Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Talentime" - Countdown to March 26th.


11.3.2009/cineleisure

It's been a bit crazy.

In the last four weeks, I've shot 14 commercials for Earth Hour, one for AirAsia, and just last week, one for the Singapore government.

And in between, I attended one meet-and-greet session for the second release of "Muallaf" in Singapore, and two pre-release screenings of "Talentime".

The picture you see above was taken at the Q&A session following a press screening of "Talentime" at Cineleisure, The Curve.

Yes, it's been crazy. And I'm deliriously happy. Alhamdulillah.

117 comments:

kerol izwan said...

can't wait for Talentime..
yasmin..you're awesome!
let people talkin'..
casting me for your new project!
i mean it!
hahahaaha

Adi Luqman said...

I was invited for the press screening but I could not go due towork obligations. Fortunately, I was offered to attend the screening session of Tatentime on Tuesday night at UITM and I quickly grabbed the chance.

Honestly, this is one of the best movies I have seen. At first I thought you've lost your touch but you've certainly outdone yourself. This is better than your previous works.

Thank you very much for making this beautiful film. I was blown away by the sincerity in your writing. It's amazing. Just amazing.

Keep on rocking!

Regards
Luq

syd ~pisces~ said...

all the best kak min!

yasmin said...

oh my word, adi luqman! you made my day. nay, my month!

artisticklytouch said...

Alhamdulillah...cant wait for the opening...

ZARA 札拉 [사랑해~] said...

Salam Kak Min!

I already mark in my planner...Must watch it!

Ajami Hashim said...

tak aci coz 2nd time tengok pun gua masih kena nangisss! huaaa!

jejaka anggun said...

i am not in KL lah kak min.
(melbourne to be exact)
how to watch your movie now?

:)

-aTie- said...

really can't wait for this muvie...i'm taking appreciation of film in my cocuriculum class in my university and for a few weeks we watch almost all ur movie and i'm happy cuz most of my classmate realize ur movie is d only movie have sincerity in it and it really happen in real life

Muhammad said...

Salam Kak Yasmin

dalam masa 48 jam ( UITM & Cineplex )
me sudah mendengar " Talentime ". Sugguh teruja bila melihat 2 reaksi dari 2 kelompok , penonton yang berbeza...

Minggu depan ..pasti me akan menonton lagi.

me dan teman2 sudah mula berbalah ,ada yang kata Talentime hebat , ada juga yang mahukan Sepet masih unggul , Gubra juga masih dikatakan mempunyai isi yang kuat.

tapi apa yang me boleh katakan

" kenapa biskut habis ??
kerana yang terkahir sudah diambil orang...
kerana diambil orang ??
kerana biskut banyak "

azri said...

kak min,

tahniah. azri dh menonton filem talentime buat kali kedua; satu di office leo burnett dan malam promosi filem di uitm.

azri tetap menangis pada babak hafiz bersama ibunya di hospital. tersentuh di hati.

pada 26 mac, azri mahu bawa ibu saya menonton filem talentime.

i love very much this movie...

azri merasakan begitu dekat dengan Allah S.W.T menonton filem ini.

assalamualaikum sayang, bye.

Aidi Rahimi Ibrahim said...

Salam Kak Min,thanks for dropping by at my humble blog yesterday.

Must watch movie to our nation "Talentime". A Malaysian movie.

sy tumpang lalu.
(sambil tunduk/ adat Melayu)
Salam.:-)

Watie said...

Assalamualaikum Kak Min,

Tak sabar nak tengok Talentime. Dah plan wiv all my frens nak pergi serbu tgk Talentime..

tukang karut said...

can't wait for Talentime
:)

the Razzler said...

Kak Min...

Love the Telentime advert on TV!! Really funny.. :) :)

Take care..

crux said...

salam,

ads for earth hour tu...i want to seeeeeeee!!!

why we all do something 28th march tu kak min..maybe gather mana2 sambil do the earth hour thingy...itd be nice...

and kak min...will u be there masa 19th punya screening?ngan the guys from chilli pepperz?

i pestered ALL my office mate to go and see talentime...

nak tgk lagi....dan lagi...dan lagi....

and i think i saw a statement somewhere here yg ckp whether sepet or gubra can match up to talentime...

my opinion?

