[Free Event] Confluence and Divergence:Panel Discussion on Taiwan and HK Documentaries

  • Wed, Mar 29, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Lucas Lecture Theatre, King's College London

    Strand Building, King's College London
    London, London WC2R 2LS
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Date/Time: 29 March, 2023 (Wed) 18:00-20:00  (replay available online)

Venue: Lucas Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Building Strand Campus London WC2R 2LS

Language: Mandarin, English, Cantonese and British sign language interpretation

Host & Speaker: Dr. Victor Fan

Guest speakers: Dr Pin Chuan Chen, Dir. Tammy Cheung, pre-recorded discussions between Li Zhong-Wang (Director) and Tsai Ching-ju (Director) and Dr Victor Fan

Co-organised by Hong Kong Film Festival UK,  King’s College London and Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh

The panel aims to inspire an interest in Taiwan and Hong Kong documentary films by placing the films from two places in a broader framework, i.e., respective developments of documentary films in Taiwan and Hong Kong and how they contrast and form conversations. Dr. Pin-chuan Chen and Dr. Victor Fan will open the discussion by giving an overview of documentary movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong respectively, how Taiwan and Hong Kong documentaries respectively engage with and address their unique social and political circumstances, accompanied by commentaries on the confluence and divergence of their documentaries between two places.

One of the parallels between the development of Taiwanese and Hong Kong documentaries is the establishment of Full Shot Studio in Taiwan and Hong Kong Visible Record. Full Shot Studio was set up in 1988 to provide training opportunities to young documentary filmmakers. In the millennium, Tammy Cheung set up Hong Kong Visible Record to promote documentary filmmaking with a similar framework. As our guest speaker, Tammy will share her views on the parallels between the two documentary institutes and her experience creating and promoting documentary films in Hong Kong.Pre-recorded discussions with two of the crucial members of Full Shot Studio, Li Zhong-Wang and Tsai Ching-ju, will be played at the panel, where they share their documentary films to date and their observations of Taiwanese documentaries. This panel discussion is co-organised by King’s College London, Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh, and HKFFUK.



其中一個值得關注的對照是台灣全景映像工作室及香港采風電影的成立。台灣全景映像工作室於1988年設立,向年輕紀錄片工作者提供培訓機會;它的設立啟發了張虹導演於2000年後設立香港采風電影。張虹導演將出席座談會分享她對兩個紀錄片機構互相映照的看法,以及她在香港創作和推動紀錄片發展的經歷。而講座同時播放前全景映像工作室關鍵成員李中旺及蔡靜茹導演的預錄部分,分享全景時代兩位持續的創作和電影推廣、以及兩位迄今的創作和對台灣紀錄片的觀察。此專題討論將會與King’s College London、Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh合辦。

Dr. Victor Fan’s bio:
Victor Fan is Reader in Film and Media Philosophy at the Department of Film Studies, King’s College London. He was Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University. He is the author of Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), Extraterritoriality: Locating Hong Kong Cinema and Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), and Cinema Illuminating Reality: Media Philosophy through Buddhism (University of Minnesota Press, 2022). 

Dr. Pin-Chuan Chen’s bio: 
Former Director of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI, formerly known as the Taiwan Film Institute; TFI) and academic scholar specialising in Taiwanese documentary and film archive. Pin-Chuan received his PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London in 2014. He was Assistant Professor at Chaoyang University of Technology (Taichung, Taiwan) where he teaches film and documentary-making, as well as film theory. One of his research interests is focusing on the use of film / documentary-making as a method of social engagement. In addition to fifteen years’ experience in higher education, Pin-Chuan was appointed Director of the TFI between 2016 and 2019, where he dedicated his time to film preservation and restoration. Currently, he is the Director of the Cultural Division at the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, where he is responsible for organising cultural exchanges and promoting Taiwan’s film heritage to a global audience.

Tammy Cheung’s bio:
Tammy Cheung is a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker. Cheung founded Visible Record Limited with other like-minded individuals from the fields of film, culture and education. In 2008, she founded the Chinese Documentary Festival. In 2019, the Festival was expanded into an international film festival. It’s renamed as the Hong Kong International Documentary Festival.

Date & Time

Wed, Mar 29, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue Details

Lucas Lecture Theatre, King's College London

Strand Building, King's College London
London, London WC2R 2LS Lucas Lecture Theatre, King's College London
Hong Kong Film Festival UK

The Hong Kong Film Festival UK, HKFF (UK), aims to shine an international spotlight on Hong Kong’s creativity and humanity through film. The festival also strives to promote cultural interactions and exchanges between Hong Kong communities and UK citizens. Hong Kong’s world-renowned cinema was born out of its unique history and rich social context. Building on this vivid and eclectic history, the Festival aims to introduce a new wave of Hong Kong cinema that has blossomed in an era of drastic transformation. It is time to tell Hong Kong’s story again, to preserve and promote Hong Kong's cultural heritage, and to reflect on the city's enchanting, complex, and challenging reality from a fresh perspective.