Family vs Ambition. Love vs Duty. Chekhov vs Chicken Feet?
All Susan Lee wants to do is escape the grip of her crazy cringe-worthy family and their Chinese takeaway business. So what will she do when she lands her dream stage debut on the same night as the family need her to appear alongside them on their favourite TV game show Fame To Fortune in order to save their business from the clutches of local loan sharks?
Fortune Cookies is a cross-cultural comedy similar to Bend It Like Beckham and My Big Fat Greek Wedding with the working class feel-good humour of The Full Monty and the game show love story of Slumdog Millionaire for good measure!
Fortune Cookies is the first British Chinese family comedy film of its kind, headed up by a female duo, accompanied by a truly unique educational programme for young people in the under-utilised filming location of Northamptonshire.
Set to star Fiona Rene (In Transit), Meline Danielewicz (The Tempest Theatre Royal Haymarket), Daniel York (Whitechapel), Pik Sen Lim (Doctor Who), Liz Sutherland (Ideal), Jenny Bede (Misfits) and Les Dennis (Ricky Gervais’ Extras), with David Tse (Spooks) and Ozzie Yue (Father Ted).
Producer Becky Adams’ credits include 35mm short The Caterpillar & Fly which premiered at the Tate Britain, OSCAR-qualifying short The Boy with a Camera for a Face featuring the voice of Steven Berkoff which screened on Channel 4 and produced one piece of theatre, dating comedy Call Me!, for 21 dates at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 from director Dan Wilson. Becky also has credits as a Production Manager and Line Producer include various projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company including feature-length King Lear in the New York Park Avenue Armory, Oscar-shortlisted short Hotel starring Art Malik, Shakespeare: Staging the World commercial for the British Museum, feature film The Devil Went Down To Islington starring Mark Benton and Ronni Ancona as well as other features, shorts and commercials. She has a number of feature film Unit Manager credits including Optimum Releasing’s Rise of the Footsoldier and Oh Happy Day.
Writer/Director Brenda Lee has worked in television in various roles for over 15 years for clients such as Sky, BBC, Endemol, MTV and CNBC, was recently directing live Situp Television and is now freelancing for Sky and SIS Broadcast. Brenda has directed Mah Jong a short about Chinese one-up-manship which inspired Cookies, the teaser and a short promotional video starring Les Dennis for Cookies, and a short for the University of Northampton as part of a workshop process.
Film Four said Cookies is “a charming piece that we really enjoyed reading… [a] strong commercial project” albeit too gentle for them! The film was originally optioned by Forest Whitaker’s production company in LA but when talk turned to a very famous director taking on the project, Brenda knew in her heart that she needed to tell this story herself.
Director of Photography Stephen Murphy is an award-winning DP whose credits include 28-minute WWI drama Coward starring Martin McCann and Nick Moran which won Stephen the grand prize in G-Tech’s Driven Creativity competition 2013 and featured in American Cinematographer magazine, award-winning short To My Mother and Father, short Tart (Best Cinematography, Fastnet Film Festival 2009), and short Fifth Street (2008 Best Action Sequence in a Short at Action on Film International).
Watch Coward here www.stephen-murphy.com.