Films and photography were only hobbies in my childhood. I enjoyed documenting whatever interested me in the city. While I was wandering the streets of Hong Kong, I got interested in Filipino domestic workers and began a series of research and interviews with my DV camera. The only missing element was the lack of technical skills to transform all the gathered information and footage into a story. This was when I decided to pursue filmmaking and learn the language of cinema, hoping to be able to tell well-conveyed stories. This was also how my first feature film, Bends, started.
After graduating from the London Film School, I had not only learned the technical aspects of image and sound that contribute to a good story, but my passion and knowledge for film has also expanded. Due to the path that led me to filmmaking, I believe film to be a powerful art form to display and discuss about human nature and interpersonal relationships that reflect our culture and surroundings. I will continue searching for more substantial stories to translate into films to share with audience.
A native of Hong Kong, Flora Lau studied at the London Film School after graduating from Columbia University. Her graduation film, Dry Rain, won Best Picture at Hong Kong’s Fresh Wave Short Film Festival. She later attended Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Flora was selected by Binger Filmlab in the Netherlands to develop her first feature film, alongside 15 other aspiring writers. She took the screenplay to Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in 2011 and Paris Project in 2012. In 2013, she completed her first feature film, Bends, with the support of Hong Kong Film Development Fund, Tomson International Entertainment, Love Streams agnès b. Productions and Shadow Puppet Productions. She worked with renowned actress Carina Lau, actor Chen Kun, cinematographer Christopher Doyle and producers Nansun Shi and Winnie Yu Tsang. Bends was officially selected to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section in May 2013. The film has screened at over 20 international film festivals, including Toronto, London, Busan, Sao Paulo and Taipei.
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