Andrew Leavold's forthcoming documentary The Search for Weng Weng is shaping up to be a "must see" for fans of Filipino cinema and the diminutive dynamo Weng Weng. In correspondence, Leavold described the film as "the history of B filmmaking in the Philippines, and my own personal quest to find the truth behind the Philippines' midget James Bond." He also stated that "at the documentary's core is a tale of obsession, and about taking that obsession to its furthermost possible limit."
The Search for Weng Weng's greatest value proposition seems to be rooted in the filmmaker's exhaustive research efforts. Since beginning the project, Leavold has made 4 trips to the Philippine capital of Manila and has pulled together over 70 hours of footage shot in the Philippines and in the United States. Among the exciting list of subjects interviewed for the film are Cirio H. Santiago, Eddie Romero, Bobby A. Suarez, Celso Ad. Castillo, Marrie Lee (Cleopatra Wong), Bruno Mattei, Eddie Garcia, Franco Guerro, Eddie Nicart, Jack Hill, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Sam Sherman, Leo Fong, Imee Marcos (daughter of Ferdinand and Imelda) and Cecilio de la Cruz (Weng Weng's brother). Its also worth noting that during his forays in Manila, Leovald also shot interviews with Silip director Elwood Perez and actress Maria Isabel Lopez that can be seen on Mondo Macabro's recent DVD release of that film.
The Search for Weng Weng is presently in the development stage with the Australian Film Commission, and both one-hour television and 90 minute feature length versions are planned. Leavold hopes to screen a completed cut of the film in Los Angeles, California in December 2008, and festival screenings are likely to follow. As the film moves closer to its completed state, updates and status reports will be provided on ScreenAnarchy.