Ken Kwek’s newest movie #LookAtMe: The ‘most radical’ assertion is one character popping out as LGBTQ to their household and being accepted with out ‘disgrace or battle’

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#LookAtMe, the second movie from director Ken Kwek after 2014’s Unfortunate Plaza, debuted on the New York Asian Movie Pageant final month.

The film, which has obtained constructive opinions as an “empathetic drama discussing the difficulty of human rights” on and as “a dynamic, genre-bending story” on, has but to be proven domestically.

It tackles a lot of themes many is probably not comfy with, together with LGBTQ points, free expression, and human rights. It additionally incorporates a homophobic Christian pastor.

Nevertheless, the director has stated that the “most radical” assertion within the movie is that one character’s popping out is totally accepted.

“In Singapore, you nearly by no means have queer characters in mainstream TV and movie. And on the uncommon event when they’re depicted, they’re at all times portrayed as slightly irregular indirectly, form, or kind. They’re diseased. They’re bizarre, they’re unusual, they’re morally compromised, or no matter.

However I wished to indicate the household during which we see queer normalcy. For all its depictions of extremes within the movie, probably the most radical assertion that I make, and which I’m happy with, is the only factor, which is [that] this can be a household the place all of them love one another, and the homosexual character has not needed to undergo any disgrace or battle in popping out,” Mr Kwek has been quoted as saying.

On the coronary heart of #LookAtMe is the story of dual brothers and their mom. The twins—Sean and Ricky—are each performed by actor Thomas Pang, who now goes just by “Yao.”

Mr Kwei’s spouse, Pamela Oei, who additionally co-produced the movie, performs their mom, Nancy.

At some point, Sean, a wannabe YouTube star, and Ricky are invited to church by Sean’s girlfriend Mia, the place they hear a homophobic rant by a pastor, performed by Adrian Pang.

Sean’s response video goes viral and will get him in bother with the legislation, and he results in jail.

His twin and their mom battle for his freedom, however the household find yourself paying a excessive worth.

By the way, Sean’s character was impressed, no less than partially, by the controversial Amos Yee, however Mr Kwek appeared to need him to be the anti-Amos.

“I believed—what in the event you had a man who’s as impolite as Amos Yee, however isn’t spewing vitriol or garbage, and as an alternative has a extremely good factor to say?” he stated.

Nevertheless, the director has gone on report as saying that his aim in making the movie is to not name for a repeal of Part 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexual intercourse.

“I’m not a politician. I’m not an activist. I’m not on a soapbox calling for change. I’m a filmmaker, and my job is to make a extremely entertaining standard movie. And if it occurs inside a political actuality that you just discover fascinating or can’t keep away from, then it’s there. However actually you don’t begin from some extent of pushing a selected agenda.” /TISG

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