1. talentime
2. muallaf
3. rabun

bru the rest...but thats just my ranking...

assalamualaikum

Jiji said...

Kak Yasmin.

I spotted Talentime is actually Tale n Time.

Hehe

yasmin said...

jiji, we had a feeling there might be some discussion as to whether it's talentime or tale-n-time. hehe!

Kris Law said...

Kak Yasmin, you're certainly the MAIN star for Tale-n-time.

WWW.KRISLAW.BLOGSPOT.COM

yasmin said...

kris, kami hanya menurut perintah.

azwad said...

Pn Yasmin,

Saya cuma nak tahu kenapa Talentime keluar dulu sebelum Muallaf?
Tak lepas LPF ke?

Sorry, I haven't read any news about it. Well, I usually read Google News daily.

I've spent too much time on my work and my little band lately.

NenekPenne said...

everbody cant wait to watch talentime but me cant wait to have a dvd of talentime .... must buy original maaa... support malaysian product...

Anonymous said...

COUNTDOWN TO TALENTIME:
13 DAYS TO GO

yasmin said...

gosh, i'm so nervous!

ytl said...

Hi! Do u know when will the vcd/dvd for talentime be out? I cant wait to buy it and watch it- coz i'm not in msia, so cant go cinema to watch..:(

Linus Linnaeus said...

don't be nervous...me and two other malaysians bought our bus tickets and muallaf movie tickets and will be there tommorow cheering you on mah...

go yasmin go!

Linus

Elza Irdalynna said...

woot! Alhamdulillah, it's reached this stage. congratulations,mak.

im holding an event on the 27th, major movie outing with all my closest friends to go watch Talentime at Cineleisure. InsyaAllah, based on the current RSVPs on facebook, we'd be expecting around 20 over people. we're all so excited!

spreading the love!

fei.pang said...

oh I hope Talentime will be screening in Singapore soon as well. =)

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Anonymous said...

kenapa Talentime keluar dulu sebelum Muallaf?

sebab muallaf tak sekomersil talentime. ingat, filem adalah perniagaan.

yasmin said...

ha, the world's authority on what's commercial in cinema has spoken...

omgpetch said...

i've watched the movie. of course it's a good movie. great job. again. u've never let the audience down with your movies. tapi, agak kurang menyengat la kak yasmin tak dpt dtg promosi filem dkt uitm haritu. shot2 mcm still photo tu cantik and shot tunjuk lampu awal n akhir cerita mmg berkesan. best cerita ini

Adie Waridi said...

can't wait to watch talentime...i've been a follower to all ur movies..love it so much...after i finish my work (shooting for a film) this end of month, sure i'll catch ur movie....

adie
http://adiewaridi.blogspot.com
www.styleby2.weebly.com

maPieCeoFarT said...

salam... pn. yasmin...

i enjoyed the movie... thanks to you... and i like the soundtracks as much too... it's a heartwarming story, which managed to drop few of my tears off... and i considered it a good watch when i couldnt hold myself from crying... [i read somewhere that every drop of tears proves the magic of the movie =)].

i did some writing on Talentime (hate to call it a film review - not good enough). there are pros and cons though but nothing much. they're just what i think generally about Talentime... feel free to drop by sometimes... =)

love with ~0^_^0~

M.N.Izman said...

i watchd it last tues at uitm
oMG, simple buy yet so brilliant.
i love it so much
i decide to watch it again n again

yasmin said...

salaam, mapiece. i know a family almost exactly like melur's family. welcome to a world of malay families who don't obsess about race!

(nothingness) said...

wah, so busy. remember to take a breather once in a while!

nenekPenne said...

this is just my opinion...terasa filem2 mcm sepet, or talentime adalah citer2 pasal normal daily life.. tak seperti citer2 lain yang yang i rasa kurang realiti... i suka citer2 yang mcm ni...dgn watak, dgn bahasa percakapan yang sempoi yang orang2 biasa guna...

rasa mcm nak jadi salah sorang pelakon dalam citer arahan u la pulak... :)

yasmin said...

faiz!!! where are you?

The Wan And Only said...

Salam... I was there at Cineleisure and crying a river... you're such an inspiration, glad to finally meet you in person... do you have plans to make a horror movie? :)

Med said...

