*** Tickets are fully booked online. Organisers expect 15 – 20% no-shows and latecomers. Walk-ins will be accepted, so u can still try. It’s first come first sit after 7.10pm.***
Sinema Showoff! Mature & Restricted
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
7.30pm. Admission is FREE.Selection of acclaimed M(18) & R(21) rated short local films. Curated by Ramasamy Rajesree.Bring along a credible photo ID to ascertain your age. Entry to the session is strictly restricted to adults aged 21 and above.Our regular Singapore Polytechnic student curators will be taking a short break for their exams. There won’t be the usual Director’s Q&A for this particular session. Curator has also opted out having “Curator’s Pick/s” this session and instead hopes the mature audiences form their own opinions on the films.
Online ticket bookings are encouraged to secure your seat. A full-house is expected. Kindly read the respective consumer advice for each film before booking the tickets and attending the session. Viewer Discretion Is Advised.
Kindly collect tickets by 7.10pm, after which seats will be released to walk-in-patrons.
~~~ Programme of Films ~~~
1. 牡丹 (MU DAN)
Lincoln Chia | English & Mandarin | 14 mins | M18 (Sexual Scene 性相关画面)
牡丹 (MU DAN) questions the relationship between a divorced mother and her son. In this juxtaposition of reality and fantasy, the film transcends the role of the female gender as a mother tries to come to terms with her son’s new girlfriend.
~~~ Director’s Bio – Lincoln Chia~~~
Lincoln Chia holds a Diploma in Visual Communication (Advertising) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Digital Filmmaking) (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Lincoln is currently a full time writer and director in Oak 3 Films, Singapore.
Gold, Short Film Category in Crowbar Awards 2009
Best Performance – Singapore Short Film Competition, Singapore International Film Festival 2010
Best Cinematography – Singapore Short Film Competition, Singapore International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, InDPanda International Short Film Festival 2010, Hong Kong
Official Selection, Short Circuit 2010, Singapore
Official Selection, IndigNation Film Festival 2011, Singapore
Royston Tan | English| 14 mins | R21 (Mature Content)
Wai Kit, a 23-year-old undergrad living with Justin, his 27-year-old boyfriend, are about to celebrate their first anniversary together. Justin makes a suggestion as to how to celebrate their first anniversary but was met with a luke warm response from Wai Kit.
Following a call from Jimmy, Wai Kit wants to move out of Justin’s house, leaving Justin wondering what has gone wrong between them.
Commissioned by Action for Aids (AFA).
~~~ Director’s Bio – Royston Tan ~~~
Royston Tan is one of Singapore’s most prolific filmmakers. In 2001, he was conferred ASEAN Director of the Year. In 2002, the Singapore National Arts Council named him Young Artist of the Year. In 2003, Netpac Jury has recognized Royston Tan as the Asia most promising Talents.
In 2004, Royston Tan was conferred the title “Top 20 Asian Heroes” by Time Magazine for being bold, brave and remarkable in his field.
Royston Tan’s third feature “881”, a getai-based musical drama grossed over SGD3.5million in box office sales, making it Singapore’s top grossing Asian film for 2007. It was also selected as Singapore’s entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as receiving a nomination for the 44th Golden Horse Awards.
In 2008, “12 Lotus” became Royston Tan’s fourth feature film, hitting the SGD1million mark during its run at the Singapore box office. In 2009, Royston was invited to be one of the jury members for the Asian New Talent award 2009 in the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. Royston at the age of 32, was the youngest jury member in the history of the film festival. Royston also garnered Best Director for his feature “12 Lotus” during the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival.
Tan has also been involved with several notable TV commercials and ad films for government agencies and corporate clients.
Anthony Chen | Mandarin, Chinese Dialect (Hokkien) & English | 14 mins| R21
On a hot, humid day, Singapore is shrouded by the haze caused by burning forests in neighbouring Indonesia. Two teenagers decide to skip school and idle the day away. An innocent love affair plays out indoors amidst the dust and smoke that spreads outside.
The haze is an annual problem affecting Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and Indonesia, when Indonesian farmers use slash and burn techniques to clear forests for cultivation, affecting air quality, visibility and raising health concerns.
