OUHK
Academics

Film director nurtures creative arts talents

Amos Why
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Hong Kong Film Awards nominee

‘I appreciate the open-minded attitude of School Dean Prof. Tam Kwok-kan for supporting his colleagues in their participation in other creative work outside of the University. For instance, I was filming an RTHK programme and some of the scenes were shot at the University studios. Students were welcome to sit in and observe and experience on-site filmmaking. I am so pleased to share these opportunities with my students as it is highly beneficial to their learning.’

Amos Why

After he graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Amos Wong (aka Amos Why) taught part-time and worked freelance in various audiovisual production projects including advertising, government commercials, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) shows as well as film productions. In 2014, he joined the OUHK in a full-time teaching post. In the same year, Dot 2 Dot, his screenwriting and directing debut, was presented in Hong Kong. With this film, Amos was later nominated for the Best New Director Award in the Hong Kong Film Awards. ‘This is a new step in my career and my life,’ he says.

While devoted to his teaching work, Amos also appreciates the open-minded attitude of School Dean Prof. Tam Kwok-kan for supporting him and his colleagues in their participation in other creative work outside of the University. ‘I was filming an RTHK programme and some of the scenes were shot at the University studios. Students were welcome to sit in and observe and experience on-site filmmaking. I am so pleased to share these opportunities with my students as it is highly beneficial to their learning,’ he adds. He is also happy about the students’ proactive attitude as he believes that by taking the initiative to ask and learn, they will get chances to participate and exercise their talents. Regarding the future of the industry, he hopes that the government will open up the television market, allowing more production companies to flourish, thus creating more job opportunities and room for creativity.

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