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".
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