Craig Fong

Craig Fong

Professional Actor and Executive Producer at craigfong.com
Actor

Perth, Australia

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About Craig

Craig Fong was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia. In this small country town with less than five thousand residents, Craig grew up in a somewhat isolated outback environment and was first cast in the stage comedy 'Custards Last Stand'. At fourteen Craig moved to Perth to continue his studies at Rossmoyne Senior High School but there were no drama classes, instead he picked up photography with the intention of eventually becoming a film director.

After high school he enrolled into the Central Institute of Technology located in Perth, majoring in film production and animation. During his three years he won Best Television Commercial and his actor Matt Thompson won Best Male Actor for a short film he made in 1991 at the Film and Television Institute (FTI) Awards in Fremantle. The following year he was nominated for Best Documentary at the same event.

His partner at the time, a prominent model, introduced him to her agent and thus was cast in his first television commercial for Western Australian Tourism.

Craig left Perth for Sydney to pursue an acting career. He was an extra on 'Thank God He Met Lizzie', 'Hart to Hart Down Under' and was featured in a Crowded House music video, 'Instinct'. From there he left for Singapore and modelled for Elite Singapore and then with Mannequin Studio.

His travels took him to Malaysia where his first real acting break came from a Hollywood movie 'Entrapment', where he spent five days standing next to Catherine Zeta-Jones as the right-hand-man of Maury Chaykin's character. He did not have a large part in this movie. In fact, it was a very small one with a one-word line. In 1999 Craig was cast in his first lead role in an independent film 'Spinning Gasing' portraying Harry, a young musician who is caught between culture, religion and love. 'Spinning Gasing' was later garnished with awards from the Hawaii International Film Festival, Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah and the CINEFAN Film Festival in Bombay.

Craig briefly returned to Singapore to work in mostly movies made for television with longtime friend and director Kabir Bhatia. Together they made 'On the Wings of Butterflies' playing a Japanese soldier who falls in love with a local Chinese Singaporean girl during World War II and 'Full Circle'.

After two years in Singapore he returned to his home in Perth and met playwright John Aitken where he was cast as an Imperial Princess in 'Imperial Façade', a Russian Mongolian soldier in 'Ships Pass Quietly' and a doppelgänger in 'Lost is my Quiet' where he was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the October 2007, 8th Annual Equity Guild Awards in Western Australia.

It was also the same year he played Bao Tang in the Australian feature film, 'Without Warrant' with Andy Mcphee, Peter Phelps, Ferdinand Hoang and John Flaus. A crime thriller, that takes an uncompromising journey into the world of police corruption.

In June 2009, Craig was cast in the Malaysian epic feature film 'Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa' (also known internationally as 'The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines' & 'Clash of Empires'), playing the role of Admiral Liu Yun where the fight scenes were shot on the shores of Kuala Terengganu.

In August of the same year he appeared as the love interest Karl Vincent in the television series, 'Wadi Unung' for Astro Prima. While post-production continued on 'The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines', Fong began shooting on the WWII mini-series 'Akinabalu' in February 2010 alongside Dira Abu Zahar and Aaron Aziz, as the Japanese Lieutenant Tanaka. The Astro Citra miniseries, directed by Kabir Bhatia, was based on the Japanese occupation of South-East Asia, particularly the Sandakan Death Marches.

Craig can be seen in many European productions, including 'Liebe und Tod auf Java' ('Love and Death in Java'). Directed by Heidi Kranz. Screenplay by Christian Schmidt and produced by teamWorx Television & Film GmbH. The cast included, Muriel Baumeister, Francis Fulton-Smith, Julia Thurnau, Sönke Möhring and Gottfried John. Set in a tobacco plantation in Java during the 1920s just before World War II had been declared and Nazi persecution had begun.

'Verloren auf Borneo', ('Lost in Borneo'). A German made movie about Borneo's endangered Orangutans, which in the film is highly threatened by deforestation. Starring Hannes Jaenicke, Mirjam Weichselbraun and Patrick Heyn.

Craig played Andy Chow on 'The Hong Kong Affair' ('Hafen der Düfte') with German actress Veronica Ferres who was also co-producer and acted with Russell Wong and Matthew Marsh. The story based on the novel by Harold Nebenza. Directed by Peter Gersina for teamWorx Television & Film GmbH.

In November 2011, Craig Fong was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines' at the Anugerah Skrin in Malaysia.

In 2013 Craig teamed up once again with writer and director Kabir Bhatia on 'Gila Baby'. On February of the same year, he starred in the Malaysian drama film 'Cuak'.

March 2013 - 'Das Traumschiff' which is Germany's longing running television series filmed in and around Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Craig Fong playing the character Beto alongside actor Nick Wilder.

June 2018 - Filming began on 'The Heights' by Matchbox Pictures for the ABC Australia and NBC America. Fong plays the role of Benny.

