Born in Kuala Lumpur, director and screenwriter. After graduating from the film department at the University of Westminster
in London, Said made commercials and worked for TV. In 2006, he shot his feature debut “Dukun
” in Malaysia, but its premiere was put on hold. “Bunohan,” whose distribution was not restricted, became one of the biggest box office hits in Malaysia in 2011, and was the country’s official Oscars entry. In 2016, he released “Interchange”, while Dukun just managed to get released in 2018.
On the occasion of Dukun screening at Five Flavours, we speak with him about its release, the actual facts behind its story, the cast and the music, Malay cinema, and other topics.
What is the story behind Dukun’s release?
I am not actually privy to what happened exactly, all I know is that Astro
(the production company that owns the rights to my films) has a new boss, Najwa Abu Bakar