George Town for ‘Olympic Dream’

 |Apr 14, 2017
Local action actor Dednie Eason Yeap chatting with the expatriate community during the open casting at Odeon Trick Art Cafe and Restaurant, George Town recently … photo Doris Lim.

A two-day open casting for the upcoming Malaysian movie “Olympic Dream” drew over 200 hopefuls of all race and ages who dreams of acting.

Full Billion Entertainment Sdn Bhd (FBE) is a dynamic Penang-based production company founded by Don Hoe and Carrick Tan in 2012.

Hoe who has directed several films is deeply passionate and dedicated to bringing the film industry to the next level.

We believe with consistent creativity and innovation in production, we are able to produce quality movies to bring Malaysian films to a level as prominent as Hollywood,” said Hoe.

FBE is a joint production house for several major Malaysian films namely The Golden Couple (2012), The Wedding Diary (2012), The Wedding Diary 2 (2013), Medic Force (2012) and In The Dark (2013).

We have also collaborated with productions in foreign countries such as China, Hong Kong TVB and Singapore Media Corp.

The movies are One Night Surprise (2013) (China) and The Voyage (TBA) (Singapore).

Olympic Dreams” is a Malaysian movie and we need local talents both children and adults; especially Malays and Indians to be in the movie,” he added.

For Malaysians who dreams of acting, it was a time to shine and an opportunity to play a role in a movie!

Marketing executive, Siti Nazmin Amir, 33, was encouraged by her Chinese colleague to attend the casting.

Siti said she loves acting and plans to enroll in a modelling course to help with her poise and confidence building.

She read three parts in English and Malay for a fashion, sports and entertainment personality.

Her nephew, 11-year-old Muhammad Danish Mohd. Ramzi who accompanied her was encouraged to take part in the casting.

Danish, who is naturally shy, did well and read parts in English and Malay as a young badminton player.

American artist Patrick Hurley was one of the earliest to register for the casting.

Hurley, an extra in the television drama “Indian Summers” shot in Penang Hill, said he had fun mingling with the locals.

He looked look forward to being in the movies again.

Eric Taylor, a New Zealander professional photographer made fast friends with the other hopefuls and even gave them pointers on posing in front of a camera.

The movie, which chronicles the journey of a young badminton player, shows her growth from a young girl to achieving her dream of winning an Olympic gold.

The open casting was for local and the expatriate community, from ages of seven to 60.

The language used was English, Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien and Hakka.

For most of us who can’t be a badminton legend, there is a chance to play the role in a movie!

Shooting is tentatively slotted to start in June 2017.

Doris Lim is a Malaysia Outlook contributor with a keen eye for details developed form her background in architecture and design. Her affable personality and passion to celebrate life is captured in her stories of the community. Doris’ love for all things beautiful and quirky is tempered by her love for writing, photography, food, art and travel.