HONG KONG CLARIFIES MOVIE MONEY RULES
Here's a follow-up the story earlier this month about the Hong Kong movie makers arrested for possessing stage money, those
prop notes used in films as stand-ins for the real thing. I think it's a good-news story for the industry going forward. -Editor
Film-making associations met with the police, the Hong Monetary Authority and government representatives yesterday to clarify procedures and
requirements for using prop banknotes.
The Crimes Ordinance says a person who reproduces any Hong Kong banknote without consent in writing from the Monetary Authority will commit an
However, not all those in the film industry were aware of the clause until two of them were given two-year suspended sentences for possessing
200,000 in fake banknotes that were labeled "props."
The authority requires anyone who intends to reproduce banknotes to submit a written application. It will then decide whether to issue an interim
approval for the applicant to prepare a sample of the prop banknote, which will be reviewed by the authority and the Commercial Crime Bureau. After
confirming the samples and details, written approval will be issued.
At the meeting, the authority said "a set of samples will be attached to the existing guidelines to demonstrate the required size of the prop
banknotes and the distinguishing designs and features required to set them apart from genuine currency."
"An application form will also be attached to the guidelines to assist applicants in providing the required information," it said.
After the meeting, the vice chairman of the Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Alex Mok Siu-chung, said the previous application procedures were
confusing. He said the meeting helped build a platform for mutual understanding. The industry will adhere to the authority's requirements.
To read the complete article, see:
Movie-makers get guide to using prop banknotes
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
HONG KONG MOVIE MONEY MASTER CONVICTED
Wayne Homren, Editor
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