Quark Henares says sex video part of Rakenrol isn’t referring to Hayden Kho Jr.


Rakenrol director Quark Henares (left) says that he wasn’t referring to Hayden Kho’s sex video scandal when it was included in the script of the movie. Dra. Vicki Belo says that her fiancé Hayden wasn’t affected when he watched the film. (CLICK HERE


When the movie Rakenrol was screened as the closing film of Cinemalaya last July, people became curious about the portion of the film that dealt with a sex video scandal involving one of the major characters.


After the screening, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to ask Direk Quark Henares if he deliberately included this scene in reference to Hayden Kho Jr. who became controversial for the sex video scandal in 2009.

"Maraming nangyari do’n sa film na nangyayari in real life! Nauna ’yong film," said Direk Quark Henares, the son of Dra. Vicki Belo. "Nauna pa ’yon, nauna pa ’yon. Though you remember, matagal na itong na-shoot...nagkataon lang."


Dra. Vicki even said that her fiancé Hayden wasn’t affected when he watched this portion of the film. "Natawa lang siya, sabi niya, ’ako ba iyan?’ Pero hindi namin siya rock star, e," she said with a laugh.


Rakenrol
is about Odie (played by Jason Abalos) and his best friend Irene (Glaiza de Castro) who start a band on their own. They put together an unlikely crew that consists of the school bully, an ex-punk-turned-barista, and a former-childstar-turned-band-manager. The film follows their misadventures as they face satanic S&M bands, samurai swindlers and narcissistic rockstars as they become immersed in the world of the Philippine rock music scene.


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Rakenrol had its world premiere at the 13th Udine Far East Film Fest held in Italy. It also won the Audience Award (Narrative Fiction) at the L.A. Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

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DIETHER OCAMPO AS A ROCKSTAR. How was Direk Quark able to convince Diether to accept the role of an overconfident rockstar named Jacci Rocha?

"Well actually siya naman e, super involved niya, ang dami niyang info, super nag-enjoy siya," said Direk Quark.

What was Diet’s peg in the film? "Ewan ko nga e, parang ano lang e, Johnny Bravo," he quipped.


In a previous interview, Diether talked about his passionate kissing scene with Glaiza de Castro. The actor revealed, "Ako na yung [nagsasabi], ’cut n’yo na!’ Magaling si Glaiza dito, kasi nung time na yun, wala naman kaming pinagsamahan na [project]. Pare-pareho naman kaming nag-enjoy sa proseso ng paggawa ng pelikula."


Diet says that he can relate to his rock star character since, "If you would remember, medyo nahilig rin tayo sa pagbabanda dati. Somehow, nakakarelate ako sa mga kultura ng mga artista. Makikita mo ang evolution ng Philippine rock scene dito sa Pilipinas. It’s also very entertaining."


How was it like doing an indie film?


Diet admitted, "It’s like a breath of fresh air. Bihira kasi akong makagawa ng proyekto na kakaiba. Hindi ko pa siya nagawa before."


SIX YEARS IN THE MAKING. Prior to the screening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Direk Quark and co-writer Diego Castillo recalled how they started working on the concept of Rakenrol six years ago.


"Six years ago, kami ni Diego [guitarist of Sandwich], nagpunta lang ako sa NU [rock station formerly owned by Quark’s father]. Sabi ko, ’Diego, gawa tayo ng pelikula.’ We did not know then that this would be the biggest headache of our lives.


"We’ve showed this in other countries, we’ve showed it in festivals but we really want to show it here. Many years down the line, this is one of the most important nights of our lives," said Direk Quark in his speech.


For his part, Diego says that Rakenrol is very autobiographical. "We’re both from and into the local music industry and I guess a lot of our mutual friends started off in the scene and we both thought it would be a good idea to chronicle the things that we’ve seen over the years."

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BACK TO SCHOOL. Rakenrol would be Direk Quark’s last film for the meantime because he decided to go abroad to study again. (CLICK HERE to read related article)

"Mag-aaral na po ako for the next two years. I’ll be taking up a Business course sa USC, University of Southern California," he revealed.


Rakenrol will be screened in cinemas starting September 21, 2011.


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