A suggestion to increase the ticket prices of Hollywood movies will not help the local film industry, said Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said there were other considerations when ones patronise movies.

“Some people are willing pay more to watch quality and entertaining performances. For instance, the Mamma Mia musical (at Istana Budaya) in town is a hit despite ticket prices range from RM450 to RM900,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting National Association of Singers, Musicians and Songwriters (Papita) president Datuk A. Rahman Hassan at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital here Wednesday.

Shafie said movie goers would not stop watching Hollywood movies even if their tickets went up by 100 per cent as suggested by local filmmakers.

On a suggestion that the government impose a quota on Hollywood movies like China, he said local filmmakers should compete not only at home but also abroad.

“We should emulate the Iranian, Korean and Indonesian filmmakers, who are selling their movies in VCDs in the international market,” he said.