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Hong Khaou

Hong Khaou


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Camille McCurry
Assistant: Mark Brennan
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Named one of Screen Daily's STARS OF TOMORROW for 2013, Cambodian-born writer-director Hong Khaou began writing for the theatre, where he participated in various attachments, including a joint initiative with the BBC and the Royal Court Theatre. He spent 7 years at Indie film distribution company Peccadillo Pictures, managing their Home Entertainment division and regularly attending film festivals and film markets for acquisition.

Making the move into filmmaking, Hong wrote and directed two short films, Spring (2011) and Summer (2006), which were selected for the Sundance and Berlin international film festivals respectively. His debut feature film, LILTING, stars Ben Whishaw as Londoner Richard, and Cheng Pei Pei as the Cambodian-Chinese mother of Richard’s recently deceased boyfriend. The film, which was produced under Film London’s Microwave Scheme, had its world premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic Competition, sold in over 12 territories internationally, and had its UK theatrical release through Artificial Eye last August.

Last year also saw him receive the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for his new feature project MONSOON, as well as taking part in BAFTA’s Brits to Watch Initiative in Los Angeles over the summer. 

Hong was nominated for Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards 2014, while also recently securing a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer. 



In Development
- Feature
- Awarded the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to develop
Film London Microwave, produced by Dominic Buchanan, in partnership with BBC Films and supported by Skillset and the BFI- Sundance Film Festival 2014. Opened the World Dramatic Competition
- Outfest LA 2014: International Dramatic Feature Special Recognition
- Nominated for 3 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Debut Director
- An affecting drama about a Chinese mother living in the UK who has to cope with the sudden loss of her son, her only link to the world around her. Faced with solitude, she edges closer to his lover, played by Ben Whishaw.
Short Films
- Writer/Director
- Sundance 2011
- Berlinale 2011
- Writer/Director
- Berlinale 2007