On the recent episode of The Bottomline, Sue Ramirez tearfully comments about the movie choices of young Filipino viewers.

In a Facebook post by Kathleen Doblado, a student from the University of Santo Tomas and the president of the Thomasian Film Society, she mentions that something she said brought actress Sue Ramirez to tears.

“Naitanong sa akin ni Tito Boy kung anong klaseng pelikula ba ang aking pinapanood, sagot ko naman ay pinapanood ko ang kahit anong pelikula na pumukaw sa aking interes, mga sikat na pelikula, o nagbabase sa mga aktor at direktor (kilala sa industriya o hindi) sa kadahilanang hindi ako nanonood ng mga trailer.”

Because of Kathleen’s answer, Sue wasn’t able to hold back her emotions. This also made Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra shed tears herself. Watch the video below.

A viewer’s perspective

But if you are a fan of Sue, please don’t blame Kathleen. In her Facebook post she continues:

Hindi na ako nagkaroon pa ng pagkakataon na sumagot pang muli ngunit nais ko lamang linawin na mas maraming kabataan pa rin ang mas pinipiling panoorin ang mga pelikulang hindi puro romansa at hindi nakakatawang komedya ang laman.

Likewise, we could relate to her explanation.

In a recent article that we wrote on the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, we chose the top 3 film entries which caught most of our attention. Looking at it now, we realize that ‘Cuddle Weather’, an entry which includes actress Sue Ramirez, is not included. It may be because of the film’s usual ‘love story’ theme.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Entries

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Film Entries

As viewers or consumers of these films, we are free to choose what we want to watch. We all know that the people involved in the film industry (and almost every other industry) are working hard, but they shouldn’t blame the moviegoers for not wanting to see their outputs.

Younger generations already prefer a lot more variation in the genres of films in the Philippines. Because, love and comedy? We are all constantly being given movies with the same themes. Frankly, it is getting tiring and even cliché at this point. With the introduction of online-streaming sites and newer technology, it is just right for the film industry to also advance in terms of ideas. We want experimental genres, thought-provoking themes, and surprising plots. We want a breath of fresh air. 

Restrictions on the industry

However, we can’t deny that tried and tested movie formulas are there because they are effective. These ‘romance and comedy’ movies sell.

That is why they are often made. In our country, filmmakers are desperate to release content that would give them profit.

New ideas are welcome, but will they surely attract enough audiences to generate money? This is a frustration commonly shared by film producers and enthusiasts. Thankfully, platforms like The Bottomline give light on these issues. So for now, let’s focus on Sue’s point, why not give them a chance?

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

Tomorrow, September 13, marks the start of the week-long Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Now on its third year, PPP gives us the chance to celebrate our very own local films. Moreover, it also serves a platform to honor the 100 years of Philippine Cinema. There are ten films to choose from and surely they were all produced with blood and sweat. After all, PPP upholds that all the entries selected were quality genre films.

Which film entries are you going to give a chance? Share with us some of your thoughts through the comments below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.