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Share our love for Singapore with the extensive showings at the Film Festival! Don’t miss Royston Tan’s specially commissioned feature film, “Old Friends”, which explores the theme of food through personal stories of everyday Singaporean. From May, some of these films will travel to select public libraries. Stay tuned for more details.

Read about the individual projects under this showcase below:

Rewind/Remind – A Film Festival by the Singapore Memory Project

Old Friends
By Chuan Pictures


old friendsFrom the creators of Old Places (老地方) and Old Romances (老情人) comes the final instalment of the trilogy: Old Friends (老朋友). Savour the stories of those who pioneered the rich, authentic flavours (古早味) of traditional Singaporean cuisine, and those lucky enough to taste them in this evocative film by Royston Tan and his team.

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Centrepoint Kidz
By Bobbing Buoy Films

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The Centrepoint mall of the 1980s used to be a vibrant and colourful hangout popular with youths collectively known as the Centrepoint Kids. Director Wee Li Lin pays tribute to their lively subculture and positive spirit in her film Centrepoint Kidz, chronicling the story of a youth’s initiation into the exclusive group.While these rebels of yesteryear may now have children of their own, the film serves to highlight how these parents once sought unique and daring means of expressing themselves as well.

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Kway Chap
By Sun Koh

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Even though filmmaker Sun Koh grew up in a family of famous kway chap hawkers, she never made a film about them. Now she makes a last ditch attempt at documenting the memories of her family and their livelihoods before they disappear. But many of the places where they started the trade no longer exist – is she one step too late?

 

 

 

The Violin
By Robot Playground Media

Violin CroppedWitness an unconventional recollection of Singapore’s history over the span of 80 years, all from the perspective of a violin. 

Directed by Ervin Han, The Violin is an animated short film retelling our nation’s past, struggles and journey – from World War II to the tumultuous political times that led to Singapore’s separation from Malaysia, right up to the present.

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Autograph Book
By Bobbing Buoy Films

Autograph books, filled with poems and prose penned by friends or frenemies alike, were key to deciphering the messy web of primary school friendships. Take a nostalgic meander down memory lane in Wee Li Lin’s Autograph Book, which looks at how a tender friendship between two 12-year-old girls is put to the test.

 

 

 

 

The Studio
By Sun Koh

Travel back to the Lion Studios’ musical heyday through the memories of filmmaker Sun Koh, as documented in her film The Studio. Uncover the story behind this local recording studio, which helmed the production of iconic National Day songs and saw the likes of Teresa Teng, Tracy Huang and Teddy Robin recording platinum hits.


Rewind/Remind – A Film Festival by the Singapore Memory Project (By Invitation Only)

Date: 23 May 2015, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: Level 11, National Library, 100 Victoria Street, 188064

 

Rewind/Remind – A Film Festival by the Singapore Memory Project

Date: 24 May 2015, 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)
Location: Level 11, National Library, 100 Victoria Street, 188064

 

(re)surfacing): 50 years of alternative music in Singapore
by MGO Films

resurfacing 50 years CroppedLet the rhythm of the Singaporean alternative scene move you in (re)Surfacing, a film celebrating the diversity and tenacity of mat rok, xinyao and other local music genres that continue to survive and thrive alongside their mainstream contemporaries.

 

 

 

 


Showtime at Golden Venus – Swing!

By Joseph Pereira and Joseph Sim

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Rewind to the 60s and get a closer look at the extraordinary rise and fall of Singapore’s music scene with Swing!, which features interviews with musical pioneers such as The Crescendos, The Quests, The Swallows, as well as The Straydogs.

 

 

 

 

Simi Kopitiam
By Little Red Ants Creative Studio

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From the morning kopi outlet to the occasional gang fight battleground, kopitiams have become inextricably woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

Explore how they became a Singaporean cultural mainstay in Simi Kopitiam?, a film interspersed with candid accounts by the kopi kias and towkays who have worked and lived in kopitiams for most of their lives.

 

 

 

Singapore Film Locations Archive
By Toh Hun Pin

Witness Singapore’s incredible physical transformation as it unfolds across the silver screen. Revisit old urban and rural landscapes, as captured through on-location scenes from films produced in the last century – all of which are showcased in the Singapore Film Locations Archive.

