Newsletter No. 451

8 451 • 19.1.2015 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/chinese/newsletter/ 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/newsletter/ . 新闻与传播学院 朱顺慈教授 Prof. Donna Chu School of Journalism and Communication 近年你的创作非常旺盛,先有电影,继而小说,何解? 每个人都有表达自己和跟别人沟通的需要,身为新闻与传播学 院的老师,喜欢创作,有那种热情和好奇,是顺理成章的。过去 两年,我很想透过电影和小说表达一些感受,所以便出现了这 两件作品。 甚麽激发你拍《佳酿》? 数年前的生日,我想到给自己一份特别的礼物。我不想太物质 化,抚心自问,有甚麽未圆的童年梦想呢?想到自己写过的「我 的志愿」,就是当编剧或者导演,于是我许下愿望要拍一出戏。 念头滋生容易,可由于工作太忙,一年过去,甚麽也没发生。到 了下一个生日,我下定决心,要把戏拍出来。之后的一年,用尽了 所有周末和假期,终于把《佳酿》拍成。 可以谈谈《佳酿》的「中大成分」吗? 我是中大本科毕业的,对中大感情深厚。在这儿工作几年,发现 学生都面对一些焦虑和迷惘。最明显的是熬过了漫长激烈的竞 争,进得大学,反而不知道该怎样利用新得到的自主和自由。鼓 励人们追求梦想的声音不少,但假如连自己的梦想是甚麽也不 知道,那又怎麽办?我以熟悉的人物的感受为蓝本,把我和学生 对这些问题的反思放在剧本里,自然也用了中大做背景。容我 偏私的说,中大的校园是全港最美的,不单是风景,而是那种秀 气和与别不同的氛围。 小说《现在未来式》可是你自己的写照? 2014年香港连叠发生了很多事,相信很多人跟我一样,觉得很 无力,很焦虑,情绪难以排解。创作可以发挥幻想,起安慰作 用。6月的某一晚,看新闻看得非常沮丧,我关了电视,开了电 脑,便写了第一章。假设一个人得到五次穿梭时空的机会,他会 怎样选择?在个人和社会的张力和纠结之间,他会做些甚麽决 定?得到怎样的反思?构思小说要用不少精力,把我从现实世界 里很多更加荒谬的事情稍稍抽离。小说情节和我个人经历可说 没有重叠,唯一共通点是主角是自由工作者,而我进大学工作 之前好一段日子也是个自由工作者。 小说成书后, 陈韬文 教授的摄影占很大比重,请说说这番 合作。 为我出书的台湾独立出版社希望可以结合文字和影像,我即时 便想起陈教授,他拍的照片想像空间很大,百看不厌;而我写的 故事也有很多现实与想像的对话。那时我人在荷兰,立刻电邮 联络他。他看了原稿一遍,很快便想到如何用相片与文字对答, 商量了几转,已选出了大堆适合的照片,再交出版社的美术设计 师和编辑构思如何利用它们丰富小说。 你是「博群计划」的中坚策划人,为甚麽愿意花时间做 这个? 博群对我最大的吸引力是很多颇有想法和创意、热爱中大的同 事和同学。例如我现在置身的草庐,就是因去年博群大讲堂邀 得台湾的 姚仁喜 建筑师演讲,而萌生在校园起造一座建筑物的 意念。与建筑学院的 钟宏亮 教授讨论下来,他和学生便平地里 搭建了这座饶富诗意的草庐。这些愉快的合作,令人一而再再而 三地尝试开拓不同的可能性,探讨可以在这儿为师生创造一个 怎样的空间和经验,也叫我舍不得离开博群。 你刚在阿姆斯特丹过了一个学期,感觉怎样? 我在那里放学术休假,感觉就像过着交换生的生活。在另一所 大学和当地的同事有很多交流机会,在另一个国家生活四个 月,不用急忙地过日子,有思考的时间和空间,遇到很多有趣的 人,找到研究的新方向,得到充分休息,精神的确焕发了。这个 安排相当不错,大家都应该放学术休假啊! 请扫描QR码阅读全文版 Scan the QR code for the full version 观看录像,请扫描QR码或浏览以下网址: To watch the video, please scan the QR code or visit: www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/video/?nsl451-donna-chu You have been so full of creative energy in the last year or so. First a film, now a novel. Why so? We all have the need to express ourselves and communicate with others. It’s all the more natural for me, a teacher in journalism and communication, to have this energy, passion and curiosity for creative pursuits. During the past two years, I felt the urge to express some feelings through film and novel, and hence, the two pieces of work. What prompted you to shoot a film like The Vintage ? Several years ago, I thought of giving myself a special birthday present. Instead of craving something materialistic, I examined what unachieved childhood dreams I had. To be a film scriptwriter or a director has long been on my wish list, so I told myself I would shoot a film. It’s always easier said than done. I was so busy with my work that nothing happened after a year and soon it was another birthday. I made up my mind that it had to be done. In the following year, I spent all my weekends and holidays producing the film and finally gave birth to it. Would you like to talk about the CUHK elements in The Vintage ? I completed my undergraduate studies at CUHK and have strong emotional bonds with my alma mater. I have worked here for several years, and I find some common anxieties and frustrations among my students. The most detectable is they don’t know what to do with the autonomy and freedom at this stage of their lives after fighting hard for so long to enter university. People always encourage you to go for your dream, but, what if you don’t even know what your dream is? Based on real encounters with people I know, I wrote the script which contains a lot of reflections on this issue by me and my students. CUHK was chosen as the background without much debate. Pardon my favouritism; CUHK has the most beautiful campus in Hong Kong, not only in terms of the scenery, but also the unsophisticated elegance and the unique ambience. Is there anything autobiographical in the novel Now on the Run ? 