Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Love won!

On the night of Friday the 2nd, 2007, while I was in Osaka attending a film festival, here at home something wonderful happened. A television commercial I made, which laid no claims whatsoever about any product or brand, was given two Gold awards at the annual Malaysian advertising award show.

One for Best Television Commercial, and the other for Best Film Direction.

Entitled "Tan Hong Ming In Love", the English version of this commercial ended with the lines "Our children are colour blind. Shouldn't we keep them that way?"

At a time when ads try too hard to be clever and fancy, it was heartwarming to see a simple little film, where a six year old Chinese boy expressed his secret love for a Malay girl, turn out to be the most highly-awarded television commercial of the year.

I feel so blessed to have been given the chance by Petronas to write the concept and direct this spot myself, of course, but truth beknown, it was little Tan Hong Ming and Ummi Qazrina who deserved all the applause that night, just for being their charming, lovable selves.

Praise the Lord!