KUALA LUMPUR: Sepet is considered to be one of Yasmin Ahmad’s greatest cinematic works and has touched the hearts of many Malaysians.
The film has since been adapted as a musical for theatre by Liver & Lung Productions and now, they are streaming their production for you to watch for free.
The musical will begin streaming at 9pm on May 1, thus giving families at home a post-iftar treat.
The streaming will continue until May 9 and there will also be a live talkback session at 9pm on May 2 with the creative team.
“Last year, we were honoured to pay homage to this iconic film and are elated that Malaysians are happy with the outcome.
We saw people from all walks of life come to watch the show and they all took something positive home from it,” says Shafeeq Shajahan, Liver & Lung’s founder and musical director.
“Tapping into the magic that Yasmin Ahmad created is incredibly humbling. People were in tears every night. We have something amazing on our hands,” he adds.
“The vision for Sepet the Musical is to stay authentic to its source material and reignite the film’s narrative for a new generation of Malaysians.”
With a runtime of one and a half hours, Sepet the Musical is a tale of two teenagers in Ipoh, Jason and Orked.
Jason is a 19-year-old Chinese VCD seller, while the bright Malay schoolgirl Orked loves John Woo films and everything Takeshi Kaneshiro.
As a romance blossoms between them, social and racial pressures slowly surface as obstacles.
The performance of Sepet the Musical was recorded live at GMBB Mall on September 21st, 2019. It stars Joshua Gui as Jason and Badrika Bahadur as Orked.
The stream can be found on Liver & Lung’s YouTube channel, which also features other digital theatrical content.
The aim is to bring artists and audiences together in the age of Covid-19 and social distancing.
Liver & Lung co-founder, Hannah Shields, says, “These are unprecedented times and Liver & Lung aims to continue celebrating innovation and creating art.”