Malaysia’s First Feature Film with Lead Gay Characters
A gay-themed film has proved an unexpected success in conservative Malaysia. Malaysian films are not allowed to depict support for gay life and homosexual intercourse remains illegal in the country, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
However, after less than week after its release the film Dalam Botol (which translates as In A Bottle) has taken more than one milloin ringitt (£206,000) in Malaysian cinemas, reports The Guardian.
Writer and producer Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman had to submit details of the film to the country’s strict censorship board. Dalam Botol follows a man who undergoes a sex change because he thinks it will be please his boyfriend.
The film offers a non-explicit portrayal, showing the characters hug but not kiss.