Alumni Film on Amazon Prime
One of our Guildford High Alumni, Aimee Kwan, has debuted on international streaming service Amazon Prime. Whilst at Oxford University she created and directed ‘12’, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The film was shot in 12 days, with less than £1,000 funding from Oxford colleges. Despite a short filming time, it took a long time for Aimee and her team to produce the final cut alongside studying a masters at the Guildford School of Acting.
Aimee was a GHS Music Scholar but has said she always wanted to go into film. However, being from an Asian background she worried about diversity in the industry.
“There have been more diversity pushes in recent times but some of the briefs are quite lazy in terms of character options for an actor of colour, so the fact I write and direct means I can create stuff that gives performers more positive roles to take”
Aimee Kwan, interview with Surrey Live
Aimee has now written two dozen scripts and hopes many more will appear in the public eye in the future. ‘12’ is currently only available in the UK and USA but has received several thousand minutes of streams. Well done to Aimee, this is such a great achievement!