Esplanade Presents


Film Screening: BOOM (建设繁荣)

Directed by Derrick Chew

4 Mar 2023, Sat, 3.30pm

5 Mar 2023, Sun, 3.30pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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BOOM (建设繁荣) follows the story of an elderly mother battling to preserve her home and community as residents are coerced into a collective housing block sale, and the ensuing conflict with her son who desires a fresh start.


This updated adaptation of Singaporean playwright Jean Tay's 2007 stage play is a poignant tribute to the disappearing heritage sites of Singapore, beautifully captured in the film's charming and bittersweet visuals. It is a moving tribute to the country's rich history and a must-see for audiences seeking a glimpse into the human costs of policy and progress.


Director: Derrick Chew

Cast: Tan Beng Tian, Andre Chong, Erwin Shah Ismail & Julius Foo


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.

Recommended Age: PG13 (Some Mature Content)
Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: English, Hokkien & Cantonese
Subtitle Language: with some English subtitles
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

Derrick Chew

A proud alumnus of the School of Film & Media Studies (Ngee Ann Polytechnic), Derrick Chew won Best Film at the 20th Singapore International Film Festival for his graduation short film, Conversations.


He is also a highly experienced creative producer with over 15 years of producing and directing experience in the theatre and entertainment industry. His mission as an arts activist is to fortify Singapore’s position as a vibrant arts city.


For his work in film and theatre, Derrick has been featured prominently on international and local media including BBC, NBC, Channel News Asia and Straits Times.


BOOM (建设繁荣) is Derrick’s feature film debut.

Date & Time

4 Mar 2023, Sat


Esplanade Recital Studio

5 Mar 2023, Sun


Esplanade Recital Studio

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