Singing in Graveyards
by Bradley Liew
Malaysia / The Philippines 2016, 141 min.
Can an impersonator find his own voice?
At 68, Pepe has dedicated his life to impersonating rock star Joey Smith, a Filipino legend. Straddling the line between reality and imagination while sinking deeper into old age, he must undertake a journey of self-discovery to free himself from the shadow of his hero, and become his own man. Only then can he be free to write the song of his career.
NETPAC Award (ex-aequo) - Kolkata IFF 2016
Best Film - Malaysia IFF 2017
World Premiere: Venice International Film Critics‘ Week 2016
Asian Premiere: Busan IFF 2016
Philippine Premiere: QCinema IFF 2016
Latin American Premiere: Sao Paulo IFF 2016
North American Premiere: Hawaii IFF 2016
Belarus Premiere: Minsk IFF 2016
Greek Premiere: Thessaloniki IFF 2016
Indian Premiere: Kolkata IFF 2016
Singapore IFF 2016
French Premiere: Entrevues Belfort IFF 2016
Indonesian Premiere: Jogja-NETPAC Asian FF 2016
UK Premiere: Glasgow FF 2017
Malaysia IFF 2017
Osaka Asian FF 2017
Cambodia IFF 2017
Vilnius IFF 2017
Fribourg IFF 2017
Soundscreen FF 2017
Bangkok ASEAN FF 2017
Shanghai IFF 2017
Taipei FF 2017
IFF Pacific Meridian 2017
Ground Up Film Society- New Cinema Collective 2021
TOKYO FILMeX 2023
Cast & Crew
Pepe Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Lav Diaz, Susan Africa, Bernardo Bernardo, Ely Buendia
Production: Epicmedia Productions Inc.
Bradley Liew Choong Khuen is a 26 year old Malaysian filmmaker who works as a Director, Cinematographer and Producer in both Malaysia and the Philippines. In 2012, he was accepted into the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival where he won the Lumos Award for Outstanding Performance from celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. He is also an alumnus of the NAFF Fantastic Film School, Berlinale Talents and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Bradley's short films have been to and competed in numerous festivals such as Short Shorts Tokyo, Busan IFF, Singapore IFF and Friboug IFF.
In 2016 his first feature film, a Malaysian-Philippine coproduction entitled Singing in Graveyards, was the recipient of Visions Sud Est Production Support Fund and the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Lab's Most Promising Project Award.