U-wei Bin Hajisaari

Brilliant Malaysian film director U-Wei Bin HajiSaari was in town recently for the world premiere of his short film My Beautiful Rambutan Tree in Tanjung Rambutan at the Singapore International Film Festival. The dark and bittersweet film, about sibling rivalry that turns horribly wrong, will next show at the Cannes Film Festival this month. The controversial and elusive U-Wei, who first came to our attention with his assured debut film Woman, Wife and Whore—about a wayward woman who stirs up various desires in a conservative village, way back in 1993—is arguably Malaysia’s best filmmaker. He tells Terry Ong what makes him tick.

Personal Velocity

Director Roger Donaldson tells the true story of motorcyclist Burt Munro in the film The World’s Fastest Indian, which is showing at the New Zealand Film Festival.