Make movies with multi-racial cast, producers urged

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  • Thursday, 07 Jul 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Film producers in Malaysia are encouraged to make movies featuring a multi-racial cast to reflect the various cultures in the country.

MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon (pic) urged local film producers to create more acting roles from a multi-racial base.

“This is similar to what is practised in the United States where the government has a policy that all films produced must have multi-racial actors.

“Although our country does not have such a policy, I highly encourage our producers to do so.

“The movie Ola Bola, for example, attracted a multi-racial audience. That should be the way,” he said Thursday.

Chong added that MCA Youth is discussing with the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College to bring in expertise from the Beijing Film Academy to train young Malaysian talents.

He said MCA Youth signed a memorandum of understanding with the academy late last year to push for the development of the film industry in Malaysia.

Chong was speaking at a press conference after launching filmmaker Aron Koh's book “Jing Ju Li (Zero Distance)” during the BookFest @ Malaysia expo at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.

Koh said the book is about his 15 years' experience in the film industry and includes “insider news” on the industry.

“There is a future for the filming industry in Malaysia.

“We should not only focus on the Malaysian market. We should go regional, focus on the Asian market," he said.

On aspiring filmmakers and the younger generation, Koh advised them to take their time and not rush to become a director as it needs time and experience.

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