Per­fect Pitch

FILMAID ASIA GALA DIN­NER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

Pitch Per­fect break­out star Rebel Wil­son drew cheers and ap­plause when she took to the stage at Filmaid Asia’s fifth an­nual gala din­ner, which was held at the Hol­i­day Inn Golden Mile. Speak­ing of her love for Chi­nese cui­sine and the sight­see­ing she’d been do­ing, the Aus­tralian-born Hol­ly­wood star had the crowd in stitches when she re­called her trip to Lan­tau, fa­mous for its wild cows, to see the Big Bud­dha. “Look at that big cow!” she’d heard some­one yell, and “for once they weren’t talk­ing about me,” she joked. Rebel con­tin­ued to riff on the up­side of be­ing in Asia: “You know, my chances of scor­ing in Hong Kong are bet­ter than back home. With no more onechild pol­icy and the sur­plus of men in China, who knows, I may get lucky tonight. Just to let you know, I’ll marry any Chi­nese billionaire—or any guy that knows how to make dumplings.” After the laugh­ter died down, Rebel pre­sented Filmaid Asia’s Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award to lo­cal film­maker Jessey Tsang Tsui-shan. Once the for­mal­i­ties were wrapped up, disco king An­drew Bull, aka DJ El Toro, had ev­ery­one out of their seats and onto the dance­floor quick smart. The evening’s en­ter­tain­ment also in­cluded a short but lively auc­tion, the high­light of which was a per­sonal video shoot with Rebel, which sold for HK$230,000. The event raised HK$2.9 mil­lion for Filmaid Asia’s work with refugees on the Thai-myanmar bor­der and the Chicken Soup Foun­da­tion in Hong Kong. The ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude filmmaking within com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress lo­cal is­sues rang­ing from hy­giene, land­mine aware­ness and gen­der-based vi­o­lence, to me­dia arts train­ing pro­grammes, plus run­ning in­door and out­door screen­ings to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

Je­han Chu Malti Dial­das and Co­rina Larpin Loui Lim and Feip­ing Chang Ivan Pun Rebel Wil­son and Jeremy Law­son

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