I make film, arts and arts education.
My art practice focuses on documentary, non-fiction film and ethnographic film, concerning mainly on cultural heritage with a humanity perspective. I am also an experienced art education worker, being the Program Leader of Diploma in Creative Arts (DCA) at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, taking charge of curriculum development.
I received the B.A. in Fine Arts and M.A in Philosophy from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I embarked my film professions in the 2000s from working closely with local prominent filmmakers as their art director, like Ann Hui, Adam Wong and Philip Yung. I then founded an art group MR 221 with my fellows Lam Tung Pang, Tozer Pak, Lee Kit and Jeff Leung, opening a dialogue on local art ecology and cultural policy, which enlightened the later Fotanian Art Movement. To envision the public awareness on the emerging wave of local young artists, I initiated Y.H.A 30+, Young Hong-kong Artist Dialogue (2007-2010), a research-based video project interviewing over 20 artists. This is a pioneering video documentation of Hong Kong contemporary art.
My films had a thematic consistency on humanity and the underprivileged. My short film, Women Security Guard (2015) received Silver Award in IFVA (Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards), and made a presence in Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. Another experimental short, also on the low-income group, Malinois Gaze (2015) was selected by Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival and Chinese Independent Film Festival. I was nominated for an Award for Young Artists by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2017.
My debut feature-length documentary film, Ballad on the Shore (2017) is widely reputed for its poetic handling on fishermen ballads, an intangible cultural heritage. This ethnographic film devised a dialogue on the unconquerable vanishes of old cultures. The film was entered to the 2016 CNEX Pitching Forum. The film was screened over 100 times in international film festivals, cinemas and communities. Ballad on the Shore also received dual honours in the 16th Royal Anthropology Institute RAI Film Festival, U.K., the Intangible Cultural Film Prize and Ethnomusicsological Film Award (commendation).
In addition to the art creation and film making experience, I also started curatorship of film programming. In 2014, I founded Autonomous Cinema, a film organisation in promoting independent film culture, introducing the latest international contemporary films, videos, documentaries to the locals.