January 2020 - Filming of the feature film, 'Talbis Iblis' ('Devil's Deceptions') in Kuala Lumpur directed by Kabir Bhatia.

Credits

  • Cuak

    Cuak (2014)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Actor CUAK, which roughly translates to 'cold feet', follows the story of Adam on the verge of getting married and having second thoughts as he goes through the events that lead up to this moment - how they first met, the in-laws and best friends and making tough decisions such as converting ones religion to get married. The film is uniquely told by 5 directors who each direct each of these events as segments of the film, combining together to make one full narrative in a variety of different styles - ranging from drama and comedy to noir and mockumentary - making CUAK a truly Malaysian movie with themes that resonate with a universal audience regardless of race or religion. Written by Anonymous

  • Hafen der Düfte

    Hafen der Düfte (2013)
    TV Movie (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor Hong Kong, 2012. The 15th anniversary of the reunification with China is coming up. Victoria Philips (Veronica Ferres), a renowned art expert from Berlin, fills in at short notice as curator for an exhibit organized by her husband (Herbert Knaup), head of foreign acquisitions at a major bank. The exhibit is the Haiman Collection, which has never been displayed publicly before. The night she arrives, disaster strikes: Despite tight security, the Haiman Collection is stolen before it even leaves the mainland. Apparently it's already being offered for sale on the black market in Hong Kong. Several powerful Chinese families are interested. The police investigation heats up, Inspector Braddock (Matthew Marsh) closes off the Special Administrative Region Hong Kong. At an art auction, Victoria meets charismatic art lover Edward Lim (Russell Wong), who fascinates her, and who helps her delve deeper into the local art scene. When things take a dramatic turn, Victoria has to decide what side ... Written by IvanWong

  • Das Traumschiff

    Das Traumschiff (2013)
    Television (Drama, Comedy and Romance) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Verloren auf Borneo

    Verloren auf Borneo (2012)
    TV Movie (Adventure and Comedy) Actor Add a Plot »

  • The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines

    The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (2011)
    Film (Action and Adventure) Actor The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (released in Malaysia as "Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa") is an adventure feature film set against the backdrop of ancient Malay, Roman and Chinese civilizations. It tells the tale of the journey of Merong Mahawangsa escorting a Roman prince to wed a beautiful Chinese princess during the 2nd century. Featuring an international cast, The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines combines elements of romance, adventure, coupled with a strong dose of hand-to-hand combat & martial arts. Written by Dr Shireen M Hashim

  • Liebe und Tod auf Java

    Liebe und Tod auf Java (2011)
    TV Movie (Drama) Actor Add a Plot »

  • I'll Trust Next January

    I'll Trust Next January (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Who said it didn't mean anything. A woman goes out to prove that cheating does mean something.

  • The Line

    The Line (2007)
    Film (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor Betrayal respects no line. Two Police officers have to solve a gangland killing.

  • Kopitiam

    Kopitiam (2003)
    Television Actor After her father's death, Marie inherits his old coffee-shop. She renovates it and calls it "Kopitiam". Her friends, Steven, a hairdresser, and Joe, an aspiring actor help her out. An annoying Singaporean lawyer, Susan, also joins the ride. Written by Anonymous

  • Spinning Gasing

    Spinning Gasing (2000)
    Film (Drama and Music) Actor Harry Lee returns home to Malaysia from overseas studies. He has failed everything and is kicked out of home by his father, a disgrace. He forms a dance band with Yati, his childhood friend. Harry is Chinese by race and does not believe in god. Yati is a modern Malay and Muslim who believes in her heritage and religion. The five members of this band (Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian) represent the multi-racial nature of Malaysian society, and English is their common language. The band members are forced to flee Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, when the loan sharks demand repayment of a debt. They flee to the picturesque East Coast, where traditions and myths still hold strong amongst the villagers and fishermen. They are in familiar yet disturbing territory, and their hip and modern dance music blends with the magical folk songs of an old culture. Away from the pressures of urban life, Yati and Harry's childhood crush develops into something much stronger, a love that crosses racial... Written by Teck Tan <niche@ppp.nasionet.net>

  • Entrapment

    Entrapment (1999)
    Film (Action, Crime, Romance and Thriller) Actor Following the theft of a highly-secured piece of artwork, an agent convinces her insurance agency employers to allow her to wriggle into the company of an aging but active master thief. Connery's burglar takes her on suspiciously and demands rigorous training before their first job together--stealing a highly-valued mask from a chichi party. Their deepening attraction and distrust could tear apart their partnership but the promise of a bigger prize (some eight billion odd dollars) by Zeta-Jones keeps the game interesting. Only, who's playing with whom? Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor - 8th Annual Equity Guild Awards in Western Australia
    (2007)

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