ShoutOUT! New Southeast Asian Films announced at Asian TV Forum and Market

mm2 Chief Content Officer Ng Say Yong, film director Chai Yee Wei and mm2 Asia CEO Chang Long Jong

Get on the edge of your seats for 2020 as a full slate of new films are coming your way! The currently ongoing Asian TV Forum and Market in Singapore is seeing a string new signatures on dotted lines. Here are what we can expect.

First up, Singapore media entertainment and content company mm2 Entertainment and Cathay Cineplexes announced a brand-new joint initiative: Go Local Go Cinema to be launched in 2020. Under this new initiative, the group will be offering Singaporeans and PRs tickets to watch local movies - for FREE. in the coming year, mm2 Entertainment will be producing a slate of at least three home-grown films that will subsequently be screened at Cathay Cineplexes at no cost to moviegoers. 

mm2 Entertainment has a line-up in the coming year that explores the genres of horror, drama and comedy. Directed by Ong Kuo Sin, Number 1 is a music comedy that brings audiences into the life of a retrenched white-collar worker and how he found a second career peak in the place least expected. After experiencing multiple failed interviews, he takes to the job as a manager at a club called Number 1, and unexpectedly becomes its biggest performer in the local drag scene. 

A joint production with Vividthree Productions, Hell Hole is a tale about love, loss, suffering and karma directed by Sam Loh. A loving mother makes a death pact with a spirit, sacrificing herself to save her son. Years later in medical school, the son becomes a victim of bullying that results in his tragic death, reuniting the two as vengeful spirits who return to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. 

One Headlight is a joint production with Byleft Productions and Vividthree Productions in which director Ong Kuo Sin brings audiences on a journey of self-discovery and familial ties. As the young protagonist, Kenny, seeks to complete the task of reuniting his niece with her elusive father after the passing of his sister, he sets off on a reluctant road trip that teaches him the importance of family.

Writing Letters (working title), is a film produced in collaboration with Mocha Chai Laboratories, and helmed by award-winning Director Chai Yee Wei, whose past works with mm2 include That Girl in Pinafore (2013) and Twisted (2011). Writing Letters traces the heartwarming and unlikely friendship between an illiterate father and his neighbor who helps pen his letters to his daughter studying abroad. 

Also at ATF, the team behind Singapore’s first monster movie, Circle Line, consisting of Director Chua Jing Du, and Co-Producer Ng Say Yong, VFX Supervisor Barry Lim, and Actor Peter Yu, shared more about how the film was conceived and developed. The trailer for Circle Line will be unveiled during Chinese New Year 2020.

Singapore-based global IP development, producing and licensing studio 108 Media, which co-produced the Filipino blockbuster Eerie with Star Cinema and released the Laotian festival hit by Mattie Do, The Long Walk,  has signed an option to produce director-writer Aaron Cowan’s feature screenplay Best Served Cold – based on the short story, Don't Eat The Rice by Sabah-based author Jill Girardi and characters in her novel, Hantu MacabreSet in picturesque Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Best Served Cold is a unique mix of supernatural action-noir with texture and character spilling off the page, revolving around Suzanna Sim, an ex-MMA fighter turned gumshoe who uses her fists and her knowledge of Southeast Asian black magic while working with a toyol, a Malaysian mythical creature, to find a rich new client’s missing husband. Ann Osman (aka Athena), the top female MMA fighter in Malaysia will be involved in the project.

Some of the other films on the slate of 108 Media include Uklub (The Curse), written by Atom Magadia & Anne Prado-Magadia (Philippines / Horror-Thriller), In the Name of Lucia, written by Dodo Dayao & directed by Sheron Dayoc (Philippines / Horror), Ten, written by Bernice Low, based on the book “Ten” by Shamini Flint (Malaysia, Family-Sports), Chandra, written by Shern Chong and Justin Wong (Malaysia, Crime-Action) and Lanun, written by Justin Deimen (Indonesia, Crime-Drama). 
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