Park Hoon-jung, writer-director of NEW WORLD to give writing workshops at NFTS and London Film Academy
To open its new cycle of cinema, this year dedicated to the professionals of the Korean film industry, the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK), has screened several films that received the contribution of Park Hoon-jung either as a writer or a director. Tomorrow, Thursday March 27, he will be in London to interact with the audience during a Q&A session following the screening of his latest film, NEW WORLD. But, that’s not all, he will also be giving two workshop sessions at the two most prestigious film schools of Greater London: the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and the London Film Academy (LFA).
He will firstly go to the NFTS from 11am to 12.30pm on Thursday March 27 to to talk about his emergence as a screenwriter and recent work as a director in the ever-growing Korean film industry. Then he will be attending a panel discussion at the LFA on Friday March 28 from 4pm to 6pm to explore his writing process with LFA Screenwriting Diploma graduate Jake Rowlands (now Development Executive at Elstree Studio Productions) and writer & script editor Kira-Anne Pelican (founder of Filmscribe). He will then be at the KCCUK where NEW WORLD starts screening at 7pm.
Park Hoon-jung has been chosen as a representative of the first of four main steps of the creative process: Screenwriting. Later this year, the KCCUK will be focusing on the other steps: Cinematography, Film Music and Production Design. Each step will start with the screening of 4-6 films on which a specific film professional contributed and culminate with workshops and a masterclass.
In the case of Park Hoon-jung, he has risen quickly to be one of the most promising writer-director in the Korean film industry for his unique take on the crime thriller genre, drawing on inspirations from the Hong-Kong era of films noirs and the Godfather trilogy which he claims having watched over a hundred times. Counting the big three Korean directors (Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon) as clear influences, he even managed to get his first feature script directed by Kim Jee-woon himself. I Saw the Devil immediately received international attention and brought him under the spotlight.
NEW WORLD is his second feature film as a director and first attempt with the gangster genre. It performed very well at the Korean box office and received mostly positive review in the industry press.
Feel free to have a look and check the KCCUK website (www.kccuk.org.uk) to learn more about the event.