4 November 2021 (Melbourne) – The Hong Kong New Talents film programme will travel Down Under for the first time.
Located in Melbourne, ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture, will showcase six films from the programme between 2 to 12 December. They are My Prince Edward (Norris WONG), Time (Ricky KO), Bamboo Theatre (CHEUK Cheung), Keep Rolling (MAN Lim-chung), Suk Suk (Ray YEUNG), and Better Days (Derek TSANG).
Information on the programme, screening schedule, and ticketing is available on the ACMI official website.
With support from Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (www.hkiff.org.hk) launched the touring Hong Kong New Talents programme in June at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Melbourne is the programme’s fifth stop after Chicago, London, and Barcelona.
"We are thrilled to be bringing this programme to audiences in Australia," Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Executive Director Albert LEE said. "This diverse selection will confirm the talents of these torchbearers in continuing Hong Kong's fine tradition in filmmaking."
ACMI Head of Cinemas, Ghita Loebenstein said, "ACMI is proud to be co-presenting an eclectic season of films - including four Australian premieres - by emerging and mid-career Hong Kong filmmakers that ranges across genres and styles and which confidently asserts the vision and creativity of a rising generation of filmmakers set to make their mark on the international film scene."
Details on ACMI’s six-film programme curated by programmer Roberta Ciabarra, are as follow:
1. My Prince Edward《金都》| 18:30, 2 December 2021 | 17:30, 12 December 2021
This First Feature Film Initiative project from writer-director Norris WONG dissects the institution of marriage and Hong Kong-mainland China relations with a whip-smart script and excellent performances from its cast.
2. Time《殺出個黃昏》| 18:30, 3 December 2021 | 18:30, 10 December 2021
First-time director Ricky KO’s satirical black comedy examines loneliness and lost ideals of old age. Full of clever plot twists and hyper-stylised kudos to classic Hong Kong cinema, it features two veteran and iconic actors from Hong Kong’s golden age of Cantonese cinema, Patrick TSE and Petrina FUNG.
3. Bamboo Theatre《戲棚》| 16:30, 4 December 2021 | 14:00, 11 December 2021
Director CHEUK Cheung’s latest documentary offers a quiet but insightful document of this longtime local tradition, tracing an entire bamboo theatre tour from the complex construction process to the theatre’s dismantlement.
4. Keep Rolling《好好拍電影》| 18:30, 4 December 2021 | 15:00, 12 December 2021
The directorial debut of renowned production designer and art director MAN Lim-chung documents the 40-year career of Ann HUI, one of Hong Kong’s most influential filmmakers. This documentary tracks HUI’s ups and downs and offers a rare glimpse into her family and upbringing.
5. Suk Suk《叔·叔》| 15:00, 5 December 2021 | 16:00, 11 December 2021
Inspired by the book Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten, director Ray YEUNG tells the heartrending story of forbidden love between two closeted elderly gay men in this beautifully crafted romance drama.
6. Better Days《少年的你》| 17:30, 5 December 2021 | 18:30, 11 December 2021
TSANG’s spellbinding drama about school bullying was the first film by a Hong Kong-born director receiving a Best International Feature Film nomination at the Academy Awards.