THE NEXT BIG CIN­E­MATOG­RA­PHER: RACHEL LIEW

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Rachel Liew doesn’t take the con­ven­tional route. For starters, while most stu­dent films are typ­i­cally based in Sin­ga­pore, Liew, 25, based her fi­nal-year project Han in South Korea be­cause “it felt solemn, yet has a lit­tle sense of hope to it”.

The 20-minute short (Liew served as cin­e­matog­ra­pher and her class­mate Jonathan Choo as direc­tor) cen­tres around a Sin­ga­porean fa­ther who trav­els to South Korea to make amends to a fam­ily whose daugh­ter is killed in a car ac­ci­dent by his son. While their bud­get bal­looned (they raised $4,000 on Indiegogo; the other $36,000 re­quired was pooled to­gether from the crew mem­bers’ own sav­ings), the money was well-spent – Han clinched the high­est prize in the stu­dent cat­e­gory, the Las­zlo Ko­vacs Stu­dent Award – Golden Tad­pole, at the il­lus­tri­ous Poland-based Camer­im­age fes­ti­val. It also won Best Di­rec­tion and DBS Best Pic­ture awards at the 2016 Na­tional Youth Film Awards. Her style of work “I tend to steer more to­wards a static slow-mov­ing frame, rather than en­er­getic hand­held move­ments.” On what she hopes to bring to the lo­cal scene “Hope­fully a fe­male voice, which I feel is still some­what lack­ing in the in­dus­try.” Who in­spires her “Vit­to­rio Storaro was the first per­son that got me think­ing about cine­matog­ra­phy, and how it en­com­passes light, mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture.” Re­cent projects April saw the re­lease of the mu­sic video (helmed by her and Choo) for Light Breaks In by singer-song­writer Char­lie Lim. “I’m also await­ing replies for a master’s course at the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute, and Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School.”

Liew's fi­nal-year project, han(2015), was set in south ko­erea, with the role played by vet­eran Me­di­a­corp ac­tor Zhu Houren(above and right). who is also the fa­ther of hans direc­tor, jonathan choo

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