Causeway EXchange Festival Films (4th – 7th Aug)

Causeway Exchange: The Lighter Side Of Singapore. Asian Culture Enterprise Singapore (ACES), DMR Productions collaborate with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre & The Actors Studio to present to you an arts and culture exchange programme between Singapore and Malaysia comes to Kuala Lumpur for the first time with a showing of some of Singapore’s wittiest, though-provoking and young and upcoming artists for four days at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

Come and experience fun, laughter and what bring us all together with a variety of collaborative TheatreFilms,Literary Arts & Workshops and Visual Arts Exhibition.

Date: 4th – 7th August  2011

Venue: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: Entry by minimum donation of RM10

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OLD PLACES 4th Aug @ 8.30pm / 6th Aug @ 5pm

Directed by Royston Tan, Eva Tang and Victric Thng

2011 | 45 min | In Mandarin with English subtitles | Documentary

“I want to archive these places before they are lost forever.”

− Royston Tan

Old Places, a documentary directed by young Singaporean filmmakers Royston Tan, Victric Thng and Eva Tang, features the voices of Singaporeans recalling their memories of disappearing places in Singapore. Nostalgic, sentimental and at times, gently admonishing, this is a film that every Singaporean should see. Amidst Singapore’s rapid urban development, these spaces are our memories, our history, and our loss.

About Royston Tan

A graduate from Temasek Polytechnic, Royston Tan’s films have screened worldwide at film festivals and received over 75 awards. He has made 4 feature-length films and continues to work within the short film genre when the right idea comes along. Tan is one of the most influential filmmakers locally. In 2002, the National Arts Council honoured him with the Young Artist Award. In 2004, Time Magazine cited Tan as one of the “Top 20 Asian Heroes”. Tan received the Singapore Youth Award, the highest youth accolade from the National Youth Council, in 2010.

His works were outstanding since his days as a student when he won awards such as the NTU’s All-School Students’ Photo-Videographic Competition: First prize for Music Video Remains (1995) and the UTV International Book Prize forAdam.Eve.Steve (1997).

Tan remains one of the filmmakers in Singapore who can straddle both the commercial film world and the international film festival critics. His film, 881, grossed over S$3 million; making it the top grossing Asian film in Singapore in 2007. In 2009, he was invited to be part of the Jury at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

About Eva Tang

Born in Singapore, Eva Tang has lived and studied in Hong Kong, London and China. When she was offered a scholarship from the Singapore Film Commission, she resigned from her journalist job of 5 years and went on to study film. She was the first Singaporean filmmaker who had her student short selected by the Venice Film Festival in 2002.

Eva is a MA (Directing) graduate of the National Film and Television School. Her student film Londres – London won the Governor Award of the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition. It also won Best Artistic Film in Shanghai, Jury Recommendation at the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards, and was nominated for Best Short Film at Hawaii and Bangkok International Film Festivals. The National Gallery of Art (USA) also picked it up for screening. Her film, Solitary Moon, was awarded the First Prize at The Great Gatsby Video Challenge, part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2010.

Eva was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talent Campus, 2010 Torino FilmLab training and 2010 Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy led by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

About Victric Thng

Cited as “one of the new wave directors to look out for” by The Straits Times, Victric Thng’s filmmaking career started when he made a 3-minute short film Locust (2003). The film won the Renault Samsung Prize in the Busan Asian Short Film Festival, Best Asean Short Film Silver Award at the Malaysian Video Awards and also screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Locust remains one of the most highly requested films from festivals today.

He has since made 11 other short films including more recently, The Mole (2007), which won first prize at the Panasonic-MDA Digital Film Fiesta 2007, and Twogether (2007) which screened at the 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2009. In 2009, he executive produced the short film series Infinitywhich premiered at the 22ndSingapore International Film Festival. He was commissioned by the National Arts Council in 2009 and 2010 to direct a film under the dance/film programme, as part of the Singapore Arts Festival. A Day Without Wind, which was the dance film commissioned in 2009, travelled to the Asian Hot Shots Festival 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

He has been invited to jury regionally at festivals including in Macau and in Singapore, the 7th Fly By Night Video Challenge 2009.  In 2009, John Badalu in Jakarta curated a retrospective of his works.

