2018 Advance Born Global Salon: Hong Kong
What makes a memorable film? An experience? A life well lived? These and other questions of art were part of Advance’s Hong Kong Salon with internationally acclaimed cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (Du Ke Feng).
Hosted in the glamourous home of Advance Global Board Member Michelle Garnaut AO, around 50 invited guests were treated to an evening of art and celebration of a unique international Australian experience. Ms Garnaut opened the evening with thanks to members for supporting Advance, encouraging Asia-based members to nominate locally based game-changers to Advance Awards, and sharing stories from the 2018 Advance Awards, including an interview with Alumni Award winner, Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China.
Doyle started his talk by sharing with the audience his personal journey to a life lived in Asia – appropriately through the medium of film, with a clip describing his early childhood in Cronulla, through misadventure and international travel, to the introduction of Chinese into his life in Hong Kong and the birth of Du Ke Feng – a name meaning “like the wind”, given to him by his Chinese professor.
Doyle explained his philosophy of looking for places that share his ideas of being a cultural insider (as Du Ke Feng) and yet able to draw on his Australian roots to observe and celebrate images and life in a unique way. Doyle’s unique dual persona means that for many fans of his Chinese language films they are not aware he is not Chinese – so much so does his work speak to a Chinese sense of self and life. Doyle shared that his experience means that his Australian style influences the way he works with people from around Asia. Doyle has produced more than 100 films, including more than 50 in Chinese, as well as working in Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Chile and countless other locations. The audience were treated to insights from his location and ‘feeling’ scouting experiences, including film describing the imagery behind key scenes from his iconic film with Wong Kar-Wai, “In the Mood for Love”.
Doyle showed his love of Hong Kong with a beautiful film showing the “Venice of Hong Kong”, Tai O, a traditional fishing village of stilt houses not often thought of or visited as part of Hong Kong. He then moved on to talk about his love and admiration of people that celebrate the creation of beautiful and meaningful spaces and experiences – going beyond words to provide emotional engagement – with an homage to Shanghai and Michelle Garnaut, showing a film shot with actress Tilda Swanston beginning and ending in the iconic Glamour Bar.
He talked of the responsibility he feels as an artist of providing experiences that transcend the mundane and transmit more to the audience than what words can say. He described “Rabbit Proof Fence” as the most important film of his life, using a key scene from the film of the children’s removal from their mother as a demonstration of his belief that the experiences he seeks to portray on film must speak to every person’s experience and show his care for people that ultimately matter for the film to have impact and change the world.
Advance was thrilled to host members and guests for the Salon, including Deputy Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Sam Guthrie; Executive Director of Artspace Sydney and Curator of Experiences for Art Basel Hong Kong, Alexie Glass-Kantor; Australian photographer and film-maker, Oliver Martin-McGuire; Chairman of AustCham Hong Kong, Andrew Macintosh; Co-Head Greater China, Spencer Stuart, Justin Fung; CEO of One Ocean Road, Benjamin Liu; President Asia Pacific of Junior Achievement, Vivian Lau; and CEO C-Bridge and Advisory Board Member of Australia China Relations Institute, Garry Willinge, business partner to 2018 Advance Global Impact Award Winner Dr Barry Marshall.
Special thanks to our food supplier, Mr David Meredith, General Manager of TasMania Fresh for their incredible smoked salmon and cheese.