Every director has his or her character and positioning. I don’t expect myself to become the kind of director who is capable of handling every subject matter. I just want to concentrate on issues and people that I care about, and allow audiences to view them in a new perspective.
Whether the form is documentary or fiction is not important, they both use audio-visual means to tell the audience stories they don’t know which may resonate with them. My films begin with real characters; they allow me to base my stories on solid ground rather than making things up. My interviewees become my screenwriters.
Traditional Chinese theatre will be my key concern in the next five years or so. I want to keep telling stories of traditional Chinese theatre practitioners through my camera. I want them to be seen.
Cheuk Cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1983, and graduated from the Academy for Performing Arts in 2007 with a major in directing. In 2009, he represented Hong Kong to take part in a cultural exchange program in Taipei, the first “Golden Horse Film Academy”, and directed a short film Boy Friend of Xiaozhen (Co-Director: Brandon Loh), which was produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien.
After graduating from the Academy for Performing Arts, Cheuk worked in film and advertising as assistant director and continuity person, and participated in the production of such films as Lust, Caution (2007) and Claustrophobia (2008). Beginning in 2009, he devoted himself in the production of the documentary feature, My Way (2012), which was commissioned by CNEX. Featuring male Dan (male performer playing female lead) in Cantonese Opera, this documentary focuses on two Hong Kong young men in pursuit of their dreams. My Way was screened at the Taipei CNEX Documentary Film Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival and London Chinese Visual Festival. Cheuk received nomination for the Best New Director in the 13th Chinese Film Media Awards.
Now, Cheuk is preparing for his second documentary about traditional Chinese theatre practitioners.
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