Hong Kong filmmakers make Snowden movie

Updated 29 June 2013
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Hong Kong filmmakers make Snowden movie

HONG KONG: Four Hong Kong friends have beaten Hollywood to the draw by producing the first film on former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden, the makers of the movie said yesterday.
“To be the first one to really do anything about it...it was quite invigorating,” cinematographer and editor Edwin Lee told AFP of the five- minute YouTube video entitled “Verax.”
The film imagines the drama which unfolded in Hong Kong leading up to Snowden’s bombshell interview with British newspaper The Guardian, using local actors and shaky camera work reminiscent of the Bourne movie series.
The Guardian, along with the Washington Post, published information provided by Snowden about vast surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency to gather Internet data and phone logs.
“This is a spy movie that’s developing,” Lee said of the inspiration behind the idea.


Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale 'Milkman'

British author Anna Burns holds her book 'Milkman' during a photocall at the Royal Festival Hall in London on October 14, 2018, ahead of Tuesday's announcement of the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale 'Milkman'

  • This year’s shortlist was made up of writers from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States

LONDON: “Milkman” by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel.
Set in an unnamed city during the bloody “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, the “Milkman” tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl’s affair with an older man.
As winner, the 56-year-old writer, who was born in Belfast, received the award from Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as 50,000 pounds ($65,900).
“None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose,” philosopher and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah, who chaired the prize’s panel of judges, said in a statement.
“It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humor. Set in a society divided against itself, ‘Milkman’ explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.”
Established in 1969, the annual literary prize recognizes the judges choice of “the best original novel written in English and published in the UK.”
This year’s shortlist was made up of writers from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.