11 DAYS TO GO FOR TALENTIME!

Walaupun saya dah tengok kat UITM last tuesday,tapi saya tetap book a ticket for myself for this becoming 26/3..i'm so fell in love with this movie and always fell in love in all your beautiful writing Kak Yasmin..

Oh..and for the Earth Hour commercials,saya dah tengok kat youtube..semua best especially the one yang ada Kak Yasmin n Maya Karin..."Schumi lagi bagus kot"
hahahaa..that was so hilarious..i love it..as always..

Keep up the brilliant work Kak Yasmin..i always support you!

:DD

@pan zhafr@n said...

cant wait for it, i love sepet, probably because of the theme itself, im involve in one, will definitely watch it with my gf, its not just inspiring but gave us more understanding about it, and hope :)

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

yet, you created wonders in all of them ;)

Hands Up Feelin High said...

hi there! did not know you were coming to singapore! Loved your work. We need happy movies to get through this tough times. Anyways kak, when is talentime going to be released in Singapore?

cham's said...

so touching bila watching "muallaf" di negara org!!! i love it all your movie.

Anonymous said...

COUNTDOWN TO TALENTIME:
10 DAYS TO GO

syahir suhaimi said...

waaa x sabarnye mahu tonton talentime!

mcm mane rase jd plakon ek? is it fun? must be laaa...

erm how bout director? must be so difficult... life life...

(nothingness) said...

back in school mak! rather boring here, but at least i know someone's waiting for me at home :)

i am in love with o re piya

yasmin said...

not just that person, but me too, faiz. *hugs*

yasmin said...

inshaallah, i will announce the release date of talentime in singapore, when it has been confirmed.

kamal said...

I wish you luck, not that you need it. But anyways, I'm going to watch it. Wish me luck, coz God knows how long the bee line's going to be.

Warning: Bring along boxes of tissue and wear water proof mascara for the ladies. Smudged mascara is not cute.

O re piya!

yasmin said...

kamal sayang, we go together-gether, can?

Anonymous said...

Kak yasmin, where do i get the dvd for Muallaf? the NO-censored one? plssssssssssss? i desperatley want to see it....

yasmin said...

inshaallah, muallaf dvd should be released in singapore around september, soon after its malaysian theatrical release in july.

FayFantastic said...

Dear Yasmin, I have been looking for Muallaf Original DVD in Singapore but i can't seem to find it. Has it not been released on DVD copies yet?

As for all the other movies you've produced which i absolutely love with ALL my heart, i have not been able to find original DVDs of it anywhere in KL. Could you kindly tell me where to look for?

Thanks a bunch Yasmin! March 26th just cant come fast enough!!

Peace be with you...

Anonymous said...

Salam Kak Yasmin.

Talentime sudah, mana filem May 13?
;D

yasmin said...

fay, read the comment i made here just before yours.

m3d said...

9 DAYS TO GO for big TALENTIME.

yasmin said...

yikes!!!

yasmin said...

filem may 13? i lost interest! don't know why.

Pame 26 said...

Mdm Yasmin,

For the previous film show at France,the organizer does not attend to my question. They said that they didn't see any mistake and that everything is clearly marked that the movie come from France. (I, myself confuse that they overlook their website and their flyer)

Anyway,I would like to know,what is the title and the author of the boook that Orked is reading (I mean Orked's friend is reading) at Sepet?The one that they discuss about love know no color inside Orked's room.

Thank you.

yasmin said...

pame, that book was "wretched of the earth" by franz fanon.

hamzah said...

Salam kak yasmin..reading all of you friends comment here..buat meremang bulu roma..very touching and encouraging...don't be nervous..the success is alway yours..insyallah.BTW,sorry selalu ganggu with my emails when knowing you're too busy...may god alway blessed you...always..insyallah

yasmin said...

salaam hamzah, adikku. even though i'm usually too busy to reply to my huge backlog of emails, i often enjoy the pictures you send me. they cheer me up on bad days. thank you, dear. may allah bless you for that.

Anonymous said...

aunty aper pandapat aunty tentang film geng pergembaraan bermula??best ker..?
i already wacth muhksin it was a really good film..congrat it's really a good film..

adzani adnan said...

salam kak min..
xsabar nk tunggu next week..
all ur movie AD support..
from SEPET.. heheheh..
since then AD jatuh cinta dgn karya KAK MIN + sharifah amani...
but mualaf??
hmm... vcd??
all the best...

