Ep 22: justsaying with Nicole Midori Woodford – Asian Horror And Folklore: The Excursion

The second season of HBO Asia Original horror anthology series, Folklore features the deeply-rooted superstitions and myths across seven Asian countries – Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

The second season of Folklore, the horror anthology envisioned by auteur Eric Khoo, examines the human condition when exposed to supernatural phenomena with each story providing a different take and perspective.

Folklore Season 2 ramps up the fear factor, featuring a mix of established and up-and-coming auteurs, each with distinct sensibilities.

This season, seven episodes will be set in seven different Asian countries – Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

We speak to Singaporean filmmaker, Nicole Midori Woodford, whose Folklore episode, The Excursion, deals with family trauma and loss.

Nicole is a film director, writer and editor and an alumnus of Berlinale Talents as well as the Asian Film Academy in 2010.

Her short film For We Are Strangers competed at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. Permanent Resident, her latest short film, was selected in Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018, Busan International Film Festival and SeaShorts 2018 amongst other festivals.

Nicole’s Folklore episode ‘The Excursion’ centres around a troubled mother who has to cope with depression, chronic insomnia, an absentee husband… and a ghost that might threaten the life of her only son.

We speak to Nicole about the inspiration for ‘The Excursion’ and her experience making the movie, as well as her take on what makes Asian horror different from its Western counterpart.

The new six-episode season is now available exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. A new episode will debut every Sunday at the same time.

The Excursion by Nicole Midori Woodford, stars Mindee Ong, Ethan Ng, Darren Lim, and premieres on December 19.

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