Christopher Doyle can be quite the salty interviewee (check out our great talk with him), but it looks like the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong has had a sobering effect on the filmmaker. Already in collaboration with Jenny Suen and Ken Hui on a trilogy of experimental faux-documentary films about Hong Kong through the eyes of different generations, the protests allowed the filmmakers a new angle on their project, that would imbue it with a background that reflects the climate of the city right now.
“Hong Kong and I have a very long relationship from our collaboration with other people’s work or working on other projects together,” Doyle explained to The Atlantic. “Then it got to a point where so many people were making so many films in China, people like us felt like we had to speak up …We want some ongoing relationship with this generation, which is more or less frustrated, if not dissatisfied, with the financial and socioeconomic, and in the background, the political journey of this period of time. Even though I wasn’t born here I started making films here. In terms of my relationship it came from having this longterm interaction with Hong Kong. We have certain talents, we have a certain idealism, we have a certain voice, and we’d better speak up for ourselves.”
And so, “Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous” is on the way, but the filmmakers need some help. The experimental project needs some financing, and so a Kickstarter campaign has been started to raise $100,000 to help get the already completed trilogy over the finish line. Check out the campaign video below which features lots of footage from the project. And hit the Kickstarter link for more details.