Since my days of feverishly directing plays in high school and the sleepless nights shooting singleepisode dramas, the alluring power of sight and sound has been at the root of my enthusiasm for creative work. Perhaps my film education started when my mother took me to see Westerns and my grandmother brought me to see old Cantonese films. When I started to watch films on my own, I immersed myself in European and Japanese cinema, which opened a whole new world to me. And then I fortuitously joined RTHK and suddenly came to the realization that I too can produce a film of my own! Since I became a director in Hong Kong after finishing my filmmaking studies in the UK, I have always worked tirelessly and persisted with zeal. Filmmaking is an art form that tells stories by using the images and sounds that I love. It is music. It is also poetry. It contains endless possibilities that could lead us to realms beyond our imagination. The masters of cinema have enriched my life. In their works, I find revelation and growth. Since I have the fortune to walk this path, I am determined to steadfastly move forward and continue to live, learn and grow as a filmmaker. I will give my best as a contribution to the medium.
Clara Law Cheuk-yiu was born in 1957 in Macau. She is a graduate of The University of Hong Kong with a degree in English Literature. From 1982 to 1985, she studied directing and screenwriting at the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. Her graduation film, They Say the Moon is Fuller Here (1985), won the Silver Plague at the Chicago International Film Festival. After returning to Hong Kong in 1985, she joined the drama unit of Radio Television Hong Kong’s (RTHK) television division and directed over twenty single-episode dramas.
Law turned her sights on film in 1988 and directed her first dramatic feature The Other Half and the Other Half. She then directed the Lillian Lee Pik-wah-scripted The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus the following year. In 1992, she won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival and the European Art Theatres Association’s Best Picture award with Autumn Moon. Her 1993 period drama Temptation of a Monk was selected to compete for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and won Best Picture at the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival in France.
In 1995, Law relocated to Australia with her husband Eddie Fong while continuing her filmmaking career. Her 1996 film Floating Life was awarded the Silver Leopard at Locarno while collecting Grand Prix Asturias and Best Director prizes at Gijón International Film Festival. While 2000’s The Goddess of 1967 won Law the Best Director award at the Chicago Film Festival, a young Rose Byrne—then a little known Australian actress—was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice for her performance in the film. Letters to Ali, Law’s 2004 documentary about the life of a young asylum seeker in Australia, was selected as one of the 100 greatest films in the history of Australian cinema. She eventually returned to Chinese-language cinema with the Hong Kong- Chinese production Like a Dream (2009).
Law’s husband, Eddie Fong, is also her long time collaborator. Most of her films were written and produced by Fong. In 2010, they made the short film Red Earth.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Like a Dream|
||Letters to Ali|
||The Goddess of 1967|
||Temptation of a Monk|
||The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus|
||The Other Half and the Other Half|