KUCHING (July 4): “Edge of the World,” the Hollywood feature about Sarawak’s first white Rajah, Sir James Brooke, has been selected as the opening film of the 5th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest).
Its producer Rob Allyn said Hong Kong actress Josie Ho, who plays Chinese leader Madame Lim in the film, will headline the festival’s opening night on July 10 at Dadi Cinema, Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur. .
“Josie, who is also producing our film, will be joined by her husband and Edge of the World producer Conroy Chan, as well as our director Michael Haussman.
“Michael recently won Best Director at the Septimius Awards for Edge of the World in Amsterdam, where the film was also nominated as Best American Film,” he told the Borneo Post.
Allyn said Edge of the World was selected for the honor of opening MIFFest following Ho meeting her friend and MIFFest chair Joanne Goh at a film festival in Europe.
“This is a great example of two powerful women in cinema making dreams come true.
“We are thrilled that Josie and Joanne have made it possible to organize the Asian red carpet premiere of Edge of the World in the country where this film was shot, so that we can celebrate with our partners in Sarawak and Malaysia,” said he declared.
Other special guests attending the opening night of MIFFest include Malaysian actors Bront Palarae and Shahezy Sam who play Brooke’s main rival for power Pengiran Indera Mahkota and Subu, the Malaysian clerk and longtime companion of Brooke respectively, as well as top executives from the Sarawak Government and the Sarawak Tourism Board who were partners in the film.
Written by Allyn, Edge of the World stars award-winning Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, known for his role as King Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors’, as Brooke and Dominic Monaghan as Colonel Arthur Crookshank, Brooke’s cousin and comrade-in-arms. .
The film, which has been described by Allyn as a “romantic grand swashbuckling adventure”, tells the story of Brooke’s voyage of discovery to Sarawak in the 1800s where he eventually became the first white Rajah of the Sarawak.
Allyn said that despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, Edge of the World was launched to great acclaim by prestigious distributor The Samuel Goldwyn Company last June to widespread acclaim, including recent awards and festivals in Europe. And in the world.
“We also released the film in many countries in Europe and around the world.
“Now that audiences have started returning to cinemas in Malaysia and across the region, we look forward to successfully releasing the film in the coming year in Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia, where there is such interest in the fascinating subject of the film, its authentic setting and its international stars,” he said.
The 5th MIFFest will be held from July 10 to 15 at the Dadi Cinema where a program of renowned films will be screened at the festival.