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Spinning Gasing Spinning Gasing (2001)

Tagline : So you want to be famous...
Genre : Drama / Romance
Format : 35 mm / Colour / Dolby Digital
Language : English / Cantonese
Duration : 90 min

Director :
Teck Tan

Writer :
Teck Tan ... Screenplay

Cast :
Ellie Suriaty ... Yati
Craig Fong ... Harry Lee
Corinne Adri ... Chantal
Edwin R. Sumun ... Ariff
Sanjeet Jarnail ... JJ
Hani Mohsein ... Azri
Rosyam Nor ... Zainal
Frankie Lee ... Tai-ko

Crew :
Ashley Grenville ... Sound Recordist
Azrin Justin Izmee ... Dialogue/Assembly Editor & Assistant Film Editor
Bill Murphy ... Film Editor
Hairul Salleh Askor ... Assistant Director
Kathy Chow ... Makeup Artist
Ng Ah Tai ... Production Manager
Pauline Lin Wen Ling ... Line Producer
Richard Lau ... Art Director
Teoh Gay Hian ... Cinematographer
Tunku Tommy Mansur ... Costume Designer
Tunku Adam Mansur ... Music Composer
Yee I-Lann ... Production Designer

Producer :
Hee Dominique (Niche Film Sdn Bhd)
Teck Tan (Spinning Gasing Films Sdn Bhd)
Michael Tang (executive producer)

Award :
Best Actress (Ellie Suriaty) ... 3rd Cinemaya Festival of Asian Films (CINEFAN) in India, 2001
NETPAC Award: Special Mention (Teck Tan) ... 20th Hawaii International Film Festival in USA, 2000

Synopsis :
Malay - Filem ini mengisahkan empat remaja Malaysia mewakili setiap kaum ingin menubuhkan sebuah kumpulan muzik di Kuala Lumpur. Dalam usaha tersebut, mereka menemui banyak ranjau, sehinggalah menemui konsep irama yang mampu mengangkat nama kumpulan mereka. Lebih membanggakan kumpulan itu mengetengahkan muzik terkini dengan unsur alat muzik tradisi.
English - Harry Lee, the protagonist, returns to KL with news that he has failed in his studies. His autocratic, typically Chinese father is disgusted, and Harry leaves home after a major argument with him. Western-influenced, Harry has faith neither in religion, nor in his mixed-up Chinese roots. He does not have the same ambitions his father had for him: what Harry really wants to do is form a dance-music band and land a major recording deal. Deep down, Harry is determined to prove that he is no "failure". Yati, Harry's childhood friend, is a modern city girl in her early 20s. Although Yati adopts a fashionable lifestyle, she has been raised to believe in her Malay culture and Muslim religion, both of which are under threat in this fast-developing country. Once upon a time, Yati used to sing Syair (traditional Malay poetry). Her personal perspective is a balanced one; she observes her religious rites, but is in no way a fanatic. Harry forms a new band, which comprises Yati, Chantal (a glamorous Eurasian singer), Ariff (a gay keyboard player) and JJ (an Indian percussionist and tabla player). Harry is having an affair with Chantal, an ex-stewardess, the kind of woman first-class passengers give Rolex watches as gifts in the hope of securing a date. Chantal, meanwhile, is on a single-minded quest for fame and fortune, and will do almost anything to get there. Yati wants to warn Harry about Chantal, but is afraid to get involved, as she herself has feelings for him. She realizes it will not be an easy mix if they get together: different ethnic groups, contrasting faiths - Yati and Harry are like two 'gasing', spinning around each other, hoping not to collide…

Trivia :
Release date: 18 October 2001
Production cost: RM2.4 million
Filming location: Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur
Shooting date: October 1999 - November 1999
Post production done in Cinevex Film Laboratory, Australia
The first Malaysian film to be released in the international market distributed by Columbia Tristar
Premiered at Waikiki Theatre in Honolulu during the 20th Hawaii International Film Festival in USA on 6 November 2000

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