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“Le Mans” “The Fast and the Furious” “ Rush” and even “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” Everyone has their favorite racing movies. In some cases, car enthusiasts decide to take it a step further and make their own. Such is the case with Singapore’s “Oversteer,” a racing movie by car fanatic and director Derrick Lui. However, shooting the high-speed flick was anything other than smooth. 

‘Oversteer’ Director Derrick Lui says the movie was a case study in Murphy’s Law

“Oversteer” is “Singapore’s first racing movie,” per AsiaOne. While that’s exciting news, Director Derrick Lui told interviewers that “everything that could go wrong went wrong,” referring to production issues and funding shortages. 

“Everything fell apart, and we had to get someone else in and then everything fell apart again.” Derrick, unfortunately, is referring to his difficulty securing sufficient funding for the film. “If you don’t have the money, then you have to knock on many doors and ask for collaborators.” Tragically, the 48-year-old director had a tough time gaining the support of international collaborators. 

The national flag of Singapore, the country celebrating its first racing movie: 'Oversteer."
Singapore’s national flag at a race | Yu Chun Christopher Wong, Eurasia Sport Images via Getty Images

That didn’t stop the car enthusiast from putting nearly all of his savings into the film. However, even with enough momentum to get the rubber on the road with a shoestring budget, the crew ran into issues with the global pandemic. Derrick Lui and his team did much of the shooting in Malaysia. What’s more, “Oversteer’s” collaborators were based in Myanmar and Thailand. 

Unfortunately for Derrick, COVID-19 travel limitations in Asia limited the crew’s ability to keep to a tight production schedule. So, if it wasn’t funding issues, it was closed borders and restrictions.

Still, Derrick Lui and the team kept their racing movie dreams moving and completed “Oversteer.” The movie follows Wind, a young and aspiring driver whose dreams of motorsport and podiums alienate him from his less-than-supportive family. Fortunately for racing movie fans, Wind’s story is on the big screen, not in a stack of abandoned projects.

Source: AsiaOne