The Bungsu Story’s prologue screened

Cast and production members answer questions during the Q&A session at the media screening. – DANIEL LIM

BY Daniel Lim

HUGE rounds of applause rang through the theatre room at the Grandstand Cinema of Plaza Sutera Biru, Seria on Wednesday night, as Filterworks Productions hosted the screening of the prologue to The Bungsu Story for the media.

The screening is a reboot of the pilot project by the same name which was screened earlier in July last year.

The story revolves around two millennial youths who are facing difficulties in meeting the expectations of their family while juggling the challenges of work, friendships, and their academic and love lives.

Also present during the screening were members of the lead cast, production members from Filterworks Productions and Lailatul Shazana’s Studio (the two co-produced the prologue), as well as other invited guests.

The 37-minute episode – filmed from December 10-19, 2017 – features four central characters played by Safarah Nordin, Adi Nabil, Yan Yan and Nasruddin Azman, as well as a special appearance by Tauffek Ilyas and Tibby Ibrahim.

The Bungsu Story Director Aznniel Yunus brings a young yet mature take on the screenplay written by Bash Harry and a writer team consisting of Zainal Bostaman, Ying Chia and Azeez Danial. Following the prologue screening, a question and answer session was hosted for the attendees.

When asked what challenges the actors faced during the filming, one of the cast members, Safarah Nordin, jokingly replied, “No challenges, only excuses!”

Putting her serious face back on, she said, “During the time of filming, I had to juggle between filming and studying. In the end however, with the support of my family and friends, I was able to finish my filming work without affecting my studies.”

The Bungsu Story’s Executive Producer A’aqiil Ahmad said the film was made possible with the honest hard work and efforts of all parties involved. “We have a big drive to bring this out to the general public, we hope that many locals will watch this production and talk about the filmmaking scene in Brunei and give feedback on how we can improve (for our new films) in the future,” he said.

The Bungsu Story’s prologue made its public premiere at the Grandstand Cinema on September 20. The episode is also available on Progresif’s website for three days beginning September 20. Its next screening will be at White Screen Cinema from September 27.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin