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HOOQ signs deal with filmmaker Anthony Chen as content battle continues

Video on demand firm HOOQ is stepping up the content battle after signing a deal with Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen.

The partnership will give HOOQ “first-look” at film, TV and digital content produced or directed by Chen out of Giraffe Pictures.

The movie Wet Season is the first HOOQ original movie for Singapore

The announcement:

Southeast Asia’s leading video-on-demand service signs a three-year first-look and co-production deal with award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen following their collaboration on Chen’s latest film, Wet Season, the first HOOQ Original movie for Singapore.

Produced by Giraffe Pictures in association with HOOQ, Rediance and New Century Influence Films, Wet Season is Chen’s eagerly anticipated second feature following his Cannes Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo. Wet Season made its world premiere in the Platform Competition of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 8 September 2019. This marked the first time a Singapore film competed in the Platform category, the same section which launched Best Picture Oscar winner, Moonlight, in 2016.

The new movie starring Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, who also appeared in Ilo Ilo, takes place during the monsoon season in Singapore. It follows the plight of Chinese-language teacher Ling, played by Yeo, whose marriage and school life are falling apart as she struggles to conceive a child. However, an unlikely friendship with a student, played by Ilo Ilo’s Koh Jia Ler, helps her reaffirm her identity.

The pact will include film, TV and digital content produced or directed by Chen out of his Giraffe Pictures outfit.

Speaking at the Wet Season world premiere at TIFF, Peter Bithos, Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ said, “Our partnership with Anthony and Giraffe Pictures underscores HOOQ’s commitment to push boundaries through unique, compelling and edgy stories to people across Asia and beyond.”

“At HOOQ we invest in stories and storytellers. As a fellow Singaporean, I am thrilled to be part of Anthony’s exquisite and moving film and in providing Wet Season a home at HOOQ after its cinematic run,” said Bryan Seah, Head of Original Productions, HOOQ.

“My team and I at Giraffe Pictures are excited to have found like-minded partners in HOOQ with the vision of championing young Asian talent and producing regional stories that will resonate with a global audience. We are in discussions for new upcoming projects and can’t wait to announce our next collaboration really soon,” said Anthony Chen, writer-director and producer at Giraffe Pictures.

Source: HOOQ press release

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