FMT: The local film censors delayed for 10 years
(Article written by Noel Wong, first published in Free Malaysia Today on 7 June 2022.)
KUALA LUMPUR: Imagine this if you will. You’re visited by two angels, one of whom looks suspiciously like Harith Iskandar.
Instead of announcing that you are miraculously ‘with child’, they tell you it’s your last day on earth. What on earth do you do then?
Most reasonable people will spring into action settling their earthly affairs and ensuring their loved ones are left behind in good shape.
And that’s exactly how Zahim Albakri’s latest film, “Spilt Gravy”, goes, with a father of five having to endow one final lesson to his children before departing this world.
The film’s title refers to the Malay proverb, “ke mana tumpahnya kuah kalau tidak ke nasi.” Like parent, like child.
The film is a theatrical play adapted for the screen, the first local play to receive a full-scale cinematic release.
Unfortunately, the playwright behind “Spilt Gravy”, Jit Murad, passed away just this year.
In addition to being a family drama, the story behind this film was a drama in itself, with its release delayed for ten long years.
Apparently, Zahim and the Malaysian Censorship Board locked horns over the content, and it took several revisions before the film was finally approved for release in 2020.
But then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, putting the brakes on the film’s release for a further two years. Now, the question that remains to be answered is whether the film was worth the wait.
Most Malaysians have little love for the local film industry, believing that the golden age of cinema has long passed. However, this film may be a timely reminder that creativity is still alive and well in Malaysia.
Read the rest of the article on Free Malaysia Today.