Lunch With Charles (2001)
Director Michael Parker
Writer Michael Parker
Stars Lau Ching-Wan Nicholas Lea Theresa Lee Bif Naked
Two couples get swapped with each other's partner on a fated journey from Hong Kong to Banff. You'll laugh, you'll cry...you'll learn to swear in Chinese.
Genie Nominated (original song) and Winner of 3 Leo Awards: Best Director, Best Screenwriter (to writer/director Michael Parker) and Best Musical Score (to music composer Simon Kendall).
Voted one of the top 10 films of the Shanghai International Film Festival by The Shanghai Daily; called "an immensely charming film..." and "one of the best films at Maryland Film Festival" by Gamut!Magazine.
The Globe and Mail gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it a "smorgasbord of love". According to Variety Lunch with Charles is filled with "bittersweet charm". Victoria's Monday Magazine voted it one of their festival picks. The Vancouver Province (3 out of 4 stars) sums up the film in one simple word: "delicious!"
A romantic comedy filmed in Hong Kong, Vancouver, central British Columbia and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Lunch with Charles features an international cast led by Sean Lau, (aka Lau Ching-Wan Black Mask, Running out of Time), Nicholas Lea (The X-Files, Vertical Limit), Theresa Lee (The Poet) and a debut performance by gold-recording artist Bif Naked.
In total, Lunch with Charles received 7 Leo Award nominations for: Best Picture (Shan Tam and Michael Parker), Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Musical Score, Best Production Design (Michael Bjornson), Best Cinematography (John Houtman) and Best Actor (Nicholas Lea). The Leo Awards are a celebration of excellence in British Columbian film and television. Lunch with Charles also received a Genie Nomination for Achievement in Music, Best Original Song for "Parting Glass" by Geoff Kelly, Tom Landa and Simon Kendall. The song is performed by Bif Naked.
Lunch with Charles recently screened at Montreal's Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, the Chicago Asian American Showcase at The Gene Siskel Film Center and at the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival.
It has been selected to screen at several international festivals including: The Hawaii International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Cambridge International Film Festival, Local Heroes International Film Festival, Maryland International Film Festival, Kolkata (Calcutta) International Film Festival, Moving Pictures Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and more.
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