- Posted July 15, 2014 by
“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” Launched Brisbane Premiere
Award winning documentary “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” launched Brisbane Premiere on 9th July 2014 at Hoyts Cinema in Sunnybank Plaza. The Director of the film Mr. Chi Po-lin and Producer Mrs. Tseng Chiung-Yao both attended the Premiere. Their attendance was broadly welcomed by the government, communities and commercial firms. The red carpet event was organized by World Arts & Multi-Culture Inc. (WAMCI).
The attending VIPs including Director General Ken Lai of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) in Brisbane, Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton; Mark Stewart MP representing Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, IT, Innovation & the Arts; Cr. Kim Marx representing The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr. Graham Quirk, Freya Ostapovitch MP, State Member for Stretton, Anthony Shorten MP, State Member for Algester, Cr. Luke Smith, Councillor for Division 6, Logan City, Director Of Queensland Taiwan Centre Yo Yo Tung; WAMCI Honorary President Melody Chen, WAMCI President Dana Yu; community representatives and commercial sponsors.
“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” (Chinese: 看見台灣) is a 2013 documentary film which documents Taiwan completely in aerial photography, offering a glimpse of Taiwan's natural beauty as well as the effect of human activities and urbanization on our environment.
After the huge flood in 2009, which has flushed few villages and the natural beauty of Taiwan away, due to the over industrial developments, Chi has decided to abandon his public service career 3 years before his retirement and started to make the film to evoke people’s attention on the serious environmental issues that Taiwan is facing.
Aerial photographer-turned-filmmaker Chi Po-lin used to work for Taiwan's National Highway Engineering Bureau. From a public servant to a film director, Chi took a big step by taking a house loan from the bank to cover the enormous cost of film making. Chi’s love of the land of Taiwan has also inspired many industrial firms and as such they have sponsored the film by providing funds towards the making of the film. Chi has thanked all these supporters at the media conference in Brisbane.
The film is directed by aerial photographer Chi Po-Lin and produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, with narration by Wu Nien-jen. The music is composed by Ricky Ho, with three songs written and performed by Nolay Piho (Lin Ching-tai). The film launched on November 1 2013 at 44 theatres in Taiwan, with Chinese and English subtitles. The film broke the Taiwan box office records for the largest opening weekend and the highest total gross of a locally produced documentary. The film was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Original Film Score at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, winning the best documentary category.
“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” Trailer: