful"

The film's publicist, Sue d'Arcy, said: "We will certainly be telling other people within the film industry how good the area was in terms of scenery, infrastructure and the support we received."

The movie, which is due for release in July, has already ensured that 1m has been spent in the region over the last six weeks and that 50 businesses have been given work as a result.

Ms d'Arcy said: "We see no reason why other directors won't choose north Wales as a location for filming in the future.

"In reality the film business is quite small and people do talk and take note of each others experiences."


She [Angelina Jolie] was really nice with everyone but also very busy so there was no time to chat to her

Film extra Diane Leung

During their week-long visit the film-makers have shot a number of sequences which will make their way into the final cut.

They will now return to Pinewood studios in London before moving on to film in Kenya.

Shooting will eventually finish in February.

Ms d'Arcy said: "Wales's trump card is that it offers terrific opportunities because of the wonderfully varied scenery.

"It can also easily stand in for other places, such as China in this case where the story is set."

Mini village

Thirty workers from various Chinese restaurants in the area have been selected to appear as extras in the $100m film.

The producers have created a mini Chinese village which will later be digitally enhanced to create complete authenticity.

One extra on the film, Diane Leung, from the Sunshine take-away in Llanfairpwll, caught a few glimpses of Angelina Jolie.

"She was really nice with everyone but also very busy so there was no time to chat to her," she said.

"I have done some acting in the past when I was a young girl living in Hong Kong.

"I don't think this helped me get the part, though, as I didn't tell them about this during the interview.

"I don't think I've a career in acting ahead of me because I'm too busy looking after my children.

"However I'm looking forward to seeing the film next year and hopefully catching a glimpse of myself in the background."


We are confident that this will generate a great deal of interest from other producers

Carwyn Edwards, North Wales Film Commission

A great deal of work has taken place in north Wales in recent years in order to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to accommodate visiting film-makers.

This was one of the reasons why the Tomb Raider 2 production team decided on the region.

Carwyn Edwards, North Wales Film Commission's information manager, said: "North Wales does have a history of attracting film-makers but this recent publicity with regard to Tomb Raider 2 can only be of benefit.

"We are confident that this will generate a great deal of interest from other producers.

"The area has definitely bounced back after foot-and-mouth because during that time we had to turn down 3m worth of film work."

The film's director, Jan De Bont, said: "To have an incredibly exciting heroine like Lara Croft is ideal for a director like me.

"Add to that Angelina Jolie, who is both talented and daring enough to do her own stunts, and we have something really amazing."

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