Homecoming to a Changing Place: On Crazy Bumpkins in Singapore

  • February 3, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre

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Date: Saturday, 3 February 2024
Time: 1pm
Venue: Oldham Theatre

This talk will be conducted in English.
本讲座将以英语进行。

About the Talk

Crazy Bumpkins in Singapore feels like a homecoming for Wang Sha and Ye Feng. It was the duo’s first film shot on location in Singapore. They starred as home-grown artistes who had honed their screen acting craft in Hong Kong. It not only represented a reunion with friends in the local performing arts scene, but also a humorous return to many well-known places in the rapidly changing city (“see them before they are gone!”).

This talk will discuss the filming locations of Crazy Bumpkins in Singapore (1976) and the transforming urbanscape of 1970s Singapore – its popular haunts and emerging landmarks. It will compare Crazy Bumpkins with The Two Nuts, a Singapore-produced Cantonese movie that was released a year earlier in 1975. Long thought lost but recently discovered, the latter features a comedic duo performing numerous jaunts to iconic places across the island.

This free event is organised by the Asian Film Archive as part of Retrospective: Wang Sha & Ye Feng. Please register your place by clicking Get Tickets.

Along with the accompanying exhibition Comic Relief, screenings run until 7 April 2024 at Oldham Theatre. Get tickets and learn more.

About the Speaker

Toh Hun Ping is an independent researcher who investigates the history and cultural contexts of film production and distribution in 20th century Singapore. He was the principal researcher for the book Xin Ke: The Story of Singapore and Malaya’s First Feature Film (authored by Yvonne Ng and Jan Uhde, Kucinta Books, 2019). He started the Singapore Film Locations Archive, a private video collection of films made in and about Singapore, and runs a website about filming locations in Singapore of the past (sgfilmlocations.com).