The Vibes: After 11 years of back and forth with censors, Spilt Gravy hits cinemas on June 9
(Article first published in The Vibes on 29 May 2022.)
STARTING out as an award-winning stage play way back in 2002, Spilt Gravy (Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah… in Malay) has had a long and torturous process on the way to the big screen, having been held back by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) for the better part of a decade, and another two years by the pandemic.
It will finally hit cinemas on June 9, playing in 30 locations around the country, with a runtime of 115 minutes and a PG-13 rating.
“I didn’t even realise it’s been 11 years, I thought it was 5 or 6 years, until I was reminded just now, and as I said earlier it is something (Spilt Gravy) that without a doubt, I have a feeling that it just… I don’t think it’s dated, I don’t think it will ever date.
“I think it’s a story and tale that needs to be told and I’m sincerely hoping that it was as enjoyable to watch on the stage 20 years ago as it will be on screen right now,” said comedian Harith Iskander, who plays an angel alongside the late Jit Murad.
“I’m glad it’s finally released and it took a lot. I think it had to go through as you can tell, so much of censorship before to get where it was today.
“We did the play 20 years ago in 2002, and that was my very first play and then we shot the movie 11 years years ago, and it does seem classic and it’s never going to age,” said Bernice Chan, who plays Hortense.
As the debut feature directorial effort by actor and theatre director Datuk Zahim Albakri (who is also one of the stars of the film), and based on the acclaimed play from Jit, Spilt Gravy does indeed touch on several topics which are controversial in mainstream Malaysian discourse – such as homosexuality, drug use, generational trauma.
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