Hall Alumna Feature: Claudia Chong – Behind the UA Cinemas Award-winning Film ‘About Insomnia’ / 莊芷盈:《關於失眠》的背後故事


“The bonds that I have with my floor-mates and hall-mates are irreplaceable. We learnt to get along with each other, shared countless memories together… Whenever I meet them, it is like going back home – they are like family.”

It is unusual to find students staying up late at night in the Student Residence. Studying, eating, playing video games, chilling out with friends… These sleepless nights have not only nurtured each of our hall cultures, and friendships among residence, but also inspired CHONG Tsz Ying Claudia, alumna of Hall 11, to create her FYP film About Insomnia, which won her an outstanding movie award by UA Cinemas.

Ah Teen gains new insights into his inner self through fighting insomnia in Claudia CHONG’s film “About Insomnia”. / 阿天在莊芷盈執導的《關於失眠》裡,藉著擺脫失眠的機會,重新探索自我。
Claudia makes a poetic commentary on the conflicts between personal desires and society expectations from her award-winning film. / 芷盈以唯美富詩意的夢境題材和畫面,在她的得獎影片中表達出對個人理想與社會期許間所可能發生的衝突。

About Insomnia evolves around an accountant named “Ah Teen” who suffers from insomnia. In attempting to cure the illness, he finds a professional who helps him delve into his subconscious thoughts to see what is bothering him. At first, he thought it was the breakup with his girlfriend that caused him to be depressed. However, it is more than that – the disturbance is about individuality and social conformity. Since he was young, society has been suppressing his dreams, and as he grew up, he turned into a person whom he doesn’t appreciate or like at all…

“This film is actually a genuine reflection of myself,” said Claudia. “There have been times when I have suffered from anxiety and insomnia due to  stress from school and other surroundings; and as a youngster, I had dreams and fantasies just like every one of us. So basically, I incorporated my own experience and personal desires into the film.”

As a hall alumna of CityU Student Residence, Claudia’s hall life has also contributed in part to her inspirations for the film. “The friends that I met at hall inspired me a lot,” she said. “At hall, you always come across  people of different majors. Yet, some of us share the same feeling of hopelessness towards our future, society and career.

“I have a friend who is an accounting major. When we were hall-mates, I learnt that he went through tremendous stress during his internship at an accounting firm. Even though I no longer live in hall, we still remain good friends. He helped me a lot in establishing the character of the protagonist”, she added.

The friendships nurtured during Claudia’s stay in hall have not only inspired her artic creations, but she also considers them one of the most precious rewards of her residence life. “The bonds that I have with my floor-mates and hall-mates are irreplaceable. We learnt to get along with each other, shared countless memories together… Whenever I meet them, it is like going back home – they are like family.”

Claudia misses the dear friends she made in hall. / 芷盈提到她宿舍的朋友時,充滿了暖暖的窩心回憶。

Claudia is a Creative Media graduate of year 2016. She was a resident from Hall 11 and worked for SRO as an outstanding student videographer for several years, editing and shooting videos including the Professor Edmond Ko Cup. “I really recommend residents to apply for SRO jobs. It allows you to practice your specialty and at the same time grants you working flexibility,” she said.

Claudia is now a full-time travel editor. Yet just like the message from her FYP film, she is not bound by society. When  asked about her future plans and career, this is what she said, “I am still open for new opportunities.”

(To view the trailer of About Insomnia, please visit: https://vimeo.com/171355942.)

Writer:   Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
Images:   Claudia CHONG (Hall 11 alumna)





The tense relationship between the professional dream reader and his artistic daughter also reflects Claudia’s message in jumping out of the box to pursue one’s dream. / 戲中解夢師兩父女間的情誼,也適度地反映出芷盈告誡觀眾要跳出框框尋夢的訊息。





“It was prepared for a video for a competition, it was so fun!” Claudia recalls the fun times she shared with her hall-mates from Hall 11. / 「和hall-mate為了準備參加某次影片比賽,拍下了這張經典照片,真好玩!」芷盈開心地回憶說。




文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)
譯: 楊雅怡
圖: 莊芷盈 (舍堂十一校友)