Private Project

Life Without Electric

A heartwarming Chinese family experience a power cut enabling the father to reminisce on his experiences growing up without Electricity

  • Emily Ng
    Jealousy (Short), Life Without Electric (Short)
  • Jay Notley
    Hunter becomes Hunted (Short), Fears (Short), Clean (Short), Loose Bricks (Short), Jealousy (Short)
  • Emily Ng (Co-Director)
    As above
  • Emily Ng
  • Gang Chi
    Key Cast
  • Angie Lieu
    Key Cast
  • Sky Hui
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Family, Drama, Chinese
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Jay Notley, Emily Ng (Co-Director)

This is the 2nd Short film I have written. Asian cast are under-represented and it was important for me; not to only have a full Cast of Chinese actors but also for others to understand our culture. The millennials nowadays are fixated in technology and often take things for granted but this back tracks of how one Chinese family go through their day to day lives with what they can afford and appreciating what matters the most ie Family

(Emily Ng - Co-Director, Producer and Writer)

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Director Statement

"It was important to make this particular film and tell the story as it will give the audience a real eye opener that things were never easy and although they may have some tough days, their elders have had tougher lives growing up" (Emily Ng, Writer)

Back in the day, Chinese families would live a very traditional lifestyle with minimal supplies. The work that was available was paid low; living with basic rations, utensils and facilities. They made use of nature, fitness and balance through Tai Chi without the need to rely on technology as it wasn’t accessible.
As technology improves and becomes a necessity in everyone’s lives, it has become the new norm, and therefore those raised in the millennial years are surrounded; whether its by Laptops, TV’s, Phones, the list goes on and don’t realise that this is through hardship and dedication from their Parents, Grandparents, Great Grandparents etc.
The message we are trying to bring across is to appreciate their elders, family and where they come from. The world is changing for the better, more resources are available for education, more jobs are available which means higher paid wages; and homes are in better condition.

(Jay Notley, DOP/Director and Emily Ng, Co-Director/Producer/Writer)