The Star’s library to be featured in Dain Said thriller ‘Interchange’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Apr 2015

Auteur at work: Dain (left) instructing Iedil during the filming of ‘Interchange’ at Menara Star.

PETALING JAYA: The Star’s office will be featured in Dain Said’s latest movie Interchange.

The acclaimed Malaysian director along with his cast and crew were at the media company’s headquarters here on Wednesday to shoot a scene for the supernatural thriller, which revolves around murders connected to a Bornean ritual.

Dain recalled coming across an old photograph taken by a Norwegian anthropologist of a tribe in Borneo while doing research for his internationally lauded 2011 film Bunohan.

“The image triggered a story in me,” he said.

The one-day shoot at the library of Menara Star started at 5pm. The scene involved actor Iedil Putra’s character Adam, a crime photographer, arriving at an archive in search of a particular photograph.

“We were looking for archives and there aren’t many in the Klang Valley. I thought a media company might have its own library and I spoke with (The Star’s chief operating officer of content development) June Wong, who got us permission to film here,” said Dain.

Some of the other filming locations included Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur.

Although it was shot around the Klang Valley, Dain said the film was not set in any particular city.

To reflect that, he recruited actors from Malaysia (Iedil and Shaheizy Sam) and Indonesia (Nicholas Saputra and Prisia Nasution).

When asked if he hoped Interchange would do as well as Bunohan did on the international festival circuit, he answered: “At the end of the day, you want your films to be seen at as many festivals as possible.”

Interchange is set to be released next year.

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