400 strong audiences turned up at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) on 4 August for “Act 7”, a showcase of seven 30-minutes feature films produced by IACT broadcasting and film students in their final year.
The seven films on the reel are “The Murder of O”, “Psycho-logist”, “Spiral of Silence”, “Locomotion”, “A Perfect World”, “Liberium Arbitrium” and “Heartstrings”. Shot in varying genres, each film carries a strong message to the viewers, truly a feast to the eyes.
One of the films, “The Spiral of Silence” left the audience in deep thoughts. Inspired by Taiwanese mini film series, “On Children”, the film tells the powerful story of a boy dealing with the over-bearing societal expectation from his mother.
Filmmakers of “The Spiral of Silence” Foo Sim Yee and Denim Chok said, “We want to be the voice to the minority in the society – you don’t need conform to the standard of the majority, you can stand up and fight for what you believe in!”
Foo Sim Yee (L) and Denim Chok (R), writers behind “Spiral of Silence”
Another film that sparked much discussion was “Locomotion”, a realist film about a loner learning the art of moving on as he goes through the motion in the bustling city. The film stars local actors Karan Hundal, Ho Jun Zhe and Britney Pang.
Director of “Locomotion”, Ong Le Yu said he draws his inspiration from Hong Kong directors Wong Kar Wai and Christopher Doyle. “It is a film style that my team and I have always wanted to try. We are really proud of what we’ve produced.”
Director of “Locomotion”, Ong Le Yu from Cunn Giler Productions
Besides learning the art of visual storytelling, Mass Communication student, Abigail Lim also found her passion in the process, “It’s definitely not easy to make a film, but we worked through it because loved what we do!”
Another broadcast student, Elfyzam shared his lesson on teamwork, “we can be very good at the technical stuffs, but not everyone is good at team work. It’s about open communication – be transparent! Learn to rub through the differences, compromise and move on!”
Lawrence Chan, the Chief Operation Officer said in his closing speech, “The future of Malaysia film industry is in safe hands! We could truly see your passion and love in filmmaking. It was such a wonderful experience!”
Lawrence Chan, Chief Operating Officer of IACT College.
The screening finished with the organizing students presenting RM2,000 worth of donation to the Agathians Shelter, a welfare home to the 40 underprivileged boys between 5 till 20 years old. Follow IACT College Youtube channel and Facebook page for more updates of the films.