A Simple Life wins two gongs at Paris film festival
A Simple Life, directed by Ann Hui On-wah, won two awards at the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, the Audience Award and the Students Award, the latter being judged by a panel of nine students aided by festival president Charlotte Rampling. The feature was up against eight others, selected from more than 100, in the international section. 'I am particularly delighted that A Simple Life won the Audience Award,' Hui said. 'It is thrilling to know that my film went beyond the support of local moviegoers and appealed to French audiences.'
Charles Mok in bid to take Samson Tam's Legco seat
Charles Mok, who lost his bid for the information technology functional constituency in the 2008 Legislative Council election to Samson Tam Wai-ho by just 35 votes, announced yesterday he would make another bid for the seat in September's Legco election. Mok, chairman of independent lobby group The Professional Commons, launched a legal challenge against the 2008 election result but the Court of Final Appeal dismissed the challenge earlier this year. Mok accused Tam of failing to promote progress for the IT sector during his term.
Former councillor accused of fiddling expenses
Former Tuen Mun district councillor Cheung Yuet-lan, 55, will appear in Tuen Mun Court today accused of falsely claiming HK$136,000 in expenses from the council. Cheung, elected by the Yau Oi South constituency, faces two charges of fraud and one of conspiracy to defraud. Another defendant in the case, 73-year-old Lam Lap, a retired unpaid volunteer in Cheung's ward office, earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud and will appear in the same court today for mention.