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Guest Masterclasses & Q&As

The festival is delighted to be welcoming some of the key people behind this year’s eclectic line-up of films from the Far East. Drop by for a free masterclass or stay for a post-film Q&A for some first-hand insight into film-making in Asia today. Masterclasses are open to all including non-festival ticket holders. No registration required.

Erik MattiERIK MATTI – DIRECTORIAL MASTERCLASS

Saturday 24 May, 14:30-15:30 // Institute of Contemporary Arts

A free masterclass with ERIK MATTI, filmmaker and founder of production company Reality Entertainment. His comedy horror TIK TIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES (2012) debuted at number two on the Philippine box office, grossing P10.8m on its first day and showing in 105 theatres. Critically acclaimed ON THE JOB (2013) had its World Premiere in the Cannes 2013 Director’s Fortnight, and a US remake in currently in pre-production. Masterclass open to all, including non-festival ticket holders (no registration required).

Felix RocoFELIX ROCO – Q&As

Saturday 24 May, after SHIFT & A THIEF, A KID & A KILLER // Institute of Contemporary Arts

Felix Roco has won international acclaim for his acting in the Venice Film Festival double-awardee ENGKWENTRO (2009). Felix continues to chalk up notable performances in television and film alike, selecting challenging roles which showcase his range, including gay call centre worker Trevor in SHIFT (2013) and unwitting thief Nico in A THIEF, A KID AND A KILLER (2013). Q&A open to SHIFT and A THIEF, A KID & A KILLER ticket holders only.

Nathan AdolfsonNATHAN ADOLFSON – FILMMAKING IN ASIA: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Sunday 25 May, 14:30-15:30 // Institute of Contemporary Arts

NATHAN ADOLFON graduated with an MFA in film directing in 2008, prior to which he won multiple UCLA Spotlight Awards. A desire to explore growing Asian markets prompted Nathan to work with Korean, Japanese, and Filipino partners on a series of critically-acclaimed features. His follow-up to A THIEF, A KID & A KILLER (2013) is already in pre-production in the Philippines. Masterclass open to all, including non-festival ticket holders (no registration required).

Andrew LeavoldANDREW LEAVOLD- BAMBOO GODS AND BIONIC BOYS: THE BIZARRE AND HIDDEN OF PULP FILMMAKING IN THE PHILIPPINES

Tuesday 27 May, 22:15 (after screening) // Institute of Contemporary Arts

ANDREW LEAVOLD is founder of Trash Video, Australia’s largest alternative rental store. He also works as a writer, film critic, and film programmer. Andrew has directed fake 60s exploitation mini-epic LESBO-A-GO-GO (2003) and vampire slaying reconstruction BLUEBIRDS OF PEACE AND DESTRUCTION (2006). His latest feature, THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (2007), is the ultimate history of Filipino B-films. Q&A and Masterclass for Andrew Leavold open to THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG ticket holders only.

Seo Young-juSEO YOUNG-JU – Q&A

Friday 30 May, after MOEBIUS screening // Prince Charles Cinema

Seventeen-year-old Seo Young-ju has been acting in film and television since he was ten. His performance in crime drama JUVENILE OFFENDER (2012) won him Best Actor awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Cinemanila International Film Festival. He has also won widespread critical acclaim for his role in the dialogue-free MOEBIUS (2013). Q&A open to MOEBIUS ticket holders and Festival Pass holders only.

Akira NagaiAKIRA NAGAI – Q&A

Sunday 1 June, 19:15 (after screening) // Prince Charles Cinema

AKIRA NAGAI joined a Tokyo-based advertising and promotion company after graduating from Musashino Art University, where he worked on multiple high-profile campaigns. Akira also won the prestigious directorial award at the ACC CM Festival for two consecutive years, in 2012 and 2013. JUDGE! (2013), which draws upon his significant experience in the advertising industry, is his debut full-length feature. Q&A open to JUDGE! ticket holders and Festival Pass holders only.

Yuumi GotoYUUMI GOTO – ACTING MASTERCLASS & Q&A

Free Masterclass: Sunday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 // Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour
Q&A: Sunday 1 June, 14:35 (after screening) // Prince Charles Cinema

YUUMI GOTO was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1984. She joined the Uzume Theatre company in 2001, appearing in productions across multiple genres. Since 2005 she has concentrated on film work; appearances include I CATCH A TERRIBLE CAT (Rikiya IMAIZUMI, 2012) and TOM SAWYER AND HUCKLEBERRY FINN ARE DEAD (Wataru HIRANAMI).Upcoming appearances include USHIJIMA THE LOAN SHARK 2 (Masatoshi YAMAKUCHI) and TOKYO TRIBE (Shion SONO). Masterclass open to all, including non-festival ticket holders (no registration required); Q&A after the film open to all BE MY BABY ticket holders and Festival Pass holders only.

Yuki UedaYUKI UEDA – ACTING MASTERCLASS & Q&A

Masterclass: Sunday 1 June, 11:00-12:00 // Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour
Q&A: Sunday 1 June, 14:35 (after screening) // Prince Charles Cinema

YUKI UEDA was born in 1989. He studied theatre at university, and has mainly been acting on stage. BE MY BABY (2013) is his first appearance in a film. Masterclass open to all, including non-festival ticket holders (no registration required); Q&A after the film open to all BE MY BABY ticket holders and Festival Pass holders only.

Q&As

All Q&As take place immediately after the film screening and are open to ticket holders and festival pass holders.

  • ON THE JOB Q&A with Director Erik MATTI // Friday 23 May
  • SHIFT Q&A with Actor FELIX ROCO // Saturday 24 May
  • BE MY BABY Q&A with Actors YUUMI GOTO and YUKI UEDA // Sunday 1 June
  • JUDGE! Q&A with Director AKIRA NAGAI // Sunday 1 June

Previous Years Special Guests

A large number of guests have passed through our doors over the years.
Highlights of these guests from the most recent editions include:

Jackie Chan (2010) – Award to highlight work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Guo Xiaolu (2012) – Director of UFO in her Eyes
• Masterclass on directing guerrilla style
Toshiaki Toyoda (2012) – Director of Monsters Club
Da Ching (2012) – Actor in Seediq Bale
• Acting Masterclass
Denden (2012) – Actor in Audience Award Winner 2012 Himizu
Tak Sakaguchi (2011) – Actor / director of Yakuza Weapon
• Action Directing Masterclass
Sam Voutas (2011) – Director of Audience Award Winner 2011 Red Light Revolution
• financing & producing indie films Masterclass
Rina Takeda (2011) – Lead actress in Karate Girl
Clement Cheng (2011) – Director of Gallants
• shoot your film in 18 days Masterclass
Xavier Jamaux (2009) – Soundtrack composer of Audience Award Winner 2009 Sparrow