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Yamin Tun: thinking about filmmaking

Interview – 2021

Yamin Tun describes the role of the director as “making an overture out of lots of notes and lots of players. It’s collaboration, or nothing, for me.” A Philosophy, Politics and Economics Major from Oxford University, the Burmese-born director didn’t pursue filmmaking until moving to Aotearoa as an adult. As a screenwriter and director, Tun has made a swathe of shorts, including award-winning dramas Wait (2016) and The Dream of the Driver (2016). For ScreenTalk, Tun chats about being "the least knowledgeable person" on-set, how she communicates her vision with collaborators, and "the happy interplay between rigour and imagination".

This video was first uploaded on 30 September 2021, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview by Rosie Howells, Camera by Chris Terpstra, Directed and Edited by Morgan Hopkins
I keep thinking why is this the creative form that I really love, because it's really expensive ... that's one thing I do lament. Because I don't feel like I even chose filmmaking — this is the medium I love.
– Yamin Tun on being a filmmaker, rather than something less costly, like a poet

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