This post contains excerpts from the article originally published in The Straits Times on Wednesday, 9 January 2019, by Ong Sor Fen. Click here to view the full article (ST Premium).
*UPDATE* The Asian Film Archive’s regular film programmes at the Oldham Theatre will begin 18 May 2019 with Singular Screens, a film programme curated by AFA for Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019. Visit SIFA’s official website for the full programme line-up and ticketing details.
Cinephiles can look forward to a new space when the Asian Film Archive’s (AFA) new theatre opens at the revamped National Archives of Singapore building in April
The venue will kick off with a slate of 8 Asian horror films, including the classic Orang Minyak (1958) starring P. Ramlee, and its Hong Kong riff, Oily Maniac (1976).
The 135-seat Oldham Theatre at Fort Canning Rise will be able to screen formats ranging from 4k digital projection to traditional 35mm reels.
Karen Chan, Executive Director of AFA, says being able to show 35mm prints stays true to the archive’s core purpose of preserving and sharing films. “We want to be able to show prints that may not be available in any other form.”
“We are working on screenings for a number of nights a week, especially weekends, so it gives audiences a chance to anticipate that every week there will be programmes at the space.”
Tickets for the opening programme will be priced between $8 and $13. Sales will begin in March at AFA’s website www.asianfilmarchive.org.