Olympics documentary debuts Sunday


SHANGHAI -- "Boomtown Beijing," a documentary directed by Tan Siok Siok about the Olympic city and its run-up to the games, will premiere Sunday in China's capital.

The 70-minute film tells the story of three Beijing residents working to make their personal Olympic dreams come true: An 11-year-old boy who wants to beat the odds to become an Olympics torch-bearer; a street sweeper who dreams of staging his own mass Olympics countdown performance; and an aging, blind athlete who takes one last stab at a Paralympics medal before he retires from competition.

"The film is an attempt to depict the Beijing Olympics on a human scale," Tan told The Hollywood Reporter. "It looks at everyday life in Beijing and the dreams and aspirations of ordinary Beijing residents the summer before the Olympics come to town."

"I also wanted to see if I could find a middle ground between the polarized perspectives of East and West, a point of view that would be engaging to audiences around the world," she added.

Research and development began in May 2007 and the film was finished last December, Tan said. The film is an independent production with some in-kind support from the Beijing Film Academy. The direct cost of the project was about $37,000.