Discussing Singapore Cinema
Discussing Singapore Cinema: Talks on Singapore Cinema by Wong Hongyi
Date: 26 Jan to 1 Mar, Tuesday, 730pm (except 9 Feb)
Admission: Entry by donation
This series of talks will take a closer look at Singapore cinema by uncovering recurring themes and focusing on the works of several filmmakers. Learn more about how the Singapore identity has shaped our films. and how it has expressed and influenced our perceptions and understanding of the world.
For more information about the seminar, please go to: http://www.objectifs.com.sg/discussing-singapore-cinema/ For any enquiries, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 6336 2957.
The talks are organised in conjunction with this year's Watch Local screenings. For more information about the screenings - http://www.objectifs.com.sg/watchlocal2016/
Objectifs is a partner of ‘Watch Local’, an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.
To attend all 5 seminars, kindly register on this page.
To register for an individual seminar, please refer to the programme schedule below.
To register for the seminar: Singapore Film: What Is It? / 26 Jan / 730pm
To register for the seminar: Arts as Alternative Voice / 2 Feb / 730pm
To register for the seminar: Director Focus: Jack Neo / 16 Feb / 730pm
To register for the seminar: Director Focus: Wee Li Lin / 23 Feb / 730pm
To register for the seminar: Director Focus: Eric Khoo / 1 Mar / 730pm
Singapore Film: What Is It? (26 Jan)
This introductory seminar to the 5-part series will look at Singapore film through a number of identifiable themes and concepts. Ideas like memory, nostalgia, space, identity and the use of Singlish in some of our local films will be examined with examples from various Singaporean filmmakers. A good place to start is the omnibus 7 Letters, itself a part of the numerous initiatives of SG50 and an attempt to look at how Singapore has changed across our five decades of nationhood.
Art as Alternative Voice (2 Feb)
Many times, art is used by the artist to reclaim what has been taken away from the powerless and the marginalised. This seminar looks at how films in Singapore are sometimes a representation of the person in the street with his or her fears and aspirations. In this way, film can be used to validate individuals who are neglected or even rejected by the collective consciousness. Some of the films of younger filmmakers like Boo Junfeng and Kirsten Tan will be featured in this session.
Director Focus: Jack Neo (16 Feb)
This third seminar in the series takes a look at Jack Neo, who is sometimes believed to represent the Everyman in Singapore. His choice to focus on the problems of the masses is arguably the source of his appeal. The issues that he explores may be mundane but many of them are very real. Throughout his filmmaking years, Neo has evolved and developed a bankable formula that works. Some of the films we will watch include Money No Enough, I Not Stupid, Homerun, and Ah Boys to Men.
Director Focus: Wee Li Lin (23 Feb)
A prolific filmmaker in her own right, Wee Li Lin is a master of the short film genre. Starting from Norman on the Air in 1997, which won her an award at the Singapore International Film Festival, Wee has been making films that explore the inner worlds of archetypal, localised characters. In this seminar, we take a look at some of these shorts. Lunch Time is about a coffeeshop assistant who fantasises a better life; Holiday features the sudden retrenchment of an average Singaporean man; and Autograph Book talks about the pains of growing up through the eyes of a 12-year-old.
Director Focus: Eric Khoo (1 Mar)
One of the forerunners in the Singapore film scene, Eric Khoo has contributed to the growth of the industry significantly. He has also influenced a number of young local filmmakers hoping to make their mark in Singapore and abroad. Many of his films are dark symbolisms of existence in urban spaces. The characters featured in films such as Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and Be With Me are edgy, displaced and lonely individuals. The way they cope with their lives serves as a mirror for the rest of us who may be grappling with similar issues. In this final seminar of the series, we round up with Khoo and his works.