Director Zahim Albakri, as the drug-addicted son Zak in a still from Spilt Gravy on Rice. The film was initially refused a screening by Malaysia’s censors, but is now on Netflix; an edited version went on to win seven awards. Photo: ZSA Productions
Director Zahim Albakri, as the drug-addicted son Zak in a still from Spilt Gravy on Rice. The film was initially refused a screening by Malaysia’s censors, but is now on Netflix; an edited version went on to win seven awards. Photo: ZSA Productions

‘It’s a major relief’: director of Malaysian comedy Spilt Gravy on Rice on its Netflix debut, and the conclusion of his long battle with censors

  • Film adaptation of a Malaysian play tackles homosexuality, sex and drugs, and was rejected by censors. A revised version eventually won screening approval
  • The latter hit Malaysian cinemas, and won big at the national film awards, this year; an uncensored version is on Netflix. Its director reflects on his struggle

Director Zahim Albakri, as the drug-addicted son Zak in a still from Spilt Gravy on Rice. The film was initially refused a screening by Malaysia’s censors, but is now on Netflix; an edited version went on to win seven awards. Photo: ZSA Productions
Director Zahim Albakri, as the drug-addicted son Zak in a still from Spilt Gravy on Rice. The film was initially refused a screening by Malaysia’s censors, but is now on Netflix; an edited version went on to win seven awards. Photo: ZSA Productions
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