With Carlos having a difficult choice tonight in siding with national pride (England) or winning the sweeps and getting 200rmb (Italy).
Actor Christopher Loton
Actor Carlos Ottery
Director Robert Douglas & Accountant Jo Jo
Assistant Director Lemon
Line Producer Re Lim
Production Manager Suzanne
Sound Engineer Jeremy
Gee (formerly known as Gary) now known as SANLITUN. We’ve finally decided on a name for our movie and are happy with the name SANLITUN. Sanlitun is the main expat area of Beijing, but at the same time this area remains quite Chinese and could be called the only melting pot in the city, where both cultures blend into one. So, it’s apt for our film.
We’ve gathered together a crew that is perhaps not high on experience but they are certainly high on enthusiasm and that’s what counts … with these people on board I’m sure we’ll have a great adventure in making SANLITUN a reality.
As a part of preparations for their role in the upcoming movie SANLITUN (formerly Gee). Ai Wan and Carlos Ottery, who play ex husband and wife, decided to go out on a date. Ai Wan got to choose their destination first and took Carlos to her glamour world, a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show, as the picture shows – our man Carlos was a bit out of place (bottom picture). He later took Ai Wan to his side of town … bars such as Pure Girl, Bar Mongolia and The Den, no pictures available from that part of the evening. Apparently the experiment was a success and they now feel like a bickering ex married couple.
Chinese actress and celebrity Ai Wan will act the lead female role in our feature film Gee. She will play the part of the lead characters ex-wife. Ai Wan has acted in movies such as Rush Hour, Sophie’s Revenge and City of Industry. She is an award winning producer of documentary Yasukuni. Filming is scheduled to start this month.
One of our proudest trivial facts is that we’ve managed to shoot everything so far in about a 500m radius of my home, which is the ultimate in lazy film making but very convenient. As it happens my home was in Sanlitun the “downtown” of the expats and probably the only place in Beijing that you could call a melting pot of cultures. We didn’t really set out to shoot a Sanlitun movie, but since the film deals a lot with the expat experience in Beijing, the Sanlitun area does make sense as a location, even though it came through sheer laziness. We’ve quickly caught on to this fact and are now setting ourselves up to be what Woody Allen was for Manhattan or what Francis Ford Coppola was for the Mafia (sort of). But since I’ve moved homes to the Tuanjie Hu area I’ve also moved the production. We’re now expanding and making a Tuanjie Hu movie, if I keep moving house we might even end with a Beijing movie. Being in Tuanjie Hu doesn’t really affect the 500m radius rule so much as it really only adds about 200m to it … Tuanjie Hu is right next door to Sanlitun. So, it’s still a Sanlitun movie so too speak. Our toughest shooting day was obviously the morning we went to Tiananmen Square, far out of our comfort zone and a full 12 minutes by subway, but we make sacrifices for arts sake. We have planned to shoot on The Great Wall … I’m hoping I can just make it coincide with the next time I get some visitors from abroad, because that’s a full 45 minutes drive from where we’re trying to shoot this film.