Behind the Scenes of Lilting 


The opening film of the 2014 BFI Flare Festival, Lilting tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger, and we observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language.

Through a translator they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realise that while they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.

A touching, intimate film about finding the things which bring us together, Lilting features rousing performances from its leads Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-Pei and has announced director Hong Khaou as a brave new voice in independent British cinema.

See Lilting in cinemas now - visit to book your tickets or watch it on demand!



I hijacked and clipped the Whishaw interview from the BBC “Front Row” program, which is a favorite if only because the interviewer handles the question of sexuality so well. ” It’s only recently that you’ve come out professionally yourself—which makes it sound like you’re professionally gay, which you’re not.” Ben laughs. It’s sweet.

Exclusive clip from Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw

The poignant, beautifully filmed debut feature by Hong Khaou opens in cinemas and on demand in the UK and Ireland on 8 August - visit to find your nearest cinema or watch it on demand!


Exclusive clip from Lilting

A beautifully told story about grief and unexpected friendships, Lilting is now showing in cinemas and on demand across the UK and Ireland. Find your nearest cinema by visiting