TOM HANKS’ FIJI FILM STEERS CLEAR OF DICAPRIO'S BEACH BLUNDERS

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TOM HANKS’ FIJI FILM STEERS CLEAR OF DICAPRIO'S BEACH BLUNDERS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 1, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Conservationists have applauded the efforts of a Hollywood film crew to protect the environment while filming a movie on a Fijian island.

Actor Tom Hanks' new movie, "Castaway," is being filmed on Monuriki Island.

The World Wildlife Fund's South Pacific Program, based in the capital, Suva, said it was concerned after around 100 film crewmembers and their equipment reportedly arrived on the island.

But it reported that its investigations have made clear that the "Castaway" production has gone to considerable length to protect the environment, including hiring a local consultant to carry out a detailed environmental impact assessment and following his advice.

Last year Twentieth Century Fox made "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, on Thailand's Phi Phi island, where the producers were accused of uprooting trees, bulldozing beaches and ignoring laws governing national parks.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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