Hong Kong Women Filmmakers

Mak, Hei-yan Heiward

Critical Biography    Filmography    Reviews    Links

Mak, Hei-yan Heiward – Critical Biography  Top

Heiward MakHeiward Mak majored in design studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, but became interested in filmmaking after she graduated in 2003. She entered the creative media program at the City University of Hong Kong and began making short films. Her graduation short won an award at the IFVA Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards, attracting the attention of actor-producer Eric Tsang. She was promptly hired to work alongside veteran Aubrey Lam on the script to Men Suddenly in Black 2 (2006), the sequel to Pang Ho-cheung’s popular comedy.

At the time, Tsang was involved in the production of a trilogy of films about high school students, set in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China, respectively. The trilogy was entitled Winds of September, after the Taiwanese installment, and Tsang hired Mak to write and direct the Hong Kong episode. Mak was only in her early twenties at the time, and her film High Noon (2008) received critical accolades as an energetic and unhackneyed look at Hong Kong’s disaffected youth. It also won her a nomination as Best New Director at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Mak 03Left: Ex (2010)     Right: High Noon (2008)

Mak continued working regularly as a screenwriter, and she furthered her collaboration with director Pang Ho-cheung on the romance Love in a Puff (2010). Rich with colloquialisms, the script won Mak and Pang a Best Screenplay award at the 2011 Hong Kong Film Awards. In the same year, Mak adapted her own unpublished novel – about the love life of a young woman – into a film called Ex (2010), starring Gillian Chung. Mak also served as editor on writer-director Scud’s film, Amphetamine (2010). Although Ex was not as well-received as Mak’s earlier film, she began to work prolifically in various media from 2010 onward, including commercials, music videos, and columns for popular publications.

Mak 02Diva (2012)

Mak’s third feature as a writer-director came in 2012. Diva (2012) was a drama set amid Hong Kong’s Cantopop industry and starred real-life singer Joey Yung as a pop idol dealing with various personal crises. For his role as a pop impresario in the film, Chapman To won a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Mak’s latest work entitled Uncertain Relationships Society (2014) – a commissioned project for RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) – takes another look at the lives of Hong Kong teenagers. It premiered at the HKIFFS’s Cinefan Summer International Film Festival.

Mak 01Uncertain Relationships Society (2014)

Filmography   Top

Feature Films:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Director Uncertain Relationships Society (Trailer) 曖昧不明關係研究學會 2014
Story I Love Hong Kong 2013 (Trailer) 2013 我愛HK恭囍發財 2013
Director
Writer
Diva (Trailer) DIVA華麗之後 2012
Story I Love Hong Kong 2012 (Trailer) 2012我愛HK喜上加囍 2012
Writer I Love Hong Kong (Trailer) 我愛HK開心萬歲 2011
Director
Writer
Story
Ex (Trailer) 前度 2010
Editor Amphetamine (Trailer) 安非他命 2010
Writer Love in a Puff (Trailer) 志明與春嬌 2010
Art Director Dead Slowly (Trailer) 慢性中毒 2009
Director
Editor
Writer
High Noon (Trailer) 烈日當空 2008
Writer Men Suddenly in Black 2 (Trailer) 大丈夫2 2006

 Shorts:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Director
Writer
It’s青春 (Full movie) 2013
Director PopCorn微電影三部曲 –
然後 (Full movie)
曾經 (Full movie)
當下 (Full movie)
2012
Co-director with Lo Chun-yip Love More Hong Kong (Full movie) 香港愛我 @ 你還可愛麼 2011
Director Eleven to Seven (Full movie)  — 2011
Director Beside(s) Happiness 幸褔的旁邊 2011
Co-director with Jessie Tsang Tsui-shan Loving/Nothing to Hide 愛.發現 2010
Director
Writer
We Might As Well Be Strangers 偏偏 2010
Director HOPE  — 2009
Co-director with Hui, Nga-shu Rita 尋愛 2008
Director
Editor
Writer
High Noon (Trailer) 烈日當空 2008
Director Sweet 17 2007
Director Lovers’ Lover 他.她 2006

Reviews   Top

Uncertain Relationship Society (2014) Reviews:

講。鏟。片 (In Chinese):
http://www.hkfilmblog.com/archives/37648

Diva (2012) Reveiews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/diva-2012-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/diva
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/diva.html
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/detail.php?c=53&desc=D&p=1899&t=diva-2012_1899
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/52738/interview-heiward-mak-diva.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2012/film/reviews/diva-1117948886/

Ex (2010) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ex-2010-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/ex
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/ex
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/ex.html
SBS:
http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/movie/ex-0
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/52738/interview-heiward-mak-diva.html
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2011/01/ex-review-heiward-mak.html

High Noon (2008) Reviews:

Hong Kong Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/high-noon
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/high_noon.html
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/16197/heiward-mak-on-high-noon.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2008/film/reviews/high-noon-3-1200471860/

Others:

City University of Hong Kong:
http://www.scm.cityu.edu.hk/gallery/scm-top-stories/heiward-mak-hei-yan/
CNN:
http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/none/hong-kong-hot-list-20-people-watch-005884
HK Magazine [1]:
http://hk-magazine.com/movies/article/upclose-heiward-mak
HK Magazine [2]:
http://hk-magazine.com/city-living/article/first-person-heiward-mak-hei-yan
SCMP:
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1567502/inquisition-filmmaker-heiward-mak
Snapshot – Hong Kong Jayceettes:
http://www.hkjtt.org/icms/File/JCI-Megazine_01B(web).pdf
Personal Blog – Donald Kwan Movies : 戲仍能看 (In Chinese):
http://donaldkwanmovies.blogspot.hk/2008/11/high-noon.html

Links   Top

Facebook page of Heiward Mak:
https://www.facebook.com/makheiward

Facebook page of Dumb Youth:
https://www.facebook.com/hkdumbyouth

Facebook page of Uncertain Relationship Society:
https://www.facebook.com/UncertainRelationshipSociety

 

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