At Digital Fox, we love Aussie movies and since the King of Peking was directed by Sam Voutas, an expat Australian, we’re claiming it.
The movie debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. And we wanted to share a little more about it, and draw your attention to it.
The plot for the independent feature film is here, and below. When reading it for the first time, it sounds like a wonderful dynamic, and certainly builds on our desire to watch the movie in Australia.
Big Wong and Little Wong are a close knit father-son duo. Together, they travel around as a mobile cinema projecting Hollywood movies for local villagers. When Big Wong’s ex-wife demands he start paying spousal support, he realizes he may lose custody of his son. In order to raise enough money to stay together, Big Wong takes up a job as a janitor in an old Beijing movie theater.
When Big Wong happens upon an old DVD recorder in a junk store, he comes up with a business plan that he hopes will make him enough money to maintain custody of Little Wong: creating and selling bootleg DVDs. Together, they secretly run their new business — which they name King of Peking — out of the basement of the movie theater. As business booms, Little Wong starts to question the moral and ethical implications of their scheme and Big Wong senses that he is slowly losing his son’s trust.
Sounds lovely huh? The full trailer for King of Peking is here:
Impressively, director Sam Voutas managed to raise over $50K for the production of the film through Kickstarter.
Through the platform, the movie was quickly picked up by Kickstarter and given “Staff Pick” status. Which basically means the kickstarter team backed the idea and it’s given a little more exposure because of its quality and appeal to them.
Kickstarter wasn’t the only crowdsourced funding for the movie, with another crowdsourcing fundraiser taking place in china (because KickStarter is blocked there). There’s a nice video introducing the Kickstarter campaign here:
The Australian director Sam Voutas was raised in Beijing throughout childhood and his feature film, Red Light Revolution won the People’s Choice Award and was included on The British Film Institute’s “10 Great Films Set in Beijing”. The King of Peking is his latest project. Onya Sam!
Now, without sounding totally inept, how can we get a hold of the King of Peking Mr Voutas? #NoBootlegging recommendations please.