Crayon theatrical poster
|Directed by||Dean A. Burhanuddin|
|Screenplay by||Dean A. Burhanuddin|
|Studio||ZiOSS Films Sdn Bhd|
|Distributed by||ZiOSS Films Sdn Bhd|
|Release date(s)||November 11, 2010|
|Budget||MYR 500,000 (estimated)|
Crayon is a 2010 Malaysian drama film. Written and directed by Dean A. Burhanuddin, it stars Hon Kahoe, Faisal Abdullah, Adibah Noor and Joshry Adamme. Its producers are Dean A. Burhanuddin, Linda Ziegler and Elise A. Hamid.
Inspired by true events, the film portrays two university students who volunteer for a social program to help orphans in the east coast of Malaysia during their semester holidays. However, the land they are visiting are reclaimed by land developers for their own purposes. A charity concert is held in their effort to help more, but the orphanage gets burnt down. This startling turn of events causes doubt to their new sense of purpose, and forces them to test their adversity.
It was originally slated for release on 4 November 2010, but its release date was pushed back by a week. It premiered at e@Curve, Mutiara Damansara, on 17 September 2010 and the Music Arts Style International Festival (MASiF) in Pavilion KL on two days later.
The official plot summary is stated on the official Facebook as follows:
|“|| Adam and Rafaat are room-mates studying in a prestigious University in Singapore. Adam an Asean scholar is a Chinese Malaysian over achiever and Rafaat is a Malay Singaporean who's an IT genius. On the surface you see them being on opposites sides of the spectrum but in reality, the more different we are, the more similar we tend to be. They represent the nexus of unity, tolerance and acceptance between races and are most evident in their friendship.
During their studies, they are both required to volunteer for a social program during their term holidays and they decide to be volunteer workers for an orphanage in Malaysia. Then off they go to the east coast of Malaysia where they meet Mak Engku, the caring and lovely matron of the orphanage. They meet Afiq, one of the most rambunctious and loveable orphan whose sense of adventure and zest for life gives them a new appreciation for living. While there, they also meet other orphans and see that despite hardships and difficulties, they realize the true meaning of unconditional love and find true purpose in helping them improve their lives.
Their sense of security is threatened by unscrupulous land developers who will stop at nothing to obtain the orphanage land for their own nefarious purposes. The guys decide to help out more by holding a charity concert in aid of the orphanage but the unthinkable happens. The orphanage gets burnt down.
This shocking turn of events leads them to question and doubt their new sense of purpose. With nothing but heartache and despair, the meaning of their friendship comes into question. Will all their hard work be forever mired by this tragedy? Can their friendship stand the test of adversity or will they lose all hope?
Crayon began development sometime in September 2009 when Dean A. Burhanuddin wrote the screenplay. He had the lost hope for survival and thought why living would be only to seek wealth. He stated that the film to address the concerns pertaining to the orphaned children, and their assistance given to them annualy, especially during the festive periods. He also wanted the public to be aware of that situation, and orphans were to be entitled to live with parents.
Crayon has finished shooting in 25 days.
Burhanuddin has stated that his first film revolves around kids, the second film will focus on deaf and dumb people with disabilities, whereas the third and last will focus on old people.