Hong Khaou


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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Nick Hitchcock

Film, TV & Theatre

Named one of Screen Daily's STARS OF TOMORROW for 2013, writer-director Hong Khaou spent seven years at independent film distribution company Peccadillo Pictures, where he managed the Home Entertainment department and was part of the acquisitions team.

Making the move into filmmaking, Hong wrote and directed two short films, Spring (2011) and Summer (2006), which were selected for the Sundance and Berlin international film festivals respectively. His debut feature film, LILTING, starred Ben Whishaw as Londoner Richard, and Cheng Pei Pei as the Cambodian-Chinese mother of Richard’s recently deceased boyfriend. The film, which was produced under Film London’s Microwave Scheme, had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic Competition, was sold in over 12 territories internationally, and was released theatrically in the UK through Artificial Eye.

In 2014, Hong was named as one of BAFTA LA's Brits to Watch, along with garnering a Best Debut Director nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. He also received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for his new feature project IT'S MONSOON, which he is now actively developing with producer Tracy O'Riordan and the BFI. In 2015, Hong was also BAFTA-nominated for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer, and he is currently attached to direct Mark O'Halloran's new feature film TRADE.

In Development




Roads Entertainment/IFB

- Attached to direct this feature written by Mark O'Halloran



Tracy O'Riordan/BFI

- Original feature
- Awarded the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to develop



Film London Microwave, produced by Dominic Buchanan, in partnership with BBC Films and supported by Skillset and the BFI

- Sundance Film Festival 2014. Opened the World Dramatic Competition
- Outfest LA 2014: International Dramatic Feature Special Recognition
- Nominated for 3 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Debut Director
- An affecting drama about a Chinese mother living in the UK who has to cope with the sudden loss of her son, her only link to the world around her. Faced with solitude, she edges closer to his lover, played by Ben Whishaw.

Short Films




- Writer/Director
- Sundance 2011
- Berlinale 2011



- Writer/Director
- Berlinale 2007