Most of you would know by now that I am heavily promoting the first full length feature film I’ve ever produced, CUAK. It’s playing in selected TGV cinemas since 14 Feb and should go on till sometime in the first week of March. But to be safe, you’d want to catch it before the end of Feb because there is absolutely no guarantee that it’ll play any longer than that.
An interesting thought occurred to me when I was talking to Bahir (my awesome Asst. Producer in the making of CUAK) a week or so ago. Being the more experienced Producer of numerous indie movie projects, he said that it’s hard to be optimistic about producing movies for the general Malaysian public. When you’re considered lucky if even half of your Facebook friends manage to make the time & effort to watch.
So here’s my challenge. At this very moment, I have 1,915 friends on FB. Assuming 20% are overseas and friends who aren’t that close to me. Another 20% are those who never engage with anything I share anyway. And if 10% are people who are not active on FB at all.
That still leaves me at least 800 friends on FB. If at least half of this amount watches CUAK in the cinema, this would help tremendously with the box office collection! It will go further towards proving to the Malaysian market that there is a place and demand for good and ‘different’ Malaysian movie content. We are capable of doing more and we want to do more. But all is for naught if nobody buys tickets and watches it.
The online buzz and support from media & various other personalities / individuals has been extremely positive. So I believe I’m not speaking out of place here when I say, there’s something good to watch with CUAK. But again, all the buzz in the world would be useless if people basically don’t buy tickets.
Are you gonna be part of that 400 pax on my FB list to watch the movie before it ends it’s TGV Cinema run?
Come on now. Be the 400.
Then tell me about it. Like it or not. Share your thoughts with me and the rest of your known circle of friends. I’ll be more grateful than you can know.