Guildford director gets film on Amazon Prime with Twelfth Night adaptation

A Guildford woman’s low budget film created at university has made it onto international streaming service Amazon Prime.

Aimee Kwan is an actress and director and created 12, the modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, three years ago while at Oxford.

The 25-year-old secured funding of less than £1,000 from Oxford colleges and spent 12 days shooting it.

The former Guildford High School student added: “Luckily, Amazon Prime thought it was good enough quality to be sellable on their platform.

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“I’d done lots of shorter films before and when I was younger, always wanted to go into film but as someone from an Asian background, did not believe it was a viable career path.

“But after directing some plays in my final year, I thought I will just try film while the opportunity was there.

“Diversity in the industry is not the best, so one of my goals is creating content that helps to open the table up to people from various backgrounds.

“There have been more diversity pushes in recent times but some of the briefs are quite lazy in terms of character options for an actor of colour, so the fact I write and direct means I can create stuff that gives performers more positive roles to take.”

Despite being shot in 2017, it took Miss Kwan and her small team a long time to produce the final 90-minute cut, due to the difficulties of post-production editing while studying a masters at the Guildford School of Acting.

The Burpham resident has written two dozen scripts now and hopes to see many more realised and finding their way to TV and cinema screens in the future.

Her film 12 is only available in the UK and USA currently, but has already had “several thousand minutes of streams”.

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