PRESS STATEMENT/KENYATAAN AKHBAR
(Singapore Screening Jan 2000)
DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ ( Dari Jemapoh Ke Manchesteé) opens for
midnight screening at PRINCESS BEDUK CINEMA and CAUSEWAY POINT
WOODLANDS in SINGAPORE.
PRINCESS CINEMA BEDUK
Friday 7th Jan at 11.45 pm
Saturday 8th Jan at 5.00 11.45 pm
Sunday 9th Jan at 5.00pm
CAUSEWAY POINT WOODLANDS
Sunday 9th Jan at 9.00pm
GENERAL SCREENING BEGINS ON 13th January 2000
VERSION ORIGINAL/ DIRECTORs CUT WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLE
DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is a debut road movie by Hishamuddin
Constructed within the classical road movie genre, this film takes
the audience into the hopes, dreams and desire of the todays
youth. A Malaysian film by birth but Dari Jemapoh, narrative wise
could be identified from rural Kuala Pilah, to urbane Absolut sipping
Swedes in Stockholm, to post-Berlin Wall youth in Munich, to well
discipline 12storey-HDB-youth in Singapore or to the radical
chic youth of post Suharto Jakarta.
Malaysian tropical landscape is exploited cinematically to give
the ambience of hope and freedom. Without sounding over pretentious
this film is about the young people everywhere. Youthful folly,
quirky and at times black humor are used to blend the serious issue
raised by Hishamuddin Rais.
I made this film as part of paying my homage to the Malaysian
youth. I left the country for twenty years. When I came back home
I tried to recapture some of the images and sound of the seventies.
I am not looking for some nostalgic moments nor searching for my
lost youth. DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is about living and hoping
that things could change for the better if we work hard enough.
Made with low budget tradition with borrowed money with hope as
This film has a World Premier at the 11th Singapore Film Festival.
It has gone to various international festivals around the world.
Again we have chosen Singapore as the vanue for general public screening.
The current political and cultural climate in Malaysia before the
general election was considered not economically conducive for showing
any local made film.
DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is scheduled for general screening in
Malaysia sometime around March this year.
I sincerely hope the Singaporean audiences both the young
and not the so young could enjoy my film. Infact one of my main
character, LINI is a Singaporean rocker. It was by design that I
wrote this character to reflects the influence of Singaporean Pop
Yeah Yeah of the sixties generation on the Peninsula Malaysia. Infact,
I have chosen Kassim Selamat and The Swallows, a Singaporean rock
band of the sixties to have a cameo role in my film. I was heavily
influence by The Swallows. La Obe by The Swallows is the theme song
for my film. La Obe was the first rock sound from the Pop Yeah Yeah
generation to reach the German top chart in 1966.
As a continuation of our close cultural relationship I have taken
the underground-grungy sound of Force Vomit, a contemporary Singaporean
underground rock band. The film has an English subtitles
The Youth Is Striking Back they wanted their space.
DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is a cinematic space for every on to
enjoy the visual pleasure.