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Fergana Art â€“ Fellowships
Hassan Abdul Muthalib
Hassan Abdul Muthalib started his career as graphics designer and went on to write and direct public service filmlets, animation shorts, and Malaysia's first animation feature film.
has won awards for his
first live action filmlet for an anti-drug campaign, best visual effects for a feature film, and best documentary jury award for his
authored Malaysian Cinema in a Bottle: A Century (and a Bit More) of Wayang published in 2013 and also co-written the Malaysian Cinema segment for the book, Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia.
He is a creative writer for the National Theatre and presents critical papers for local and foreign publications.
He sits on various advisory panels for the education and film industry and is also a frequent jury member for film festivals including the 1998 Pyongyang International Film Festival.
He is the former President of the Animation Society of Malaysia.
book on the history of animation in Malaysia will be published this year.
Panelists of Screen Below The Wind Festival
Animator, Designer, Director & Writer
Hassan was born in 1945.
He is a self-taught artist, animator, film director & writer.
He started his career as a Graphics Designer & went on to write & direct public service filmlet, animation shorts, & Malaysia's first animation feature film.
has won awards for his
first live-action filmlet for an Anti-Drug Campaign, Best Visual Effects for a feature film, & a Best Documentary Jury Award for his
has also co-written the Malaysian Cinema segment for the book, Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia.
has presented papers on film & animation in some universities, & overseas.
He is a creative writer for the National Theatre & presents critical papers for local and foreign publications.
He sits on various advisory panels for the education and film industry and is also a frequent jury member for film festivals (including at the 1998 Pyongyang International Film Festival).
conducts workshops & also teaches at some of the top design, animation & film colleges in Malaysia.
He is the President of the Animation Society of Malaysia, and is currently compiling material for writing books on Malaysian animation & cinema.
Program of Screen Below The Wind Festival
Hassan Muthalib (animator, director & writer)
Instead, Hassan Abd Muthalib is ...
Instead, Hassan Abd Muthalib is undisputedly one of the last remaining "walking encyclopaedias" of Malaysian cinema.
He may be in his early 60's but when one engages Hassan in a conversation about his lifelong passion (filem as they call it), the man becomes a child.
"People ask me when Malaysian cinema began," he
says, mischievous eyes sparkling behind horn-rimmed spectacles, "I tell them centuries ago!"
excitedly claims it all began even before the technology was born in the late 1800s.
Prior to the churning of first cameras, Malaysians of yore had the pleasure of viewing legendary epics play out as flickering shadows against a white screen - the timeless wayang kulit.
continues, "And even then, folks would peer behind the screen to see how the magic works!"
is a treasure trove of facts and figures about the art and industry he's
embraced since 1964.
And for any Asian cinema researcher (like myself), he
makes an excellent Square One.
A self-made man, he began his film career as a graphics designer for the Filem Negara Malaysia, a government documentary studio.
From there he
graduated into scripting and directing public service plugs and broke into making animated shorts and docus.
Sang Kancil series established him as one of the forerunners of Malaysian animation.
first documentary The Cane bagged the Jury Award for at the 1989 Jakarta Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
continues to write screenplays as well as inspire a whole new breed of young Malaysian auteurs.
But the man is hard to pin down.
Just the past two months, Hassan
has been circumnavigating the globe - presenting papers in Japan and London, sitting in film panels in India, lecturing in Norway, conducting workshops in Singapore and his
beloved all around Malaysia.
Despite this hectic schedule, Hassan
is generosity personified giving precious time to anyone who cares to listen.
When asked about the present state of Malaysian film he
excitedly comments: "Today, we have three types of filmmakers... First, the ones who work in the mainstream for whom fame and box-office results are most important.
As I prepare to leave this land of vegetarian delights, opulent bookstores and RapidKL's from paradise, I make one wish for Hassan
, Yasmin, Bernard, Brando, the Da Huang directors, Tuck Cheong, Benjamin and the rest of the good guys: "just keep on keepin' on…"
Hassan Abd Muthalib (Malaysia)
HASSAN ABD MUTHALIB (born 1945) is a self-taught artist, designer, animator, film director & writer.
has taught at some of the top animation & film colleges in Malaysia & has also conducted workshops overseas.
He is currently the President of the Animation Society of Malaysia & is compiling material for writing books on Malaysian cinema & animation history.