Hong Kong Film Festival UK: The Inbetweeners
- Sun 26 Mar 2023
- 2:00 pm
Short Film Programme: The Inbetweeners 短片集：不港不英
“The Inbetweeners” is a series of 5 short films surrounding stories of people or pieces of land that carry double identities and meanings. It captures conversations across seas and lands; contemplates the meaning of “home”; rediscovers one’s identit(ies); sees the mundane in new light; and reimagines old images through modern lenses. Through these short films, we invite you to explore questions of who you are and where you are at as you manoeuvre between here and there.
Short Story Long 漫漫長話 (UK premiere 英國首映)
In the aftermath of the social movement in 2019, a large number of Hong Kongers immigrated to the United Kingdom. This film documents conversations between five pairs of strangers. They are separated by distance, yet connected by the same artistic pursuit in art, drama, film, literature, and music. As the seasons change, those who stay behind face further challenges to create art outside of the mainstream while the walls continue to close in on them. However, no future is guaranteed even if they leave.
Simon Says, Simon Says 呼～
In the past few years, more and more people have left Hong Kong rashly to live in a foreign land. Some of them are forced while some are not. What will happen to those who choose to stay? And why did they stay? Grandma Yang’s son is about to leave Hong Kong where he was born and raised all his life and to start a new life in a different place. His return date is unknown and he hopes his mother will go with him. With the approach of him leaving Hong Kong, Yang begins to learn about life in a foreign country from his maid Rhea…
The Dispute (World Premiere 全球首映）
Shortly after moving from Hong Kong to Edinburgh and settling into his student flat, filmmaker Fredie Chan discovers a clash among locals and overseas students over the massive housing shortage in Edinburgh. Developers are converting empty lots and unused old buildings into new housing stocks for international students rather than the locals. Through an empathetic and personal documentary lens, Chan befriends 91-year-old Harry, a long-time resident and community councillor, and follows a group of grassroots housing advocates in order to understand the clash and today’s global housing crisis.
From HK to MK
What does it mean to be British? Gabriel, a dentist originally from Hong Kong, has lived in Milton Keynes for nearly 50 years. His mixed race son Michael couldn’t wait to leave. Now a film-maker, he returns to the city to discover how his father feels about the place he has made home.
Bfi Archive Footage: Around The New Territories — Hong Kong
Making up over 86% of Hong Kong, the New Territories beyond the famous island had been under British sovereignty for some 40 years before Edwin G Phillips toured the region with his wife, and recorded his travels on 8mm film. This footage, which was actually captured in over 2½ years, is compiled into one seamless trip, with contrasting new trends, such as that of the smiling boy scouts, and the ancient walled city.