Filming to begin on Bogyoke Aung San movie
Shooting begins on Bogyoke Aung San movie
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and former Myanmar president Htin Kyaw were guests of honour last week at a ceremony in Yangon to mark the start of filming for a bio-pic on the life of independence hero General Aung San. This is been a project long in coming.
Myanmar actors, director and professionals from the movie industry will produce a biographical film of Bogyoke Aung San, the hero of Myanmar’s independence and father of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The life of Aung San Suu Kyi has been created for the big screen when actress Michelle Yeoh starred in “The Lady” in 2011.
Efforts to recreate the life of her father, General Aung San, began in 2012 after Aung San Suu Kyi expressed an interest but progress was slow. It is hoped that filming will begin soon.
Aung San, widely considered to be the father of modern Burma, led the country’s struggle for independence against colonial Britain, but was assassinated just months before his dream was fully realized.
The Southeast Asian nation used to be a regional cinematic hub before the 1962-installed military junta suppressed creativity, imposed censorship and cut the country off from outside influences.
Myanmar's opening up since 2011 has so far done little to propel its movie industry -- which is preparing to mark its century next year -- onto the international stage.
"The film industry is like the country -- after 100 years, it's not in good shape," says Grace Swe Zin Htaik, 66, who has worked in the business for decades as an actress and consultant.
Foreign distributors remain unmoved by its movies, often churned out to hackneyed formulae with low production costs and over-acting that many find toe-curling.
Speaking at the event. Photo: EPA
Aung San in Burma Defence Army uniform with Daw Khin Kyi after their marriage in 1942. Archive Photo State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, centre, with former president Htin Kyaw, at the movie event. Photo: EPA