Portrait of A Young Man

Lawrence comes from an extremely poor family. Often maligned and despised by neighbours, he dreams of getting out of his situation. He resorts to different ways to make a quick buck. His father’s sudden death forces his mother to wash dishes for a living ad Lawrence realises that freedom comes at a price.

  • Director: Francis Lau
  • Runtime: 25m5s
  • Genre: Docu-Drama, Biopic
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2005-D-0016
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Producer: Lim Yen Ling
  • Language: Chinese Dialect, English, Mandarin
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Ho Wen Long, Victor Tan, Lawrence Tay Hiang Soon, Nicholas Loong


  • Director of Photography - Jackie Ong; Camera Assistant - Jason Tan; Gaffer - Mak Kwok Keung; Key Grip - Poon Kin Chuan; Sound Recording - Juah Kim Peow; Grip - Casman; Editor / Colourist - Mike Chew


  • Eras - 1970s
  • Social Issues - poverty, development, wealth
  • Occupations - street hawkers, washer woman
  • Places - alleys, jetty
  • Buildings - shophouses
  • Institutions - Singapore Polytechnic
  • Business - entrepreneurship
  • Relationships - landlord/tenant, mother/son, friends, teacher/student

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