The Gatling Gun Revival: Why low expectation is the best expectation for indie musicians in Hong Kong

    By Ada Fong and Ronny Cheung On a sunny Saturday afternoon, many families are picnicking at Taikoo Park and enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. Barefoot children happily dance around in circles on the grass to the strong indie rock rhythms of Hong Kong band The Gatling Gun Revival (GGR). This seems an atypical …

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Seasoned journalists and critics join ‘CJC x Freespace at Taikoo Place’

Performing arts critic Jass Leung and lifestyle editor Esther Ng will be mentoring eight CJC reporters during CJC's brand new Autumn Programme CJC x Freespace at Taikoo Place.  Performing arts critic Felix Chan, SCMP's senior editor Yonden Lhatoo and Gillian Yau, producer at RTHK also come on board as guest mentors. In collaboration with Swire …

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CJC x Freespace at Taikoo Place – Call for Application

Join the NEW CJC Autumn Programme in collaboration with Freespace at Taikoo Place  A unique cultural reporting and art criticism training programme that takes you through the world of performing arts  Cultural Journalism Campus (CJC) is launching a NEW Autumn Programme dedicated to performing arts - the first of its kind since the inauguration of CJC in …

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相煎太急的可憐人 《一念無明》

By Maggie Leung 梁敏姬 《一念無明》是導演黃進獲香港首部劇情片計劃資助的作品,在僅 200 萬製作費的資源困局下,以編劇陳楚珩的劇本打動知名演員們不收分文演出,更憑作品入圍並得到多個海內外殊榮。故事以患有燥鬱症的阿東(余文樂 飾)離開精神病院後,在社會與本來關係惡劣的父親大海(曾志偉 飾)重新生活為主線,插敍交代阿東患病前的過去。 不論劇本還是拍攝手法,《一念無明》都以寫實方式呈現人物和情節,在電影中反映香港精神病患者面對的醫療制度問題,以及其他社會問題,例如房屋及單非。作為一部以真實性主導的電影,美中不足之處是有些舖排和對白因煽情而失真,也少了含蓄之美,例如在醫院的天台上,大海在兒子面前承認自己不懂得為人父親一幕。如果把這個爆發地點從公眾場所改成一個私人地方,對白點到即止,我相信會合理得多,也不會讓觀眾覺得曾志偉的演出突然太過用力。相反,大海最後於精神病患者家屬的小組聚會中,他因被邀請發言而真情流露,坦白自己應否將阿東重新送到精神病院的忐忑,其對過往的後悔及覺醒皆人性化並令人動容。 電影最意外的情節是阿東的前女友 Jenny (方皓玟 飾)以宗教名義表示早已原諒阿東,實情是一直把罪人之名加諸在阿東上以換取「寬恕」的力量,令本以為可以與 Jenny 復合的阿東情緒崩潰。阿東在超市失控吃巧克力的影片被上傳到網絡,過去意外導致母親(金燕玲 飾)死亡的新聞再次被受輿論。父子二人被其他板間房的鄰居逼遷—— 其實大家同住一個單位,你我都不過是受社會和權貴壓逼的可憐人。相煎何太急呢,香港人? Photos: Courtesy of Golden Scene

Ari Benjamin Meyers’ ‘An exposition, not an exhibition’ at Spring Workshop

By Di Liu One doesn’t just happen upon Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang, the up-and-coming arts district in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, on a Saturday afternoon. The adventure requires a deliberate plan to navigate high bridges, heavy traffic, local residents and fellow art lovers to find the destination in a dim, …

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