Screening: Tradition Well Served


Film screening and addresses by Elaine Forsgate Marden, producer
The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd. 

Tradition Well Served (2013, Libby Halliday Palin, 45 minutes)

Screening at 6.30 pm
Addresses at 7.15 pm
Cocktail reception catered by The Peninsula Hong Kong at 7.45 pm
Close at 8.45 pm

An update of the documentary film originally conceived to narrate the history and development of The Peninsula Hong Kong and released to celebrate the launch of The Peninsula Tower in 1994. Celebrating the legendary heritage of the Kadoorie family and the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, China's first luxury hotel company, the updated Tradition Well Served is a fascinating documentary film featuring new archival footage of Hong Kong and Shanghai, historical photographs and interviews with key personalities to explore the rich history and traditions of The Peninsula Hotels. The film goes on to tell the story of the company's remarkable progress and global expansion over the past two decades, and also offers a rare insight into the Kadoorie family its Chairman, The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie.

Inspired by Sir Michael and produced by Elaine Forsgate Marden, the original Tradition Well Served was made over 20 years ago, following Ms. Forsgate Marden's extensive film archive research in the early '80s in London, Tokyo, Washington DC and New York. She started working on the new version in 2011 in collaboration with Sir Michael with the aim of bringing the film up to date. Family friends since childhood, she had earlier produced an hour-long documentary on China Light & Power, another Kadoorie enterprise, and she credits the two families' relationship as the key to the success of Tradition Well Served. The updated version is directed by Libby Halliday Palin with Brian McDairmant as Director of Photography. The score has been composed by Peter White, and Grant Thatcher narrates.

Sir Michael Kadoorie will give an address following the screening with an introduction by Ms. Forsgate Marden. A special cocktail reception catered by The Peninsula will follow the addresses.

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Event Details

Fri 09 May 2014
6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
$480 Asia Society President’s Circle/ Corporate member plus one guest
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