Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. (Cantonese with English subtitles 廣東話、英文字幕) Collectively, the three documentaries are known as his “Revolution Trilogy” 「革命三部曲」. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 has been collected by the Canadian national archive since 2009. You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (projected on your big screen HD TV or on your computer here). Enjoy!
In the film’s official Facebook page HKtvUmbrellaRevolution I’ve talked about getting inspiration from different sources. The following video inspired and reminded me that there are many ways to tell interesting stories even with impossibly awful equipment. The ability to tell interesting stories is always in the hands of the creative minds behind the work.
I am inspired a little to may be try a little of colour grading on the film(s) will see.
By the way, for aspiring photographers, this is a good reminder that you don’t have to have expensive camera gears to do creative work.
It will always be one of my great honours to have my first documentary in 2005 “Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命)” be placed and collected by the National Archive of Canada (Government of Canada Item Number (ISN) 416953 at Library and Archives Canada). At the same time, as an independent filmmaker with limited resource, I’ve tried, shamelessly, to leverage this honour help me open many windows and doors in my documentary making journey.
I often mention”Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命)” and sometimes the National Archive connection (like today) when arranging face-to-face or Skype video interviews, requesting copyright owners’ permissions to use their works (photos, artworks, video clips, etc) to help give myself instant “credibility” and hopefully smooth things out. Opening these windows and doors are crucial to my ability to try to make (HKtv+Umbrella)Revolution (香港電視+雨傘)革命 a reasonably “good” documentary since part 2 my documentaries (namely the “Umbrella Revolution” part) is heavily (or almost totally) “crowd sourced”.
P.S. To my friends and supporters: Yes, I am trying to fix the giant 10 years gap between my first documentary and my second film! I guess which is why I am making my 2nd and 3rd film together! Will see what happen.
Non-interference in the past
When Kempton made his debut documentaryLong Hair Revolution (長毛革命) in 2004/2005, he knew next to nothing about filmmaking. Kempton tried to be as neutral an observer as possible. He avoided doing anything that may be perceived as “helping” Mr. Leung Kwok Hung (Long Hair) in anyway with his protest. In one scene that he still remembers, Long Hair had to buy some boat tickets so he could go to Macau for a protest. He wanted to borrow HK$100 or something from me at the ticket counter in front of a large group of reporters and camera. I had the money but I hesitated as I could not see myself becoming an active part of the protests. Sure, if I had helped Long Hair to go to Macau, I know for sure I would get some great footage and I’m sure Long Hair will pay me back (it was a loan) but I set my standard of non-interference very high.
Beeping comments now
Now in 2014, Kempton has decidedly abandoned his non-interference. Kempton was “involved” in HKtv Revolution in his own way as you will see in the film. And because Umbrella Revolution is a Revolution that is near fully digital, it is much easier for Kempton to get involved even from thousands of miles away. Sometimes it is a Facebook message of loving care of a great photographer/videographer and sometimes it is an expression of sadness about an “once good” political party (WARNING: I used a lot of profanity in this comment). As I spent time writing and revising these comments, they helped me solidify my thinking and analysis. And they captured my feeling at that specific moment in time. I don’t know how I may (or may not use) use my comments in my film, I now have these comments captured along with my massive amount of crowdsourced digital assets. I will need to think of a way to organize these resources and think about how best to shape “Umbrella Revolution”
According to director Kempton Lam, his debut documentary Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命) in 2004/2005 and (HKtv+Umbrella) Revolution (香港電視+雨傘)革命 make a trilogy. And one of the clear sign to him was the above YouTube frame. The t-shirt Mr.杜震豪 wore had the Chinese calligraphy by Mr. Leung Kwok Hung (Long Hair). The young generation likeMr.杜震豪 is precisely the generation Kempton thought would most shaped by Long Hair’s style of no non-sense politics. By the way, Kempton calls the documentaries a “Trilogy” but he still has to work really hard to make them a “good” trilogy to watch! 🙂 Here are the two “Right to Silence” videos, for the record. 當周庭拘捕梁國雄（上回）