Being in the film industry for 17 years, Boris Boo has gathered invaluable experience, which undeniably can be seen in the film screened to us Filial Party. His career started off as a scriptwriter at Mediacorp Studios Chinese Drama division for six years, where he wrote more than a hundred scripts! These included sitcoms, dramas and short films. Following this he worked with Jack Neo (J Team Productions) as a creative director, and made his directorial debut in 2009 where he co-directed Where Got Ghost. In 2011 he left J Team and two years later founded Door To Door Pictures Pte Ltd.
Last friday on the 10th of October, Boris screened his 7th film to the BA (Hons) Film students, Filial Party, which he wrote and directed . The feature film is about a television show (Filial Party) where contestants are scored by how loving they are towards their parents. This comedic spin-off of reality shows portrays characters young and old trying to fulfil the challenges given to them to prove that they are filial sons/daughters. Slowly the contestants are shown as they really are; unloving, disrespectful, taking their parents for granted, and realise that being filial cannot be proven on a television show but only through the simple act of spending time with them. I particularly identified with the character of the freshly graduated Annie, who realises in the end of the film that she has been mistreating her parents. She is ashamed of how she acted and decides that she doesn’t want to study overseas, but rather stay close to her parents.
Filmmakers in the industry make a large variety of films, whether it be documentaries, arts films, or commercial blockbusters, etc. Similarly, the motivations differ too. For example, two week ago producer Fran Borgia was telling us that the movies he wants to make are arts films, and he is totally aware of the fact that he won’t be making much money, but does it anyway because of his passion. This contrasted highly with Boris; he told us that he’s in the film industry for the long run. Boris told us that earlier in his career he would not have gotten the funding he needed to make his films, and that’s why we should wait until later in our career to make the films that we were most passionate about. I asked him what kinds of films he wanted to make, he responded, “Historical war films”. So keep your eyes open, if you ever find yourselves walking down the street and you see a poster for Boris Boo’s historical war film, make sure to buy yourself a ticket.
Mirko Jeck is a level one film student hoping to pursue Screenwriting. His passion is in stories, and often he tries to find new and creative ways of developing them. Mirko is also sub-editor for the school’s blog.