Singapore, France major winners at Golden Horse
Ilo Ilo wins best film, Grandmaster most awards
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Cold War freezes out rivals at HK Awards
Police action drama dominates proceedings
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Emperor makes leap into exhibition
Partnership with UA targets mainland China market
Bullet, War lead HK Awards nominations
Close race for top titles
Avengers tops 2012 Singapore BO chart
CZ12 becomes top Asian film of all time
Grandmaster has masterful BO debut
Lost in Thailand closes in on $200m
China BO exceeds RMB17 billion
Local production surges
China loses ground as BO surges
Local films' market share slips below 50%
Hollywood holds Hong Kong holidays
Three day box office up 4.63% on 2011 numbers
Chan's CZ12 reclaims BO
Chinese weekend very strong
Huayi thinks big
Seven forthcoming titles to be released in IMAX format
Asia to have subtle market influence
Economic trends flow in region's favour; yet to be reflected in market
Anticipated films lock China dates
Inseparable and Seediq Bale in May; Wong Kar-wai's Grandmaster in December
Huayi has high hopes for hefty slate
Production lineup includes prequels, 'greater China' talent
Chan shoots Mei Mei
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 05 August 2010, 17:00 PM (HKT)
Shooting has begun on Mei Mei, a film by Pauline Chan about a 16 year old Chinese orphan who travels to Australia, only to find that her sponsor is in prison convicted of manslaughter.
Guy Pearce stars as the convict, China's Zhu Lin the girl.
The film is only the second to made as an official co-production using the bilateral Australia-China co-production treaty. Mei Mei means "younger sister" in Chinese.
The film is currently being shot in and around Sydney in locations including Long Bay Correctional facility, Yasmah Juvenile Detention Centre, Gladesville Hospital, North Head Artillery Base, Ryde Hospital, South Sydney Hospital and the Conservatorium of Music.
Production will relocate to China and the producers are in talks to conduct at least part of the post-production at a major studio in China.
Producers are Penny Carl-Nelson, Chan and Lesley Stevens through Portal Films as well as Lui Zhijiang.
The film receives A$200,000 ($183,000) from New South Wales government under its August 2010 funding round.
Chan, who relocated from Hong Kong to Australia in the 1980s, was consultant on the first Chinese-Australian co-production Last Dragon and producer on Ultraviolet.
Pearce was this week announced as joining the cast of Luc Besson and EuropaCorp's 3-D thriller Lock Out, opposite Taken star Maggie Grace. The action again takes place in a prison – this time one that is 50 miles above the earth.