Leon Cheo Director Showreel – 2014

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Hello everyone, here is my latest showreel for short films I’ve directed (excluding “Triple X”). Hire me!

Leon Cheo Director Reel – 2014

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Award win for The Three Sisters

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We’re happy to announce that “The Three Sisters” just won Best Short Film in Indonesia! We couldn’t have done it without the cast and crew who believed in the project! Thank you everyone. 🙂

 Best Short Film at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival

Best Short Film at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival

Here’s the jury citation:  “This film is one of the strongest in representing Asia in Cinema. Combination of dialog exploration, right casting and powerful acting, together take us witnessing our own aunties doing their everyday activities. Various “Asian” daily elements keep reminding us to always, always make films about things we already familiar with. Without saying that other films are less than this one, we believe that “The Three Sisters” is the one that receives Blencong Award in JAFF 2012.”

The Three Sisters – Completed!

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Official One Sheet

I’m very excited to announce that “The Three Sisters” is finally completed. Since pre-production began in December 2010, it has been a challenging but rewarding experience. I’m very happy with the film and I’m glad people are responding to it. I’d like to present the official one sheet for the film:

The Three Sisters - Official Poster

Thank You Speech

We held a small cast, crew, major crowd-funders screening on 10th October. I would like to reiterate my thank-you speech here:

First, to the crowdfunders big and small, I appreciate your contribution and support. We couldn’t do this without you. 

Thank you Betty at Coloc Tailors for your fine craftsmanship and support. Thank you Shooting Gallery and Juan Foo for the wonderful lenses.

People who couldn’t be here but provided me with so much: Chris, Jenny, Wei Yong. To the people I’ve worked with and still crazy enough to try again: Wanping, Youjin, Muru.  For people I’ve never worked with but took a leap of faith: Meng Chue, Shi Suen, Daisy, Eve, Daniel, Terence, Ashley, Bobbie, Kening, Francis, Cecilia, Raymond, Shawn, Song Yeow.

I wrote this script 4 years ago and I’m very happy that it’s shot and completed. From aligning planets, finding locations, to Glenn cleaning the wrong taxi on the day of shoot, one of the greatest joys I find in making films is to be surrounded by people who become an extended family.

I hope we can do this again sometime.

Thank you.

 

The Three Sisters – Teaser Trailer

Three Sisters

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of updates – but yes, the film has completed principal photography on the 27th of June and post-production is on its way! It’s been a little slow but I’m happy to announce something to whet everyone’s anticipation. Here it is, a 1-minute teaser trailer for the film! Do share, and let me know what you think!

Crowd-funding “The Three Sisters”

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The Three Sisters - Teaser Poster

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BACKERS

$6725

RAISED OF S$5000 GOAL

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THANK YOU EVERYONE

I didn’t manage to get the Singapore Film Commission’s short film grant for this film – but I really want to make this short film. Hence, I’m trying something new called “crowd-funding.” I guess it’s a fancy new word for “asking for donations.” However, here’s the fun part for people who pledge money to fund my new short film: you get perks! Be it a signed DVD, poster, screening tickets or creative input – it’s time you get something back! The numbers will be updated daily.

Synopsis

Over an evening of Chinese Opera at the theatre, the peacemaker of three sisters (in their seniority), Poh Sim, must survive a night with them, coming to terms that she loves her sisters but they also drive her mad.

Perks? What perks?

BASIC – $10 Pledge (4 Backers)
Immense gratitude and appreciation
Credit on the website (here!)

DVD – $25 Pledge (17 Backers)
All of the above + Signed DVD of the film

POSTER – $50 Pledge (21 Backers)
All of the above + Thank you credit on film + Signed one-sheet poster (final poster may differ from above teaser)
+ The opportunity to appear in the film!

PREMIERE  – $100 Pledge (12 Backers)
We know the pledge amounts are getting larger. You will have the opportunity to read the script before pledging $100 and above. We want you to know what you’re in for. You will also get all of the above + 2 tickets to the premiere cast and crew screening.

CREATIVE INPUT – $250 Pledge (5 Backers)
All of the above + Be part of the test audience for the first cut of the film. Tell us what worked for you and what didn’t.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – $500 Pledge (5 Backers)
All of the above + Invite to visit filming on set + A prop souvenir from the set

By the way, you need not have a PayPal account to pledge! Simply look for the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” link on the left.

Need more information?

Want to find out who are the people involved in the film? The green initiatives the production will practise? Go to the Three Sisters page for detailed information. Want to see who has pledged to make this film? Go to the List of Backers.

“Swing” premieres at Frameline34

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Frameline34

I’m very happy to announce that “Swing” will be world-premiering at Frameline34, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Two years ago, “Four Dishes” premiered at the festival too. It was a wonderful experience and film festival. Two years later, I hope the festival is still as great. This time around, the film will be screened in the incredible Castro Theater. Previously, I was in the nice, but smaller Victoria Theater. Since I’m already in Los Angeles, I will be flying up to San Francisco this weekend to attend the screening. Here are the screening details:

Program: WORLDLY AFFAIRS
Friday, June 25, 4:00 PM
Castro Theatre

If you’re in the Bay area, let me know!

Castro Theater

چهار بشقاب (or Four Dishes in Persian)

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28th Fajr IFF CatalogueI have been really busy working on a short documentary for school, thus making this announcement a little late as the festival has just concluded. “Four Dishes” just played at the 28th Fajr International Film Festival. I was most surprised that they picked the film for it was certainly unexpected. The film was supposed to be in competition but because I did not manage to get MDA support to make a 35mm print, it is now placed in the “Festival of Festivals” programme. Oh well. Due to the documentary, travel advisories and how things turned out, I did not attend the festival either. It would have been interesting to know what the Iranian audience thinks of “Four Dishes”.

The Blue Mansion (2009)

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The Blue Mansion (2009)Glen Goei’s second film, in many years since much-loved “Forever Fever”, hides dramatic, performance and tonal flaws under the gorgeous façade of the Blue Mansion. Awkwardly shifting between comedy and Serious Drama, the script does not realise the comic potential of the premise when the death of Wee Bak Chuan reunites the family at the patriarch’s funeral. Also, expected familial secrets and lies are not revealed to the appropriate characters for maximum dramatic (or comic) effect, leaving much satisfaction to be desired. The giving of the story’s biggest revelation to an already deceased character seems futile, and is made a fatal mistake when it has practically no effect on the living, leaving me wondering, truly, why should I care for these characters? The final nail in the coffin is the distractingly bad intonation of the dialogue. Why does everyone end on a higher tone for every sentence? No excuses of “oh, it’s a theatrical put-on”, please. “The Blue Mansion” is architecture built on sand.

Rating: 4/10

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (2008)

Film review

“Flame & Citron”, the top-grossing 2008 Danish film, is a gangster and noir inspired film that is set during World War II. Titular characters are the most active resistance fighters who work together to assassinate Danish Nazis. The violence is unflinching but the characters certainly battle their morals on a daily basis, especially when they have to kill a woman. Told rather straight-forwardly, this intense genre piece delivers the plot twists, taut shoot outs and suspenseful moments. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Hollywood remake.

Rating: 7/10

What Just Happened? (2008)

Film review

I have a penchant for films about filmmaking, especially if it’s a satire about Hollywood. Based on Art Linson’s own book about his producing war wounds, “What Just Happened” contains almost arcane jokes and movie making humour but is still rather entertaining. Robert De Niro gives a decent performance in recent times and the film is crafted deftly by director Barry Levinson. The satire is not sharp enough but some good comedic scenes make this movie mildly recommended.

Rating: 6/10