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Where are We Now?

We’ve been rather quiet on the site lately, and you’ve probably been wondering what the crew of the Zakii film has been up to over the last few months.

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Thaipusam: Faith in Action

This Sunday sees Hindu devotees celebrating a key date in the Malaysian calendar. Bringing together people from around the world, Thaipusam is a time of astonishing devotion.

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The Next Steps

We thought we’d give everyone following Edge of Obedience a quick update on what we’re currently working on.

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Journey’s End?

The last leg of our filming is now taking place, under the sunny skies of Los Angeles! Being able to shoot footage here is a great opportunity for us, and should show how Zakii’s work and ideas have truly global importance.

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Thaipusam: Faith in Action

This Sunday sees Hindu devotees celebrating a key date in the Malaysian calendar. Bringing together people from around the world, Thaipusam is a time of astonishing devotion.

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Overview

Hello and welcome to the official website for Ahmad Zakii Anwar: The Lost Master. This exciting new documentary film is being developed by Second Avenue Productions, producer and director Jin-Theng Craven…and you!

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The Power of Symbols

As you’ve seen in articles such as this one, Zakii’s work covers a wide range of subject matter. What’s perhaps more striking is how Zakii’s work engages with religion and faith. He is both overt and subtle. That’s part of his craft – he has a knack for creating a visual and emotional tension that elevates his paintings and drawings beyond mere verisimilitude. We’re …

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The Art: The Jeju Island Series

Zakii’s body of work isn’t just technically accomplished: it’s incredibly diverse as well. We’re going to take a look today at his Jeju Island series of pictures, and think about what they might mean for Zakii’s work as a whole. Right from the off, there’s something incredibly surreal about his work, and just a little unsettling. The crustacean in the …

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Behind the Scenes: Inside Zakii’s Studio

A documentary is useful for giving people a valuable insight into a person or issue, a peek behind the scenes of how it works or what they do. We like to think our recent article on great documentary films, focussed on individual artists, demonstrated that… and in a similiar spirit we’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes …

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The Artist’s Journey: Great Art Documentary Films

Documentaries are a wonderful opportunity to get inside the heads of people: their journeys, their trials and their tribulations. We’ve gathered a selection of documentaries that have grabbed our attention: some we’ve seen, some we’re looking to check out. Each one takes us on exciting and unusual journey through the artistic process of their stars.

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The Art: Meditations

So you know the subject of our documentary, Zakii, is soon landing in London. He’s an invited panelist for a timely discussion organised under #LSELitFest and through Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC).

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Journey’s End?

The last leg of our filming is now taking place, under the sunny skies of Los Angeles! Being able to shoot footage here is a great opportunity for us, and should show how Zakii’s work and ideas have truly global importance.

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Overview

Hello and welcome to the official website for Ahmad Zakii Anwar: The Lost Master. This exciting new documentary film is being developed by Second Avenue Productions, producer and director Jin-Theng Craven…and you!

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About the Film

In the tradition of past work like Being and Becoming Chua Ek Kay, Second Avenue Productions’ latest work aims to open the door to an artist – and an artistry – that never fails to amaze. Ahmad Zakii Anwar: The Lost Master is a documentary film that examines the life and work of one of Malaysia’s greatest living artists.

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The Artist’s Journey: Great Art Documentary Films

Documentaries are a wonderful opportunity to get inside the heads of people: their journeys, their trials and their tribulations. We’ve gathered a selection of documentaries that have grabbed our attention: some we’ve seen, some we’re looking to check out. Each one takes us on exciting and unusual journey through the artistic process of their stars.

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Behind the Scenes: Making a Documentary Film

Documentary films have arguably gained a new prominence in our cultural consciousness, with hard-hitting documentaries like Blackfish and now The Jinx being widely discussed. While some of you are already familiar with filmmaking, we thought it might be useful to share our own film-making journey from the perspective of the indie film-maker…and as help for those unfamiliar with how it works.

