AMIR MUHAMMAD is a Malaysian writer, publisher and occasional movie-maker. He has contributed to the Malaysian print media since the age of 14 and has had several columns.
His books as writer include the non-fiction 120 Malay Movies (2010) and a micro-fiction collection Rojak (2009), neither of which sold as well as a jokey compilation he did in 2007 called Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things: Vol 1. He has made several movies (mainly documentaries) that have shown in international film festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. Two of the documentaries were banned in Malaysia.
He runs two publishing companies, Buku Fixi (for urban pulp fiction in Malay and English) and Matahari Books (mainly for creative non-fiction). Two of the Fixi novels published in 2011 were turned into movies in 2013.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Who do you work for?
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
I started writing for the newspapers at the age of 14 but I studied Law at university in England. When I graduated I tried working in a government-linked corporation and hated it. I then worked in TV and started making independent movies, mainly documentaries. I started my first publishing company, Matahari Books, in 2007 and my second, Buku Fixi, in 2011. The latter is now more active and has produced over 70 titles to date, in Malay and English, including translations of international bestsellers.
What are your career highlights?
When two of my documentaries The Last Communist (2006) and Village People Radio Show (2007) got banned in Malaysia.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
Deadlines, maybe half of which are self-imposed.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
I share the same birthday as Walt Disney, so from the start I knew I was destined to entertain the world.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
Musings and amusing anecdotes from the world of publishing, adaptation, translation, filmmaking; plus an explanation of how an Australian documentary inspired me decades ago.
Where can we find you?
Facebook: Amir Muhammad
Amir Muhammed appears at Storyology with the support of the Australia-Malaysia Institute.