Singapore International Film Festival 2016 (No 23-Dec 4, 2016)

With over 160 films spread across 12 days and 10 partner venues, the 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival will run from 23 November to 4 December. Get your tickets now at sgiff.com, and stay connected via their Facebook / Twitter @sgiffest / Instagram @sgiffest.

One of the highlights of the event is AN EVENING WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY - where director Darren Aronofsky will be in attendance at the screening of PI (25 Nov, Fri | 7.00pm | National Museum of Singapore / Buy Tickets), and as well a MASTERCLASS WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY (25 Nov, Fri | 3.00pm | ArtScience Museum), which has since been listed as “FULL”.

I will always have the fondest memories of Singapore’s Film Fest in the mid-90s to early-2000s, when I was neck-deep in the scene - as both a captivated audience viewer, and as well (eventually) plying my trade in the local tv and film industry then … remembering the rush(s) from Shaw Center back to Majestic Cinema for back-to-back screenings (ALWAYS had to be my fav picks too), the much vaulted feeling of a rat brush past my feet as nudity flashed on-screen in "Mee Pok Man", a (most probably) drunk Chris Doyle rambling on, standing beside the always-shades-wearing Wong Ka Wai on stage in Capitol Theatre at the screening of "Happy Together" (and not having enough courage to ask them a question that had plagued my entire film-life fascination with their work then lol) … and of countless non-English/Western films which helped shaped my psyche back when it could still be shaped. A lifetime ago, and seemed like a generation or two ago...

With no disposable income or financial resources to lend against, and having left the industry a near decade ago, I had since stopped having any further film-fest-adventures for too long a time to remember, past the nostalgia I carry with me, whenever my memories wander back to the days of wonder and being embraced in the celluloid world of faux emotions, and of the beautiful turmoil within my real life emotions...

I still remember watching "Pi" on DVD, and then exchanging it with my Editor-friend then Sean (with whatever DVD film I’d forgotten about now) … yes, memories are made of things forever lost and remembered.


Football-centric Short Films by Jacen Tan - “Homeground” and “Tak Giu” (“Kick Ball”)

“Homeground” is a love letter to playing spaces we call home, and a tribute to Singapore's weekend warriors. This 23-minuter documentary film is directed by Jacen Tan (director of short film, “Tak Giu” - shown below!) at hosaywood.com, with this being a Winner of POSB StoryTellers Grant 2015.

"Jacen, an avid football fan, saw Singapore as a football nation where even the tiniest of spaces give way to his love of the sport. He dedicated this film to tell the stories of the different spaces where Singaporeans play football - pitches, basketball courts, void decks and many other spaces, zooming in on each of the players, sharing their experiences, why they love the sport and their homeground." (Read more on bitly.com/homeground_YT / Facebook)
(*in mixed Mandarin & English / Singlish language with Eng subs)


Trailer & Poster for LULU THE MOVIE 露露的电影 - Premieres November 24th

From one of her fictional personas created for “The Noose” on MediaCorp’s Channel 5, Michelle Chong’s ever-fashionable and our favourite “*P.R.C.” comes to the big screen in her debut film “LULU THE MOVIE 露露的电影”!

Written and directed by Michelle Chong, starring herself as “Lulu”, this Huat Films Production hits cinemas worldwide on November 24th, 2016.

PLOT: "Lulu The Movie is a comedy about a determined Chinese lady named Lulu who comes to Singapore to meet her online lover, but after being disappointed by what he turns out to be, she decides to make it on her own and succeeds in becoming an international fashion icon and mogul." (IMDb)

It's not just fortune which is arriving this CNY. Lulu the movie is-a coming too! #luluthemovie #michellechong #huatfilms #director #actress #producer

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“*P.R.C.” = “People’s Republic of China” = a somewhat derogatory Singa-slang for folks from China


"Street Angels" Bootleg VCD

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A couple of snaps of the cover to the "Street Angels" feature film (circa xxxx), filmed entirely in Singapore. This is my third movie ever worked on, with this particular VCD being a bootleg! Although tis oft been said about procuring "bootlegs" of local productions (especially) and not supporting said production/film/industry - I've never come across a legit version or even a DVD! Such a waste to have a production "disappear" as such though, regardless of quality, or lack of acclaim - personal credits not withstanding, I insist.

Sadly, thhere isn't even a proper trailer online (except for Youku I think lol).

Ironically, we've (or rather I've used to be apart of) used to joking say, that if ever your movie had been bootlegged, it meant said film would have "succeeded", as bootleggers would only swipe films which can sell and make money, no? LOL

A look at back of (bootleg) VCD for #StreetAngels #TBT #throwbackthursday

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"A YELLOW BIRD" by K Rajagopal

PLOT: "Siva, a 38 year old Singaporean Indian man, is released from prison after 8 years for contraband smuggling. Unable to find forgiveness from his mother, he begins a quest to locate his ex-wife and daughter to right the wrongs of the past. Just as he finds solace and hope in the company of an illegal Chinese worker, Chen Chen, he is confronted with a henious truth about his family. How far will he go in order to redeem himself from his guilt?"

Directed by K Rajagopal, "A Yellow Bird" is written by Jeremy Chua and K. Rajagopal, and is produced by AKANGA FILM ASIA (Fran Borgia), ACROBATES FILMS (Claire Lajoumard) and POTOCOL (Jeremy Chua) (Source: fmoviemag.com) - the film stars Siva Palakrishnan, Huang Lu, Seema Biswas, Udaya Soundari, Nithiyia Rao, and Indra Chandran.

As of this time of post, "A Yellow Bird" has been selected to compete in the 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique (or Critics’ Week), a parallel event to the main Cannes Film Festival, held in France.

I'll update soonest with a trailer (I swear there was one not too long ago on youtube) - meanwhile, stay connected via the film's dedicated Facebook page.

(Above still via todayonline.com)

"APPRENTICE" by Boo Junfeng

(Photo credit: Meg White)
"Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. He lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate.

At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along.

Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?"

Written and direct by Boo Junfeng, starring Fir Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad, Koh Boon Pin, Nickson Cheng, Crispian Chan and Gerald Chew, this "Psychological Drama" is Junfeng's second full length feature film, after the debut of his "Sandcastle" (2010).

Produced by Akanga Film Productions, Augenschein Filmproduktion, and Cinémadefacto, it's World Premiere scheduled for June 1st in France for the prestigious Cannes 2016 - in the "Un Certain Regard" category, with the movie opening in Singapore on June 30th, 2016.

Stay connected to the film via it's Facebook page, hostage "#apprenticefilm" on social media, and film credits on IMDb