Films

Craig McCourry is a Hong Kong based American filmmaker who has worked on location in over 70 countries.  Craig's production company is McCourry Films.  
Christmas at the Royal Hotel (currently in production)

Sneak peek of the upcoming feature film "Christmas at the Royal Hotel." This World War II movie is currently in production and will be released in 2018. http://vimeo.com/243485853

In December 1941, during the Japanese attack on Hong Kong, a Canadian soldier, a hotel maid and a Chinese journalist become dangerously entangled in a collapsing city.

Movie synopsis:
In Autumn 1941, Tom a young Canadian soldier living in Winnipeg has been ordered to serve in the far-flung British colony of Hong Kong. Tom’s wife Emma is worried about the potential dangers of Tom’s deployment, but Hong Kong is considered a relatively safe posting, as the “real war” is happening in Europe.

Arriving into Hong Kong, Tom checks into the Royal Hotel, a slightly defunct establishment full of war profiteers, refugees and spies. Here he meets a mysterious female journalist named Mayling who works for the South China News Agency.

Mayling who fled the Japanese attack of Canton in 1938, is haunted by the ongoing war in China, especially after the disappearance of her husband during the fall of Canton. The Royal Hotel is her refuge and also the base camp of her protagonist, a Mr. Cheung who had a secret meeting with her husband before he went missing.

Mr. Cheung is an opportunist, operating at the front lines of the war zone where the most profits can be gained. Mr. Cheung is also a hard-nosed political operator with uncertain loyalties. Mayling suspects Mr. Cheung is playing a two-sided game, but whose side is he on?

In early December, Tom has been assigned to a military recon group in charge of watching the Japanese troop movements along the Hong Kong border. Stranded thousands of miles from home, Tom sadly contemplates the upcoming Christmas holiday with only the infrequent mail service providing him a glimmer of hope for some communication with his wife.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything. The whole Pacific blows up into a war zone. During the early morning hours of December 8th, the Japanese attack Hong Kong. The fighting goes badly for the British army, as the Japanese forces quickly gain the upper hand. It becomes apparent to Tom and Mayling that Hong Kong will soon fall to the Japanese. There is nowhere to go, and the refuge of the Royal Hotel now becomes a trap. The underlying Christmas spirit that normally brings friends and family together is now being ripped apart by the onslaught of war. For many, their future is lost.

Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas day. That day is now remembered in Hong Kong as the Black Christmas.

Written & Directed by Craig McCourry
Produced by Grace Yan Yan Mak
Cinematography by Craig McCourry & William Kwok

Starring: Harry Oram, Lydia Lee Tang, Ashley Leung, Wil Cheung, Michael Szuc, Vimal Vaz, Parker Chen, George John Alex, Nick Daryanani, Perrie Kapernaros, Jai Day, Rayve Zen, Jane Choi, Irene Ching, Ines Laimins, Leo Lee, Jessica Yeung, Cyril Ma, Nis Gron, Nick Ford, Denis Moldovean, Felix Chang, Paul Cox, Bowie Chan, Bosco Wong, Josh Duhon, Mike Yip, Monty Lo, Tom Lau, Davis Lam.

Running time (approx) 90 minutes
Historical Drama / English / Color / 1:85 / 4K / 2018
Currently in production... to be released in 2018.

Christmas at the Royal Hotel ~ Trailer on Vimeo:


URL link : http://vimeo.com/243485853
Transformed ~ Sci-Fi Series


We have just completed post production on TRANSFORMED. The 6-episode series will now be pitched to the international film marketplace.  During the next few months we will be in discussions with broadcasters & film distributors on this series.  Estimated release as soon as early 2018.

“Transformed” Sci-Fi series is directed by Gary Brightman & Craig McCourry.

Synopsis:
When an extra-terrestrial pod lands in Hong Kong the human transformations begin. With seemingly no way of detection, the population is being infected by an alien virus, which transforms them into a modified human species. Sergeant Dave Chan and Hong Kong security forces are left to deal with the problem, whilst everyone lives in fear and paranoia. In an effort to contain the transformations, Hong Kong's borders are closed, while regular citizens quickly have to confront a fight-or-flight scenario. The rules of survival have changed. To remain human is to live in fear.

Running time: 180 minutes (6 x 30 minute episodes)
Sci-Fi / English / Color / 1:85 / HD / 2017

Transformed trailer on Vimeo:


URL link : http://vimeo.com/241661702
HongKonglicious Short Film Series


HongKonglicious synopsis:


A fresh-faced cast of young Hongkongers
confront their challenges of work / life balance
within the confines of a more traditional society.

HongKonglicious unravels some
of the conundrums that haunt the lives
of its youth who struggle to survive
within the neon-lit jungle of Hong Kong.

