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NUTS

NUTS

LANGUAGE: English

SYNOPSIS

A writer with a deadline is haunted by sounds coming from her backyard.

AWARDS

Honorable Mention – Interpretations 2.0

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

Inspired by squirrels playing and running around during exercise one morning with my producer James, we thought these sounds were really creepy. The film is also inspired by the ‘cabin fever’ writers like myself suffer when we have to churn out pages but would rather be distracted by everything and anything than do actual writing.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

Leon Cheo is a writer/director whose latest short film “SIN-SFO” won Best Live Action and Best Director at the 2019 National Youth Film Awards in Singapore. The film premiered in-competition at the Academy Award-qualifying 25th Austin Film Festival. His web series “People Like Us” won ‘Best Short TV Drama’ at the 2016 ITVFest (Vermont), ‘Best Web Drama Series’ at the Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards, and ‘Best Supporting Actor – Drama’ at the 2017 Indie Series Awards. The series is distributed on HereTV in the United States, and Gagaoolala in most of Asia. Other highlights include “The Three Sisters” which won ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2012 NETPAC-Jogja Asian Film Festival; “Move Out Notice” which broadcast on the Lifetime (Asia) channel and nominated for Best Script at the Singapore Short Film Awards; “Nuts” which received honourable mention for the YOMYOMF Interpretations 2.0 competition, founded by Justin Lin (“Star Trek: Beyond”). Leon is an alumnus of Outfest InFusion (2016), Berlinale Talents (2014), Asian Film Academy (2013) and Talents Tokyo (2012).

DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY

2019 – People Like Us: S2
2018 – SIN-SFO
2016 – Nuts
2016 – People Like Us: S1
2015 – Move Out Notice
2013 – Departure (Asian Film Academy)
2012 – The Three Sisters
2011 – Triple X
2010 – Swing
2008 – Four Dishes
2007 – Bu Ye Tian (Nightless Day)

CAST

Lydia Look as The Writer

CREDITS

Director: Leon Cheo
Writer: Leon Cheo
Producer: James Ho
Co-Cinematographers: Jon Keng, Todd Sheridan
Original Score: Jerome Chee
Sound Editor: Takuya Katsu
Editor: Leon Cheo, James Ho