Liver & Lung Screens their Award-Winning Short Film, Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales).
To celebrate the new year, Liver & Lung, the British-Malaysian theatre company behind Sepet The Musical, is releasing their award-winning short ﬁlm, Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales).
Viewers can purchase tickets to virtual screenings of the ﬁlm which will be held from the 8th to the 10th of January at 8PM (MYT). It will broadcast online on the Peatix Live plaMorm.
Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales) is a musical short film that depicts the legend of Mahsuri, a Malaysian tale of a beautiful woman wrongly accused of adultery. This ﬁlm’s soundtrack blends South and South East Asian sounds with contemporary musical theatre elements to reimagine the legend, documenting Mahsuri’s arrival in Langkawi, her romance with the warrior Wan Derus and her untimely death at the hands of her evil mother-in-law, Mahura.
The ﬁlm screening adds on to the launch of its soundtrack earlier this month, which was met with critical acclaim and commercial success.
Directed and composed by Liver & Lung co-founder, Shafeeq Shajahan, the ﬁlm is a recent ﬁnalist at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo. The ﬁlm features rising stars Badrika Baluch (as Mahsuri), Joshua Gui (as Wan Derus), Nabilah Hamid (as Mahura) and Nave VJ (as Deraman).
“I developed the concept for Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales) in 2017 as a stage musical. It was hugely successful and won Liver & Lung our ﬁrst BOH Cameronian Award. The ﬁlm adaptation has been gestating in my mind for a while so I’m so happy that we are ﬁnally releasing it to the world,” said Shafeeq Shajahan.
“I’ve always believed in the importance of remembering our roots. The Malaysian identity is diverse and colourful and as a ﬁlm and theatre-maker, I feel a responsibility to keep reintroducing Malaysian stories to new audiences in contemporary & exciting ways,” Shafeeq added.
The ﬁlm is positioned as a pilot for a multi-episode musical TV series, where each episode of the series would explore a diﬀerent Asian legend.
Liver & Lung is an award-winning, international production company founded by best friends, Shafeeq Shajahan and Hannah Shields. After winning three awards at the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards this year, Liver & Lung is committed to upholding the arts in what has been a diﬃcult year. This release marks the beginning of their venture into ﬁlmmaking.