Supported by Singapore Film Commission (SFC).
~~~ Director’s Bio – Anthony Chen ~~~
Anthony Chen graduated with a Diploma in Film & Media Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. His graduation film, G-23, screened at festivals worldwide and won awards in Europe and Asia. His sophomore short, AH MA (GRANDMA), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and secured a Special Mention, the first time a Singaporean was awarded in Cannes. HAZE, his third short film, was nominated for the Golden Bear for Short Film at Berlin.
Collectively, his films have screened at numerous festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, London, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Sydney, Montreal, Melbourne, Chicago and Hawaii.
Most notably in 2009, Anthony was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore, one of the most prestigious accolades for the arts in Singapore. He believes in making films that reveal, reflect and explore universal truths about the human condition.
Anthony recently completed his Masters at National Film & Television School, London with a scholarship from Media Development Authority (MDA).
Anthony is married and hopes to pursue a career in the UK while developing projects in Asia.
Jeremiah Oh | English & Mandarin | 22mins | R21 (Sexual Scenes)
Alice (Evelyn Maria Ng), unsure about her sexuality, is trapped between passion and moral between her family and friends. She frequently comes home late for dinner with her widower father (Vincent Tee) and two younger sisters (Janice Yeo and Cassevonrie Chia) due to her overtime at work. This makes her father very upset as he has made the daily family dinner compulsory and sees it as the only way to hold the family together.
However, beneath the facade of kinship lie dark secrets and complex emotions ready to explode anytime, when keeping things hush may no longer be the way out.
~~~ Director’s Bio – Jeremiah Oh ~~~
Jeremiah Oh started as an extra at age 16 and climbed up the media ladder to be Director. He currently freelances for local and overseas projects which include commercials, documentaries & corporate videos.
Jeremiah holds a Diploma in Film, Sound & Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Running time: 65mins
About Sinema Showoff!
Sinema Showoff! is a monthly curated film programme.
The programme primarily aims to provide local filmmakers an opportunity to reach out to the common man and woman in a regular cinema facility.
Moving forward the team is also committed to bring Singapore films to film appreciative audiences overseas with the support of venue owners, event organizers and festivals.
Festival & Venue programmers can contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** About SINEMA OLD SCHOOL ***
The purpose of Sinema is not merely to screen local films and showcase local work, but also to inspire a local filmmaking movement – to encourage Singaporeans to tell their stories cinematically, to bring back the Golden Age of Singapore cinema and preserve its heritage, to nurture new Singaporean filmmakers, and most of all to develop a professional film industry.
Beyond a mere outlet for Singapore films, Sinema is also a community and collaborative creative haven for filmmakers. One can often find directors, actors, cinematographers and the like hanging out at Sinema Old School, fostering an exchange of ideas and creative energy.
Their staff, ushers and longtime collaborators are not just ticket takers, they are also filmmakers, producers, photographers, critics, writers, designers, DJs, film students – people who have knowledge and interests in diverse aspects of media and entertainment – who enthusiastically
engage visitors in their Sinematic passion.
Official site & news site covering local and regional film industry news.
~~~ Getting There ~~~
Sinema Old School – Getting There:
(a) By Bus:
[via Orchard Road]: 7, 14, 16, 36, 64, 65, 111, 124, 139, 162, 174, 502, 518
[via Prinsep Street]: 64, 65, 131, 139, 147, 166
(b) By Train:
(c) By Foot:
For those walking up from Orchard Road or the MRT, head to the back road (Handy Road) behind The Atrium and up the flight of stairs next to the condominiums. Once you reach the top you should see the Old School building.
[via Orchard Road]
From Orchard Road travel straight to Bras Basah Road towards East. Turn left at Bras Basah Road to Prinsep Street. Continue traveling straight towards Selegie Road. From Selegie Road turn left to Wilkie Road and continue traveling until Sophia Road.
From Sophia Road turn left to Adis Road. Continue traveling along Adis Road to Old School.
Ample parking space available at $2 per entry after 5.00pm.
Yet to post trailers, some of the e-posters and photos. In consultation with MDA on promotion of R21 films on online platforms. For the moment have posted information similar with mainstream media channels online.