ifva x MTR West Island Line Short Films

As a Community Railway, the West Island Line (WIL) is designed not only to respond to the needs of the community but also to engage the public through art so as to showcase the unique culture and characteristics of the Western District.

ifva greenlab is joining hands with the MTR Corporation together with three ifva awarded directors to produce three creative short films. Works included Protagonist by Cheuk Wan-chi; Playground Perspective by Chow Kwun-wai and That Bright Afternoon by Nick Cheuk.

In these films, various landmarks in the Central and Western District are captured. By using multiple perspectives and styles through the lens, these short films express the close connection between the people and the community.

The films have been screening for public at the West Island Line project website, MTR trains, selected MTR station concourses, facebook and youtube platforms.


Protagonist

Cheuk Wan-chi

Hong Kong / 2′ 24″ / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitle

Dear members of the audience

Here, you will see the protagonist getting into view

carrying out a range of actions

The first protagonist is going to put down her camera


Playground Perspective

Chow Kwun-wai

Hong Kong / 2′ 54″ / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitle

Playground Perspective is mainly a long shot taken from the viewpoint of a pregnant woman. From how she understands the community around her and through her words, we learn how she looks forward to expressing the hope for a promising future and showing excitement towards the opening of the West Island Line.


That Bright Afternoon

Nick Cheuk

Hong Kong / 4′ 08″ / Col / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitle

A mysterious time traveller follows a young beauty who turns out to be his mum in her teenage years, and incidentally he witnesses how his parents fell in love…


Directors
Cheuk Wan-chi is a famous and prolific creative from Hong Kong. Not only a long-serving primetime radio presenter and stand-up comedian, Chi is also a columnist for various newspapers and magazines, whose popular publications make her one of an important voice in Hong Kong.As a screenwriter, she won the HKFCS Award Best Screenplay and was nominated for the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards (Merry-Go-Round, 2001). Another feature film she wrote was nominated for the Golden Bauhinia Best Screenplay (Exodus, 2007) and (Wrong Dial, 2012) won the 17th ifva Open Category Silver Award. Her latest directorial work is a feature film, Temporary Family (2014).

Chow Kwun-wai was graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with the first class honour of Directing in 2004. His graduation project entitled Grandma’s Room (2004) won the Best Director Award of the school. Upon graduation, he has been working in the film industry as Assistant Director and Film Editor for the making-of films and features, such as the martial arts film Fearless(2006).In 2005, Chow started teaching at his alma mater, HKAPA, as guest lecturer. One of his 16mm short films (Upstairs, 2006) has won several awards at local and international film festivals. He also scripted and directed A Good Thing (2009), Sensitive (2010) and My White Balloon (2011).

He obtained a Master’s degree at HKAPA in 2013. In the same year, he finished his debut feature A Complicated Story (2013), which was screened at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.


Nick Cheuk is a short film director and feature film scriptwriter. He is the director of the winning short film (Waiting to Drown) of the 18th ifva Open Category Silver Award. Nick graduated from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2012, majoring in Cinematic Arts. He also wrote and participated in film scripts writing directed by Dante Lam, Kit Hung, Hong Ho, Derek Kwok, Jimmy Wan and Derek Tsang.

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