Influenced by the American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman – considered by many as “the most sophisticated intelligence” in the documentary genre – Tammy Cheung employs an observational approach characteristic of Wiseman’s Direct Cinema style. To the viewer, her “fly-on-the-wall” approach renders the filmmaker almost invisible. In reality, Tammy is a deeply engaging story-teller who enjoys relating her tales and experiences, fueled by a passion to expose the underbelly of crumbling social structures and share the plight of those affected by a corrupt system. Like the fascinating subjects she captures on camera, Tammy has her own stories to tell, and as a Canadian who chooses to live in Hong Kong because of her work, her perspective is unique.
Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Tammy Cheung studied Sociology in Hong Kong and Cinema at Concordia University in Canada. Her works include: “Secondary School” (2002), “Moving” (2003), and “July” (2003) – all of which provide an incisive look on the current socio-political structure of Hong Kong. Tammy and her partner and cinema- tographer Augustine Lam founded Reality Film Production (Hong Kong) in 2002, a pro- duction company that produces and distributes social documentaries. It is a sister company of Reality Film Production (Canada).
Moderated by Karen Tisch
Karen Tisch is a Toronto-based film programmer and arts consultant. She has served as Media Arts Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, Programming Director for the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Managing Director of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where she continues to serve as International Programmer. Tisch is a past President of A Space Gallery and the current Vice President of the Toronto Arts Council. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the National Ballet School of Canada.