This year's Muse Fest will run across two months and more. An array of online and offline programmes including exhibitions, talks, games, demonstrations, workshops are organised to cater for people of different ages and with different interests. As one of the participating units, Hong Kong Film Archive organises "Reading with Curators" Talk Series and 50% Off Selected Publications.

"Reading with Curators" Talk Series ── The Filmmakers' Story of an Era

Date: 8/11/2020 (Sun)

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Speakers: Dr Ng Chun-hung (Leung Foon), Honorary Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong

Guest: Nancy Sit Kar-yin, renowned actress

Moderators: May Ng, Assistant Curator of the Hong Kong Film Archive; Priscilla Chan, Assistant Curator of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Quota: 60 persons. Conducted in Cantonese. No registration required; free admission. Limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Audiences are welcome to queue up at entrance of the Cinema 30 minutes before the talk commences.

Venue*: Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

Online Platforms: "Visit HK Museums" YouTube and Facebook
Watch the online live by clicking the links above on Nov 8, 3pm.

*In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, special admission arrangements and precautionary measures will be implemented for the venue. Please pay attention to the latest announcement in the related websites.

Books to share:

Oral History Series (5): An Emerging Modernity: Hong Kong Cinema of the 1960s
Oral History Series (5): An Emerging Modernity: Hong Kong Cinema of the 1960s
Oral History Series (6): Director Lung Kong
Oral History Series (6): Director Lung Kong

Books to share

The Hong Kong Film Archive is committed to preserving Hong Kong's film heritage. Besides collecting and conserving Hong Kong films and related artefacts, the Archive is also dedicated to facilitating research and publishing an eclectic mix of monographs. "The Oral History Series" is one of our top picks, which is an invaluable documentation of interviews with Hong Kong film veterans. For the coming session of the talk series on 8 November 2020, "The Filmmakers' Story of an Era", we will explore two of its volumes, Director Lung Kong and An Emerging Modernity: Hong Kong Cinema of the 1960s, joined by senior cultural practitioner Leung Foon, renowned actress Nancy Sit Kar-yin and two assistant curators from the Archive.

During the mid-1960s, the Hong Kong film industry underwent some major changes due to urbanisation and the influx of cultural influence from the West, and local films were trying to break new ground in terms of subject matter and filmmaking. However, by the end of the 1960s, the Cantonese cinema began to wane due to the shrinking demand of Cantonese films in overseas markets. It was when the then-emerging director Lung Kong came into the scene. Deeply influenced by modern film aesthetics and theories, he used film as a medium to respond to social issues, touching upon sensitive topics in his own avant-garde film language, such as the marginalised characters in Story of a Discharged Prisoner (1967)Teddy Girls (1969), and The Call Girls (1973). With his bold vision and ground-breaking approaches, his films not only challenged the values of the so-called conservatives at the time, but also raised people's awareness towards the core issues that plagued our society. During the talk, speakers will lead the audience to a cinematic journey through reading and revisit "the story of an era".

A number of online and offline programmes will be coming soon. Please visit LCSD Museums to learn more about the details of the events.

Enquiries: 9865 6310 / 2601 7324 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 6pm, from Oct 15 to Dec 20, 2020)

50% Off Selected Publications

The Hong Kong Film Archive is hosting a mega book sale from now through 31 March 2021 (Wed). Book lovers can now receive 50% off on any of the15 selected HKFA publications. To further promote Hong Kong's film culture, right now you can buy TWO books, get ONE designated book FREE. There are also free special gifts with your purchase. They are available only while stock lasts. If you are a cinephile or a passionate reader, don't miss the chance to pick your favourite titles. For more details, please click here.