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Image of Naomi Christie and Ben Whishaw walk along the the Regent's Canal in Lilting

Lilting releases nationwide at 30 cinemas

Date posted: 30.07.2014


UK audiences can now see Film London Microwave’s critically-acclaimed eighth feature as it opens at an incredible 30 cinemas across the UK next week.

Written and directed by Cambodia-born British filmmaker Hong Khaou, Lilting is distributed by Curzon Film World's Artificial Eye in the UK. Buzz surrounding the film has rocketed ever since its premiere earlier this year at the 30th Sundance Film Festival.

The Lilting process

Lilting is Khaou's debut feature following three successful shorts, two of which were also produced through Film London. Working as writer for theatre, the training through production scheme gave Khaou the platform to adapt Lilting from a play to a film. In Sight & Sound, Khaou discusses how important the Microwave workshop and mentor process was to developing the story:

“The biggest change really came from Clio (Barnard, The Selfish Giant) when she helped me move a key scene to create a pivotal place in the story...Even if you don’t act on all the notes, sometimes when you hear what they have to say, it can confirm that that’s where you don’t want to go. Everything is good in that sense. It gave me confidence to stick with my decisions.”

With moving performances from an all-star cast led by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Lilting offers a touching exploration of love and grief across boundaries of language, culture and age. It joins other Film London Microwave films including critically acclaimed iLL Manors, BAFTA-nominated Shifty, and Borrowed Time, which was awarded Best of the Fest at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Critical Acclaim

‘Whishaw is magnetic’ - Amber Wilkinson, The Telegraph

‘A distinctive and heartfelt debut feature’ - Little White Lies

'An impressively insightful and moving tale' - Mark Adams, Screen Daily

'A meditative film of grace and sensitivity' - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

'Lilting is bittersweet tale of love and loss, differences and understandings; all beautifully captured to create a truly charming piece' - Ben Kelly, Attitude

'Intriguing relationship dynamics and an intensely moving performance from Ben Whishaw' – The Hollywood Reporter


'Barriers of age and culture, sexuality and shame are overcome with delicacy and grace' – Variety

'A deft and delicate drama' – Screen


Lilting will be screening at a number of venues across London and the UK, including Curzon Soho, Victoria and Richmond, Rio Dalston, and Picturehouse cinemas in Greenwich and Hackney, as well as cinemas further afield in Manchester, Glasgow and Brighton.

The future of Microwave

Lilting completes the scheme’s initial groundbreaking slate, and Microwave was relaunched earlier this year. Running until 2016, the latest iteration of Microwave is investing £2.2m in London’s emerging filmmaking talent, with a track record across film, television or theatre.

Supported by the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, Microwave offers training, production funding, mentoring from leading industry, as well as distribution support for films completed through the scheme. To find out about opportunities through Microwave, sign up to our newsletter.

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