Esplanade Presents


Film Screening: 3 Cents A Kilo

Directed by Shao Min Chew Chia (Singapore)

4 Mar 2023, Sat, 5pm

5 Mar 2023, Sun, 5pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Singapore’s rapid development came at a cost —an unprecedented number of semi-skilled labourers, suffering with severely depressed wages as part of Singapore’s working class. Today, increasing numbers of blue-collar workers retire in the most expensive city in the world. For some, the only way to feed themselves is by collecting recyclable materials to sell. 3 Cents A Kilo documents the lives of cardboard collectors, John Gomez, Yi Mei and Kan Weng Yip. The film takes us through their daily routines, surprising us with humour and thoughtfulness that they bring to unremitting hardship.


Director: Shao Min Chew Chia 
Cast: John Gomez, Yi Mei, Kan Weng Yip


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Note (for pre-registered audiences):

1. Registered patrons will have priority entry to the venue.

2. Seating will be assigned by our Esplanade ushers.

3. Please arrive 5mins before the start of the performance to secure your seat.

4. Seats will be released to walk-in patrons thereafter on a first-come, first-served basis.


Film Rating: PG

Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: English, Mandarin & Cantonese
Subtitle Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Shao Min Chew Chia

Shao Min Chew Chia is a Singaporean writer-director and producer. After graduating from Harvard University with an BA Honours in the Comparative Study of Religion, she began working in television as a producer for On The Red Dot, a weekly current affairs program on Channel News Asia. Since then, she has produced multimedia for international sporting events, commercials, music videos, short films, and documentaries.


One of the short films she produced, All Dogs Die (dir. Ninna Palma) was supported by The Spike Lee Production Fund and European Short Pitch, and went on to screen at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2021).


She also wrote the feature narrative, Wanton Mee (dir. Eric Khoo), which screened at San Sebastian Film Festival 2015 and Berlin International Film Festival 2016. Shao Min’s feature documentary, Sementara, won the Audience Choice Award at Singapore International Film Festival 2020 and was listed as one of NME’s 10 best Asian films of 2020.


Shao Min graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in writing and directing over Zoom in the midst of COVID-19. She is a 2021 Sundance Institute Producing Fellow, a 2021 Film Independent Fellow, a 2022 IFFR Rotterdam Lab Fellow and a 2022 SFFILM FilmHouse Resident.

Date & Time


4 Mar 2023, Sat


Esplanade Recital Studio

5 Mar 2023, Sun


Esplanade Recital Studio

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