- Malaysian and UK writers, filmmakers to raise awareness on social issues and problematic cultural norms, explore ways of bridging gaps through film
- The Uncertain Kingdom, an exclusive collection of short films, captures a snapshot of the UK by visionary filmmakers
- British Council aims to engage film sector in Malaysia to carve pathways for future collaborations
The British Council in Malaysia will host a panel discussion between eminent Malaysian and UK writers and filmmakers to encourage discourse on race and national identity through film.
The panel will draw parallels between the UK and Malaysia on the issues of othering (viewing or treating people as different from oneself), how they were shaped and the forms they take on now. The event on 1 October 2021 aims to raise awareness of the social issues and problematic cultural norms in these two societies and to explore ways of bridging the gap towards a more inclusive and cohesive society.
The panel discussion will feature Badrul Hisham Ismail, a Malaysian writer and filmmaker who has been featured in several international film festivals, Nadia Denton, who has worked in the UK film industry for 15 years as an impact producer, curator and author, and Deborah Germaine Augustin, a Malaysian writer who manages New Naratif, an online journalism platform for Southeast Asian current affairs.
The themes explored will be based on The Uncertain Kingdom, an extraordinary collection of short films commissioned to capture a snapshot of the United Kingdom in 2020, as seen by visionary filmmakers. As part of the British Council in Malaysia’s Artists & Audiences programme, The Uncertain Kingdom will be made available free exclusively for a limited time from 24 September until 10 October 2021.
Featuring a range of genres and styles which mirror the diverse creatives behind the films and touching on critical subjects including migration, climate change, disability and homelessness, The Uncertain Kingdom reflects the filmmakers' unique perspectives on our unprecedented times.
Florence Lambert, Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council says: ‘Our new Artists & Audiences programme aims to encourage and provide an avenue for discourse on critical global topics incited and facilitated by art. The programme also aims to stimulate connections between the British Council and the art sectors in Malaysia to carve pathways for future collaborations by raising awareness of UK art offerings while engaging with local grassroots creatives.’
Register to watch a selection of short films from The Uncertain Kingdom online and attend the accompanying panel discussion at https://www.britishcouncil.my/programmes/arts/work/aaa/uncertain-kingdom.