Into the woods

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By MUM­tAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

FOR his next ven­ture, ac­tor- di­rec­tor- pro­ducer Pekin Ibrahim is look­ing at pro­duc­ing a doc­u­men­tary fea­ture. Come midApril, Pekin and the crew of his pro­duc­tion house KL Me­dia House are go­ing to Sabah to film Mad­ness Of Borneo un­der the di­rec­tion of Raja Mukhriz.

What is re­mark­able about this pro­ject is that Pekin plans it for con­sump­tion on the big screen.

“When­ever a lo­cal doc­u­men­tary is made, it’s for the pur­pose of show­cas­ing it on TV. That’s the usual aim of a doc­u­men­tary. But I want to present what our beau­ti­ful coun­try has to of­fer on the big screen,” said Pekin.

“With this medium, the au­dio and the vis­ual of what we are pre­sent­ing will be am­pli­fied.”

This also ex­plains why di­rec­tor Mukhriz is ideal for the job; be­fore helm­ing the 2014 film Ophilia, Mukhriz worked as a cin­e­matog­ra­pher on var­i­ous lo­cal films since 2007.

“We went to Sabah for two months al­ready ( to recce) and we’ve come up with a con­tent that I feel is unique. There are more than 30 in­dige­nous groups that we are not fa­mil­iar with; we will be fo­cus­ing on one of them.

“For a change, we are of­fer­ing a doc­u­men­tary on Sabah that’s not just about orangutan and Mount Kinabalu,” elab­o­rated the ac­tor who was nom­i­nated in the Malaysia Film Fes­ti­val for his per­for­mance in the 2012 film Buno­han.

Pekin added that Mad­ness Of Borneo – which will be filmed over the pe­riod of 60 days – re­ceived fund­ing from Na­tional Film De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia ( Fi­nas).

“I sent in a pro­posal to Fi­nas and, thank­fully, re­ceived full sup­port from them.”

Pekin hopes to show the doc­u­men­tary in cinema some­time next year. “I tar­get to bring it over­seas and en­ter it for com­pe­ti­tions.”

He be­lieves that once the doc­u­men­tary fea­ture gets recog­ni­tion in Malaysia, it will en­cour­age more film­mak­ers to look into the genre.

The ac­tor who can cur­rently be seen in the box of­fice suc­cess Mu­nafik, said he is slot­ted to star in Syam­sul Yu­sof’s next film ti­tled Tai­long. “But I am not sure when that one starts film­ing yet.”

Pekin also made his di­rec­to­rial de­but with Mat Moto which was re­leased in Jan­uary this year and has earned a re­spectable RM4.3mil.

Pekin is mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary fea­ture with the hopes of en­cour­ag­ing more Malaysian film­mak­ers to ex­plore this genre. — IrsyAdI Is­MAIL/ The star

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