Anonymous said...

hye kak yasmin..
boleh k.yasmin listkan smue
commercial yg k.yasmin bt..cn u?

andin said...

salam kak yasmin..tak sabar tgk talentime..satu klas akan serbu pawagam..

tauhhid said...

assalamualaikum ms. yasmin

you said you lost interest in making 13 MAY. a friend of mine wrote a play titled 13 MEI. actors were all school kids and presented during our school's sambutan kemerdekaan. i hope you will be at least inspired with such a simple play. check it on youtube, tag "13 Mei,SK Nanga Kain". thanks and enjoy.

p/s i love all your petronas commercials, i used them for Pendidikan Moral and Kajian Tempatan lessons. my students love them too.

yasmin said...

salaam, tauhhid. ok, inshaallah i will.

yasmin said...

andin, jom kita pergi together-gether?

Nur Syahidah said...

Assalammualaikum Ms Yasmin..can i know if you're still in singapore and if you're making anymore appearances because i missed you at causeway the other day and am feeling total regret right now i reallllyyyy hope that you stay in s'pore a while longer..

yasmin said...

salaam, nur. as it happens, i'm in the middle of packing up to leave singapore.

:'-(

Azzhar9009 said...

Hi Yasmin

Congrats ! Wish u all the best with Talentime

Lekays said...

Kak Min, saya berminat nak blaja cara2 buat filem dgn kak yasmin la. Camna ek? Ingat nak tag along bila kak yasmin shooting. Buleh ka?

Anonymous said...

mayb its time for u to craet film bout iban people..how they connect with d others malaysian society...its just same concept,how u combine malay,chi n ind in ur recent film(talentime...)..sure great....btw,good luck

yasmin said...

i would love to make a film about the ibans. i think they're gorgeous people. unfortunately i don't know enough about them. inshaallah one day...

Tranquility said...

One of Talentime tv ad is smashingly funny.. is the blooper for real?

yasmin said...

yes, the blooper WAS for real.

ary said...

mak...i cant wait..lets go together..huhuhu

@pan zhafr@n said...

can't wait for the movie! btw kak yasmin u owe me all your ads haha because at one of HELP's screening i was recording using my handy cam and u told me, why la record dont need later i gave u the cd hehe :P

wada said...

u have a new movie coming out???
blame me for my ignorance as i live like a katak di bawah tempurung. -,-
now i know, sure i'll be watching it.
=)

Ms Ulat Buku said...

Hi Yasmin... the trailer on You Tube looks great. Am looking forward to watching your next movie Talentime.

yasmin said...

see you at the cinemas in 7 days!

Anna said...

Talentime was simply delightful. Even better actually. It's like sinking my teeth into a scrumptious piece of cheesecake. And the fact that it's rich in moral values just made it better.

I enjoyed it very much.

Thank you for teaching me something I can't find`in textbooks.

Note: Forgive the terrible analogy.

ikanbilis said...

Kak Yasmin!

Twas great meeting you last time during the Baling Talks event. And I look forward for TaleNtime. =)


Bravo, and alhamdulillah!

Azhan

chico said...

'talentime' would be a great movie for patriotic malaysians like me for it is rich in our very malaysian family values...
this is by far the most distinctive work of yours, i must say!
i love the british humour! ahaha, i wonder how was it possible for those board of whatever scene cutters to have missed out Granny's conversation with Melur and sisters with all the words like 'dick', 'arse' ..
LOL!!
again, i want to thank you so much! it was a pleasure meeting you, kak min

crux said...

salam,

yesterday was a blast...!!!

whats the name of the girl who danced tu kak min? she was AWESOME!!!

tak sempat mau yamcha (or as mahesh didnt know, i'd have to say taani!!)...haha

maybe next time...

R. Sureindran said...

Hello Yasmin!

I was listening to your radio interview on THR Raaga today. It was so good until I didn't want to leave my car and ended up late in the office.

You know what, I think you articulate tamil words better than I do. Good interview!

Anonymous said...

watched premierce screening for Talentime last night! great movie, i like the last scene - even my boyfriend cried.. ;)

Good Job!

afams-chan said...

Congrates Sensei!!

Go! Go! Go!

