Direc­tor Saw to pro­duce 2017 SEA Games open­ing, clos­ing events

New Straits Times - - Entertainm­ent -

AWARD-WIN­NING direc­tor Saw Teong Hin could well be on his way to un­der­take the big­gest pro­duc­tion of his life: The open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies of the 29th South­east Asian (SEA) Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 in Au­gust.

The open­ing cer­e­mony for the games will be held on Aug 19 at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium in Kuala Lumpur, while the clos­ing cer­e­mony will co­in­cide with Malaysia’s 60th Merdeka Day.

Sources told the New Straits Times that Saw would be part of a big­ger team un­der­tak­ing the mam­moth pro­duc­tion task.

“As in all re­gional and in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events, the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies take cen­tre stage.

“We ex­pect the same for the SEA Games in Au­gust,” said the source.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial 29th SEA Games web­site at kualalumpu­r2017.com.my, the chief of the armed forces is chair­ing the Open­ing and Clos­ing Cer­e­monies com­mit­tee.

Ge­orge Town-born Saw, 54, is the man behind the cel­e­brated 2004 epic fan­tasy pe­riod movie Pu­teri Gu­nung Ledang, which saw him win­ning the Best Direc­tor award at the 18th Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val in the fol­low­ing year.

The founder of Real Films, Saw has more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing ad­ver­tise­ments, tele­vi­sion pro­grammes, mu­sic videos, mu­si­cals and movies.

This marks the country’s sixth time host­ing the SEA Games.

“Ris­ing To­gether” is the theme for this year’s Games.

Saw Teong Hin ( front row, sec­ond from left) with the cast of his new movie‘ You Mean The World To Me’.

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