Esplanade Presents | Free Performances: Red Dot August

Film

SG Film Screenings

11 & 12 Aug 2017Fri & Sat
9.30pm
3hrs
Esplanade Concourse
Snacks will be sold onsite at the 7-Eleven booth.

Enjoy a night out at the movies at Esplanade’s cosy Concourse, and don’t forget your snacks! We throw the spotlight on Singapore filmmakers with a special screening of feature films Banting (2014, M. Raihan Halim) on 11 Aug and Singapore Dreaming (2006, Colin Goh/Woo Yen Yen) on 12 Aug, and a series of short films that portray slices of life on our little red dot. Each evening kicks off with two short documentaries on treasured Singapore spaces.

Film Schedule:

Little Red Brick 15mins
Homeground 23mins
Banting 110mins
Singapore Dreaming 105mins

Banting, 11 Aug
Synopsis of film:
Set in the exciting, rough and tumble world of professional wrestling, Banting is the story of a young woman’ s struggle to live her dreams.

About the filmmaker:
M. Raihan Halim is best known for his award-winning television dramas which he has written as well as produced. His telemovies, Yazid Wears Diapers garnered the Best Special Drama award and Mr Perfect won Best Telemovie in the local television award show, Pesta Perdana. In 2011, he wrote, produced and directed three critically-acclaimed hit series for the local channels.

He’s written and produced for projects spanning the four different channels and languages including being in the script panel for the hit Channel 5 series, Lion Moms (2015). In 2013, Raihan embarked on his first feature film project, which was released in Singapore a year later. In mid-2014 Banting became the first local Malay film to have a wide release in Malaysia.

Raihan’s greatest wish is to produce a blockbuster film made in Singapore, by Singaporeans and for the International market. He is still looking forward to make a new Batman film one day…

Singapore Dreaming, 12 Aug
Synopsis of film:
Singapore Dreaming is a poignant yet darkly humorous story which follows the lives of six individuals as they navigate the rapidly changing conditions experienced in today’s modern South-East Asian cities. The winner of several major international awards, this “graceful satire about Western capitalism in the East” (Variety) has been compared to the early films of Ang Lee.

About the filmmakers:
Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo are the directors, producers and screenwriters of Singapore Dreaming (2006), for which they won the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, amongst others. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, as well as at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The husband-and-wife creative team are also the founders of the pioneering satirical website TalkingCock.com, the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary, and ‘Dim Sum Warriors’, a graphic novel and bilingual iPad app series about kung fu-fighting dumplings that has been praised by Time magazine, the BBC, the New York Times and Fast Company amongst others. A stage musical adaptation of Dim Sum Warriors is premiering this August in Shanghai, produced by Chinese theatre legend Lai Sheng-chuan.

Little Red Brick
Synopsis of film:
A childhood friendship that blossomed between the bookshelves of the old National Library grows into a life-long love story that finds its way back decades later in search of memories amongst little red bricks.

About the filmmaker:
Ervin Han is co-founder of Robot Playground Media, a Singapore-based animation studio. He has produced and directed animated TV series, web series, short films and commercials over the last 15 years and hopes to create more animated stories with a strong Asian flavour that could also reach out to overseas audiences.

Homeground
Synopsis of film:
Homeground is a tribute to the weekend warriors and a love letter to playing spaces close to their hearts. Singapore is a football nation. Every weekend, thousands of amateur players, from schoolboys to office executives to retirees, gather to play The Beautiful Game. Not for glory, not for fame; but for passion, football and friendship. This spirit is forged in the neighbourhoods—void decks, street soccer courts, open fields or any patch of grass. All across Singapore, footballers have a place they call their “homeground”.

These weekend warriors show us where they play, and how they play. Concrete, sand, grass or artificial grass. Two sticks, bottles, shoes or even school bags can make goalposts.

About the filmmaker:
Football and film are Singapore director Jacen Tan’s greatest passions. Tan was named by The Straits Times Life! As one of Singapore’s most exciting young filmmakers. His first short film Tak Giu (“kick ball”) became a viral hit on the internet in 2005, getting over 100,000 views in the pre-YouTube days. Shot with just a camcorder, Tak Gui, a film about the lack of playing spaces in Singapore, spread like wildfire and made waves in the football community. Two years after Tak Giu was released, 284 state fields were upgraded and opened for public recreation.

Tan’s other football-related works include Kwa Giu (“watch football”), a documentary tribute to the old National Stadium, and Lions All The Way, a film about the new breed of die-hard Singapore football fans. In 2011, Tan released Hosaywood, a DVD compilation of his short films. Popularising the local slang word “hosay” (“great”) has helped Tan stand out as a filmmaker who has embraced being Singaporean by touching on topics close to the hearts of the people.

Tan is currently working on his first feature film Zombiepura.

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