Craig McCourry is a Hong Kong based American filmmaker who has worked on location in over 70 countries. His work has been featured in hundreds of media productions. Listed below are some of the recent productions.  
Christmas at the Royal Hotel (in production)


Feature film: Christmas at the Royal Hotel

Movie synopsis:
In Autumn 1941, Tom a young Canadian soldier has been ordered to serve in the far-flung British colony of Hong Kong. Arriving into the city, 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 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 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?

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. 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.

Written & Directed by Craig McCourry
Produced by Grace Mak

Currently in production... to be released in 2018.

Transformed (completed)

We have just completed post production this past July 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.

The upcoming “Transformed” TV series is directed by Gary Brightman & Craig McCourry.

Sci Fi TV Series Synopsis:
A subtle Hong Kong alien invasion (part of a global epidemic) transforms humans into assimilated alien beings. The human race is being ‘re-booted’ and the new v2.0 is placid and ‘dumbed down’ – can it be stopped? A lone pirate radio reporter tries to keep a sense of reality, as he leaks theories of the ongoing invasion. The Police dept. is torn between two goals – to satisfy the Gov. desire to keep fear and chaos from escalating whilst one officer feels the truth is the best weapon. Increasing community paranoia with friends, family and strangers leads to a toxic society.

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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.

Director ~ Craig McCourry
Producer ~ Grace Mak

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

Episode 1 ~ Lost Chopsticks

Episode 2 ~ Taste of Freedom

Episode 3 ~ Life in Concrete

HongKonglicious now available on Amazon ~ click URL link below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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