Gambatekudasai Yasmin sensei!!!!!

Must mark this date (26th March) as an important day. Must watch!~

yasmin said...

sureindran, i fell in love with kumaresan and anantha! they're great guys!

yasmin said...

aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhh! only 6 days to nationwide taletntime release!!!

m3d said...

5 DAYS TO GO FOR TALENTIME!

Good luck kak yasmin!
i'm gonna watch it again..
hehehe~
:DD

andy gomes said...

makkkkkkk,
im SMILING now=)
thanks a lot for signing that autograph for me. it really made my day=)
i have to admit that i haven't been that cheerful lately... being a teen is tough.
vliang will pass it to me when we meet.
thanks again....i was indeed VERY flattered.

i will be watching talentime after school, next thursday.
by the way, glad to hear that muallaf will be released in july.

take care mak and thanks again.
God bless u=)
ps-still hope to meet u one day.
LOVE YOU=)

Anonymous said...

COUNTDOWN TO TALENTIME:
5 DAYS TO GO

Kris Law said...

I'm a good person. Will NEVER say anything bad about other people's films in my blog or anywhere. I also role model to my audience, u know? Always maintain a good example. Cheerios...


WWW.KRISLAW.BLOGSPOT.COM

yasmin said...

you're welcome, andy dear.

Anonymous said...

hey
just wondering what ever happened to Ng Choo Seong? He was a good actor.
what has he been up to etc?

fei.pang said...

Kak Yasmin, congrats! You're advertisement here in Singapore (The family one for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports) is the Viewer's Choice 2008 (local category) winner! Link here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/416803/1/.html

=)

yasmin said...

thanks, fei pang. we also got news that tan hong ming was given a trophy for world's best comercial 2008 by the london-based gunn report.

alhamdulillah.

yasmin said...

choo seong is working as an art director in my office. he's well and fine. he acted in our latest petronas chinese new year commercial.

.:.EVAmaechu.:. said...

bangga tengok hasil karya Kak Min=)

azi ahmad said...

Kak Min,

We are going tonight after work to watch Talentime. We are very excited about it cos we knew that this is going to be another of your AWESOME WORK OF ART!!!! We went down to Singapore on March 7 just to watch your Muallaf, It was worth the trip. Would you by any chance be around tonight at any of the cinemas? Do take care. We love you Kak Min.

Azi Ahmad

Milo Skilos said...

kak min,

smoga terus sihat.
dan murah murah rezeki selalu.

:)

yasmin said...

azi, what time are you going tonight?

Yatie said...

Kak Yasmin,
This is such a beautiful & wonderful movie! I'm very touched by the way you present the love theme and cried my eyes out at the end of the scene - it just reminded me of my arwah Opah who died in the hospital. Anyway, I love the soundtrack! Has it been released? Where can I get it? Thanks for making this film!

Anonymous said...

watched the film...lurrve it and i did cry,,wut a great movie,.a malaysian flavour..really lure the soundtrack too..where to get it?

*ADRIAN* said...

I just have to sent you a comment.I just came back from the cinema and i have to say this is your best movie by far. The soundtrack is great and the lines are so poetic. Can i get it from the music stores?

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum,
OMG, what more can I say, TALENTIME is by far your best movie ever! I love it and cried my heart out. I was moved by the talents of your team. And the script, my God, sgt menyentuh perasaan! And where can we get the sountrack? Pete Teo have done a good job there. All the songs rightly suit the scenes. Please....please tell me that there will be a soundtrack of Talentime!
Keep on menghasilkan karya Malaysia!

Edmund Smith said...

Dear Yasmin!

Talentime – best MOVIE 2009…. The movie touched my soul. I organized a group of us to go and we went. I love you more now. I love you more after each movie u make.

• You movies are GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
• You have a deaf character in Talentime ( I am not deaf but I am passionate about the Deaf Community and Sign Language)
• You have Jac Victor in it
• You are right – Mahesh is cute (I am Eurasian and my wife is Indian)
• Interracial relationship
• etc

Dear Yasmin – I am ex-gay and an ex-transgender. Today I am father, a husband, a director of an organization and a happy human being. Just Google search “Edmund Smith Real Love Ministry RLM” and you will read all kinds of stuff (really good and really bad) about me.

