28th SGIFF: SG Originals | Singapore Cinema: Then and Now
Independent filmmakers in Singapore have been illustrious in creating homegrown stories since the ‘90s. Till today, Singaporean filmmakers are making a name for themselves with films that transcend the festival run and into commercial exhibitors locally and abroad. In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Talking Cock and I Not Stupid, we explore the differences in stories explored then and now, how the look and feel of films then differ from now, and how has partnerships between individual directors changed within the film community here.
Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen are a husband-and-wife creative team who've helmed an eclectic slate of projects, including the pioneering satirical website TalkingCock.com and its movie adaptation TalkingCock the Movie; the feature film Singapore Dreaming (2006) which won the Montblanc Screenwriters Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival amongst others; and most recently, Dim Sum Warriors, the graphic novel and bilingual iPad app series about kung-fu fighting dumplings.
K. Rajagopal worked in theatre and is a veteran of Singapore’s film community where he directs both TV productions and personal projects. His shorts include I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995) and Absence (1997) - consecutive winners of the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) Special Jury Prize. His first feature film A Yellow Bird premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was in competition at SGIFF in 2016.
Ghazi Alqudcy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from film.factory, an intensive programme created by the Hungarian film director Béla Tarr. He has produced more than 50 short films, which screened at various international film festivals in Europe and Asia. In 2014, he produced a feature length omnibus documentary Lost in Bosnia, which screened to critical acclaim. His directorial debut feature length film, Temporary Visa, shot entirely in Bosnia Herzegovina, is currently in post-production.
Wesley Leon Aroozoo is a filmmaker and lecturer based in Singapore. He has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch Asia. His short films have been screened at international film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam. His first feature documentary I Want To Go Home world premiered at the Busan International Film Festival this year. In addition to the documentary, I Want To Go Home is also a published novel.
Jasmine Ng is a filmmaker with extensive experience directing and executive-producing in Singapore. Her first feature, Eating Air, co-directed with Kelvin Tong, broke new ground for Singapore and made its mark on the international film festival circuit. She also conceptualised many cross-disciplinary works, including Both Sides, Now, an installation project engaging with communities on issues about death and dying.
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