WHEN HAINAN MEETS TEOCHEW 5th & 6th  Aug @ 8.30pm

Director/Writer: Han Yew Kwang

Cast: Lee Chau Min, Tan Hong Chye, Yeo Yann Yann

2010 | 81 min | In Mandarin with English subtitles | Comedy

When Hainan Meets Teochew, directed by the talented Han Yew Kwang (Unarmed Combat; 18 Grams of Love), is a witty anti-romantic romantic comedy in which a manly woman and a womanly man end up together due to the most unusual circumstances.

Hainanese men are said to make the best husbands, while Teochew wives are said to be the prettiest. A potential romance sparks between the two. They seem like a perfect match – as one is a manly Hainanese and the other is a womanly Teochew. However, the Hainanese is a woman, while the Teochew is a man. Can the two of them still be together?

About Han Yew Kwang

Born in Singapore in 1975, Mr Han Yew Kwang was a prolific film writer and director in the television and film industry in Singapore. He penned and directed nine television series as well as two feature films over the past 10 years. He had also garnered 15 nominations in film and television festivals locally and abroad, and won a total of nine awards from these.

In 2008, Yew Kwang released his second feature film, a romantic comedy entitled 18 Grams of Love. It won the Public Award for Best Film (Bronze) and the Young Jury Award (Silver) at the 13th Lyon Asian Film Festival (2007), and the Public Award at the 5th Ofensiva International Film Festival (2007). It was also in main competition at the Asian Film Festival of Rome (2008) and nominated for Asian New Talent Award at 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (2008).

He also served as writer for SPH MediaWorks’ Channel U series, Back to Basics (2002), Pass It Forward (2002) andTonight I Will Tell (2003), which was awarded the Certificate of Distinction for TV Drama at the New York Festivals (2003). He also created, wrote and directed the highly-acclaimed Mandarin sitcom, Folks Jump Over the Wall (2008), in collaboration with Boku Films.

Yew Kwang recently set up his own production company, 18g Pictures. The aim is to produce film and television programmes with a unique brand of comedy. Its first feature project will be the quirky romantic comedy, When Hainan Meets Teochew (2010).


SINGAPORE GAGA 7th Aug @ 1pm

2006 | 55 min | In Mandarin and English, with English subtitles | Documentary

Singapore GaGa is a paean to the quirkiness of the Singaporean aural landscape. It reveals Singapore’s past and present with a delight and humour that makes it a necessary film for all Singaporeans. We hear buskers, street vendors, school cheerleaders sing hymns to themselves and to their communities. From these vocabularies (including Arabic, Latin, Hainanese), a sense of what it might mean to be a modern Singaporean emerges.

INVISIBLE CITY 7th Aug @ 4.30pm

2007 | 60 min | In Mandarin, Japanese and English, with English subtitles | Documentary

Invisible City is a documentary about documenteurs. The director interviews photographers, journalists, archaeologists, people propelled by curiosity to find a City for themselves. The documentary conveys how deeply personal their search is and how fragile histories are, hanging on only through their memories and artifacts. Interwoven with the interviews is never seen before footage and photos of the City culled from their private archives. In Invisible City, you witness the atrophy of memory, you see a City that could have been.

Tan Pin Pin

Tan Pin Pin is a Singapore-based film director. She studied at the Raffles Girls’ Secondary School and Victoria Junior College. Her credits include Singapore GaGa, which had a sold out seven week theatrical run in Singapore. The film, a survey of Singaporean life as expressed in sounds, has played in film festivals around the world.

Her short film Moving House won Best Documentary at the Student Academy Awards in 2002. Other awards include two Asian Television Awards, Best Documentary at the US ASEAN Film and Photography Festival in 2006, and ELLEmagazine’s Filmmaker of the Year.

Her 2003 documentary 80kmh is a single continuous take of the 38-minute long drive across the island of Singapore on the Pan Island Expressway, and the view along the way. She intends to film a repeat trip every year, so that she can show all ten films side by side in 2013.

Her latest documentary, Invisible City, on the documentary instinct in Singapore, was released on 22 July 2007. It screened at Berlinale, Pusan. Invisible City won awards at Cinema du Reel and Taiwan International Documentary Festival. Her films are distributed by Objectif Films.

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