I sing, act and dance professionally. I’ve acted in a Singapore movie called “Chicken Rice War”. I released a simple CD (a collection of song I wrote) entitled “Wake Up” into the Malaysian Market. You can read a little about my singing career from this link …
http://www.r-l-m.com/Edmund%20Artiste.htm

I am also a founder of an Organization called “Real Love Ministry”. Our HQ is based in Melaka. We are in the ministry of raising up Befrienders to the Deaf, Exgay and other kinds of Marginalized Communities here in Malaysia.

My life is like a fairy tale…. It was a NIGHT MARE. I have experiencing so much …
• I was rejected by my own father because I was a boy and daddy needed a daughter
• When I was a boy I was raised as a girl by my mother for the first 5 years of my life
• I was raped
• I became a “slut” for the sake of looking for love from any man who could love me
• I got addicted to sex and needed sex every day (had sex with hundreds of men)
• I had sex for money
• As boy I was bullied because I was sissy
• My first sexual experience was with my best-friend when I was about 7. The sex went on until I met my first boy-friend. I broke my best-friend’s heart
• Etc

Dear Yasmin, I believe my story will make a good movie. What do you think? Would you like to work with me? Hope to hear from you. A little of my story have been shared with some of the major Malaysian newspapers. But my deepest secrets have not been revealed yet.

Please reply…

Real Love brings Real Life,
Edmund Smith
016-6658773
edmundasmith@yahoo.com
Change is a Choice!
I am Edmund Lawrence Smith. I have walked away from my gay life in 1994 when I was about 24 years old. I am going to be 39 this year. People like me are called “exgays”. An “exgay” simply means – a gay (or lesbian) who has decided to do whatever it takes to stay away from homosexuality.

Every “exgay” has a different story on why and how we ended up here. Mine goes something like this…

I was born into a religious family. I knew that something was different about my sexuality from a very young age. By the time I reached puberty, I realized I had a homosexual orientation. I went forth to live a wild homosexual lifestyle for about 11 years (1983-1994). It all started when I was about thirteen and searching for approval, attention and intimacy with men – but ending up finding nothing… but sex.

In the 11 years of being gay – I had experienced uncountable one night stands, three so-called LTR (long term relationships), had sex for money, was raped, had sex with all kinds of men (old and young), orgy and the list goes on.

What triggered me to walk away from homosexuality were the pain, dissatisfaction and uncertainty that came along with the “happy” life I was living. Many of my gay friends thought and still think that it is ridiculous and impossible for me or anyone else to become an “exgay”. Yet few others stood by me to just allow me to be what I wanted to be – on my own freewill. I wish my real friends would learn to agree to disagree.

Other then my search for Mr. Right - from a very young age; I knew that my call in this life is to reach out to the Marginalized Community. I knew – I myself was a marginalized individual living in a mainstream world. To be exact, I started out as a Community Worker – reaching out to the Marginalized Community when I was barely 13 years of age. I worked with the Catholic nuns in projects for the illiterate community – bringing literacy into their lives of a group of illiterate adults in the Portuguese Settlement – the place I was born and bred in. I find real pleasure in touching lives even in the smallest ways possible.

In 1989 – when I was about 18 years of age, the Salvation Army employed me as a full-time Community Worker reaching out to the mentally disable community. Today I realized that God deliberately put me in the Salvation Army because there is where He used few precious people to lead me into a relationship with Him. Today I believe that I wouldn’t have made it this far - as an “exgay” man without the love of God in my life and the personal relationship I shared with Him all these years.

In 1994, when I decided to adopt the “exgay” lifestyle – I have already built two great friendships with two wonderful women; Jenny who is now a pastor in a church and my wife Amanda Amutha Perumal - who is also a pastor now in “RLM Fellowship” (the church we both founded in 2006 and now serve as Senior Pastors). God used them powerfully to hold my hand; love me and pray with me. The transition from being gay to an “exgay” was truly tough. And I couldn’t have done without the support from these two “angels” that God had provided me with.

That very same year (1994) after I embraced the “exgay” status - my life was no longer about looking for Mr. Right, exploring the gay world and not even about being “exgay”. Instead I became extremely excited about God, serving Him, living my life for Him – making the world around me a better place to live in. And there was no turning back - up to today!