Written & Directed by Craig McCourry
Produced by Grace Yan Yan Mak
Cinematography by Craig McCourry

HongKonglicious episodes 1-3 are now available to watch on Vimeo:

Episode 1 ~ Lost Chopsticks https://vimeo.com/166322647


Episode 2 ~ Taste of Freedom https://vimeo.com/173379489


Episode 3 ~ Life in Concrete https://vimeo.com/176474377



HongKonglicious now available on Amazon ~ click URL link below.

URL link : http://goo.gl/7sEDFj
Cannes: All Access

In 2006, Craig worked as a cameraman with renowned film critic Richard Schickel and producer Brian Jamison on their documentary film, "Bienvenue à Cannes" (also known by the title, Cannes: All Access). This film is about the renowned Cannes Film Festival held each year in France. The film includes interviews and behind the scenes footage with various film personalities including directors Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Brian Glazer, Harvey Weinstein, Dino De Laurentiis, Nick Nolte, Samuel L. Jackson, Chloe Sevigny, Gena Rowlands, William Dafoe and film critics Derek Malcolm (London Evening Standard), A. O. Scott (New York Times) and Roger Ebert. The film was broadcast on the Turner Movie Classics Channel.


URL link : http://www.amazon.com/Cannes-All-Access-Clint-Eastwood/dp/B000OCY7J4
Empires of Steam

Craig produced, directed and shot the documentary film “Empires of Steam” which journeys into China and India for a rare glimpse into the last strongholds of the steam locomotive.

"Empires of Steam" Take a journey into the windswept deserts of India and the cold frontiers of Northeastern China for a rare last glimpse of powerful steam trains that have managed to survive on the fringes of Asia's railway empires. This onetime "king of transportation" is riding on the brink of extinction - its last outposts now in the most remote areas of China and India. Empires of Steam explores the largest and most exotic centers of steam railway activity left anywhere in the world. Brilliant cinematography documents this closing chapter of the world's last great steam railway empires and the colorful people who still populate these remote regions. 50 minutes.

Shot on 16mm Eastman Kodak film.  International TV sales distribution by Solid Entertainment (Los Angeles). Currently the film has been sold for television broadcast on PBS (United States); TV Ontario (Canada); La Cinquieme (France); Odyssee (France); NOS-EO (The Netherlands); SF-DRS (Switzerland); TSR (Switzerland) and TVE (Brazil) with home video and DVD release in the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.


URL link : http://www.amazon.com/Empires-Steam-Craig-McCourry/dp/B00003A9SY
Press Pass to the World

Craig produced, directed and shot the documentary film “Press Pass to the World."

"Press Pass to the World" follows a cast of respected journalists through the challenging, adventurous task of reporting for some of the world's leading newspapers. Driven by their search for truth, the mystery becomes less about HOW these journalists get the story than WHY they do what they do. "Press Pass to the World" is a whimsical and poignant look at a way of life that is about more than chasing stories - it's about pursuing dreams. 58 minutes.

Filmed on location in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, Washington, D.C., Havana and Vienna with foreign correspondents employed by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, The Times of India, The Jerusalem Post, Reuters, Agence France-Presse and others.


URL link : http://www.amazon.com/Press-Pass-to-the-World/dp/B000O29UIW
The Great Bazaars

Craig produced, directed and shot the documentary film “The Great Bazaars."

"The Great Bazaars" For centuries, across vast windswept deserts and through rugged outposts, the various peoples of the Islamic world traveled by camel caravan to trade in the ancient marketplaces of Cairo, Istanbul, Marrakesh and Fez. Today the Great Bazaars are struggling against an onslaught of economic and cultural changes that imperils their historic significance within the Muslim world. The Great Bazaars takes you on the journey of a lifetime, across the green-glaze tiled rooftops of Fez, through the cobbled lanes and blind alleys of Cairo, past the jutting minarets and domed mosques of Istanbul, into the heart of these ancient marketplaces. Enter a realm where religion and commerce are intertwined, where every transaction is a choreographed ritual of negotiation, where merchants and craftsmen keep alive old traditions in their everyday trade. Filmed on location in Morocco, Egypt and Turkey. 50 minutes

Photographed on location in Cairo, Istanbul, Marrakesh and Fez. Shot on 16mm Eastman Kodak film.  International TV sales distribution by Solid Entertainment (Los Angeles). 

URL link : http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Bazaars/dp/B000O77QYM
Venice: Tides of Change

Craig produced, directed and shot the documentary film “Venice: Tides of Change."

"Venice: Tides of Change" What happens when the forces of the outside world threaten to submerge the local culture of an insular society? For over 800 years, the residents of Venice have preserved their city's culture despite the changes around them. But now Venice struggles to maintain its unique character against a host of problems including unprecedented rates of migration, mass tourism and environmental damage. The Venetian people now find themselves in a perilous balance as they reflect upon the issues that may soon swamp their society. Searching for solutions, the Venetians confront the possibility that their culture may drift away long before the city's historic landmarks sink into the Adriatic Sea. 50 minutes.



URL link : http://www.amazon.com/Venice-Tides-of-Change/dp/B000OONRV6
 
 
Twitter updates
 


website links