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Lilting Goes Into Production For Microwave

Date posted: 05.12.2012

Film London is proud to announce the start of principal photography on Lilting. The eighth production from Microwave, Film London's successful feature film fund, it boasts a strong cast including Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), alongside Peter Bowles (Blow Up, The Bank Job), Morven Christie (Shell, Hunted) and Andrew Leung (The List).

An uplifting tale that explores falling in love without a common language, Lilting is written and directed by Hong Khaou and produced by Dominic Buchanan. Funded by Film London Microwave in association with BBC Films, additional finance comes from production companies Stink Films and SUMS Film and Media Ltd., supported by financier/producer Bob & Co.

An intimate and thoughtful film about overcoming cultural and generational boundaries, Lilting explores the power of memory and the lifelines and relationships formed in the face of grief. It follows the story of a Chinese mother (Pei Pei) as she grieves for her son (Leung) following his untimely death. Leung was her eyes and ears in the UK, their adopted country, and without him she is stranded. The only person left is her son's lover (Whishaw) - who she knows only as his flat mate. Together they are forced to overcome their differences and unite in sorrow whilst struggling against the absence of a shared language.

Lilting is Khaou's feature debut after seven years at Peccadillo Pictures and three short films, all of which were funded by Film London's various shorts schemes. Khaou, who was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and grew up in Vietnam said: "This film is very close to my heart. Microwave has proven to be a rigorous and rewarding journey. The support I've had through the mentors has been intelligent, insightful and imaginative. There was a genuine, considered care towards helping me anchor my voice and ideas."

As part of the Microwave scheme, award-winning film-maker Michael Winterbottom is writer/director Khaou's mentor and producer Buchanan is receiving guidance and support from his mentor Ken Marshall.

Microwave is the groundbreaking training through production scheme which challenges London-based film-makers to shoot a feature film for up to £120,000. Unique in its approach, Microwave - which also receives support from Creative Skillset - has an integrated training programme which enables film-makers to benefit from crucial guidance and mentoring throughout the film-making process.

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