I graduated with “Community Services” from Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand. And have been equipped with these subjects that helped me tremendously as a Community Worker…
• Community Services (Disability)
• Cross Cultural Studies
• Sign Language and Interpretation
Amanda and I also founded a Community Service Society that we call “RLM Society”. The society’s goal is to train, motivate and give opportunity – so to build up Befrienders for the Marginalized Community in Malaysia. RLM Society was founded in 1999. We work closely with…
1. The Exgay Community
2. The Deaf Community
3. Street People
4. etc
I am still growing, learning and unlearning and wanting to be more and more the man that I believe God had created me to be. I am not perfect – no one is. But the imperfect I…am truly grateful for the perfect God who has been and is still blessing me in unbelievable ways.
A Happy Family
My children’s names are Angelica Eshwarie Smith age 5 and Ethan Ashwin Smith age 4. Becoming a father WAS only a dream for me. But today this beautiful dream has come to past. I thank God!

Behind every happy father is a story, so let me share something of my story with you. I am of British-Portuguese-Baba parentage and did not grow up in a very happy family. When I was born (after three older brothers) my father clearly showed me that he preferred girls to boys – especially after having three sons already. My sister Helga (dad’s precious jewel) - came after me. He’d hug Helga and even my female cousins but never me. I thought if I was a girl – I would receive that kind of affection from my father. I so craved for Daddy’s love.

By the time I was about 13 years of age I was fully aware of my homosexual orientation. I was thrilled when guys gave me attention or especially when they wanted to have any kind of relationship with me.

As a father now, I want to encourage parents to take their responsibility seriously to NOT instill into their children gender issues such as telling their daughters they are not pretty enough or feminine enough OR telling their sons they are not strong enough or man enough and etc. There are loving ways of communicating growth into our children’s life.

Lack of parental love leaves an unhealthy vacuum in your child’s life, that they will look to fill with somebody else when the opportunity comes. Their choice as teenagers or adults might surprise and even shock their parents. A mother’s love and a father’s love are different. Mother’s love is called “feminine love” while father’s love is called “masculine love”. They are totally different and not replaceable from one to the other. Both types of love are needed by children for them to grow into wholesome and fulfilled adults - thus, having an orderly gender identity.

I “tried” marriage by marrying Amanda in 1996, but our relationship was solely platonic, though we did care a lot about each other as merely best-friends at that time. Eventually the time came when we realized that a marriage is not a marriage if we throw away the romantic and sexual aspect of it. Things began to change slowly but surely – all glory to God. Today I am with the woman (Amanda) that I want to grow old with – share my life with till the end of times.

There are many programs in RLM Society. The two major programs are:
1. Silent Voice (A program that raises up Befrienders and interpreters for the Deaf community)
2. RLM Journey (A program that raises up Befrienders for the “exgay” community)

RLM Journey’s goal is to help “exgays” (like me) to resolve the issues in our lives by going through - The Journey of Recovery (JOR). There are four seasons in the JOR.

Season One is the “Educational season”, the first step to resolving outstanding issues in a person’s life. The “exgay” who join our program is given one-to-one mentoring. And to graduate from this season, one need to have overcome any “self” issues regarding appearance or own gender. A Self issue is basically a rejection of unchangeable self in any way.

Season Two is the “Celibate season” during which the “exgay” must abstain from sex and romance. Yes it is hard! No long-term relationships; no one-night stands. The “exgay” is to focus on DPR (deep platonic relationships) with people of the same gender. One thing to accomplish in this season is the resolving of one’s Vacuum issue. The Vacuum issue is an emptiness and longing for edification, love and acceptance from others of the same gender. Women find this season much easier than men, who are more sexual beings. Women are naturally inclined toward developing close platonic relationships with other women.

Season Three is the “Dating season” during which the “exgay” takes time to discover the beauty of people of the opposite gender. Dating, however, is not equivalent to a long-term relationship. This is a season where the “exgay” learns to discover the world of the opposite gender in a deeper way. No one is forced to enter into this season or any of the four seasons – if they choose not to. It is when the exgay is ready to resolve the Barrier issue – one have to embark into this season. The Barrier issue is an issue that disables people to open up their lives to others of the opposite gender. Many who have got Barrier issues are people who have been abused (verbally, sexually, emotionally and etc) by others of the opposite gender in the past.

