PETALING JAYA: Award-winning director Adman Salleh, who was “relieved” of directorial duties in the second national movie Paloh, confronted the movie’s supervising producer Jurey Latiff Rosli, who took out 15 minutes of the most crucial scenes without his consent.
“I was shocked when I saw some scenes missing. And these are crucial to the flow of the story,” Adman said, adding that he noticed the omissions during a double-head screening – the stage before final cuts are made – at Filem Negara on March 7.
“What he did really angered me and I told him so in front of the producers during an urgent meeting after that. I assumed the letter was the result of that confrontation,” explained Adman who had directed award-winning movies like Bintang Malam and Amuk.
Adman wants Finas and Filem Negara, as producers of the movie, to put their feet down and take a firm stand to resolve the professional misunderstanding between him and Jurey.
“I hope the producers will review the matter before it affects Paloh,” said Adman in an interview at Menara Star.
Adman was “relieved” of his director’s job in a letter dated March 13 issued by Jurey, whose company World Evolution Brain (WEB) was appointed to manage the production of Paloh.
Jurey, who contacted The Star earlier, was adamant that the context of the letter did not imply that Adman was terminated. He claimed that the letter was a form of professional communication, which film industry people like Adman were not used to.
“The letter clearly states that under the agreement dated July 10, 2002 ... 'you are hereby relieved from further service commitment to the company'.”
Jurey claimed that he only had good intentions when he gave the letter to Adman.
“I didn’t want him to be stuck with Paloh when he could move on and do other things or take other projects and as for the post-production of Paloh, it is decided by the company. But Adman is free to give his advice and expert opinion on Paloh,” Jurey explained.
Responding to this, Adman who produced a copy of the letter, said:
“The word “relieved” here is just a legal term, it still means the same thing – he has terminated or sacked me.”
He alleged that Jurey had sent the letter without even consulting the producers Finas and Filem Negara.
“WEB is just a management company to manage the production work of Paloh while the producers engaged me as the director. So, how could WEB terminate me?” he asked.
Adman is worried that he will not be able to see through the final stages of movie.
“At least 25% of the movie has not been completed. I still have to look into the dubbing, voice-over, final mixing and the sound track of the movie. No matter who WEB engages to complete the unfinished job, as a director I should be overseeing the post-production of Paloh. A director’s job will only finish after he delivers the final print to the producers. I am not even halfway there,” said Adman.
The RM3.5mil Paloh, the second national movie to be produced by Finas and Filem Negara, is scheduled for screening in June.