[FOR MEMBERS ONLY]
Penang Heritage Trust 30th Anniversary Celebrations Presents: Free Film Screenings 2016: Anna & The King
Penang Heritage Trust cordially invites all members of the Trust to attend the free film screening of Anna & The King (1999), held in conjunction with Penang Heritage Trust’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations. The free film screening event is part of our efforts to give back and express our gratitude to members who had been supporting the Trust for the past many years.
Anna & The King (1999), loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna & the King of Siam, is a semi-fiction story of Anna Leonowens’ time as governess in the court of King Mongkut. It was the late 19th century, and the widowed Anna (Judy Foster) was employed to teach the royal children of King Mongkut’s (Chow Yun-Fatt) court in Siam. While engaged in court, Anna was not too comfortable with some traditions and culture, and had challenged the King on several occasions, including the punishment imposed on Lady Tuptim (Bai Ling) and her secret lover Balat (Sean Ghazi). The King was eventually faced with an uprising and had cleverly outsmarted the rebel with the assistance of Anna.
Anna & The King had won Academy Awards in 1999 for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Filming was held primarily in Malaysia as Thailand had rejected the application to film locally, and locations such as Langkawi, Ipoh and George Town were used. During filming, several iconic landmarks and streets were transformed to look like 19th century Siam, and locals were employed to serve as extras in the film.
Interesting trivia: Thomas Leonowens, the husband of Anna Leonowens, had died in Penang on 7th May 1859 and is buried in the Northam Road Protestant Cemetery, a Category 1 Heritage Site in George Town.