‘Coolie’ Collection Picked up by Suharjono Sisters I.E. Amusement

I.E. Entertainment, the world wide distribution outfit founded and operate by business veterans Indra and Erlina Suharjono, has occur on board to deal with around the globe revenue for Cathay Movie Company’s “Coolie.”

The Television set miniseries is motivated by the minor-identified record of enslaved Chinese ‘coolies’ in Cuba in the 1860s. It begins taking pictures this week in the Dominican Republic and will also involve locations in Panama.

I.E. Enjoyment will introduce “Coolie” to purchasers for the to start with time at the Asia Tv Forum & Sector (ATF), which runs this 7 days in Singapore.

The 8-episode English and Chinese language drama collection is a international production from Meileen Choo’s Singapore-primarily based Cathay Movie Business and attributes a multinational ensemble cast from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cuba and Colombia.

Arvin Chen (“Love in Taipei,” “Mama Boy”) is directing. In-Ah Lee (“Land of A lot,” “Don’t Appear Knockin’” “The Way I Spent the Stop of the World”) is the series’ govt producer. Ed Buhr (“Unhung Hero”) is creating though Choo is creator and showrunner.

In the mid-1800s, when the African slave trade was outlawed all over the Americas, plantation proprietors in Cuba in its place commenced trafficking indentured servants from China and other areas of Asia. These, so-called coolies ended up generally handled as slaves, but some integrated into Cuban culture and joined the country’s struggle for independence from Spain. The offered a minimal-cost workforce for farms, dining establishments, factories and were instrumental in placing up Chinatowns throughout the world.

With Hong Kong actor Louise Wong (“A Responsible Conscience,” “Anita”) in the direct job as a youthful girl who departs from southern China to marry a political exile doing work on a sugarcane plantation in Cuba, the narrative sees her sign up for forces with servants and African slaves trying to get flexibility. But the plantation owner’s spurned spouse and her ex-lover conspire against them, triggering a collection of scheming and retaliatory moves that go away Cuba’s fate in the equilibrium.

“After reading through the script and speaking about at size with Meileen, we have been fascinated by the globe of ‘Coolie’ and the likely of an epic sequence which we feel has so a lot to say. Meileen has made a tale that is contemporary and really visionary, which will without doubt link with a international viewers. We’re energized to provide this kind of a persuasive challenge to the ATF,” Indra and Erlina Suharjono mentioned.

Their I.E. Amusement stretches across written content improvement, production, promoting, and distribution. The sisters each individual have some 30 decades of expertise in the leisure company. Indra’s history is in brand-franchise management in the media, entertainment, licensing, and merchandizing. Erlina’s focus has been more in the movement photograph business, precisely in obtaining, distributing, exhibiting, and producing local movies.

I.E. is the distinctive distributor of Cathay-Keris vintage Malay and Chinese titles. In November 2022, it turned the unique worldwide distribution companion of BEC Globe PLC exterior of Thailand, with CLMV and Bigger China becoming non-exceptional.

“Having labored with equally Indra and Erlina just before, I pretty much look ahead to reuniting on this job and embarking on what we foresee remaining a fruitful journey with distribution associates globally. With their merged working experience and know-how of the market, I’m assured that I.E. Leisure are properly aligned to convey this story to current market,” stated Choo.

Signing up for Wong in the solid of “Coolie” are: veteran Hong Kong actress Nina Paw Hee-Ching (“The Way We Are,” “Lost in Time”), Taiwanese actor Joseph Chang (“Eternal Summertime,” “Girlfriend Boyfriend”), Colombian actor and Television set persona Mauricio Henao (“La Herencia,” “Panama”), and Cuban actors Camila Arteche (“El Acompanante,” “Sergio & Serguei”), Sian Chiong (“La Mexicana y el Guero,” “Fidel’s Daughter”) and Mario Cimarro (“Romeo + Juliet, “Pasión de Gavilanes”).

Choo’s household has been a main participant in Southeast Asian cinema since the 1935 establishment of the Related Theatres chain. Cathay-Keris was a dominant manufacturing studio in Singapore, rivalling Shaw Bros, in the 1950s.

Choo turned the CEO of the Cathay Organisation Team of Firms in 1985. The group divested the exhibition business enterprise in 2017 and Choo relinquished her put up when she retired in 2018. She remains chairman of the Cathay Organisation and begun to explore new prospects of film and Tv set creation via her Cathay Movie Corporation, established in 2020.

Maria Lewis

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