Interview with Filmmaker Ron Chiu (HERE FROM AFAR: HONGKONGERS IN LIVERPOOL)

HERE FROM AFAR: HONGKONGERS IN LIVERPOOL, 30min., UK
Directed by Ron Chiu
This documentary is about Hongkongers in Liverpool, sharing their stories of being a Liverpool FC supporter

https://facebook.com/LeiKeeHK

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

First, I have been a Liverpool fans more than 15 years and I feel always curious why some LFC fans from Hong Kong can be so loyal to such a far away England football club, no matter it wins or loses, the spirit of “you will never walk alone ” is touching me.

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

I have the idea in Apr 2022 which is the worst covid situation in HK, and I film the footages in UK in May and edit the video from June to October.

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

Keep dreaming

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

The Covid, the quarantine restrictions.

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

I feel so touching a documentary about Hongkongers’ stories, not even spoken in English can be appreciated by global audience.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Always.

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

Hong Kong cinema movies

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

Let more people who love documentaries to watch and easy to search it online.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Appreciated.

10. What is your favorite meal?

My mom’s dishes.

11. What is next for you? A new film?

A documentary about Hong Kong craftmen stories

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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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