The World’s Most Fashionable Prison (2012, Singapore / UK)

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Director: CK Mak | 67 minutes | Singapore, UK | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Tagalog |

 

SYNOPSIS

” Award-winning fashion designer Puey Quinones and his dresses make regular appearances on red carpet events and celebrity weddings. For the past four years, the petite gay 31-yearold has been leading a double life. Away from the celebrity and public adoration, he escapes weekly to the most unlikely venue – the largest maximum security facility in the Philippines. Run by gangs and home to over 12,000 inmates convicted for the most vicious crimes, this is where Puey conducts his weekly fashion workshops.

Flamboyant, gay and witty, Puey is the stereotypical fashion designer on the surface. As the only son of a retired policeman, it seems ironic that he now enjoys an unlikely bond with criminals serving time. In autumn 2011, he will be their mentor as the inmates work in teams to compete in a month-long fashion competition inspired by U.S. reality series Project Runway. It all culminates in the most spectacular event of the year – a runway show with a catwalk, professional models, and a panel of fashion industry judges, right in the heart of the prison.” (Film Press kit)

“Prison meets Project Runway, as we follow fashion designer Puey Quinones’ work with a group of inmates in a Philippine maximum security facility, taking them from sewing workshops to a full-production fashion show. Among toughened criminals on the gang-run blocks of New Bilibid Prison, a maximum security facility in Muntinlupa City, Philippines, we meet a community of inmates taking part in an extraordinary project. Fashion designer Puey Quinones visits Bilibid once a week to teach 30 participants how to sew, work with fabrics and see their ideas go from sketch to finished product. Director CK Mak introduces us to their individual stories and hardships, intertwining them with Quinones’ own personal and professional past. We encounter complex relationships and challenges within the community, and between the inmates and their families in the outside world. With an upbeat style, Mak takes us through the process of staging a fashion show from start to finish, following weeks of hard work and critique. The teams’ efforts culminate in a competitive sartorial showdown judged by top professionals from the Philippine fashion industry.” Lisa Plekhanova (Hot Docs 2012)

TEAM

Director & Producer: MAK CK
Executive Producer: MARCEL GOLDING
Producer: TOM ST JOHN GRAY
Co-producer: POWER, WONDERLAND PICTURES, CULTURE SHOCK PRODUCTIONS
RONALD RILLO, RONIEL JOHN PRECILLA
Director of Photography: NADESON SELVANATHAN
Editor: JOHN DUNBAR
Graphics Designer: DAVID RAIN

MAK CK
Director & Producer
Born and bred in Singapore, Mak is an independent TV director-producer of factual programming for terrestrial and cable networks around Asia. His shoots and passion for social issues and human interest stories have taken him across 6 continents. The 33-year-old’s portfolio includes a finalist at the New York Festivals World’s Best Television and Films 2011 and projects for AETN All Asia Networks, Discovery Networks Asia, Star TV, MTV Asia and UNICEF. The World’s Most Fashionable Prison is his feature film directorial debut.

CONTACTS

Mak CK: contact@wonderlandpictures.tv

 ON THE WEB

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Hot Docs Toronto April 2012 (North American Premiere, Program: World Showcase)

IN THE PRESS

. WATCH: Inside The World’s Most Fashionable Prison

styleite.com (27/02/12) 

.  The World’s Most Fashionable Prison—a documentary featuring Pinoy designer Puey Quinones and PH prison inmates—wins in 2012 Gold Kahuna Awards
spot.ph (2/04/12)

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