Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
1. 《李伯》（This too Shall Pass）导演: 洪益兴（Ang Aik Heng）
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
By Ang Aik Heng / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 61 min
Producer: Ang Aik Heng, Screenplay: Ang Aik HengThe Substation 23rd Apr, 7:15pm
Final wishes and last regrets in the last three months before death.
Terminally ill with nose cancer, an elderly man prepares for his own passing, trying to settle his final affairs as best he can. In the meantime, his wife and children are also dealing with his imminent death in their own ways. Adopting a stoic and matter-of-fact approach, Mr Lee describes his body as a battleground and candidly speaks about his disease, his pain, and his hopes and fears. As his primary caregiver, his eldest daughter, Ellen Lee, helps to describe and place her family’s problems and her father’s condition in context, and the relationship between father and daughter is both heartwarming and poignant.
Discussing death is generally taboo in Singapore society, even within families that have to deal with it, and with great honesty and sensitivity, the filmmaker tries to articulate what dying is like for both the person experiencing it and the people witnessing the process. From an intimate perspective within the Lee family, the viewer observes the slow deterioration of Mr Lee, and the way this simple family man tries to die with utmost dignity.
Ang Aik Heng’s first international documentary, Culinary China: Food For Thought, won a finalist award for Best in Direction at the 2005 Asia Television Awards. Since then he has also worked on other documentaries for broadcast, including Brat Camp China and Boxing Behind Bars.
2. Brother No. 2, 导演: 赖捷生 (Jason Lai)
BROTHER NO. 2
By Jason Lai / Singapore, Cambodia / 2009 / PG / 75 min
In the wake of the Khmer Rouge’s genocide, a nation and her people still struggle for closure and inner peace.
Almost two million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 under the cruel and bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge, leaving the country scarred and devastated. This documentary gives voice to some of the survivors from that period, such as Soy Sen, a man who returns to his prison camp almost thirty years later to confront one of the prison chiefs who he believes was responsible for the murder of his father. Soy Sen’s encounter with the prison chief turns out to be both compelling and heartbreaking, a stark reminder that the process of reconciliation is a long and difficult one.
Also featured is a key interview with Nuon Chea, otherwise known as Brother No. 2, Pol Pot’s right-hand man, who is currently awaiting trial by an international tribunal. One of the key planners and perpetrators of the genocide, Nuon Chea’s interview raises as many questions as it answers, while offering a glimpse into the life of a man responsible for so many deaths. Juxtaposed with Soy Sen’s story and the accounts of other survivors, Nuon Chea’s words reflect an unsettling divergence in his conceptualisation of Cambodia’s recent past. Thought-provoking and moving, Brother No. 2 presents some important issues facing Cambodia’s future generations dealing with their traumatic past.
Filmmaker Jason Lai’s short films have played extensively at various film festivals including the Bangkok International and Busan Short Film Festival.
3. 《爱情十八克》（18 grams of Love）, 导演: 韩耀光(Han Yew Kwang)
18 GRAMS OF LOVE
By Han Yew Kwang / Singapore / 2008 / PG / 85 min
Producer: Lau Chee Nien, Screenplay: Han Yew Kwang, Cast: Alaric Tay, Adam Chen, Yeo Yann YannSinema Old School (Free Screening) 18th Apr, 11:30am
18 Grams of Love asks the lifelong question - how do we measure the weight of love?
Long-time friends Zihua (Alaric Tay) and Ah Hui (Adam Chen) suspect their wives are cheating on them. In order to allay their suspicions, they decide to test their wives by writing anonymous love letters to see if they will respond. When the wives start to respond, the men find themselves in a fix. Winner of the Bronze Award in the Audience Choice category at the 13th Lyon Asian Film Festival, 18 Grams of Love offers an ironic and bittersweet take on modern relationships in a postmodern world.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
曾经有过一个次有趣的经验。我的一些朋友住在芽笼，但问他们的住处时，他们都会说“靠近Sims Avenue” 或者“靠近Aljunied”。尽管后来询问清楚后，他们的家确实就是在芽笼的范围内，他们就是坚持不说“Geylang”，仿佛这是一个令他们尴尬难堪的字眼。其中一名朋友说，“很拍噻嘞，说自己住在Geylang，好像是......”
Ekachai 的“Pleasure Factory”(《快乐工厂》) 所刻画的芽笼，急于强调它的风月，无论是人物旅程的刻画或地方色彩的描绘，都不够丰富。
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
1030pm：“ENCORE: An Evening of Ageless Theatre”
导演－Jean Ng, 由 The Necessary Stage 制作：
Dates/Times: Fri 13 to Sun 15 March 2009, 8 pm
Venue: Marine Parade Community Club Auditorium
Ticketing: Tickets are at $10 each and available at The Necessary Stage. To purchase tickets call 64408115, come down to TNS, or email our Theatre for Seniors Executive, Christina Ong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who says 'old age' is the last stage? ENCORE: An Evening of Ageless Theatre is a showcase from the participants of The Necessary Stage's Theatre For Seniors programme. This 3-year programme, which was launched in April 2008 with support from the Council for Third Age, comprises participants aged 55 and above undergoing a series of workshops with professional facilitators, led by Artistic Director Alvin Tan. The initiative was designed to equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge in drama.
Their end-of-first-year presentation, ENCORE: An Evening of Ageless Theatre, is a showcase of devised works and short plays culminating from TNS' innovative workshop. ENCORE: An Evening of Ageless Theatre will comprise 5 works—3 in English (Verena Tay's Prosperity, G.L. Horton's Best Practice, and @24, a play devised by Jalyn Han and the cast) and 2 in Mandarin. This showcase is the result of a synergy between theatre veterans and life's veterans bringing to light themes on aging, dignity, family and memory and youth. This ground-breaking programme provides seniors an avenue to impart their personal stories and adds a new spectrum of looking at their life-history and cultural identity. It also presents participants an opportunity to learn new skills, engage and interact with their peers, and explore new facets of life in their third age.
1120pm: The Importance of Being Earnest
这次为野米剧团（W!ld Rice Theatre）“The Importance of Being Earnest”现场伴奏的，就是新加坡的四重奏 Tang Quartet。清一色的男性卡斯和Tang Quartet将碰擦出什么火花呢？
25 Mar – 11 Apr 2009
Drama Centre Theatre @ National Library Building
转载自 W!ld Rice:
Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is one of the world’s most enduringly popular comedies, boasting some of the funniest lines of the English language.
In WILD RICE's exciting production, celebrated theatre and film director Glen Goei puts a provocative spin on this comic masterpiece by casting an all-male ensemble in bespoke suits - revealing new insights into Wilde's comedy about courtship, hidden identities, and the foibles of high society.
With a sensational international cast, dressed to the nines by fashion doyen Frederick Lee, and live music by the internationally acclaimed T’ang Quartet, The Importance of Being Earnest promises to lift your spirits with an evening of sparkling wit, laughter and love. Don’t miss it on any account!
Hossan Leong, Chua Enlai, Daniel York, Gavin Yap, Brendon Fernandez, Zahim Albakri, Crispian Chan and Ivan Heng as "Lady" Bracknell with Live Musical Accompaniment by The T’ang Quartet