Season Four, the final stage, is the “Marriage season”. It is NOT compulsory for every “exgay” to enter into this season. Nevertheless, this is the season where the “exgay” is ready to consider marriage or single hood. Marriage is one of the two options for the “exgay”. Many “exgays” choose to live single and fruitful lives. But upon entering this season, and if the “exgay” desires marriage – one will commit to a long-term relationship with someone of the opposite gender. One will eventually move from being boyfriend/girlfriend to being a spouse, and then finally a parent. An “exgay” must ALWAYS go through the first three seasons before one is allowed to enter the fourth.

RLM Society does not force people to change or do anything that they don’t want to do. We are a society that supports and help people who HAVE DECIDED (on their own freewill) to choose the “exgay” lifestyle.

Apart from Community Work – my other passion is Performing Arts. I sing, act (did a lot of stage acting, acted in a Singapore movie called “Chicken Rice War” & etc) and dance (Sign Language Dancing) professionally. I have a simple album in the Malaysian market called “Wake Up” of which consists of songs that I wrote while drawing inspiration from my years of community work with the mentally disabled, the deaf, the illiterate , those with HIV/AIDS and the “exgay” community.

I hope this little story of mine – will also help you see that just because someone is an “ex-gay” today – it does not mean that one is anti gay. Yes I do know of some “ex-gays” who are anti-gays. I shall not comment about people like that. But it is not fair to generalized people like us (“ex-gays”). Some of my closest friends are gays and they are friends whom I cherish and love from the bottom of my heart. If you get the chance to meet them – they will tell you that I am one of the most gay-friendliest people in the whole wide world. Just as I believe that it is a person’s rights for one to be gay or transgender or whatever way of life they may choose - IT IS ALSO EVERY OUR RIGHTS WHEN A GAY CHOOSES TO BE “EXGAY”.
“Real Love brings Real Life”
www.r-l-m.com

ADAM said...

Yasmin... thanx for the very good film. you're very brilliant. thank u so much!

Punex said...

Dear madam,
I watched your movie today...It was a heartwarming movie with a touch of sincerity and honesty in it..the leading couple did justice to their characters and so did everyone else! For me, it was a beautiful movie which tackled many issues with truthfullness..I watched sepet and gubra before which were equally stunning yet Talentime moved me deeply..why? i am not sure..maybe because i am an indian and maybe because i am a malaysian and what you potrayed is truly malaysian!Hats off and kudos to you ma'am. I wonder will we ever get another director like you?nah,there's only one Yasmin Ahmad i know and that is you!

Your Average Mat said...

Im not really a fan Sepet or Mokhsin. But this movie Talentime is so good that I want to watch it again and again. Still waiting for Muallaf.


Great Film. Great story. Would love to buy the OST if its available. thanks.

-Youraveragemat-

naufal@ajoy said...

hello kak min,

firstly,i feel very disappointed coz i can't participate in the talentime competition,which supposed to be the ground for citizens of malaysia to unleash the talents...i felt sad coz i can't send my video to the in-charged site..somehow,winning is not the priority,but at least to give competition to others...i am so sad that i couldn't send the video till the due date..i don't know why,i've been going to many computers just for sending the video,but i couldn't make it..i have no idea,i feel envy to those who are able to send out the videos..i feel disappointed until now..winning is not important to me,but to be in the competition is just what i want//it shows that i've made my effort..could you say something about that?

Anonymous said...

Hi Yasmin,I'm a bigtime 'Sepet' fan & love the authenticity in your movies. I'll keep my comments short with fingers crossed for a Talentime II. =) Living amidst the harsh realities of the present world, not many ppl are lucky in love, young and/or old.But there are many despite this "unfortunate" jinx in love have embraced themselves in the beauty of platonic friendship.(I am one of them & as there is only "the one" in love, I have managed to find "the many" in the opposite sex without sex involved.) As this is as real as love & affection between any men & women, I look forward to see some essence of platonic friendship in your line of movies. God bless. (Sepet-fan)

Anonymous said...

Dear Yasmin,

People from smaller town are not getting to watch your Talentime. Did you not look into BigCinemas.com.my?
Your movie-fans at sub-urban area gets no chance to catch it. Hmmnn Help! Thirst of your movie since the LPF is still holding Muallaf

-Andrew