 

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New Huat Kueh
By Caleb Ming

A filmmaker who was himself born into a kueh-making family, Caleb Huang sets out to document the history of the humble huat kueh and how it is being enjoyed by people before it fades into oblivion.

 

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Lingo Lingo Where You Go
By J Team Productions

Explore the origins of Singlish with Shawn Tan, as well as words used in the past with J Team Productions’ charmingly humorous jaunt down the memory lane.

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Screenings @

 library@esplanade  library@orchard Bukit Merah Public Library
Date: 23 May 2015, 2-5pm (Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • (re)Surfacing: 50 Years of Alternative Music in Singapore
  • Showtime at Golden Venus- Swing!
Date: 23 May 2015, 2-5pm (Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Simi Kopitiam
  • New Huat Kueh

 

Date: 7 June 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • The Violin
  • Old Friends
  • Centrepoint Kidz
  • The Studio
Date: 6 June 2015, 2-5pm (Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • The Studio
  • Kway Chap
  • Old Friends
Date: 30 May 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Singapore Film
    Locations Archive
Date: 31 June 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Autograph Book
  • Centrepoint Kidz
  • Old Friends
 Date: 13 June 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • The Violin
  • Old Friends

 

Tampines Regional Library
Level 3, Auditorium
Woodlands Regional Library
Basement 1, Auditorium
National Library, Level 5, Imagination Room
 Date: 14 June 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • The Violin
  • Old Friends
  • Centrepoint Kidz
  • The Studio

 

 Date: 20 June 2015, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • The Violin
  • Old Friends
  • Simi Kopitiam
  • New Huat Kueh

 

 Date: 25 July 2015, 1-3pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Lingo Lingo Where You Go

Additional Screenings @

library@orchard,
Imagine
Tampines Regional Library,
Auditorium
Woodlands Regional Library,
Auditorium
 Date: Jun 27, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Old Friends
  • (re)Surfacing: 50 years of Alternative Music in Singapore
  • Centrepoint Kidz
  • The Studio
 Date: Jun 27, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Old Friends
  • Simi Kopitiam
  • New Huat Kueh
  • The Violin

 

 Date: Jul 4, 1-3pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Old Friends
  • Autograph Book
  • The Studio
  • Kway Chap

 

Date: Jul 19, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • (re)Surfacing: 50 years of Alternative Music
  • Showtime at Golden Venus- Swing!
  • Centrepoint Kidz
  • The Studio

 

National Library, Level 1, Visitors Briefing Room
 Date: Jul 4, 2-5pm
(Registration is full! Thank you for the overwhelming support!)

  • Old Friends
  • Autograph Book
  • The Studio
  • The Violin

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Chew Siew Pheng
    June 3, 2015

    Hi, i saw from today 3 jun facebook announcing there are additional tickets available for the film festival. I need 4 tickets, but do not know how n where to apply. Pl advice. Thank u.

    Reply
    • Irsyad
      June 5, 2015

      Hi Siew Pheng

      More information is always available here.

      Registrations for the screening are already full but limited walk-ins are welcome depending on building codes and no-shows by other registered attendees on the day of the screening.

      Cheers!

      Reply
  2. Evelyn
    June 18, 2015

    Hi

    Anymore additional screenings for centrepoint kidz or other show? I didn’t manage to make reservations. If people make reservations and couldn’t make it in the end, will the space be made available again?

    Reply
    • Irsyad
      June 19, 2015

      Hi Evelyn

      Yes, those seats will be released to the public who walk in and try their luck anyway 🙂 Hope to see you at one of the screenings, we really do try to accomodate.

      Thanks!

      Reply
  3. Reikel goh
    June 28, 2015

    Saw this a lil late.,, anymorr screenings for Simi kopitiam?

    Reply
    • Agnes Phua
      July 3, 2015

      Hi Reikel,

      The last screening for Simi Kopitiam was on June 27. Perhaps this article about the listing of featured kopitiams will interest you – do check it out for your own food tour!

      Cheers,
      Agnes

      Reply

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