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‘#LookAtMe,’ Film Denied Exhibition in Singapore, Lands U.S. Distribution with Buffalo 8 (EXCLUSIVE)

Ken Kwek’s acclaimed Singaporean film “#LookAtMe” has secured North American distribution with Buffalo 8.

The deal is exclusive for the North American territory and non-exclusive for the rest of the world.

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The film is a tragicomedy following the family of a teenage YouTuber who posts an irreverent video lampooning a megachurch pastor in defense of his gay twin brother. He is vilified by society and tried by a criminal justice system that tests his sanity and the bonds of his family.

This is Kwek’s second feature film after “Unlucky Plaza” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. “#LookAtMe” won several awards on the festival circuit including prizes at New York Asian Film Festival, Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Montreal Independent Film Festival, LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival and San Francisco Queer Film Festival.

However, it was unlucky at home. The film was selected at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2022. But it could not be screened as it was denied a classification rating by the country’s film censors on the grounds that it allegedly denigrates a religious community.

The film features a Singaporean and Malaysian cast including lead actor Yao (as the twin brothers), Pam Oei, Janice Koh and Adrian Pang. It is produced by Singapore-based Eko Pictures and Potocol.

The film is available as TVOD rental and purchase on various platforms and on-demand on cable, beginning March 15.

“I’m grateful to my cast, crew and producers for going on this journey with me and delighted that ‘#LookAtMe’ will reach a wider audience,” said Kwek. “The film has had a great festival run and strong reception both in Asia and other parts of the world. I’m pleased it will reach more viewers in North America, and I’m sure the story will resonate with them, too.”

Nikki Stier Justice, head of distribution at Buffalo 8, added: “’#LookAtMe’ is an emotionally charged journey of loyalty, justice and the power of speaking up. It’s an emotionally gripping tale with stellar performances and a poignant exploration of LGBTQ+ rights.”

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