Michelle Chong takes best director nod at Canadian festival

Michelle Chong has won the best director award at the Canadian International Film Festival. Photo: Huat Films
Michelle Chong wrote, directed and starred in Lulu The Movie, which was released in Singapore in November 2016. It raked in S$2.1 million at the box office here. Photo: Huat Films
Actress and director is elated that the award comes from an ‘ang moh country’
Published: 3:30 PM, March 17, 2017
Updated: 5:42 PM, March 17, 2017

SINGAPORE — Michelle Chong has won the best director award for Lulu The Movie at the Canada International Film Festival 2017.

Lulu The Movie, a film about the travails of the popular KTV hostess from China first seen on The Noose, is Chong’s third movie.

“This is my first best director award, and it comes from an ‘ang moh’ country, no less! And I didn’t even have to pay for it! It’s moving to me that the Canadians understand and appreciate the style and humour of the movie. Lulu love Canada! Lulu love Justin Trudeau!” Chong, in the the characteristic style of her flamboyant alter-ego, said in a press statement.

The movie is a project the 39-year-old wrote, directed and starred in. It also featured actor Chen Tianwen, radio DJ Glenn Ong and actor-singer Leon Jay Williams.

It was released in cinemas in Singapore in Nov last year (2016), and made S$2.1 million at the box office.

The festival recognises the best of world cinema from over 90 countries around the world, according to the statement. This year’s entries included short films, documentaries, music videos, animated and experimental films, among others.

Lulu The Movie is the third film that Chong has written, directed and produced. Her debut feature, Already Famous, was Singapore’s entry to the Oscars in 2012, where it was nominated for best foreign film.