“There are only three kinds of Filipino films nowadays—romance, horror, and family movies. This is different,” says Wincy Ong of his film, “Overtime”, which he co-directed with Earl Ignacio under GMA Films. Starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren Young, “Overtime” is a black comedy that aims to challenge the idea of identity and family in a Philippine setting, as well as the idea of the Filipino mainstream movie itself.
When I first read a malicious tabloid article saying Wincy left his set because of “disagreements”, I got angry and wanted to actually write about the truth. The truth that Wincy’s love and passion for film are immeasurable. But his body faltered. During the shoot of OVERTIME, he developed acid reflux, hypertension and anxiety disorder, conditions he chose to keep in private. At first, I didn’t know what to do but I had to support him. I had to know what to do when the conditions attacked. But we never made a big fuss about it.
Wincy, with the help of Earl Ignacio and all his loyal and supportive crew, finished the film. And I’m very happy that OVERTIME turned out to be a film I am genuinely proud of.
So please watch OVERTIME. It’s opening tomorrow, July 2, 2014 in major cinemas.