On the road to new cinema in Malaysia
A group of independent Malaysian filmmakers have been enlisting help online to produce a new film called “Your Grandfather’s Road”.
The film’s title comes from a Malaysian expression, usually said to berate road hogs, and as Malaysia’s first ‘crowd-sourced’ film its producers have been on a journey of discover just trying to make it.
Asking for everything from story ideas to cast and soundtracks, the producers’ aim is to create a road movie that reflects the lives of young Malaysians.
Generally, Malaysia films are “rubbish”, says Nesaratnam, dominated by horror and comedy genre movies. “There’s a vibrant independent scene, but the mainstream isn’t as rich and as diverse as it could be.”