SPIELBERG "CASTAWAY" MOVIE SHOOT WITH TOM HANKS BEGINS IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 21, 1999 - PACNEWS/Fiji Times)---Fiji's Mamanuca group of islands if the location for Academy award winning Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg's latest film.

Oscar winner actor Tom Hanks stars in the movie, "Castaway," the Fiji Times reports.

Spielberg's production company, Dreamworks, is believed to have leased an island in the group for a year, for use in shooting the film.

Fiji beat out two other Pacific Island countries for the movie bid.

Hanks flew into Fiji last week in his private jet and now is staying on Honeymoon Island with his family.

Almost 150 film crew members already are in the country, currently staying at the Sheraton Resort.

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