Rock solid in film

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 September, 2006, 12:00am

Some people do it with the hope of becoming a revered auteur, others have an eye on fame and fortune.

But Kubert Leung Yiu-pak's decision to enrol in film school 12 years ago stemmed from something far gloomier: a yearning to leave behind a failed career with the band Life Exhibition.

'I was at the end of my contract and it wasn't really going well,' says Leung.

Dismayed, he went to New York and spent six years at the College of Staten Island, immersing himself in film theory and criticism. Ironically, his luck changed when he returned to Hong Kong in 1999, with his work on records by Candy Lo Hau-yam raising his profile in the local music industry.

That change in fortune explains why he has only managed to make use of his studies now.

His film debut, Wonderful Times, is an hour-long surreal piece about despairing protagonists clinging to memories of better days.

Starring Lo (below, right, with Leung), singer-guitarist Paul Wong Koon-chung and former Blue Jeans rocker Sin Lap-man, it will screen as part of the forthcoming Hong Kong Asian Film Festival's Local Power series.

'My storytelling skills are not as good as my visual sense,' he says. 'But, then again, this is not some epic drama ... so I'm not worried about that.'