Ken Kwek’s newest movie #LookAtMe: The ‘most radical’ assertion is one character popping out as LGBTQ to their household and being accepted with out ‘shame or struggle’
#LookAtMe, the second movie from director Ken Kwek after 2014’s Unlucky Plaza, debuted on the New York Asian Film Festival final month.
The film, which has acquired optimistic critiques as an “empathetic drama discussing the issue of human rights” on highonfilms.com and as “a dynamic, genre-bending story” on cinemaescapist.com, has but to be proven regionally.
It tackles numerous themes many is probably not comfy with, together with LGBTQ points, free expression, and human rights. It additionally incorporates a homophobic Christian pastor.
However, the director has stated that the “most radical” assertion within the movie is that one character’s popping out is totally accepted.
“In Singapore, you virtually by no means have queer characters in mainstream TV and movie. And on the uncommon event when they’re depicted, they’re all the time portrayed as slightly irregular ultimately, form, or type. They’re diseased. They are bizarre, they’re unusual, they’re morally compromised, or no matter.
But I wished to point out the household through which we see queer normalcy. For all its depictions of extremes within the movie, essentially the most radical assertion that I make, and which I’m pleased with, is the best factor, which is [that] it is a household the place all of them love one another, and the homosexual character has not needed to undergo any disgrace or wrestle in popping out,” Mr Kwek has been quoted as saying.
#LookAtMeMovie is proud to announce its world premiere on the New York Asian Film Festival on twenty third July 2022. We are honoured to be in competitors for it’s twentieth Anniversary version! #NYAFF2022 #filmatlincolncenter #freedomtolove #gaytwinstraighttwin #kenkwek #sgfilm pic.twitter.com/hwXkeR8EJE
— Look At Me | a Ken Kwek Film (@lookatmemoviesg) July 9, 2022
At the guts of #LookAtMe is the story of dual brothers and their mom. The twins—Sean and Ricky—are each performed by actor Thomas Pang, who now goes just by “Yao.”
Mr Kwei’s spouse, Pamela Oei, who additionally co-produced the movie, performs their mom, Nancy.
One day, Sean, a wannabe YouTube star, and Ricky are invited to church by Sean’s girlfriend Mia, the place they hear a homophobic rant by a pastor, performed by Adrian Pang.
Sean’s response video goes viral and will get him in hassle with the regulation, and he results in jail.
His twin and their mom combat for his freedom, however the household find yourself paying a excessive value.
Incidentally, Sean’s character was impressed, not less than partially, by the controversial Amos Yee, however Mr Kwek appeared to need him to be the anti-Amos.
“I thought—what if you had a guy who’s as rude as Amos Yee, but isn’t spewing vitriol or rubbish, and instead has a really good thing to say?” he stated.
However, the director has gone on file as saying that his aim in making the movie is to not name for a repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexual intercourse.
“I’m not a politician. I’m not an activist. I’m not on a soapbox calling for change. I am a filmmaker, and my job is to make a really entertaining popular film. And if it happens within a political reality that you find interesting or can’t avoid, then it’s there. But certainly you don’t start from a point of pushing a particular agenda.” /TISG
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