Spotlight on Neco Lo
Spotlight on Neco Lo
Neco Lo Che Ying is amongst Hong Kong’s first generation of self-taught independent animators. After winning the Best Animation Award at the Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival (HKISFF) for four consecutive years, Lo was promoted as a long-term member of its jury. He was influenced by many different styles from around the world, including Japanese anime, Disney cartoons, Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer, among others. He also experimented with using a wide variety of media and techniques ranging from traditional cel to clay, salt and sand in his creative expression. Absurdist and dark humour is common in his works, with Night of a Sleepy Writer and The Men Who Shot Snapping Turtles being hailed as instant classics. This world premiere of the first-ever digitally restored versions of Lo’s works features eleven animations, including his early works shot on Super 8 film as well as two short films shot on 16mm and 35mm.
The screening on 9 July will be followed by a post-screening talk with director Neco Lo Che Ying in Cantonese. The talk will be moderated by M+ Curator-at-Large of Hong Kong Film and Media Li Cheuk-to.
About the Director
Neco Lo Che Ying (b. 1960, Hong Kong) started his prolific career in the late 1970s when he began creating animation and short films as an independent artist. He has produced more than thirty works and won numerous accolades. Between 1978 and 1993, he worked as an animator at Radio Television Hong Kong’s TV department and also made animation for commercial films. Since the 1980s, he has engaged in animation criticism and Hong Kong pop culture research, penning commentaries and teaching animation at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His key publications include A Selection of Hong Kong Movie Posters, Frame After Frame, My Quest for A and C, Chinese Animation and Hong Kong Animation Newcomers. Having recently completed the restoration of twelve of his early-career animation works, Lo is preparing to produce a book about the experience.
Image at top: Neco Lo Che Ying. Night of a Sleepy Writer, 1980. Single-channel super 8 film digitally restored and transferred to HD digital video (colour, sound), 6 min. 45 sec.. M+, Hong Kong.