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New Year’s Recap

A very happy new year from the Lost Master team! We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome back all of you who’ve been following our project, and give a quick recap of events to people just looking at the website for the first time. So far on this site…. We’ve shared a number of interviews with the crew members including the …

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Art in Action

Lately we’ve been talking amongst ourselves about how we want to convey the film’s overarching themes to you, particularly when there are some aspects we haven’t really talked about.

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Introductions: Zainah and Eddin

Whilst watching the trailer for The Lost Master, you may be wondering about the identities of some of the people appearing in it. We’d like to take the opportunity to shed some light on who they are. This woman is none other than Zainah Anwar, Zakii’s sister and a prominent activist in Malaysia. She is the co-founder and former director of Sisters …

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Behind the Scenes: Visiting Johor Bahru

The city of Johor Bahru is a complex place positioned as something of a retreat from urban life. It’s the capital city of Johor in Southern Malaysia with a population of about 500,000, has recently undergone a rather radical transformation and is home to a range of temples, art galleries…as well as crime and petty theft. It’s also home to Zakii, …

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Where are We Now?

We’ve been rather quiet on the site lately, and you’ve probably been wondering what the crew of the Zakii film has been up to over the last few months.

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Overview

Hello and welcome to the official website for Ahmad Zakii Anwar: The Lost Master. This exciting new documentary film is being developed by Second Avenue Productions, producer and director Jin-Theng Craven…and you!

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Sheffield Doc/Fest: A Quick Recap

We’re back from sunny Sheffield and we’re happy to report we had a thoroughly productive experience! Sheffield Doc/Fest is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers: it’s a chance to see both the art and business of filmmaking, and we learned a lot from our time there.

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Filming in London

Zakii’s LSE talk is far from his first trip to London: we were lucky enough to spend some time with him in London a while back. But we’ll take any opportunity we can to meet with him and we were able to film some wonderful footage whilst out and about. Here’s a quick look at some of the places we visited. …

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MIPDoc Recap

Our journey to MIPDoc was an inspiring and informative event, and one we’re very glad we attended. It gave us a real insight into what some of the biggest names in documentary film-making are doing, and what that means for our project as a whole.

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Going to the Pictures: Jin at MIPDoc

We’re pleased to report that Jin is going to be attending a prestigious documentary film conference this month! Taking place in Cannes on the 11th and 12th of April, MIPDoc is dedicated to factual and documentary programming across a broad spectrum of topics.

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Speaking with Jin: The Backdrop of History

Today’s conversation with Jin looks briefly at Malaysia’s history, and some of the challenges Zakii faced to become an artist. Zakii was born in 1955, and he was raised in an interesting era of Malaysia’s history. Malaysia used to be called Malaya, when it was under British colonial rule. It became independent in 1957 and renamed itself Malaysia in 1963, …

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Zakii in London

We were very fortunate to have Zakii visit the UK this week…and even more fortunate to have him spend some time with us in London! While we’ve obviously filmed a sizeable amount of footage, being able to meet him again in person was a fantastic experience. Here are some pictures from our day out.

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Overview

Hello and welcome to the official website for Ahmad Zakii Anwar: The Lost Master. This exciting new documentary film is being developed by Second Avenue Productions, producer and director Jin-Theng Craven…and you!

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Behind the Scenes: Inside Zakii’s Studio

A documentary is useful for giving people a valuable insight into a person or issue, a peek behind the scenes of how it works or what they do. We like to think our recent article on great documentary films, focussed on individual artists, demonstrated that… and in a similiar spirit we’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes …

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Recap: Zakii at the LSE

Having had the chance to catch our breath, we’d like to take the chance to share our filming experience at the LSE! It was a brilliant event that offered a vital new perspective on the star of our film.

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Filming at the London School of Economics

The Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) presented a successful event “Rebellion and Foundations” at the LSE Literary Festival last weekend. We managed to get great film footage of  Zakii at this event for a segment in our film, and we’ll be putting some teaser clips up here when we’ve settled down a bit after the shoot and got our heads together! For …

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Have Your Say: ASEAN and The Future

With Zakii’s LSE appearance on the 28th of February fast approaching, we want to shed a little light on some of the topics he’ll be covering…and hear your thoughts on the subject as well.

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