Confetti: On the red carpet with Ann Hu and Harmonie He
Confetti is the story of Lan (Zhu Zhu) and her daughter, Meimei (Harmonie He), who goes to a local school in a small town in China. Despite her confidence and intelligence, she struggles with reading and writing. While an American teacher recognises the symptoms of dyslexia, it is not possible to access any special assistance in the country. Lan sets out on a journey to America to get her child the help she needs, whatever the costs.
It’s an empowering and uplifting story of a mother’s love and determination that is informed by the life and experiences of the film’s director and writer Ann Hu, who hopes to raise awareness of and dispel myths about dyslexia, particularly in countries such as China, where it’s still not officially recognised.
The Upcoming hit the red carpet for the film’s premiere in London, where Princess Beatrice, who also has the learning disability, was in attendance, to hear from the filmmaker why she wanted to highlight the issue of dyslexia in her film, how she cast and worked with her actors, and what she hopes the Confetti‘s impact will be.
Harmonie He told us about how she prepared to play a character with dyslexia, what it was like working with the director and what she hopes to work on in future.
We also had the chance to speak with other attendees at the premiere about the film and tackling its subject in the cinema. Gabby Wong shared her thoughts on Asian representation on-screen and her forthcoming Netflix series, 1899.
Eugene Simon chatted about his role on Game of Thrones as well his new film, The Fence.
Annette Badland reflected on the film industry and her experiences of working on Ted Lasso.
Baroness Uddin shared her views on the importance of providing support for those with dyslexia.
Confetti is released in select cinemas on 21st October 2022.
Watch the trailer for Confetti here: