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"The Labyrinth of Film Scripting" exhibition to showcase extraordinary local screenplays (with photos)

     It is often said that a script is the soul of a film and the origin of all drama. "The Labyrinth of Film Scripting" exhibition runs from today (April 24) to July 26 at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA). Organised by the HKFA of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the exhibition showcases valuable artefacts and manuscripts of numerous famous Hong Kong scriptwriters, together with multimedia installations, interviews with scriptwriters and film footage selections. Admission is free.

     The exhibition features works by 24 famous local scriptwriters, namely Joyce Chan, Alfred Cheung, Raymond To, Alex Law, Mabel Cheung, Chan Man-keung, Lam Chiu-wing, Evan Yang, Lin Huan (aka Jin Yong), Doe Ching, Szeto On, Chor Yuen, Lo Yu-kei, Chiu Kang-chien, Barry Wong, Szeto Cheuk-hon, Ho Pik-kin, Ni Kuang, Peter Yung Wai-chuen, Edward Lam, John Woo, Chan Hing-kai, Wong Kar-wai and Yuen Kai-chi. Visitors will gain a better understanding of the screenplays and enjoy a delightful journey through the labyrinth of film scripting.

     As film genres vary, scriptwriters also apply different techniques and plot patterns in creating their scripts. In addition to the general skills of scriptwriting, the exhibition introduces four specific techniques, namely "fabrication of theme and narrative", "scripting on genre films", "construction of dramatic conflicts", and "character, scene and dialogue design". Five local scriptwriters - Joyce Chan, Chan Man-keung, Alfred Cheung, Raymond To and Lam Chiu-wing - will also share their writing experiences, their pain and joy as scriptwriters and their views on Hong Kong's film industry in pre-recorded interviews broadcast at the exhibition.
     Twenty-eight film title manuscripts are on display at the exhibition, including the original manuscript, handwritten dialogue script, scene and location breakdown table of "The Autumn's Tale" (1987); the original manuscript, handwritten scene cards, and character analysis table of "The System" (1979) and more. Visitors can also flip through replicas of the scripts for these two films. The exhibition also provides a rare display of the script for the film "Ye Ye Feng Liu", written by Szeto On, which has never been shown in Hong Kong before. It includes the film's handwritten and printed synopsis, original manuscript and manuscript copy.

     Furthermore, the HKFA will also hold two seminars in collaboration with the Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild during the exhibition period, at which visitors can gain a better understanding of the film scriptwriting profession. Details of the seminars will be announced later.

     For enquiries about the exhibition, please call 2739 2139 or browse the website

Ends/Friday, April 24, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:31


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