Dr Sobel Chan’s films are recognised by international platforms


陳家樂博士獲國際電影業界肯定

Dr Sobel Chan (left) is encouraged by Mr Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong (right), and Mr Wellington Fung, Secretary General of the Hong Kong Film Development Council (centre), at HAF 2017


陳家樂博士(左)獲香港商務及經濟發展局局蘇錦樑先生(右)及香港電影發展局秘書長馮永先生(中)鼓勵。

Date: 17 May 2017 (Wednesday)

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Two films created by Academy of Film lecturer win international recognition

電影學院講師兩影片分別入選亞洲電影投資會及法國康城電影節

The Goddess and Fearless Neighbours, movies created by Dr Sobel Chan, Senior Lecturer of the Academy of Film of the School of Communication, have been selected respectively for the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum 2017 (HAF 2017) and the Cannes Film Festival. 
 
HAF is one of the leading film project markets in Asia, with around 25 to 30 films selected annually for the three-day event. The occasion enables film makers to explore opportunities for collaboration with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers from around the world.
 
Dr Chan said that The Goddess, which he directed and wrote, is the modern remake of the Chinese classic silent film The Goddess. The new version, which is in the crime film genre and set in contemporary Hong Kong, explores the mother-daughter relationship and the identity of Mainland immigrants in Hong Kong. The film has been highly praised and commented on by the English channel of China Central Television, Movie View and Screen, among others. With this recognition, Dr Chan has built up a close cooperation and exchange relationship with film investors, distributors, film festival programmers and film industry leaders around the world. 
 
Fearless Neighbours is a crime comedy about passports being lost in an industrial building of Hong Kong, triggering a conflict between a policeman, a masseuse, and teenagers. The film has been invited to join the short film category of this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Festival De Cannes 2017).
 
As a HKBU alumnus, Dr Chan hopes that through his movie-making projects he can not only strengthen his teaching of film education and research into movie culture and aesthetics, but also contribute to his alma mater and to students.

電影學院高級講師陳家樂博士導演及編劇的電影《神女》入選2017香港亞洲電影投資會電影計劃,而他編劇的《全面設房》則獲邀參加2017年法國康城電影節的短片單元。
 
香港亞洲電影投資會是亞洲重要的電影融資平台,每年會選出25至30個全新電影計劃,邀請製作人於為期三日的投資會上,與來自全球的投資者、製片人、發行商和買家洽談合作,開拓商機。
 
陳博士表示,他的作品是向中國經典默片《神女》致敬的當代重拍版本,將會以犯罪片的方式,探討當代母女深層次的關係,以及內地新移民婦女在香港身份的議題。電影得到中國中央電視英文頻道、《看電影》及英文電影刊物《銀幕》的報導。他說,得到亞洲電影投資會的推薦,讓他可以和世界各地的電影界人士建立緊密的合作和交流關係。
 
由他編劇的《全面設房》獲邀2017年法國康城電影節的「短片單元」。故事關於一批護照在香港工廠大廈遺失,從而引發警員、按摩師和年輕人的內在衝突的犯罪喜劇短片。
 
身兼浸大校友的陳博士希望透過實踐,將其電影創作的經驗用於教學,以及電影文化和美學等研究,以回饋母校和學生。