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.

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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.