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Exploring the Dark and Mysterious Fairy Tale of "BA" An Interview with Writer and Director Benjamin Wong

Updated: Apr 9

In the realm of cinema, storytelling often takes us on unexpected journeys, blending genres and themes to create unique narratives that resonate deeply with audiences. One such journey is encapsulated in the heartfelt fantasy thriller film "BA," brought to life by the vision of writer and director Benjamin Wong. In an exclusive interview, Wong sheds light on the origins of the film, its challenges, and the balance between fantasy, thriller, and heartfelt storytelling.

The genesis of "BA" lies in Wong's personal experiences as a new father, navigating the complexities of parenthood, work, and family. "It really comes from being a fan of genre, and it was written from my own experience of being a new dad," Wong explains. "Just not knowing how to navigate being a parent, working, and spending time with family." Drawing inspiration from the darker, more mysterious fairy tales of the past, Wong sought to create a modern fairy tale that delved into the complexities of fatherhood with a cryptic edge.

As the story unfolded, Wong stated "I was intentionally trying to bring this darkness into this film" he reflects. "It is a strange brew."

One of the film's standout aspects is the authentic bond between the two lead actors portraying the father-daughter duo, Daniel and Collette. Wong praises their professionalism and the genuine connection they brought to their roles. "The two leads that play the father and daughter knock it out of the park," he says. "They just had these adorable father and daughter games they would play, and you could really see them and feel the connection."

Reflecting on the blend of fantasy, thriller, and heartfelt storytelling in "BA," Wong acknowledges the challenges of balancing these diverse elements. "From the outside being 100% honest I wanted to do something different so if I’m going to try to contribute to the conversation I wanted to stand out and have a different perspective," he remarks. Despite the inherent challenges of creating a low-budget independent film, Wong expresses pride in the collaborative effort that shaped the final product. "It’s a low-budget, independent film, things change, and go wrong but the end product turned out to be a team effort and it morphed and changed over time," he adds. "I am so proud of what we did and sometimes you’re there for the ride and it just takes you where you need to be."

As anticipation mounts for the release of "BA," Wong reveals that the film is currently making its rounds at international film festivals as they search for distribution. With its blend of darkness, mystery, and heartfelt emotion, "BA" promises to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression.

In the world of "BA," where darkness intertwines with familial love, Benjamin Wong has crafted a modern fairy tale that defies conventions and explores the depths of the human experience. As the film continues its journey, audiences eagerly await the opportunity to embark on this dark and mysterious adventure.


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