Film­ing to be­gin on Bo­gyoke Aung San movie

Shoot­ing be­gins on Bo­gyoke Aung San movie

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

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

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