State of Play (Steven Dhoedt, Belgium / South Korea, 2013)
85 minutes, UK premiere
Screening at Asia House
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Director: Steven Dhoedt
Producers: Steven Dhoedt, Gert van Berckelaer
Cinematographer: Steven Dhoedt
Music: Regina Lok Yan To
Tickets for this film are £8 for adults; £6 for Concessions and £5 for Asia House Friends (members). They can be purchased here or from Eventbrite below:-
Competitive video gaming is big business in South Korea. An annual highlight is the Pro League live eSports event, with thousands flocking to Seoul to watch the finest professional gamers compete to be the national champion of StarCraft, a game which, almost a decade old, already belongs to a different era in the rapidly developing gaming industry.
For its teenage participants, in a country where pro-gamers are treated as national celebrities, the league offers the promise of prestige, money, and a bevy of adoring fans, but at what cost?
Steven Dhoedt’s documentary follows champion pro-gamer Lee Jae-dong and his fellow team members in their punishing training regime in a world where intense concentration and lightning quick reflexes are everything.
+ Director Steven Dhoedt in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
For more information on the film go to the film’s website here.
To watch the trailer click below:-
This film is being screened as part of the Asia House Film Festival 2016. To read about all the films being screened at this year’s Festival click here.
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