Adrian Teh on what it means to be a Malaysian today
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Adrian Teh

FILM MAKER

We may never know the true extent of the hard work that goes on behind the camera — the efforts of the ones who set the scene, bringing life to stories and ideas. Adrian Teh achieved another level of commitment to storytelling when he not only wrote and directed PASKAL: The Movie, but also worked and trained alongside his cast. Oh, and did we mention it was the first action flick he has ever done? He’s surpassed expectations and trumped a new genre in filmography!

HOW DO YOU THINK THE LOCAL FILM INDUSTRY CAN UP THEIR GAME?

Myself and other local film producers and directors are trying to expand our industry to the foreign markets. I’ve been doing that for the past five to 10 years. For all my works, I’ve screened them not only in Malaysia, but mostly in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan too. Hong Kong and Taiwan too. While Hong Kong and Taiwan do not have a quota, China has, as it is the biggest pie in the world. I’ve managed to sell a few movies there as well. As a local film director, and producer, for us to be able to travel, we need to deliver a quality product for people to watch. That’s how I think we can go further.

WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE?

I think in order to achieve anything you must have this sort of determination and belief in yourself that you can and you will be able to deliver without being put down by others’ opinions. Eventually, you’ll be the one doing it, and you’re the one who’s going to work it out. Find a way, find a source of inspiration and determination. Being stubborn is key to success.