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Kan Lume´s Female Games: Reviews and Interviews

September 10, 2009

Movie PosterKan Lume has a new film out, and throws itself behind “Female Games” with all its might. There is a review, an interview with actress Evelyn Maria Ng, another interview with actress Shen Qiaoyun and finally an interview with the director himself, who has this to say about his latest workt, a movie about two Singaporean models searching for a job in Kuala Lumpur.: “Deliberately rejecting many aspects of ‘classic’ Hollywood narrative, Female Games meanders blissfully through Malaysian landscape, finding interesting spaces never seen in Singapore and allowing the audience space and time for reflection. The story line and mise-en-scene are built around clean, simple geometric lines and a pattern of themes. It is my attempt to arrive at a purer form of cinema.”

More telling about the situation of independent film making in the region however is this remark: “There was a particularly beautiful night in Penang where I had about 3 hours worth of powerful, natural performances from the two leads and many extras. They worked extremely hard on their scenes and it came out beautifully. By the end of it, the extras went home and the leads were totally tired out. As I was dumping out the footage into my computer, I heard a knock on the door and my actors came into the room to talk about what we had shot. I accidentally deleted the footage. We had to reshoot the entire sequence, minus the extras. It was ultimately unusable. Human error is unavoidable sometimes, but this one hurt a lot.”

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