2014 has been an eventful year. I believe that many people felt the same as I did: powerless, anxious and suffocated. Creativity gives room for imagination and offers comfort. One evening in June, I was so fed up and depressed by the news. I turned off the television, turned on the computer and started to write the first chapter. If a man was given five chances for time travel, what choices would he make? Being entangled in the tension between individuals and society, what decisions would he make, and what reflections would he have? Working all these out consumed much of my energy, and served to distract me from the even more fictional and ridiculous reality. The plot and my personal experience share nothing in common, only that the protagonist is a freelancer, and I also worked freelance for a long period of time before working at CUHK. Prof. Joseph Chan ’s photography has played a vital role in the published novel. How was the collaboration? The novice independent publisher from Taiwan suggested combining text with images. Without a second thought, Professor Chan came to my mind. His photos usually give the viewer enormous room for imagination—great for my novel which is full of dialogues between reality and imagination. I sent him an e-mail from Holland, together with my manuscripts. He came up with lots of brilliant ideas about how photos and text could complement each other. After several rounds of discussion, we settled on a large collection of photos for the art designer and editor to choose from, with the aim of adding substance to the novel. You are one of the core planners and organizers of the University’s I • CARE Programme. Why is it worth your time? The greatest attraction of I • CARE is teachers and students who love CUHK and who are never short of fascinating ideas. Take the cottage here as an example, it is rooted in a primitive idea of building a structure on campus to echo the theme of the 2014 University Lecture on Civility with Taiwanese architect Kris Yao as the guest speaker. We talked to Prof. Thomas Chung of the School of Architecture, and without lengthy discussions, he and his students constructed this poetic cottage from scratch. Collaborations like this are so inspiring and encouraging. We will never feel tired of trying out different possibilities to open up new horizons and enrich the experience for people here on campus. You may say I’m addicted to I • CARE. You’ve spent a semester in Amsterdam. How was it like? I was there on sabbatical leave. It’s just like being an exchange student there. I had the chance to exchange ideas with people in another university. I was able to live my days leisurely for four months in another country, which gave me ample time and space for thinking. I met many interesting people and identified a new direction for research. I rested enough to refresh myself. Sabbatical leave is good and everybody should go for it! Photo by ISO staff

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