BBC to film at Pinewood in Dominican Republic


A BBC One adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song is set to film scenes at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios in the Caribbean this summer.

The three-part drama will film with a team of UK HoDs. Writer Sarah Williams turned Levy’s book Small Island into a TV drama in 2009 and also adapted The Long Song. The story follows a young female slave forced to work on a Jamaican plantation in the mid-19th century.

Heyday Television is producing with the company’s David Heyman and Rosie Alison joining Williams, Levy and the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff as executive producers.

“I’m thrilled to be adapting Andrea’s powerful novel,” said Williams when the drama was first announced by the BBC.
“It’s a cracking good story told from a female point of view and also serves as a tribute to the wit, ingenuity and resilience of generations of British slaves in Jamaica.”

Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios is situated 20 minutes from Santo Domingo’s international airport and offers three sound stages. Producers also have access to an eight-acre water effects facility. This includes a 60,500-sq-ft Horizon Water Tank that has become one of the studios’ main selling points in the region.

The facility has previously hosted shark attack survival movie 47 Meters Down and Vin Diesel’s action sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

See KFTV’s production guide for more on filming in Dominican Republic.

About Lantica Media:

Lantica Pictures is a film production company based in the Dominican Republic destined to be a leading competitor in the international marketplace.  Lantica Pictures develops, finances and produces original content for both English and Spanish language audiences. The company’s upcoming production slate includes the romantic comedy “Cómplices” and the action packed “Ladrones”, both to be distributed by Pantelion.  Projects in development for 2015 include three English-language features as well as four additional Spanish-language films.

Lantica Pictures is an operating unit of Lantica Media (, an innovative media company that invests across several segments of the entertainment industry.

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