The Singaporeana! Symposium is a lively one-day symposium of panels and talks that will complement the film programme in a deeper exploration of key themes that emerge from international productions in Singapore, as well as comparing them with how Singapore filmmakers explore their own country through various conceptual lenses. Academics, researchers, students and independent writers will be presenting papers on authenticity, identity, architecture, nostalgia, sexuality, Orientalism and the unusual use of locations in key films. Films to be discussed include: Saint Jack, Pretty Polly, The Virgin Soldiers, So Darling So Deadly, Crazy Rich Asians, Two Sides of the Bridge, Ricochet, They Call Her… Cleopatra Wong, Shirkers and many more!
Full lineup for the Singaporeana! film programme here.
Welcome & Opening Address (15mins)
Special Presentation (on Skype)
10:30am – 12pm
Panel 1: Authentic Imaginings
Chaired by: Ben Slater
Panel 2: Nostalgic Spaces
Chaired by: Professor Adam Knee
Panel 3: Foreign Encounters
Chaired by: Dr. Edna Lim
Special Presentation: Obscure Locations
Hun Ping in conversation with Ben Slater
Researcher Toh Hun Ping will take us on a journey through film locations chosen for international productions shooting in Singapore, which performs an alternative topography of the island.
Final comments & wrap up