Bradley Liew and Bianca Balbuena receiving the award on stage. Photo credit: HAF Awards
Another Malaysian success story at the Hong Kong FILMART 2016; Malaysian producer Bradley Liew took home the Paris Co-Production Village Award with When the Waves are Gone.
Bradley Liew, who has worked actively as a director, cinematographer and producer in both Malaysia and the Philippines landed himself the award after co-producing his first feature film with Bianca Balbuena, a Filipino producer.
"This is my first time as a producer for a feature film, and I was lucky to be working with a master filmmaker like Lav Diaz. He made the filmmaking process easier, the only thing I had to do is facilitate the movie," Bradley commented.
When the Waves are Gone is about Herminigildo Nono, a man who was freed after 29 years in prison and returns to his home to get revenge on the person who was responsible for his misfortune, his best friend.
Speaking about the difference between Malaysia and the Philippines’ film industry, Bradley commented, "Philippines is a growing industry, and one thing that I found different in the Philippines is its thriving independent film industry, which is very different from Malaysia. What I hope from the Malaysia’s film industry is to see more independent films being made in years to come."
In other news, Bradley is also in the middle of another directorial feature which is a co-production between Malaysia, the Phillippines and Switzerland.
Bradley and Bianca posing with the Paris Village Co-Production Award