Ring out the old, ring in the new
The Jakarta Post
In the past 12 years of his career, filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo has helmed over 20 films. At the end of this year, his production house Dapur Film released two films — Habibie dan Ainun (Habibie and Ainun) and Cinta Tapi Beda (Love but Different).
“My New Year’s resolution is to produce more film directors and make films in various genres so audiences will not have to watch only one film genre, like horror. My production house provides workshops for directors and actors.
This year, I have proven myself not only as a director but also as a teacher, trusting my students to become film directors. Faozan Rizal [Habibie dan Ainun director] and Hestu Saputra [Cinta Tapi Beda director] recently had their time. Next, I will prepare a number of films and act as a supervisor and director.
My regret this year is that I was reckless in picking my crews. I trusted them so much that I suffered financially in the end. Next year, I hope I can do better.”
Singer-turned-author Dewi “Dee” Lestari delighted her fans with the release of the fourth novel in her Supernova series, Partikel (Particle), which took her eight years to finish. Her other book, Perahu Kertas (Paper Boat), was adapted into film and its soundtrack, which she composed, won the Maya Award.
“My main goal is to release another book in the Supernova series, which is titled Gelombang (Wave). Since I just moved into a new house this December, I think I’ll still be busy settling into the new house until January. It’ll be great if I can start working in February. As usual, I’ll start with research. That usually includes lots of reading material, mapping out details and lots of pondering.
Back in my 20s, having a New Year’s resolution felt important. Now, I simply see that kind of thing as a to-do-list. But, I remember I wanted to take swimming lessons. So, yes, maybe swimming lessons this year. And, yes, I cannot swim — yet. I will get there in time.
I don’t think I have any major regrets. Small ones, perhaps. But they’re too insignificant for me to hold onto. My biggest hope for the year to come is, personally, writing more books. In general, I wish humanity would find better ways to live without torturing this planet.”
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