Malaysian filmmaker, Bradley Liew garnered the coveted ‘Best Film’ trophy for his feature debut, Singing in Graveyards at the inaugural Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA) held at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands on 5th March 2017.
Singing in the Graveyards, which is a co-production between Malaysia and the Philippines follows Pepe, a 68-year-old impersonator of a Filipino rock legend, who is given the chance to open for the rock legend's concert.
“I'm very grateful to the juries for this award as the category was incredibly competitive with some of the best and most awarded films of the year. I hope that it will open more doors for future projects, especially in Malaysia and most importantly, I hope this encourages other young filmmakers to believe in their work and pursue their dreams,” said the young director.
Speaking of his future projects, Bradley revealed that he just finished producing Lav Diaz’s latest film, which was shot entirely in Malaysia. Furthermore, he is writing extensively for his second feature, which will be in a horror genre.
The Malaysia Golden Global Awards was organised together with Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFEST) to celebrate the best international and local films as well as to promote the unique Malaysian arts and cultures to the world.
Full List of inaugural MGGA winners:
Best Film: Bradley Liew (Singing in Graveyards)
Best Director: Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa)
Best New Director: Boo Junfeng (Apprentice)
Best Cinematography: Pan Luo (I Am Not Madame Bovary)
Best Screenplay: Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake)
The Audience Choice Award: Khyentse Norbu (Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait)
Best Actress: Sandra Huller (Toni Erdman)
Best Actor: Eric Tsang (Mad World)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Datuk Lai Meng