13 LITTLE PICTURES

Betok

Directed by: Sherman Ong
Writing Credits: Sherman Ong
Producer: Bee Thiam Tan
Production Company: 13 Little Pictures, Paddy Pictures
Format: HD (transfer to 35mm)
Genre: Drama
Estimated Running Time: 90 mins
Status: Development
Looking for: Pre-sales, Funds
Estimated Budget: Euro$250,000

Introduction

Ah Ping kills pigs for a living at an abattoir in a small town in Malaysia. Everyday he would head to his favourite chicken rice stall for lunch and to meet his sweetheart Suhaila Mei Ma. The stall is opened by Suhaila’s father, Farid Shah Ma. Suhaila and her elder sister, Subaidah would take turns to help their dad serve the customers while their youngest brother Sazali who is mentally retarded serves the drinks.

Ping and Suhaila have been courting for 3 years. Unknown to them, Subaidah is also secretly in love with Ping. One day, Ah Ping plucks up his courage and asks Suhaila’s dad for her hand in marriage. Her Dad warms up to the idea of having an extra pair of hands to help him. Ah Ping next step is to break the news of his marriage and conversion to Islam to his own family. On his last day at work at the abattoir, his workmates decide to throw a stag party for Ah Ping at a karaoke bar. They get Ah Ping drunk for one last time and decide to dump him in Suhaila’s room. In a strange twist of fate, Ah Ping wakes up in bed the next morning next to Subaidah.

What follows is Ah Ping’s journey into a loveless marriage to save Suhaila’s family from embarrassment, while the person he truly loves is stuck in an excruciating circumstance. Ah Ping, Suhaila and Subaidah rebel against their fate to tragic outcomes.

Director’s biography
Sherman Ong is a filmmaker, photographer, visual artist and educator. Straddling fiction and documentary, his films have won awards in Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, Indonesia and Malaysia. He is an alumnus of the 1st Berlinale Talent Campus 2003 and has exhibited works at Rotterdam International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, International Electronic Art Festival VideoBrasil, the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, among others. In 2009, he participated in Visual Arts exhibitions in Jakarta, Lithuania and Australia and will be making a new work for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Filmography

FLOODING IN THE TIME OF DROUGHT (2009)

  • Selected for the Asian Digital Competition, Hong Kong International Film Festival (2009) (World Premiere)

HASHI (2008)

  • Nominated for Best Screenplay at the Singapore Film Awards, Singapore International Film Festival (2009)
  • Official selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival (2009), Singapore International Film Festival (2008)

EXODUS – WANITA YANG BERLARI (2003) (Short film)

  • Special Jury Prize, 10th Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards 2005
  • Best Experimental Film, 6th International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers Greece 2004
  • Special Jury Prize, Malaysian Video Awards 2004
  • Runner’s Up Audience Award, Q Film Festival Jakarta, Indonesia 2003

THE GROUND I STAND (2002) (Short film)

  • Best Documentary, 7th Malaysian Video Awards 2003
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  1. fran said, on November 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Can you tell me about Paddy Pictures?


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