21 October 2017
Big Bites Café, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee


Over a career spanning 30 years, U-Wei has directed 16 TV dramas, 6 films, 3 stage plays and also authored books. His first film, Perempuan, Isteri & Jalang (Woman, Wife & Whore, 1993) took 5 awards at the Malaysia Film Festival, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. His film Kaki Bakar (The Arsonist, 1995) was screened under Cannes’s Un Certain Regard, as well as at Berlin, Montreal, Nantes, Fribourg, New York, Busan and Singapore, winning the Grand Prix at Brussels. With a grant from NHK Japan, he made Jogho (The Bull Fighter, 1997), which has been invited to festivals in Singapore, Busan, Cinemanila and Nantes. The Nantes Film Festival had a retrospective of U-Wei’s films in 2001. His short film, Sepohon Rambutan Indah Kepunyaanku di Tanjong Rambutan (My Beautiful Rambutan Tree in Tanjung Rambutan, 2006) was chosen for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2006.

Among U-Wei’s theatre productions are Bakai (The Bacchae, 1997), based on the Greek tragedy by Euripedes and Wangi Jadi Saksi (Wangi the Witness, 2006), an episode from the Malay Annals. In 2011, U-Wei received a grant to make Hanyut (Adrift, 2013), a film that had a cast and crew from Malaysia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Australia & Poland.

11.00am - 1.00pm

Screening of Kaki Bakar

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Screening of Jogho

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Screening of Sepohon Rambutan Indah Kepunyaanku di Tanjong Rambutan and Satu Nota Satu Fragmen


5.00pm - 6.00pm

In Conversation with U-Wei Haji Saari
Moderated by Dr. Alex Fischer





22 October 2017
Big Bites Café, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee


Mat Sentol began his career as an art teacher in a Chinese school in Singapore before venturing into the movie world in the 1950s. Having spent more than 40 years in the film industry, he has wide experience in producing special effects for his movies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. His films Mat Bond, Mat Tiga Suku and Mat Magic display impressive special effect techniques beyond their time, and as such Mat Sentol is widely considered to be the ‘Father of Special Effects in Malay Film Production’ and was conferred the award and title of ‘CCIG Legend and Honorary Member’ by the Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG) in cooperation with FINAS.


Apart from special effects, Mat Sentol is also talented in the field of animation and script writing. He also wrote lyrics and composed songs during his time as an actor and film director at Cathay-Keris Film Productions in Singapore.


4.00pm – 4.15pm               

Screening of The Unsung HERO – Mat Sentol

4.15pm – 5.00pm               

In Conversation with Mat Sentol

Moderated by Hassan Muthalib