7 April 2009
Filming in Luz cost 5 thousand euros
by José Manuel Oliveira
Between renting five apartments and several rooms at a hotel unit, meals, gratified services that were paid to GNR, the use of some private spaces and the acquisition of approximately thirty air fares between England and Portugal, the cost of filming for a documentary about the reconstitution of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was over five thousand euros, as DN was able to establish.
A member of production house Mentorn Media, which is in charge of shooting the documentary – that will be broadcast by Channel Four on the 7th of May – admitted that this is “an expensive production, but within the range of values that are usually paid in the United Kingdom”.
Apart from reserving five apartments at The Ocean Club resort, in Praia da Luz, and hotel rooms to house the English attendants, the production house rented apartment 5A of the complex, where Maddie disappeared from, on the 3rd of May 2007. According to the family’s spokesman, Gerry McCann and the other participants in the filming didn’t receive any financial compensation. Clarence Mitchell said that the McCanns “deeply” regret the negative economical impact on Praia da Luz after their daughter’s disappearance.
source: Diário de Notícias, 07.04.2009