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Award-Winning director says medium-length movie will be the trend of Hong Kong movie production

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Award-Winning director says medium-length movie will be the trend of Hong Kong movie production


Reported by Hedda Cheung Shuk-ting, on 23 October 2019.


Many people missed the glory days of Hong Kong films. An Award-Winning director said that the numbers of Hong Kong film production were less than the past years. Yet she believed that there will be more and more new directors to do medium length movie and write social conditions.


Director Heiward Mak Hei-yan said that good-looking film might not guarantee business success, and yet commercial film might not reach the target in terms of art. The split of market shares affected the creativity. However, the numbers of medium-length film production were rapidly higher in recent years. The market and audiences were accommodated the new type of filmmaking.


Heiward also pointed out that the width of the creative space in filmmaking had been much narrower than in the 1980s and 1990s. “If we wrote an out of tradition story, it would be hard to receive the capital from the investor. But there are still a few good works appeared in recent years,” she said.


“Mad world(2016) is one of the successful medium length movie in recent years. Its director Wong Chun is over beyond the level recognition of new film director, he advances and process the progress of filmmaking is mature. Not only the movie was success in entertainment aspect, but the message of Mad world which talked about social condition was also gradually discussed and spread rapidly in promotion period,” Heiward said. “It is rare for a new director.”


Heiward Mak Hei-yan is a female film director and producer of Dumb youth. She won a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay for her writing on Love in a Puff(2010). Fagara(2019) , a family movie, directed by Heiward Mak released in this year autumn.

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