Singapore Shorts ’21 – Selection 5

21st August 2021
Saturday 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Venue:

Oldham Theatre

Description:

There will be five short films screened for Selection 5 of Singapore Shorts ‘21.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.  

The Rating for Selection 5 is M18

Home Economics with A Stubborn Bloom
Directed by: A Stubborn Bloom
Runtime: 11 minutes 26 seconds
Country: Singapore
Language: English
Rating: PG

Synopsis
A re-staging of instructional texts from Home Economics Textbooks used in the 1970s, outlining the correct manner for personal grooming, house-keeping, and entertaining. The film critiques the extreme performativity of femininity through gestures and costumes to a soundtrack of highly gendered phrases taken verbatim from the textbooks.

About the Director
A Stubborn Bloom is a multidisciplinary collective started by artist Stephanie Jane Burt and fashion researcher Daniela Monasterios-Tan. Exploring tropes of femininity, the duo synthesises film and fashion, uncovering ideology and identity through material culture.

Elsa
Directed by: Jen Nee Lim
Runtime: 8 minutes 17 seconds
Country: Singapore
Language: Mandarin, English
Rating: PG13 (Some Mature Content)

Synopsis
6-year old Stanley has a year left to be Disney’s Queen Elsa to his heart’s content, before formal education starts. 

About the Director
After almost 20 years in film, Elsa is acclaimed producer and writer Jen Nee Lim’s directorial debut. Her next narrative shorts are The Note (in post-production) and Trash (in development).

After Noon
Directed by: Koo Chia Meng
Runtime: 16 minutes 18 seconds
Country: Singapore
Language: English
Rating: M18 (Mature Content and Coarse Language)

Synopsis
Two teenage boys idle away a seemingly ordinary afternoon, but as events stir up hidden feelings, confusion leads to the testing of boundaries.

About the Director
Koo Chia Meng has been involved with film production work since 2009. He holds a postgraduate degree in Film Directing from the Taipei National University of the Arts and is currently a Creative Director at Fiction Shore. 

Kickers
Directed by: Syamsul Bahari
Runtime: 16 minutes 31 seconds
Country: Singapore
Language: English
Rating: PG

Synopsis
Kickers is a coming-of-age film about Natasha, and her attempts in salvaging a decaying friendship with her childhood buddy. As life gets in its way, priorities change, and paths diverge. The film tugs at the wistfulness of teenagehood and the inevitability of growing up and letting go.

About the Director
Syamsul Bahari began his filmmaking journey with an old VHS tape recorder, becoming a lead assistant editor at EditLounge. The freelance director and video editor now tackles social realism and cultural issues through his films.

When I Talk to You
Directed by: Grace Song
Runtime: 12 minutes 54 seconds
Country: Singapore
Language: English
Rating: PG

Synopsis
When I Talk to You is an evolving digital time capsule about two friends, one a frontline worker, and one a filmmaker, who try to meet but cannot. Made for SGUNITED in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, documenting the months of January to July 2020.

About the Director
Grace Song is a Singaporean filmmaker. Coming from both film and art backgrounds, she is interested in capturing and presenting ‘real-life’ in a poetic dreamlike manner where the subconscious is externalised onto the medium of film.

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