PENANG, Jan 31 – Tropfest’s official conversation series, Roughcut, Makes its return to Penang today, bringing with it a host of luminaries and a-list stars from the film industry for a day of talks and candid conversation about creativity. Roughcut is supported by the Motion Picture Association, working together with Tropfest SEA to create a platform for creative developments within the region.
Opening with a panel discussion that sees Tropfest SEA 2014 winner, Southea Ines, sit alongside Tropfest International Managing Director, Micheal Laverty, and successful young filmmakers, Lucky Kuswandi (Indonesia) and Hannah Espia (Philippines), the focus of the event is on inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and creative talents.
Sullivam Stapleton, star of 300: Rise of an Empire, the Academy Award-nominated Animal Kingdom and action series Strike Back, brings a touch of Hollywood glamour to the event as he shares stories from his life in front of the lens. The Audtrallian actor has picked up accolades from the Australian Film Institute, and has starred along such household names as Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone.
The event also features a cinematography masterclass from legendary cinematographer, Christopher Doyle. With credits including the iconic In the Mood For Love (2000), Paris Je T’Aime (2006), and 2046 (2004), Doyle has been one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the industry for over thirty years, and is scheduled to start work shortly on a feature film shot in Penang with a script written in the Penang Hokkien dialect.
Also speaking today are industry heavyweights from the region, including Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, of the Motion Picture Association, as well as Ms. Teng Lee Yein, Senior Vice President of Astro. Other topic to be covered are Asia’s burgeoning animation industry and the challenges of comedy acting in the region, with Singaporean star Kumar giving a rare insight into the method behind his outspoken comedy acts.
“Attending Roughcut was what most inspired me to take on the Tropfest SEA journey,” says Tropfest SEA Managing Director, Joe Sidek. “Seeing a star like Geoffrey Rush talking about the personal struggles and mortgages that go into making a film a success really touched a chord with me. Roughcut is all about inspiring people through honest conversations with the industry’s brightest and best, and I believe that these king of sessions are what will guarantee a strong future for Southeast Asian film.”