Interview with Filmmaker Camille Liu Nock (BO & MEI)

BO & MEI was the winner of BEST FILM at the February 2019 LGBT Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Camille Liu Nock: I think standing up against any kind of prejudice is important. Supporting those who are the victims to discrimination is equally as important so I want to make a film that incorporated those two elements.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about 4 months, 1 month for each writing, preproduction, production and post.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Standing Up

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Getting everything done in time, always a race with the clock

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Wow. Absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude, really appreciate all the kind words. Cannot tell you how much it means to me. So cool to hear as well what people liked/picked up on, like the turning up of the music, the sensuality of washing the silk and the supportive sister to name a few. Seriously made me feel so happy to hear people who say they have a sister who is that person for them. Feel very connected to the people in that room and so grateful for their insights and kind words about the film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

My Mum experienced quite a lot of racial discrimination for being Chinese as I was growing up. Later one of my best friends dealt with similar discriminations when he came out so I wanted to make a film that gave a character a chance to stand up for themselves against these prejudices. Film is such a powerful medium in helping connect people through stories and visuals. It’s an amazing change-maker for good.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Probably Love Actually, pretty much every Christmas! Beasts of the Southern Wild is also one I can’t watch enough.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think it’s a really amazing tool and gives filmmakers a great directory of film festivals as well as a real ease with the application process.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Signed sealed delivered – Stevie Wonder

10. What is next for you? A new film

Hopefully a new film! I’ve made a documentary since and loved making it so I think hopefully getting into some doc filmmaking next and see where it all goes after that!
 

 

 

 

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