QUESTION: Favourite indie film?
ANSWER: Everything Before Us
Everything Before Us is the film you’ve probably never heard of, but the film you should have heard of. It is by Wong Fu Productions, a passionate filmmaking team who have grown the bulk of their 2.5 million strong following online. They started by sharing their films via internet downloads, then gradually became more and more popular through their short comedy-romance films ever since YouTube was invented.
One of their main importances is that they aim to give Asian people a greater presence in the film industry, both on and off screen, but their stories are ones that anyone and everyone can relate to. What I personally love about Wong Fu’s films is their aesthetic style. There is a dreamy, uncluttered beauty present in every one of their films. That’s just how Wong Fu do it, and I gotta tell you, it makes them very easy to enjoy.
True to form, Everything Before Us is no less beautiful than a stag stood in the distance on a snow-covered forest floor… but it is a lot more tangible. The basic idea is that this is a world in which everyone gets a, sort of, ‘relationship score sheet’, as a way of organising love and removing the chaos from the relationship minefield. The film follows different people, each at different stages in their relationships, alongside this structured concept.
Relationships are a main aspect of Wong Fu’s films, and sure that’s nothing unique in the film industry, but somehow through their collective eye they are able to give each of their stories a worldly meaning, purpose, and beauty in unexpected ways.
I would highly recommend taking a look at their channel and Everything Before Us (which is actually their first feature film!), especially if you are interested in films and filmmaking, comedy, romance, or even just a real nice bunch of guys and girls. Let me know if you do check them out, and what your favourite film or video is of theirs!
P.S. It’s not Saturday… posts are better late than never right?