March 23 (Tue), 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
(live chat in Cantonese, see below for English synopsis)
“Keep Rolling”, a documentary tributes to Ann Hui, is in theatres. This Fireside Chat “Let’s Keep Rolling” features world-renowned Hong Kong directors: alumnae Ann Hui and Mabel Cheung, and Oscar-winning documentary director Ruby Yang.
How did HKU inspire the three directors? How to produce high-quality films with limited resources? Tips for aspiring young filmmakers?
Ann Hui was awarded the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice International Film Festival in 2020. She is the first Chinese female winner of the award. When asking how to help young film makers win international awards, she commented, “I think nurturing artistic and creative film directors is more important than teaching them skills. I am still searching my role in supporting the new generations and I need to think thoroughly about that. The young directors are talented, so they may not need and want your help. However, in terms of administration and fund-finding, perhaps I could help them.”
Mabel Cheung, Crystal Bear winner for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, has a strong bond with HKU and finds inspirations at her alma mater. She filmed “City of Glass”, a romance movie set in Lady Ho Tung Hall and Ricci Hall. “HKU sparks my inspiration. I lived in Lady Ho Tung Hall, which was a very elegant building. The free-spirited environment manifests countless stories between Ho Tung girls and Ricci boys. These stories influence my creative work. Regarding having limited resources to produce high-quality films, I think technology now can help a lot, for instance lowering the cost of having a real physical setting of a scene.”
Director of Oscar-winning Best Documentary (Short Subject) Ruby Yang is an HKU Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities, teaching at JMSC of HKU. Ruby said a documentary film does not require much budget as compared with a feature film, “If I had 3 million dollars, I think I would allocate it as grants for 20 documentary film projects.” Ruby also agreed that young people are full of potential, “Young people are like a blank piece of paper but full of ideas. I think I could help them develop ideas and assist them in editing movies. In fact, Hong Kong has a lot of things can be featured. In my documentary initiative, I helped some ten young people and I realized they need a lot of mentoring in the process.”