Hong Kong Is Not a Place for LoveBad Girls Meet Material BoysI Dreamt I Was an AV Actress Last NightThe Examination

Hong Kong Is Not a Place for Love

3 August 2019 (Saturday) 3:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with co-curator Edward Lam

1997|81 mins|Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Category: I
Please note that the print used for this screening is a digital conversion of a VHS tape. We appreciate your kind understanding if the quality is not up to the usual standard. 

Inspired by a traumatic breakup, Hong Kong Is Not a Place for Love looks at the nature of romantic love and the ways in which romance colours our perceptions of our loved ones and our lived reality.


Bad Girls Meet Material Boys

3 August 2019 (Saturday) 7:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with co-curator Edward Lam

1997|175 mins|Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Category: IIB (Not suitable for young persons and children)
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One of Edward Lam’s pioneering youth theatre works, Bad Girls Meet Material Boys is performed on a minimal set by non-professional teenagers. Written in 1997, the year of Hong Kong’s return to China, it explores the social issues of the time through a process of non-stop questions and games that encourage the audience to identify themselves as part of the group. Over the three-hour performance one desperate question emerges: “What now?”


I Dreamt I Was an AV Actress Last Night

4 August 2019 (Sunday) 3:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with co-curator Edward Lam

1998|133 mins|Mandarin with Chinese subtitles
Category: IIA (Not suitable for children)
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Commissioned as a sequel to Hong Kong Is Not a Place for Love, and premiered in Taiwan, I Dreamt I Was an AV Actress Last Night sparked controversy for its use of adult videos and non-professional actors dressed in the uniforms of some of Taipei’s most prestigious schools.

In the late 1990s, lurid tabloid talk shows around a high-profile abduction and murder case in Taiwan sparked a discussion on the quality and tone of TV and media reporting and the education system. I Dreamt I was an AV Actress Last Night was commissioned as an exploration around this discussion. Departing from the conventions of traditional theatre, the work blurs the boundaries between actors and audience in an improvised participant-led performance where nothing is off-limits.


The Examination

4 August 2019 (Sunday) 7:00pm
Post-screening discussion in Cantonese with co-curator Edward Lam

2000|191 mins|Cantonese with Chinese subtitles
Category: III (Approved for exhibition only to persons who have attained the age of 18 years)
Please note that the print used for this screening is a digital conversion of a VHS tape. We appreciate your kind understanding if the quality is not up to the usual standard. 

Written in 2000, The Examination is a response to educational reforms being put in place at the time to move away from an exam-driven educational system to one that promoted life-long learning. Working with secondary school students, who performed as actors and also took part in playwriting, Edward Lam Dance Theatre compiled exam questions directed to the Education Commission that illustrate the creativity and thoughtfulness of Hong Kong’s youngsters.