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Amanda Nell Eu was a full on Science student when she was a kid. We’re talking straight A’s, Math, Chemistry, etc. You name it, she aced it. But funnily enough, that didn’t stop her from pursuing her artistic dream.
She moved to London when she was 11 years old and basically spent more than half her life there. Being constantly exposed to the Western art scene, she fell in love with the arts and found herself cooped up in the art studio at school painting and taking photos all the time.
Things took a wild turn and Amanda ended up returning to Malaysia as a filmmaker. In fact, her short film Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu was shortlisted for the Orizzonti Short Films Competition at the coveted Venice International Film Festival recently – making her the first Malaysian female director to achieve this feat!
Amanda has always loved film and cinema. But it wasn’t just about watching movies from Hollywood in theatres. In the UK, she was open to many art cinemas and a plethora of films that an average teenager probably wouldn’t choose to watch.
She was so inspired by the films she saw growing up that when she first picked up the camera and learned how they were made, she knew instantly that it was exactly what she wanted to do.
“I’m a completely different person behind the camera compared to what I am on normal days,” she shared with Rojak Daily.
One of the genres Amanda started out enjoying was horror, namely old horror from the 1920s all the way up to the early 90s. Although she was exposed to all sorts of world cinema, art houses and different genres when she studied at London Film School, she somehow came back full circle and revisited her first love for cinema in her latest short film.
Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu tells the story of friendship between two teenage girls. The lead character Rahmah befriends the girl next door and they quickly become best friends. As Rahmah gets to know…