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Martua Nainggolan, better known by his screen name Derby Romero, returns to the scene of the crime later this week for the opening of Perth’s first Indonesia Film Festival.
The 21-year-old Indonesian heart-throb is better remembered in WA for copping a $500 fine and a spent conviction for driving recklessly along Hay Street while filming the teen romance Cinta di Perth (Love in Perth) in the CBD in June last year.
The film, which screened to minor success in Indonesia over the New Year period, will have its WA premiere on Friday as part of the Indonesia Film Festival at Hoyts Garden City.
Festival co-ordinator Karen Bailey says the six films in the festival represent the diversity of films coming from the emerging industry, which has a potential domestic audience of 240 million people.
In the wake of the post-Suharto Reformasi movement, filmmakers have started addressing previously taboo topics such as religion, race, politics and polygamy. Only four films were produced in 1999 but this had grown to 87 last year.