THIS DARLING LIFE is a journey in search of dogs’ best friends that evolves into a discovery of the essences of life. Stripped of all pretences, the film is a naked piece of testimonial to love.
It is an alternative non-mainstream Hong Kong film that connects and excites people. A documentary that does not follow rules, it has a narrative, it is a poem. A dog movie it seems, yet it is really about people. Most interestingly, people are talking about it, creating a ripple effect, especially after the Hong Kong Asian Film Screening in 2008.
The documentary opens up with the director’s feelings towards the slow torturous sickness and eventual death of her dog Baby, her companion of sixteen years. It meanders into a quest about life, death and love, unraveling her discovery of the jewels she finds along her path.
You might pour your heart out, (it has made men cry) but it’s not sad. It’s like the spring dew, cleansing and rejuvenating. Difficult and reflective, but it’s also hilarious at times. It’s a DARLING LIFE.
900 days of labor of love.
200+ hours of footage.
1000s of dogs met us and the crew.
We encountered 100s of people along the way.
More than 86 characters were interviewed over a period of 2 years. 19 made it on screen.
24 potential stories, 10 were selected for the film.
10s of friends, students and industry colleagues helped out in the filming process.
More 10s of friends, i.e. angels came along to help out at the post-production stage.
Ellen Joyce Loo @People Mountain People Sea Productions and Wilson Tsang contributed to the original music.
Friends at yu+co designed the wonderful title sequences and the key poster.
Pineapple spent many sleepless nights designing the webpage and flyers.
Pamela contributed 24/7 in the promotions, marketing and PR.
Infinite amount of love from everyone.