At Series Mania with Eric Khoo

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Series Mania 2019 had a better than expected outing this time in Lille, France. Singapore icon, Eric Khoo graced the event to present HBO Asia original, “Folklore”, nominated for the Festival’s International Panorama competition category. Here are some of the highlights with him.

The screening had a great turnout as Eric Khoo introduced the horror anthology, “Folklore” and spoke about the new 8-part anthology, “Foodlore”. In this new HBO Asia Original, he works with 7 other very talented directors in the Asia region. One of whom is Don Aravind, director for nominated Viddsee Original, “Drive” in the Short Forms competition category. Eric mentioned, “We like that HBO gives us creative freedom with the series and hence, we’ve agreed to do a second one, but this time taking a break from the horror genre and focusing on something we Asians like, food.”

As “Folklore” starts to gain international recognition, Eric emphasized TV's crucial role in the future and believes working with South East Asia's creative talent will increase the overall quality of TV series. Eric's passion for his craft and eagerness to work with the creative community will truly benefit those learning from his wealth of experience.

Eric Khoo also spoke at the Series Mania Forum’s panel titled, “Behind the Camera: On Directing Series” alongside German director for “Eden", Edward Berger, French director for “Spiral” and “The Tunnel", Gilles Bannier and Russian director, Vladlena Sandu. Eric shared how “Folklore” came to life and the importance for a series to be shot in the local language to maintain its authenticity. As simple as it sounds, the passion Eric and his trusted group of filmmakers have clearly came through with “Folklore”, leaving one to wonder what’s in store for the upcoming “Foodlore”.

Image sources: All original photos taken by Soundboard Asia.

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