With Me" Launch Party on 30th August
Love. Hope. Fate.
Be with me, my beloved...
None at the Marriott was the location of
the launch party of Eric Khoo's latest movie,
Be With Me. Winning accolades overseas,
it was time for the movie to return home
in preparation for a local premiere on the
8th of September.
The party started off in a quiet manner,
a low key affair. Perhaps the movieXclusive
team was early to soak in the quiet before
the storm. Samantha Tan was practicing on
the electronic keyboard (more on that later),
and so was Kevin Mathews on the guitar,
fine-tuning and preparing for their performance
later on in the night. Director Eric Khoo
was surprising early as well, but had spent
at least 20 minutes on a one-to-one interview
prior to the party proper.
When Ezann Lee arrived, the photographers
appeared too and she and Samantha were promptly
whisked off to a corner sofa for picture
opportunities. Soon, more cast, crew and
guests dropped in, and it was time to begin
The night started at 8pm, with the screening
of the trailer, which most should already
be familiar with, the one with many close
up shots of the casts' faces. The second
clip shown comprised of a series of scenes
from the movie played against the background
of the Be With Me instrumental theme from
the soundtrack. And finally, a production
clip was featured which had interviews with
the producers and director, who explained
that Be With Me is a film about the 3 stages
of life. The teenage years (Samantha Tan,
Ezann Lee), the adult years (Seet Keng Yew
and Lynn Poh), and the old (Chiew Sung Ching
and Theresa Chan). The clip also featured
Elizabeth Choy and an inspirational statement
from the lady who inspired the film, Theresa
Chan, which drew thunderous applause.
Like Eric Khoo's 12 Storeys, Be With Me
also has an excellent local soundtrack to
accompany the film, and music has always
been integral part of silent movies. From
the preview and stage performance tonight
by the artistes featured on the soundtrack,
the movieXclusive team safely conclude that
it doesn't disappoint, especially when the
cast too had a hand in some of the tracks.
The main theme was played and sung by Christine
Sham on the electronic keyboard, and Kevin
Mathews himself performed a track called
"Keep the Faith" on his guitar.
Keng Yew (the security guard pining after
Lynn Poh's character Ann) had a duet of
sorts aptly titled "Finding Love"
with Mathews on the guitar, before Samantha
Tan performed a differnt rendition of the
"Happy Times" track with little
lyrics. The performance rounded off with
Lynnette Seah on the violin and Christine
on the electronic keyboard performing the
Before the night ended, the cast of Keng
Yew, Samantha Tan, Ezann Lee, Lynn Poh and
Chiew Sung Ching were invited on stage to
say a few words about their experience in
the production. While most of them were
not hesitant to give their kudos to the
director for the opportunity to star in
his film, Sung Ching ended off hilariously
with mock exasperation that this will be
his first and last time working for Eric!
In 40 minutes, the party was over, but the
revellers continued the night at Bar None.
MovieXclusive took the opportunity to speak
very briefly with director Eric Khoo, who
had a hectic night with many interviews
and photo requests, and hosting the many
guests. He shared with us that Be With Me
was actually a much personal film.
But I guess the highlight of the night was
the 2 teenage female leads, who were also
kept busy with countless interviews and
photoshoots. But they were still all smiles
as Team movieXclusive managed to catch up
with them on a quick joint interview.
mX (To Samantha
Tan): Michelle Goh, Lum
May Yee, and now Samantha Tan. How do you
feel being the "It" girl in an
Eric Khoo movie? The previous 2 stars made
waves for their performances. Any undue
Actually no. The other 2 are established
stars in their own right. They are there
(points up in the air), while I'm starting
out and just here (the other hand place
significantly lower). It's challenging to
act in a movie without dialogue, especially
so as this is my first. So no pressure,
mX (To Ezann
Lee): You've certainly had
experience from TV, with drama serials and
as a programme host. How different or difficult
was it to make the transition from small
to silver screen?
The challenge here was the lack of dialogue,
which means you've got to rely heavily on
bringing out the emotions through body language
and facial expressions...
Yeah, the trailer had quite a bit of close
up facial shots.
Exactly. Also on TV, you have dialogue to
help help the viewers understand what's
going on. You've also got to go through
the same scene a couple of times with different
camera shots. Here, as long as it's no "NG",
it's a wrap!
And it's a wrap from the [email protected],
thanking Samantha, Ezanne and director Eric
Khoo for their time in doing the quick interviews.
With Me premieres 8 Sept 2005.
The soundtrack is in stores now.
|Reported by Stefan Shih | Photos & Layout by: Lokman BS