Synopsis

The opening film of the 2014 BFI Flare Festival, Lilting tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger, and we observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language. Through a translator they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realise that while they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief. A touching, intimate film about finding the things which bring us together, Lilting features rousing performances from its leads Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-Pei and has announced director Hong Khaou as a brave new voice in independent British cinema.

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Director

Hong Khaou
Hong Khaou participated in various writers’ attachment programs with The Royal Court, Polka Theatre, Dende Collective and Yellow Earth Theatre. He was part of the BBC / Royal Court New Writing Initiatives, where 50 emerging writers were chosen across the country to take part in in-house writing opportunities for various departments within the BBC and Royal Court Theatre. Hong spent seven years at an independent film distribution company, Peccadillo Pictures, managing their Home Entertainment department. He also regularly attended film festivals and film markets as part of the acquisitions team. Hong has written and directed two short films, Summer and Spring. Spring (2011) had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Summer (2006), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. His debut feature, Lilting was produced through Film London’s Microwave scheme. In 2013, he was named as one of the Stars of Tomorrow in Screen International.

Cast

Ben Whishaw: Richard Cheng Pei Pei: Junn Andrew Leung: Kai Morven Christie: Margaret Naomi Christie: Vann Peter Bowles: Alan


Crew

Hong Khaou: Director / writer Dominic Buchanan: Producer Ula Pontikos: Director of Photography Mark Towns: Editor

Details

DVD catalogue number: ART687DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART132BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Hong Khaou

CAST:
Ben Whishaw: Richard
Cheng Pei Pei: Junn
Andrew Leung: Kai
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CREW:
Hong Khaou: Director / writer
Dominic Buchanan: Producer
Ula Pontikos: Director of Photography
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DURATION: 86 Mins

COUNTRIES: UK

LANGUAGES: English, Mandarin

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