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The Negative Effect: A Documentary About Film Photography Lovers


The Negative Effect is a documentary film by Malaysian director Dick Chua about a group of youngsters obsessed with film and lo-fi photography. He followed the group of about 40 photo-enthusiasts back in 2008 as they traveled to Penang Island in Malaysia to shoot and put on a photography exhibition without any sponsorship or support. The film premiered in Malaysia in 2009 and Singapore in 2011. Hopefully it’ll start showing internationally soon, or at least become available as a DVD.

Photography-related movies have been hit-and-miss lately. Bill Cunningham New York scored a whopping 98% Fresh on RottenTomatoes, while the Bang Bang Club movie only got 40%.

Thanks for the tip Samath!