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Khai: "Soalan apa nie Debbie?"
WAMM: Thank God for the break from American accents--a breath of fresh air. Where did you get your English twang from? Can you speak proper Manglish if you wanted to?

Khai: Haha! I don't really know if I have an English twang, it jumps from one to the other depending on who I talk to. When I first grew up in England between 1 and 6 I've been told I had a really strong English accent, but then I came back to Malaysia and it turned to more of a TV-American accent. Then when I went back to England when I was 12 I used to get bullied for having an American accent. By the time I came back to Malaysia when I was 21, it just keeps jumping between one or the other. There was once I got to talking with a Scottish guy and he thought I was from Glasgow, which was weird. Sometimes the Manglish comes out but like I said, it depends on who I'm talking to. I remember once I was sat in a booth in a bar and the guy on my right spoke with a strong cockney accent and the guy on my left was from the States whilst the guy in front of me was local and whenever I turned from one person to the other my accent would switch.

Then my brain decided this was too much to compute and I switched to another booth.

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Debbie promises to ask juicier questions the next time she gets a chance. But you can ask him yourself at the showcase on Thursday, 5th May 2011, The Actors Studio. If you're shy, you should tweet it with the hashtag #askkhai. 
 
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WAMM: 5 years after, how do you feel about Ciplak?

KHAI: Oh, man... it's weird. I love the movie to this day, but it's weird watching it from 5 years later for a whole bunch of reasons. I look at how cheaply it's shot, especially considering how much consumer cameras and digital technology has evolved between now and then. It's weird looking at myself from 5 years ago. A lot's changed within those 5 years, a helluva lot. But at the same time, it's like watching a home movie (which a bunch of people would probably argue it's always looked like anyway). The flick is peppered with a whole bunch of my friends, some of them I don't see much anymore, some of them I've simply lost ties with. And it's also very nostalgic. The house that's in the movie no longer looks like that, it's completely renovated. And there's one scene where you can see this big, fluffy white cat in the background - that was Mommy Cat, my favorite cat who passed away last year from old age. It's things like that - little moments of nostalgia.

And sometimes I look at it and think to myself - "I got this cheap lookin' flick released in the cinemas. How lucky was I!?"

 
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Khairil M. Bahar
WAMM: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
KHAI: On the filmmaking side I do everything from directing to writing to sound to the camera to editing, anything really. It's a tough industry so I try and make myself available for more than one role so that I can get hired for more things. 

I also act, did a few bit parts in some TV shows and last year decided to jump back into theater, something I hadn't done since 2001 when I was still in England. 

I also have my blues rock band, Rollin' Sixers, and I sometimes write and record some of my own solo music. A lot of people have often asked why I don't just pick one thing and concentrate on that but the truth is I enjoy all of it - the filmmaking, the acting, the music - all of it. Although whenever I'm asked if I could only pick one I always choose writing - everything I do, it all comes down to telling stories.

If there was ever a downside to all this (apart from the lack of financial security) is that when all your hobbies are your job you start running out of hobbies, stuff you just do for fun. Right now it's photography but last year I got hired for a shoot or two and did a photography exhibition so we'll see how long that lasts. I'd rather keep that as something fun to do.

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Debbie thought Ciplak was funny, and found Khai an affable and fun person. She will be at the Part II of the Khairil M. Bahar Showcase next Thursday, 5th May 2011, Actors Studio Lot 10. More ke-po's about Khai in a bit.
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Looking for a place to showcase your written work?
EMP conducts a biweekly script/poetry/prose reading session where anyone can participate, regardless of skill level or experience. A suitable place to test out your writing and to throw ideas around.

Venue: the function room @ Araville Condominium, Jln Kapas, Bangsar
Time: 8pm
Admission: Free

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151179498280913

 
KLPAC's Open Day was awesome today. Personally, I was there from 11am and stayed till 4-ish. There was so much going on, I couldn't get a handle on everything. I just wandered around and soaked in the positive theatre atmosphere.

Our screening was very well received with the INDICINE filled up to kick off our session at 1pm-3pm and the room remained filled up throughout with people coming in and out throughout. Some people stayed from the beginning and at the very end, approached me to ask if they could purchase some of the short films I screened!

I'd like to thank all the filmmakers who let me screen their films everywhere I go and also to the peeps who attended the screening. You lot rock!
 
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WAMM will be there screening some of our favourite short films we have in our collection in the INDICINE between 1pm - 3 pm. Entrance if FOC. So come on by!
  1. LUCKY SHOT by Khairil M.Bahar (10 mins)
  2. 2 Guys, 2 Girls & A Beat Up Car by Mien.ly (10 mins)
  3. Baby The Rain Will Fall by Adrian Loh (20 mins)
  4. INVIGILATOR by Manesh Nesaratnam (12 mins)
  5. UNSECURED LOAN 1 by Juliane Block (10 mins)
  6. UNSECURED LOAN 2 by Juliane Block (17 mins)
  7. MOVING ON by Michael Chen     (22mins)
  8. The Aquarium by Michael Chen  (20 mins)
  9. TEDDY & I by Zahir Omar         (12mins 27secs)
  10. 7 Squared by Law Gwo Yunn         (9mins 42secs)
  11. WOLF by Anrie Too        (7 Mins)

If you've got a short film you wish to get screened. Come on down and look for this guy: Michael Chen aka me. I will also be singing at the Acoustic Lawn fr 11am-11.30am. So you can catch me with your short film in DVD there!
 
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Event: 破.像CRUSH! IT: New Era College Student Video Screening & Exhibition
Start Time: 30 July at 20:00
End Time: 01 August at 20:00
Where: The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe

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Graduate Student Video Screening & Exhibition

Fri 30 Jul to Sun 1 Aug | 8pm

Presented by New Era College Drama & Visuals Department

Admission Free

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