There will be six short films screened for Selection 4 of Singapore Shorts ‘22.
The Rating for Selection 4 is
A Man Trembles (2021)
Directed by: Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen
Runtime: 22 min 48 sec
Language: English, Cantonese
Rating: PG13 (Some frightening scenes)
Saddled by the Asian Financial Crisis, a family decides to spend their final day on Earth at Sentosa Island, historically named Pulau Blakang Mati (the island behind which lies death). Set against the island’s layered and gothic history, the family surrender themselves to a mysterious force that promises both salvation and terror.
Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen are Singaporean filmmakers and artists. Their films have screened at BFI London Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, FEST – New Directors/New Films and IFFA Macao.
TAMAN HUTAN Chapter 4: The Wound Response (2022)
Directed by: ila
Runtime: 20 min 12 sec
Language: English, Malay
TAMAN HUTAN Chapter Four: The Wound Response focuses on the rubber craze of the 20th century through both archival documentation of wages and an interview with Cek Anuan on his grandfather Rasimin who worked with English naturalist Henry Nicholas Ridley. Focusing on the Singapore Botanic Gardens as the site of interaction between colonists and labourers, the film reveals the wounds of those erased from colonial records but who remain inscribed within nature itself.
The intimate works of visual and performance artist, ila, incorporate objects, moving images and live performance. She creates pathways into the peripheries of the unspoken, the tacit and the silenced generating discussions about gender, history and identity.
Directed by: Yeo Wee Han
Runtime: 4 min 57 sec
Language: No Dialogue
Captured with breathtaking clarity over a period of two years, SKYLiGHT is an observational documentation of the urban and natural landscapes of Singapore that evokes a sense of the celestial.
Wee Han is a photographer, filmmaker and a lover of nature. Growing up in a city, he yearns to travel when time allows. His favourite place for several years has been Greenland.
Directed by: Zulkhairi Zulkiflee
Runtime: 10 min 13 sec
Proximities focuses on the trope of the Malay Boy found in the works of Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917-1983). It attempts to locate the Malay male in art history while unpacking underlying systems of power that have shaped and naturalised the understanding of difference.
Zulkhairi Zulkiflee is an artist-curator committed to a practice centred on Malayness and its social ontology. He creates lens-based artworks that see Malayness through the racialised Malay male body and its relation to local and global contexts.
Two is Enough (2022)
Directed by: Leon Cheo
Runtime: 16 min 32 sec
Language: Teochew, English
In 1970s Singapore when families were pressured and incentivised to have no more than two children, a newly pregnant Teochew mother contemplates keeping her third child despite facing overwhelming financial constraints, social stigma and state disincentives.
Leon Cheo is the creator of the International Emmy®-nominated short form series People Like Us. A second in a trilogy, this film continues his interest in stories of the human consequence and impact of policy.
Makes This World Live Young Again (2021)
Directed by: Richard Wan Kum Wah
Runtime: 3 min 21 sec
Set against a utopian 3D rendering of Singapore, Makes This World Live Young Again is a music video featuring ant mascots in uncanny settings including cruising down the Singapore River on a giant plastic bottle and frolicking in a burning garden. With an infectious soundtrack reminiscent of national education sing-a-longs, the language of a didactic instructional video is enmeshed with universal climate movement aesthetics to hallucinatory effect.
Richard Wan Kum Wah is an educator, song writer and animation producer in Singapore. Since 1990, he has written more than 50 television children drama theme songs and the official Racial Harmony multilingual theme song, entitled “Sing Our Wishes” for the National Day Parade.
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