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Triptych

Triptych is a new trio of short films by Quang Kien Van reflecting on experiences of Lockdown, Quarantine and Isolation that became ubiquitous in 2020 and continues to this day. The film is split into 3 parts as follows:

Part 1:
March 2021, a year on from the “unprecedented”, Part 1 explores the life-force of creativity and the defiance of art-making in the face of crushing crisis.

Part 2:
March 2021, 12 months on from the “new normal”, Part 2 explores notions of freedom and wild rebellion when the body and spirit is subjected to the trauma of sustained forced confinement.

Part 3:
March 2021, when the unprecedented became the surreal, became the mundane; Part 3 explores the search for answers in a wasteland populated with only agonising questions.

*The trio of films have been compiled into one edit for festival submissions only*

  • Quang Kien Van
    Director
  • Suki Mok
    Director
  • Quang Kien Van
    Writer
  • Millie Ansari
    Producer
  • Quang Kien Van
    Executive Producer
  • Sophie Yau-Sylvestre
    Key Cast
  • Jasmine Chiu
    Key Cast
  • Duane Nasis
    Key Cast
  • Michael Phong Le
    Key Cast
  • Sophia Preidel
    Key Cast
  • Nicola Migliorati
    Supporting Cast
  • Ting-Ning Wen
    Supporting Cast
  • Yu-Chien Cheng
    Supporting Cast
  • Lewis Wilkins
    Supporting Cast
  • Laura Lorenzi
    Supporting Cast
  • Yuyu Wang
    Supporting Cast
  • Sarah Golding
    Supporting Cast
  • Rebecca Evans
    Supporting Cast
  • Anna Nguyen
    Supporting Cast
  • Deanna Dzulkifli
    Supporting Cast
  • Quang Kien Van
    Supporting Cast
  • Suki Mok
    Director of Photography
  • Maz Iannone
    Music
  • Erin Guan
    Production Designer
  • Andy Mihov
    1st Assistant Director
  • Indiana Andrews
    Production Manager
  • Bulman Arsehit
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Anita Sidoruk
    Camera Trainee
  • Kristóf Szentgyörgyváry
    Gaffer
  • Ollie Riches
    Gaffer
  • Danny Golds
    Spark
  • Oliver Sanders
    Sound Recordist
  • Suki Mok
    Editor
  • Antonia Diakomopoulou
    VFX
  • Suki Mok
    Poster Design & Stills
  • 33RED Films
    Supported by
  • The Playground
    Supported by
  • Square & Circle Productions
    In Association with
  • New Earth Theatre
    In Association with
  • Arts Council England
    Funded by
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental Dance, Black Comedy, Drama, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Quang Kien Van, Suki Mok

Quang works as a choreographer, movement director and teacher.

His choreographic credits include: Mid-Autumn Dances, Lunar Shadows (QKV Projects); SHAME: a double bill (Bang Bang Bang Group); Lunar Orbits, Lunar Corps (Chinese Arts Space); Tottenham Symphony, Bunny Dance (Royal Court/Beyond the Court); The Sandman (Mountview Academy)

In 2019 he was awarded an MGCFutures Bursary to develop a new stage work entitled Babylon.

Movement direction credits includes: Boots (Bunker Theatre); Forgotten (Yellow Earth Theatre/Moongate Productions); Goats, Pah-la (Royal Court Theatre).

He has lead workshops and courses for organisations such as Mountview Academy, Scottish Dance Theatre and Yellow Earth Theatre.
As a dancer, Quang performed with companies such as Adventures in Motion Pictures, Skanes Danstheater, Peter Schaufuss Ballet, ENO, Cirque du Soleil, Michael Clark Company, Opera North, Salon K Berlin, Scottish Dance Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre amongst others.

https://www.quangkienvan.com

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Suki is a Director of Photography specialising in commercial, documentary and narrative films. His work has been on show at various international film festivals.

Film credits include work for Adidas, Nike, Samsung, RSA, Visa, Canon, EA Sports, Man UTD, Volvic, Gore-tex, Wella, Carphone Warehouse, Mobil 1 and the British Army to name but a few. Photo credits include work for South China Morning Post, Evening Standard, Marie Claire and various national newspapers and clients

He’s also the director at Square + Circle Productions.

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Director Statement

How do you begin to reflect on a health crisis that has impacted billions of people globally in a myriad of different ways? In what way and in what form can you begin to tell these stories? Are we too close to it, too in the midst of it, to even attempt such a thing? I’m certain I’m unable to answer such questions in a manner that is particularly comprehensive - but I feel compelled to step forward and take a plunge anyway.

A primary objective of TRIPTYCH is to showcase East/South East Asian talent working in Britain’s performing arts sector, to challenge the historical and ongoing under-representation of this community, to give voice to our stories and increase our visibility. I sincerely hope that TRIPTYCH will have a legacy of contributing to the push for greater equality of representation and will inspire others to join this important movement. TRIPTYCH has reinforced my commitment to this movement- to normalise the presence of East/South East Asian talent on Britain’s stages, screens and media; and has given me greater confidence and strength moving forward to keep challenging the inequities in my sector, and seek improvement and progress through my artistic output.

Ultimately TRIPTYCH is about the stories it is able to tell- the often under-represented, or more often than not, disregarded stories of the contemporary British East/South East Asian experience. In a period where hate crimes against this community of people is reported to have increased triple-fold in the UK, I felt compelled to make work with and for this community and invite wider audiences to consider our stories and experiences.

- Quang Kien Van