HBO Asia Unveils Slate of Originals, Renews ‘Teenage Psychic’ for Second Season

HBO Asia Unveils Slate of Originals, Renews ‘Teenage Psychic’ for Second Season

“Food Lore” is an eight-episode, hour-long anthology series that explores the human condition with narratives inspired by and showcased through the perspective of Asian cuisines. It is overseen by Eric Khoo, and is produced as part of a partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority in Singapore. It shoots in eight countries across Asia with segments directed by Don Aravind (Singapore), Billy Christian (Indonesia), Takumi Saitoh (Japan), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Erik Matti (Philippines), Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand) and Phan Dang Di (Vietnam).

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HBO Asia Unveils Four New Originals Series

HBO Asia Unveils Four New Originals Series

Like the recent successful horror anthology ”Folklore”, “Food Lore” is an eight-part anthology, overseen by Singaporean director Eric Khoo, that explores narratives related to Asian cuisines and filmed in 8 different countries. The episodes are directed by Eric Khoo and other leading Asian filmmakers including Don Aravind (Singapore), Billy Christian (Indonesia), Takumi Saitoh (Japan), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Erik Matti (Philippines), Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand) and Phan Dang Di (Vietnam).

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Eric Khoo is making a second anthology series for HBO Asia revolving around food, 'Food Lore'

Eric Khoo is making a second anthology series for HBO Asia revolving around food, 'Food Lore'

Acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo is making another anthology series for HBO Asia, after last year’s horror series Folklore, which featured ghouls and ghosts from around Asia. But this time, the theme of the new series is food, which is another subject that’s close to the heart of the self-professed horror fan.

Food Lore, which is still being filmed by a group of directors brought together by Khoo, will feature eight episodes, each set in a different Asian country with a different story, much like Folklore. The stories will span the genres of comedy and drama. Khoo said HBO Asia was looking at a November release for the series, but a premiere date hadn’t been confirmed.

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Filmart: HBO Asia Originals Chief Jessica Kam-Engle Talks Mining Local Culture for Broad Appeal (Q&A)

Filmart: HBO Asia Originals Chief Jessica Kam-Engle Talks Mining Local Culture for Broad Appeal (Q&A)

“Food Lore builds on the success of Folklore, which was a six-part series, each with a different director and story, based on the customs and superstitions in six Asian countries. Food Lore is made up of eight dramatic films by eight directors, each one inspired by the countries’ cuisine. It has a great potential to travel. After Folklore, I’ve been frequently asked whether we’d do a second season, and I’d tell them we intend to, but not in the same way. Horror is popular, but it’s also quite niche. Audience either loves horror or they don’t; there is no middle ground. You can’t force someone who doesn’t like horror to watch it. But food, as a theme, is more universal. It is also a subject that plays to Asians’ strength. Asian food is very diverse. Food Lore is still a drama, we’re not doing a travelogue, but the stories are centered on certain dishes. It could be about family, or a romance or a fantasy. The stories from each filmmaker are different, but all interesting and touching. Visually it might also make you drool.

Eric Khoo will be once again our showrunner. We also have directors and stories from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. They are quite representative of Asian cuisines. Food Lore has a wider reach than Folklore, with the participation from eight countries. The idea is to showcase Asia, and talents and local stories in Asia, and to give the filmmakers a platform to tell their own stories. Together it’s quite a powerful series.” - Jessica Kam-Engle ( Senior vice president, HBO Asia Original Productions)

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Erik Matti tapped for HBO series ‘Food Lore’

Erik Matti tapped for HBO series ‘Food Lore’

HONG KONG—Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, showrunner of the upcoming HBO Asia original anthology series “Food Lore,” recently recruited Filipino director Erik Matti to helm an episode of the eight-part show, which starts airing in November.

Prior to this, Khoo gathered fellow auteurs from the region to direct stand-alone stories in another series, the six-part “Folklore,” which was aired by the channel and streamed via HBO Go late last year.

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HBO Asia全新亚洲原创大制作 本地导演述说美食情

HBO Asia全新亚洲原创大制作 本地导演述说美食情


HBO Asia于2012年开始制作亚洲原创大制作,并在今天(18日)于香港举办的记者会上介绍接下来将播出的作品。4部作品,一一为你介绍!

“Food Lore ”讲述一个由当地食物或其文化启发的人文故事,以美食作主题触发的百般滋味,载满着乡土情怀、回忆、爱慕与感动,交织出一篇篇色香味俱全的故事。

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Switch to the silver screen

Switch to the silver screen

Former bank executive Ellie Ngim, 31, is living her dream - she is making films for a living now.

After she left her job, she used to take part-time courses in the craft and, for a time, was picking up skills from the ground up - literally.

"I got really good at sweeping floors," says the graduate of the London School of Economics. Her job as a production assistant on film sets also saw her ironing costumes, for $120 a day, if she was lucky.

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