Producer of Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight’ to make Hong Kong-set movie, cast local actors

Andrew Hevia. Photo: Robert Scherle

Despite the fact that this year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars, “Moonlight”, seems a world away from Hong Kong, the film has more connections to this city than you’d think.

Just a few weeks ago, we heard how the film’s director Barry Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton took inspiration from local director Wong Kar-wai, and now it looks like producer Andrew Hevia’s also showing the Fragrant Harbour some love. Hevia, who previously spent a year filming a documentary here, is set to make a Hong Kong-set film with local director Joshua Wong (no relation to the activist), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, titled “Dark Room”, will be an English-language thriller, Hevia said at FILMART, a Hong Kong fair for the film and television industry. The plot will revolve around a British-born Chinese woman who comes to Hong Kong, accidentally photographs a crime, and becomes obsessed with the mystery.

Hevia said he plans to cast local actors for non-English-speaking roles. “The goal is to have a film that is authentic to Hong Kong as I experienced it and Joshua lives it, and a film that makes Hong Kong accessible to the world,” Hevia told THR.

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