A collection of stories from those who call Mount Kinabalu their home. Stories that blend hope & tenacity on a rich tapestry of tradition, cultural pride and history.

Rungkopi scheduled release: Spring 2021.

Update – September 8th 2020

Work is underway for the Rungkopi trailer and this is planned for release in November 2020 with the release of Rungkopi (the full film) in spring 2021

April 22nd 2020

I have just recently resumed work on the edit of Rungkopi. I aim to complete this film and announce a release date as soon as I can. The exact dates are unknown at this point as the COVID-19 situation and restrictions on travel mean that the final stage of filming cannot be confirmed.

There are many, many hours and days of editing and transcribing (the film is in the Dusun dialect) to be completed but my instinct is that the material that I have filmed so far, and worked with so many on up until this point, should result in a visual story that I can be proud of. Any update about Rungkopi will be announced here on this page so please do check this page for further updates.

Gimbulok Mendayong

One of the stories included in Rungkopi is that of Gimbulok Mendayong. Gimbulok is a farmer who recounts how she came third in the iconic Kinabalu Climbathon race that reaches the top of Mt Kinabalu.  Gimbulok was 45 years old at the time and ran barefoot as she never wears shoes.  In fact, as a farmer she never trained and she smiled as she recalled her surprise at beating overseas athletes to take the podium spot.

September 16th 2019

Rungkopi was originally due for release during the summer of 2019. Due to the heartbreaking loss of Gabbie, my sweet soulmate, wife & best friend, all work on Rungkopi stopped in May 2019. I have been unable to work since then as I deeply grieve.  Out of gratitude to the supporters of this film and those closely involved, who have graciously and sensitively given me the space to mourn my beautiful Gabbie, I will eventually resume working on Rungkopi and aim to complete this project and announce a release date in the future. These details including dates are unknown at this point as I am still unable to work as I mourn. Any update about Rungkopi will be announced here on this page so please do return at a future date for any details.

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