By Guest Contributor Aymar Jean Christian, cross-posted from Televisual
Here in the US, it’s pretty safe to say, most if not all of the Hong Kong films we see are big budget, triad-themed or auteur-centered. We see Johnnie To, Wong Kar-Wai, films from stars like Tony Leung, Andy Lau, and Jackie Chan. While film production in Hong Kong has slowed way down from the highs in the 80s and 90s, there are still a number of independent and local filmmakers making films about and within the Special Region.
Among these filmmakers, relative newcomer Jennifer Thym is in a category unto herself, making films in English, directing web series, filming locally while distributing and raising funds globally.
Thym’s first major project, Lumina, a Webby Award-winning and Streamy-nominated web series, debuted in the fall 2009 on KoldCast TV. Lumina is a fantasy series of sorts, exploring the story of a woman named Lumina who finds a man in her mirror. The series goes to show Lumina increasingly entangled in an epic battle of forces beyond her world and imagination, roaming throughout Hong Kong’s cluttered streets and austere central district. Hong Kong’s glass buildings provided an appropriate backdrop for a series about the mystique of mirrors.