An Exclusive Screening of The King of Peking
Australian Embassy, Beijing 21 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Beijing 100600
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The Australian Embassy, Beijing invites you to join fellow Australian alumni and industry experts for an exclusive screening of The King of Peking, followed by a 20-minute Q&A session with Director Sam Voutas and Producer Jane Zheng. Sam and Jane are both University of Melbourne alumni.
Date: 6:15pm, Friday 15 December 2017Location: Australian Embassy, Beijing 21 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Beijing 100600RSVP before 12:00pm Monday 11 December 2017
Refreshments and 'movie snacks' provided. This is a complimentary event.
Strictly RSVP only.
About the film:
Big Wong and his young son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening Hollywood movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films.
But when Big Wong’s ex-wife raises the spousal support payments, Big Wong faces the possibility of losing custody. In order to stay together, the two Wongs move to the basement of an old Beijing cinema, where Big Wong works as a janitor. When Big Wong discovers a prototype DVD recorder for sale in a junk store, he convinces Little Wong to join a new venture: a father – son bootlegging company. He names it King of Peking in honor of their surname’s meaning: king.
Business soon booms, but in the maelstrom of making money, Big Wong realizes that he might lose something more precious than custody: his son’s trust. And Little Wong learns that sometimes parents make bad choices for very good reasons.
Australian Sam Voutas was raised in Beijing in the 80s and 90s. His Chinese language feature film, Red Light Revolution, was recently included on the British Film Institute’s list of “10 Great Films Set in Beijing” and went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Singapore International Film Festival. Sam is a graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in 2001.
Producer Biography:Jane Zheng worked in radio and television for many years before studying TV journalism at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was an associate producer for the 2009 theatrical feature film Gasp, starring John Savage and Ge You. Jane was also the executive producer of Red Light Revolution. Jane is the founder and owner of Seesaw Entertainment, a Beijing based production house. Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.