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Robbing the Kong with Sylvia Hoeks by Gracie Otto

DIRECTED BY: GRACIE OTTO
WRITTEN BY: GRACIE OTTO & SYLVIA HOEKS
STORY BY: EMILY HAWE
PRODUCED BY: KARLA CLARKE with DUNDAS MEDIA
STARRING: SYLVIA HOEKS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEXANDER ALEXANDROV
STYLED BY: KARLA CLARKE
HAIR AND MAKEUP:JAYME KAVANAGH 
EDITED BY: GRACIE OTTO
POST PRODUCTION BY: THE GINGERBREAD MAN
SOUND DESIGNED BY: LAWRENCE HORNE
ONLINE / COLOUR / DESIGN: CRAIG DEEKER

Sylvia wears: Paris Georgia Basics, Elle Macpherson Body, Petite Grand, Matin, Burberry, Zimmerann, Stuart Weitzman, bec + bridge x Pared Eyewear (in order of appearance)

Gracie Otto’s “Robbing the Kong” is a bewitching reverie that plays with the dilemma of whether we are pawns in a grand schematic masterpiece or masters of our own universe. Dragon pieces from the age-old Chinese game of Mahjong serve as symbolic portents as the film follows the ethereal Sylvia Hoeks through new starts, sweet success and, fittingly, surrendering to the unknown. By nuancing the divide of dreams from reality, the film makes one wonder, in which state of being are we (and Sylvia) truly alive? Or is being alive the sum of our imaginary and physical experience? In the words of the Mahjong master herself, “I can’t tell you what’s real!” -TF