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Interview with director Scud

Scud Interview (Love Actually… Sucks!)

Q: When it comes to love, sex and relationships, What do you hope our QFest audience will take away from this film (Love Actually… Sucks!) ?

Scud: I reckon many audiences may find sympathetic
experience from their own love. To me the film is a vibration, a sign,
an exclamation to what love is and means to our life, and the fact that
passion is often very fateful, as the shopkeeper in the island said to
“Spider”: rivals meet, lovers drift apart (a concept in Buddhism). Some
love like that just can’t work out in the current life and there is
little we can do about it.

The World Premiere of Love Actually… Sucks!  by international director Scud, took place at QFest (7/7 - 7/18,2011) He along with members of his cast (Ryo van Kooten, Haze Leung and Lareine Xu) came to Philadelphia to take part in the festival.

Here’s the film's synopsis

Taking inspiration from six different
court cases involving crimes of the heart, Scud examines the intense,
often self-destructive sexual longings among several well-to-do young
Hong Kong residents – gay, lesbian and straight. The film opens with the
most scandalous wedding reception ever put on film: a young couple’s
marriage ends (in the most dramatic fashion) before it begins. There is
the 30-ish married gym instructor who trolls the active bathroom scene
for young flesh; a lesbian couple with roleplay issues; a dance
instructor who becomes the object of attraction to his much older
student; a married painter who falls for his male model; a brother and
sister who take family togetherness a bit too literally; and a young man
who becomes increasingly deranged until he takes his love interest
problems into his own hands. In Scud’s world, every love story is a
fairy tale – but here the stories are sexual and troubling. Overall, a
complex, sensual and compelling film. (Cantonese with English subtitles)
Raymond Murray

However, in advance of the Q &A’s, I had a chance to ask Scud a few questions for the QBlog:

Q: Did you do a lot of research on the 6 court cases
the film represents? Or did you just use the headlines of these crimes
for the beginning idea?

S: Some of those were rather high profile cases,
like the “Spider” story which hit the headline a few times, to the
extent that we could dress him with the same cloth, interviewed the
shopkeeper who met him, and shot at exactly the same location where he
spent the last 19 days of his life. For the less covered ones we went to
court files to make sure the drama is close to the reality whenever

Q:  When shooting, did you film all the scenes of one story completely before shooting the next story?

S: We had to shot the scenes in parallel. The need for so many casts from different parts of the world also limited our options.

Q: How are movies with a lot of sex received in Hong Kong? Are your films able to reach a wide audience?

S: Unfortunately, the film has yet to clear the
censorship of both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Asian especially Chinese
community is still very conservative on sex scenes and so called moral
issues such as incest. My earlier films actually set precedents for the
HK cinemas, like “Amphetamine” caused so much controversies that there
was a wide debate on whether we need a censorship body at all.

Q: What are you looking forward to doing in
Philadelphia besides attending QFest?  When was the last time you were
in the United States?

S: I was in a few film festivals in US last year,
and just returned from California. I’ve never been to Philadelphia but
knowing it was the first capital and major city of USA. I’m very excited
to meet the audiences over there and look forward to any questions and
discussions about my films in this greatest film market of the world. 
But sightseeing or the sort is not my cup of tea.


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