From the Writings of Abdul Zainidi, Bruneian born French filmmaker; in response to a series of question from Brunei Buzz.
1) How is BIP going on now? What's the update? Any new stuff coming in about the show?
2) So what's the concept behind BIP A DAY? And what's the feedback from it?
3) Talking about your short film Teluki which has premiered in Cannes, how did it went? And what did critic said about it?
4) Give us your thoughts on this year’s canned film festival? Highlights and moments to remember in your personal opinion?
5) what's the word on your future project and what's in store for your Brurealism Pictures in the coming months?
Hello Brunei from France,
Well project a 'little BIP a day' came as a response to my web series and my country and how I wanted to push it out there to the European public. While being fortunate to live in Paris I've filtered a lot of national pride into my work under my production company Brurealism Pictures.
One day I decided to take the poster for my web series where BIP is depicted on the top of the Eiffel Tower ,and put it in the hands of strangers alongside our Bruneian flag.
This I decided to do each day of Ramadan to give myself an objective to make Brunei in Paris a bit more known while at the same time promoting Brunei. And also displaying to Brunei people the diverse people that inhabit and visit Paris. I call them my 'bip'tims and each day I've changed for the duration of Ramadhan. I do believe managed to make a slight difference in installing 'Brunei' into the minds of some people. It's a small change and it goes a little bit a day. The Brunei in Paris Facebook page was also created to showcase each 'bip'tim as they appeared each day. Don't forget to like :)
'bip'tims include Bruneian singer Feez Madea, Jacques Sirgent owner of the Paris vampire museum.
TELUKI was represented into Cannes this year as the only Bruneian short film ever from Brunei. Response despite the modest budget of the film was generally positive. feedback was varied and praise for the unique and surreal storyline about children in Tutong being kidnapped and lured into the 'Bukit Udal' jungle was good. It was eerie and very fairytalesque and one critic said it reminded him of 'A dark Pied Piper tale that lured children with his flute but in a Bruneian setting'. That was the objective I had gone for. It will be screened in Paris and as well as London shortly.
Brurealism pictures with Faisal Osman are currently finishing more Brunei In Paris episodes and I've just shot the very last episode of Brunei In Paris and I guarantee it will be dark and it is entitled 'BIP's last Halloween' which I feel deserves to be made into a short film rather than an episode to appropriately close and finally say goodbye to BIP. it will be a spooky and sad departure for my Brunei in Paris. But all good things must come to and end.
My other short films in the works include a French English short story I wrote and directed inspired and it will be the first ever adapted work from science fiction writer Clark Ashton Smith's poem. It will be a short psychological horror .called 'Mond Wasser'.It is a based on a Bruneian ghost story I heard about in Kiulap that I turned into a French story about an abandoned flat and a couple moving into it. and a short film about possession of Brunei spirits in European bodies called ' Pont Berbeza'.It is a small metaphor about how we adopt western cultures and the west adopt ours but through the supernatural.
Abdul Zainidi's works are still progressively comic together and a play is also previewed to be set up with Anwar Hj Rosly as one of the leads. It will be a play that Abdul will write himself and mixed in with a another play by a known playwright to be announced. Much similar to the formal of Abdul's play in February The BOOR/LANGSAT.