Film Events in Kuala Lumpur in mid February

February 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I am pretty sure that every one knows about Humpty Dumpty, that unfortunate egg on the wall that ended up splattered on the ground. But ever wondered what Humpty Dumpty was doing on that wall in the first place? My guess would be that he was observing the world go by. The art of observation, or merely looking, is something we practise every day, even if we do not realise it consciously. It is also an interesting aspect of film making, one which is losing emphasis as film technology increasingly adopts digital formats.

The British Council Malaysia will be conducting a two day film workshop entitled Looking: A workshop on observational cinema between 18 and 19 February 2011. The workshop aims to provoke participants into new ways of looking and then to consider how their observations can be translated back into the syntax and imagery of cinema. That is to say, a scene might take place in the morning, but how can we imaginatively describe that sense of morning in a combination images and sounds? The workshop is suitable for film makers interested in all genres of cinema and those interested should email for registration details. A detailed workshop requirement informational sheet will then be sent and a fee of RM 50 will be charged for each participant. The workshop will be held at the Malaysia Tourism Centre at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

For those who are not film makers but enjoy a good film, fret not as British Council will also be conducting free screenings of Gideon Koppel’s critically acclaimed documentary film entitled Sleep Furiously. The film reveals charming scenes of country life as the seasons pass, where Koppel’s parents established their home. The film takes the audience on a journey that is poetic and awakens a sense of endings and beginnings, all set in a world of sheep, owls and fire against the backdrop of pastoral calm.

Two screenings will be held at the Malaysia Tourism Centre at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, the first at 8 pm on 18 February, and the second at 3 pm on 20 February. The screenings are free, but the seats are limited and on first come first serve basis and are followed by a question and answer session with Gideon Koppel.

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