Brunei Film Blitz opens with special tribute to late Prince

Aziz Idris

Guests turned up in full force for the launch of the fourth instalment of the Brunei Film Blitz at the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia on Saturday night, held in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2020.

To mark the beginning of the two-week long festival, organisers paid special tribute to Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim with the screening of You’re Not You, a film produced by the late Prince in 2014.

It was the first of five films produced by Al-Marhum to be screened at the festival.

“Tonight is a celebration of film and the significant contribution of Al-Marhum towards the creative economy,” Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin said at the Brunei Film Blitz opening night screening.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to remember his work and the legacy of films he has left behind. At Origin, we will forever remember Al-Marhum as a passionate patron of the arts in Brunei Darussalam.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin join others during a movie screening following the launch. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

“Al-Marhum made important films and his approach is reflected in the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best,” she said.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong launched the film festival.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir, event partners, local actors and actresses and Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia film students also attended.

The Brunei Film Blitz was established in 2017 under the umbrella of the Brunei December Festival, an initiative of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.

The Brunei Film Blitz continues to inspire and invest in quality local productions though workshops, competitions and special screenings of talented Bruneian filmmakers via the Wayang Kitani film series.

Film student Hamizah Hamzah lauded Al-Marhum’s works and felt a sense of pride in knowing that filming was very close to Al-Marhum’s heart.

“Watching You’re Not You and having it as the opening film makes me feel proud to dive into the local filmmaking scene. It inspired me to grow within the industry,” she said.

Another film student, Mirza Mursyidah, said, “It is a beautiful film to remember our late Prince.”