Kay Tong thanks HBO for faith in local actors

Veteran home-grown actor Lim Kay Tong leveraged on his latest award win to draw regional attention to the Singapore media industry. The 61-year-old, who was named Best Actor In A Supporting Role at the Asian Television Awards on Thursday...


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Veteran home-grown actor Lim Kay Tong leveraged on his latest award win to draw regional attention to the Singapore media industry.

The 61-year-old, who was named Best Actor In A Supporting Role at the Asian Television Awards on Thursday night, thanked HBO, a global company, for using Singaporean resources.

Referring to HBO Asia’s original drama series Grace, the show for which he won the award, he said in his acceptance speech: “While HBO, being an international company, has assembled people from the United States, Taiwan and Australia for Grace, the bulk of this drama’s cast and crew are Singaporeans. I thank HBO for putting its faith in us.”

In the supernatural drama, he plays a fortune-teller who crosses paths with a troubled Singaporean family. The four-part miniseries, which was shot here, included local actresses Pamelyn Chee and Constance Song, Chinese- American actor Russell Wong and British actor George Young.

After the event at Suntec Convention Centre, Lim reiterated his sentiments to reporters backstage, pointing to the pool of media talent here.

“We have a lot of crew here who, in my opinion, are of international standard,” he said. “But they don’t get the opportunity to show their skills, except in independent movies and so forth.

“So I was really gratified to HBO for having the trust to use a crew and team that were mostly from Singapore, and I think it has paid off. The show was nominated for eight awards, which shows the quality of the project.”

He added: “Possibly, this shows the potential of the future, where there will be more Singapore-based projects with Singapore talents.”

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