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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 1, 2011

After 'My Househusband', Director Joey Reyes Wants To Do An Indie Film

BY THIS TIME, Writer-director Joey Reyes already knows if his entry at the Cinemalaya 2012 Director’s Showcase has been chosen as one of the five finalists. The announcement was supposed to have been made yesterday. If and when he’d get the chance to film his pet project, it would definitely have a mainstream and not an indie cast since he wants Eugene Domingo, Judy Ann Santos and Iza Calzado no less to star in it. “I love indie films since the director is given full control on his material as a creative agent, as shown in the works of young directors like Chris Martinez (“100”) and Loy Arcenas (“Nino”),” he says.

This doesn’t mean he’ll turn his back on mainstream filmmaking since he’s one of the very few directors now who continues to be active. This year, he did “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi” for Star Cinema and the Metro filmfest entry, “My Househusband, Ikaw Na” for OctoArts Films. He wants to stress that “My Househusband” is not a sequel to his earlier filmfest topgrossers “Kasal Kasalo Kasali” and “Sakal Sakali Saklolo”. “It still stars Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo but they play totally different characters,” he says.

“The script was originally written by Mel del Rosario but I updated it by including the character of Eugene Domingo, their next door neighbor who’s the mistress of a rich old man at naging best friend ni Ryan as they get to spend a lot of time with each other.” Is it also a comedy like past Juday-Ryan films? “It’s real life, may comedy, may drama. Di ba ganun naman ang totoong buhay? It’s about marriage, family, but also about the battle of the sexes involving Pinoy machismo and the changing roles of husband and wife in today’s modern world.”