Latest short film by BMW Shorties 2016 grand prize winner explores the science fiction genre, uncovering the relationship themes between humans and robots in a futuristic Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur, 5 October 2017 – BMW Group Malaysia premiered ‘The Masseuse’, the latest BMW Shorties production by the Grand Prize winner of BMW Shorties 2016, Tan Ce Ding. As with his award-winning film ‘Hawa’ last year, Tan Ce Ding’s latest short film demonstrates his vision in the science fiction genre with a love story centred on the relationship between robots and humans in the future and their roles in a developed society.
“When my team and I won the RM75,000 production grant, we immediately saw an opportunity to explore another angle of the sci-fi story genre and further expand on the elements of the possible society of Malaysia in the future which we first created with ‘Hawa’. ‘The Masseuse’ was an interesting project as we had the chance to think about how robots and humans could be in a modern Kuala Lumpur.” said film maker Tan Ce Ding.
Ce Ding elaborates that the inspiration behind ‘The Masseuse’ was his appreciation for sci-fi stories which also has a following in the country. He said, “I’ve always been a person who aims to bring a story depicting normal humans facing abnormal adversities on screen. Even in the previous short film ‘Hawa’, the concept was to show how normal Malaysian children would possibly live, react and just be when faced with challenges in the future. In this new film, I wanted to explore the emotional elements of humans and robots with the themes of love, hate, happiness, sadness and reluctance.”
‘The Masseuse’ is a science fiction love story set in a futuristic Kuala Lumpur between a humanoid masseuse and her technician who has a dark and disturbing past and an indisposed agenda. The film centres on the relationship between robots and humans in the future and their roles in a developed society.
The main male lead in the short film is played by Koe Shern, Best Actor Award Winner in the winning BMW Shorties 2013 short film ‘32° C Fall In Love’ by Tan Seng Kiat while the humanoid is portrayed by Candy Ice, the leading actress famed in the BMW Shorties 2012 winning short film, ‘Murdered’ by Chua Dick Woei.
Speaking at the premiere, Mr Han Sang Yun, Managing Director & CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The BMW Shorties was introduced as a platform for aspiring film enthusiasts to explore and share their talent, exploring new film making ideas, mediums and channels. As a filmmaker, Ce Ding embodies a vision focused on futuristic and science fiction elements and genre, coupled with a boldness which equips him with the potential to join in the artistic movement of redefining a generation through film.”
“The BMW Shorties is privileged to have helped discovered Tan Ce Ding and his gift in storytelling through the art of film. We trust that his creations will go on to inspire other aspiring film enthusiasts here in the future.” said Han.
Returning for its eleventh year, the BMW Shorties in 2017 is themed “Vision” to commemorate the futuristic and hopeful outlook the competition has on the film industry in Malaysia. After having celebrated the 10 year milestone last year, the BMW Shorties is positive on what is about to come in the near future both for the Malaysian community and the film industry.
Judging this year’s competition is a line-up of Malaysia’s top film making virtuosos which comprises award-winning creative producer, Nandita Solomon; up and coming film maker and screenwriter, Nadira Ilana; scriptwriter and actor, Redza Minhat; award-wining film makers Ho Yuhang and Tan Chui Mui.
The BMW Shorties short film competition will be offering aspiring film makers the opportunity to win the grand prize of a RM 75,000 production grant alongside promising prospects in the filmmaking industry. Other accolades for filmmaking potential include Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Design as well as the ever popular People’s Choice Award.
BMW Shorties 2017 competition is currently open for entries until Friday, October 20th 2017. For further information regarding the BMW Shorties and how to participate, visit the official BMW Shorties website at www.bmwshorties.com.my or the official BMW Shorties Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bmwshorties.