Domestic Groove: RICHARD OH

RICHARD OH
Writer, Filmmaker, Bibliophile

What music are you into at the moment?
All this month, three songs seem to take possession of me: James Morrison’s “In My Dreams” and Jason Mraz’s “The World As I See It” and “I Won’t Give Up”.

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story behind it?
You got me there. This is 4am in the morning. Ask me again when my eyes will help my mind.

What is your all-time favorite album? Why?
Love Smashing Pumpkins’ double-disc album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Love “1979”.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
Too many to want to remember.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
To be the dib ink of a dot.

What book are you reading now and what’s the score (1-10)?
António Lobo Antunes’ What Can I Do When Everything’s On Fire?
10 is way too minor.

What new movie should people see? Why?
Description Without Place. Simple. It’s my new film.

What song do you choose to start your weekend?
I’ll start with Joe Strummer’s “Mondo Bongo”.

And song you choose to end your weekend?
Hopefully, by end of the weekend, I’ll be lucky enough to start whistling my own tune.

After a five-year hiatus from film-making, Richard finally finished a new film, Description Without Place. It’s set in Bali with Happy Salma, Sausan, JRX SID and Hamish Daud in the leading roles. Currently, as Richard said, the film is finding its fate, in various international film festivals. He hopes it’ll be selected in quite a few.
Also he has recently launched The Reading Room, a book lounge with a screening room, in Kemang. “So my plate is quite full for the time being,” he stated.

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*This interview was firstly published on The Beat (Jakarta) #63, April 30-May 13, 2012

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