Netflix flexes the creativity of the Indonesian film industry with original content

Netflix offers a list of upcoming movies and series made in Indonesia to showcase Indonesian talent to the world. According to Netflix, since the company was established in Indonesia in 2016, outstanding stories from Indonesia such as Queens Ali and Ratu Ratu and Photocopier captured audiences.

Amplifying its plan, Netflix unveiled its localized campaign of seven new titles,sci-fi thriller, comedy and period drama at Waktu Netflix Indonesia (Time for Netflix Indonesia). “The Indonesian film industry has evolved rapidly in recent years. More and more creators and stories from Indonesia are now seen and appreciated by audiences and critics around the world. Our upcoming selection from Indonesia offers you authentic and unique stories, a representation of our country – which is rich in histories and cultures, and brings you high caliber talent whose significant works have shaped the film industry,” Rusli Eddy, Netflix Indonesia vsresponsible for the content explained.

Showrunner Shanty Harmayn, who collaborates with directors Kamila Andini and Ifa Isfansyah, will release Netflix’s first Indonesian period drama Gadis Kretek – at in the context of the country’s cigarette industry in the 1960s.

“Rooted in Indonesia, I believe this beautiful story will resonate with audiences everywhere,” added Harmayn.

Internationally acclaimed director Joko Anwar will unveil his new sci-fi thriller Nightmares and Daydreams, about ordinary people encountering strange phenomena. “The series has several storylines that intersect and lead to a dramatic ending. Indonesia is full of unique and extraordinary stories. I am always delighted to have the chance to present these stories to a wider audience, especially those that relate to the origins of our world,” Anwar explained.

At the end of this year, members will be able to see Timo Tjahjanto’s first action-comedy film titled The big 4. It tells the story of a detective who teams up with a group of unlucky assassins to investigate the murder of her father.“Being able to share my story with the world, made possible by Netflix, is exciting. I can’t wait for people to see the film,” Tjahanto said.

The news comes on the heels of Amazon’s video streaming service Prime Video moving to increase investment for customers in Indonesia. According to the company, it will now create a localized content slate and user experience on Prime Video and the Prime Video app. The streaming service is also underscoring its commitment to the local creative community by creating its first-ever Southeast Asian original comedy island: Indonesia; Comedy Island: Thailand and Comedy Island: Philippines.

Additionally, there are currently local productions with film houses underway in Indonesia and Thailand. Understanding the regions’ obsession with K-content, Prime Video has also signed licensing deals for top Korean titles.

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