The best films to watch at Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
The longest-serving environment-themed festival is back in its eighth edition to champion sustainable living through workshops, art, music and most importantly, film. Approximately 116 films will be screened – some of which are vying for these top awards: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Public Service Announcement (PSA), Best Wildlife Film, Best Animation and the Jury Award. If you haven’t got time for everything, catch the Official Selections instead. Here are the top five:
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Picturing the Nation
The exhibition largely features works from the personal collection of Dato’ Hoessein Enas, one of Malaysia’s pioneering portraiture artists
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Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
It’s the year 1880, when a mining boom prompts a host of fortune seekers from across Asia to descend upon the junction of two rivers: the erstwhile Sungai...
Late Night with AIIA
Artificially Intelligent: Improvholics Anonymous (AIIA) is an improv comedy troupe formed to promote improvisational comedy in KL. Like the popular TV show...
The Magic of Diaspora
In conjunction with Global Diaspora Week, meet some of Malaysia's most progressive minds, either in transit in Malaysia or those who call Malaysia home....
Time Out Comedy Thursday
Time Out Comedy Thursday (TOCT) is the city's monthly comedy night happening on the first Thursday of every month. Back at Mango's Tropical Café, headlining...
Upcoming art exhibitions in KL
Khayamiya: Khedival To Contemporary – The Tentmakers of Cairo
Khayamiya is the Egyptian art of tentmaking. Visitors will get to explore the stunning transformations of khayamiya from the late Ottoman Empire to the...
After years filled with renaming, relocations and rotations of directors, the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) seems to be finally settling into a more...
Sanubari by Nirmala Karuppiah
British-trained Malaysian photographer Nirmala Karuppiah will present the works of her 20-year journey highlighting the range of dance traditions found in...
The PavilionNOW presents an active deliberation of living, creativity and sustainability through the investigations of the familiar ‘pavilion concept’. Jade...
Picturing the Nation
Ilham gallery, owned by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, opened to much fanfare two months ago. First, it features the earliest works of Dato’...
The Feminine Beyond
Malaysian-born artist Diana Lui exhibits a collection of photography featuring her artistic explorations of today’s feminine identity. Diana began her...
Film and TV features
Sir Ian McKellen interview
His close friends call him ‘Serena’. Meant as a campy play on ‘Sir Ian’, it’s an oddly appropriate nickname for an actor who exudes an air of such immaculate serenity. Whether he’s glad-handing ‘X-Men’ fans on the red carpet, defending gay rights in his role as co-founder of Stonewall or saving Middle Earth as Gandalf the Grey, Ian McKellen is the calm eye of whatever storm happens to be raging. And he’s just as laidback in person, spending a fair portion of our interview umm-ing, aah-ing and gazing wistfully out of the window – not in a senior-moment sort of way, but with the confident demeanour of a man who simply refuses to be hurried. But like any stage veteran, he does occasionally show his thespian streak: grabbing his back theatrically to evoke the aches of old age, or grinning slyly as he recounts a cheeky anecdote about working with Will Smith. We’re at the Langham Hotel in central London to discuss ‘Mr Holmes’, in which the 75-year-old McKellen dons ageing make-up to play a 90-year-old Sherlock Holmes, who’s living in a quiet corner of post-WWII Sussex until an old case rears its head. It’s an incredibly controlled performance, packed with pathos and subtlety: not as crowd-pleasing, perhaps, as Gandalf or Magneto, but every bit as memorable. Have you always wanted to play Sherlock Holmes? I never thought I’d play him. Sometimes these things just happen. I never thought I’d play Hitler, but someone once asked me to and it was a jolly good script! The list of screen
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Rebel Wilson interview
First things first. Rebel Wilson is not Fat Amy – the character she plays in ‘Pitch Perfect’. This is disappointing for precisely as long as it takes for her to answer my first question. Disappointing because Fat Amy (she calls herself that so ‘twig bitches’ don’t do it behind her back) is one of the most hilarious characters in recent movie memory – so funny people have taken to wearing her off-the-wall one-liners on t-shirts. The actress is one of the most impressive people I’ve met – funny, yes, but totally focussed and refreshingly honest about her ambition, refusing play down her intelligence. Put simply, Rebel Wilson is the living, breathing woman you want to be after reading Sheryl Sandberg’s motivational book ‘Lean In’. The 29-year-old moved to Hollywood in 2010 after working on the stand-up circuit and TV in Australia, and within months landed a role in ‘Bridesmaids’ playing Kristen Wiig’s flatmate. It was a tiny part but here’s the thing about Rebel Wilson – she’s got a knack for stealing every scene she appears in. Within two weeks, she signed up to six new films, including ‘Pitch Perfect’. The sequel, out this week, opens with Fat Amy flashing her vagina to President Obama on his birthday in front of a crowd of thousands. Okay, let’s talk about that opening scene in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. You end up dangling in mid-air with a split leotard in a massive concert hall. Is it true that you went to circus school to prepare?Yes! I trained really hard. I had to, because th
Benedict Cumberbatch interview
It’s 7.15 on a Saturday morning, and Benedict Cumberbatch is trying but failing to leave his Hampstead home and jump into a car to the airport. He keeps forgetting stuff, running back in, grabbing more things. ‘I’m useless at getting into a car. I always think of five things I have to have before I leave. It’s like threshold anxiety!’ This early hour is the only part of the day when the 38-year-old has a decent amount of time to talk, and he’s on the phone with me all the way to the check-in desk, talking fast about everything he’s up to.Most recently, he’s been recording the voice of the tiger Shere Khan for Andy Serkis’s new film of ‘The Jungle Book’ and rehearsing his role as Richard III in a series of upcoming Shakespeare plays for the BBC. Today he’s catching a flight to Toronto for the film festival where he will introduce ‘The Imitation Game’, a film in which he plays wartime hero Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped break the Nazi Enigma code and then faced postwar persecution because of his sexuality. If anyone in cinema is on a high right now, it’s the actor once known as ‘that guy in “Sherlock”’.So, here we are, at the crack of dawn on a Saturday, talking shop. Something tells me you’re busy these days. Are you good at juggling so many jobs?I’m chuckling wryly because me getting out the door this morning was like a child who’s never travelled before – having something like a panic attack about not having the right pacifier or teddy. Honestly, it’s not that I’