two roystons

celebrated local filmmaker Royston Tan scores a double-bill with two current projects; one "directly" and a "one-by-default".

the Asian Film Archive is slated to release a collection of Royston Tan’s short films on DVD; cheekily titled: Royston’s Shorts

shorts included in this collection:
Jesses, Sons, Hock Hiap Leong, 24hrs, Mother, The Absentee, The Blind Trilogy: Blind / Old Parliament House / Capitol Cinema, Careless Whisperer, New York Girl, Monkeylove.

”Also featured in the DVD is a 25-minute interview with Royston Tan where he discusses some of his short films and stylistic influences. Another highlight is the inclusion of rarely seen films like 4A Florence Close, a film about his family's move from their home at the height of the financial crisis.” [read more via]

for which i think tis a pretty decent collection (except that it excluded the “controversially banned” short, “CUT” *snicker*) and as much as i had seen and enjoyed some of the shorts prior (in the capacity of my previous day-job), i reckon this DVD would sit pretty well in my personal collection, as it would for any local film-buff (IMHO anyways :p) ~ the DVD will be officially launched tomorrow 17th June @ HMV (Heeren) and Kinokuniya (Takashimaya) = click here for timing, details and freebies! :p

Becoming Royston is the debut feature film from Originasian’s (I’ll Live A Day For You) Nicholas Chee and Randy Ang, for which the title and story is inspired by Royston Tan. "in conjunction with MDA", currently “a special edition of the feature” is presented in 5 online-webisodes, to be released over a 3-month period (currently showing episode one)
”Becoming Royston is a story about a boy's dream of becoming Singapore's most talked about Filmmaker, Royston Tan”

and if the lush first webisode and the trailer is any indication of how the feature is going to be? - there’ll be an avalanche of accolades awaiting these filmmakers and i for one can’t wait to see the entire film, and anything else they’d haveta offer in the future :)

added 22.06.06:
A Nuteshell Review has coverage of the event launch, including a short video-clip of "the bad boy of local film" :)