Fonzi is a complex and multilayered examination of determinism versus free will, the nature of storytelling, and the nature of cinema itself. Fonzi takes the viewer into her seemingly happy pliant world where she meets her doppelganger on the television and has her nature as a character trapped in a frame revealed to her. As she tries to evade the doppelganger and escape the confines of a reality that has dummies for other humans playing out the plot of the viewer’s fancy, she makes a plea to the viewer to let her go and stop watching her. Eventually, she is set free to run off into the horizon out of the viewer’s sight.

  • Director: Kirsten Tan
  • Runtime: 24m0s
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2007-D-0499
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Producer: Marie Kwok
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Teo Min Bi, Charis Lee, Frankie Kwok, Doris Chua, Looi Wan Ping, Joshua Tan, Andrea Chee


  • Director of Photography - Alex John Tan
  • Editor/Production & Sound Designer - Enny Tan
  • Assistant Director - Jessica Tan, Tascha Fipe
  • Camera Assistant - Nikhil Pase
  • Key Grip - Andre Rolando Cardoso
  • Grip - Looi Wan Ping, Asfar Jalil, Edwin Cheng, Derek Wee, Eugene Tan
  • Sound Recordist - Melvin Lee
  • Boom Operator - Daniel Koh, Wong Mun Lai
  • Production Assistant/Vehicle Operator - Andrea Chee


  • People: Family
  • Places: Theater, Cinema
  • Objects- Family Portraits, Television, Piano, Dummies, Film Reel, Trumpets, Car
  • Brands- Volkswagon
  • Relationships- Mother/Daughter, Mother/Child, Family
  • References- Charlie Chaplin
  • Themes- Surrealism, Doppelganger, Trapped, Captivity, Friendship, Authority, Metacinema, Isolation, Irony

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