How Asian film is making moves to take over from Hollywood

By Emma Jones
Entertainment reporter

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When Indonesian author Jesse Q Sutanto landed a book deal for her novel, Dial A for Aunties, she hadn't anticipated the film rights immediately being snapped up by Netflix.

The Jakarta-based author describes her debut as 'Crazy Rich Asians meets Weekend at Bernies'.

She says the tale – about a wedding photographer who accidentally kills off her blind date and then hides the body during an Indonesian society wedding – came along at just the right time.

"Everyone was in need to cheering up, because of lockdown. The over-the-top plot, and the ridiculousness of a dead body and a big wedding is such great escapism. Chinese-Indonesian weddings are amazing, they can have an average of 2,000 guests – my heroine has to hide the body with the help of her mum and aunties."

Sutanto will executive produce the film, which is directed by Nahnatchka Khan, who made Fresh off the Boat, a TV series about Taiwanese immigrants adjusting to life in the US.