FILM director Don Hoe has completed shooting ‘Olympic Dream’ in Penang after 25 days. The film features actress Maya Karin and several badminton greats.
He said they managed to wrap up the filming five days ahead of schedule and kept the budget within the planned RM2mil.
The Malaysian movie chronicles the journey of a young badminton player who achieved her dream of winning an Olympic gold.
“Moviegoers will get to see the beauty of Penang. It was shot entirely here.
“We even used a drone to capture an aerial view of the Penang Bridge.”
“In one of the scenes, we gave a makeover to the Penang Island City Council Sports Complex in Balik Pulau and took in 400 extras to act as the spectators for the Malaysia badminton series.
“We hope this movie will inspire budding talents to win Olympic gold for the country in the future,” he said.
Hoe, his crew and several cast members were filming at the Penang Sports Council in Batu Uban on Sunday,
One of the scenes showed a young Wong Anna, played by child actress Annabelle Tan, bidding farewell to her adoptive mother Fatimah (Maya Karin) before boarding a bus to Kuala Lumpur.
Movie producer Ivan Tan said the film had a very strong plot centering on Wong Anna.
“Being an orphan, she is often bullied in school.
“Viewers can see the girl overcoming challenges with the help of those around her before she takes part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Award-winning actor Jordan Voon Shao Ping plays Uncle Chuen, a housekeeper in Wong Anna’s school in the movie.
“Uncle Chuen has his own sad past,” he said.
Apart from English and Malay, other languages used in the movie are Mandarin, Hokkien and Hakka.
The movie was shot in several locations such as the Penang Badminton Academy in Bukit Gelugor and SJK (C) Chung Shan in Bayan Lepas.
Local badminton greats including Rashid Sidek, Cheah Soon Kit and Ong Ewe Hock also starred in the film.
redONE Network Sdn Bhd is the main sponsor for the movie.
Its chief sales officer Ben Teh played the Penang Sports Council director in the movie.
Produced by Full Billion Entertainment Sdn Bhd, the movie is expected to hit the theatres in February next year.