Taken from Lawrence's Blog. ( With his permission of course :) )"'August 29', a film I shot near to two years ago was recently re-screened at a new campaign initiative by Health Promotion Board (Singapore) call Love +ve.Click here to know more about this campaign.Commissioned by Health Promotion Board, this film aims to raise awareness about AIDS and safe-sex in a subtle way. “August 29″ was first screened at Orchard Cineleisure early last year and it’s a heart-wrenching love story about a girl who’s dying of AIDS and how she chooses to spend her last days with her ex-boyfriend, a photographer.Her ex-boyfriend, the photographer, would be me. hahaSeriously, I really like this film. I think the team behind it was brilliant, the motivation behind the story was cause worthy and the execution of it was tasteful. Though there are certain parts of the film where I cringe due to my raw acting. I’m positive my craft is much better now. LOL! So do pardon me!Do take some time to watch the film and let me know what you think. "Video: http://blip.tv/file/1207596/"P/S: Do spread the film around if you can. Thanks…"
Interviews###Exclusive interview with Evelyn Maria, actor in Female Games Sinema | July 18, 2009Interviewed by MiaoIn view of the up and coming World Premiere of ‘Female Games’ at Sinema Old School, Evelyn Maria Ng gives us an exclusive interview as she discusses the insights into acting in a Kan Lume film as well as the challenges that she encountered on set.Miao (MI): What do you think about the film and its portrayals’ of the workings of the female mind and maybe homosexuality?Evelyn Maria (EM): I feel that in Female Games the film portrays the female mind and homosexuality accurately. Its art imitating life.MI: How well do you think the film connects to real life artistes (models and actresses)? Does it portray the modeling industry accurately?EM: I feel that the film connects to real life artistes such as models and actors quite well. I would not say that it portrays the entire modeling industry. Its boils down to individual characteristics. The film is portraying what is the worst that can happen if best friends become worst enemies. Im sure girls get bitchy in the office as well. This type of behaviour is not stereotypical to just models and actors.MI: Can you share with us about your experience of going nude on screen? Was it a huge consideration on your part or…?EM: I felt extremely shy but tried not to think too much about it. It was less nerve wrecking as Kan was the only person filming there and it was a closed set. Yes, it was a huge consideration on my part as I am not completely comfortable with my body. Every actor comes to a point when they have to decide to bare or not to bare. Kan was very respectful and the scenes were artistically done.MI: Did you encounter any personal dilemma or difficulties in taking up the role of Alexia?EM: No, I did not encounter any personal dilemma or difficulities in taking up the role of Alexia as she’s a very real character.MI: Tell us about the catfight that you had with Qiao yun? What were you thinking about when you were acting out the catfight? Out of curiosity, was the lady (and maybe the rest of the onlookers as well) who attempted to stop the fight supposed to be part of the scene? EM: The catfight I had with Qiao yun was real and scary! I was discussing with her before the scene to go gentle and that it was just acting. She said we had to do it for real then it would look better on screen. So when the scene started, she pushed me against a metal backing on the wall and I had to retaliate as she kept coming at me with her punches and hits. That girl is skinny but damn can she fight! I would like to consider that I am a lover not a fighter unless provoked. I kept trying to get away but she kept coming after me. At the end of the scene, I was pretty traumatised and shaken up and actually ended up crying. Kan was apologetic that we had to experience such a traumatic scene but explained that it looked good on screen and was worth it. Qiao Yun was pretty shaken up too. I had accidentally scratched her and she had some clumps of her hair out. We were rather battered, but Qiao Yun said she enjoyed it. The lady and the onlookers thought that the fight scene was really going on as we were actually fighting.MI: Was the film strictly scripted or you and the other actors had the chance of free-spirited dialogue throughout the film?EM: The film was unscripted. Kan believed in serendipity and once we trust the process that everything will just flow. Sometimes Kan would give us a setting and ask us to act. Sometimes he would tell us what he wanted. Other times we may come up with our own lines or Kan would instruct us what to say.MI: How much do you draw on your own experience when you act?EM: Most actors personalise or draw from their own experiences. Even if not the same but similar experiences help.MI: Has this been your most challenging role?EM: I would say that the fight scene and the nude scene was most challenging.MI: What do you think about the cuts that were passed for the film? Were they essential to bring out the film better? Did it change the original message of the film somehow?EM: Kan says that what is shown is the final cut for the film.MI: Lastly, How much can you relate yourself to the film?EM: I can relate to the film as there can be mean people out there saying mean things, but most importantly we have to to focus on the positive and eliminate the negative. We have to surround ourselves with the people who really care for us. I believe there is time and opportunity for everyone. If it’s your time, it’s your time. “If you truly desire something wth all your heart, the whole universe will conspire to help you to achieve it” quoted from the movie “Om Shanti OM”. Hard work and professionality does pay off. Persistence and perseverance will prevail.Evelyn Maria will be attending the world premiere of Female Games at Sinema Old School, on the 22nd of july 2009, as well as becoming a panelist for the talkback session after the screening. Join us for a very interesting and insightful talkback session as we discuss about the challenges that the actors faced during shoot and many more among others! Book your tickets now at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 6336-9707.
Catch the world premiere of Female Games at Sinema Old School this July!Our Talkback Series will take place on Wednesday, 22nd of July 2009 at 8.00pm.Our guest panelists include the cast of Female Games - Evelyn Maria Ng, Shen Qiaoyun and Fish Chaar.Tickets for the screening inclusive of talkback are $15* each. Read more about Female Games here . Early Bird Discount: Book your tickets before Saturday, 18th of July 2009, 10pm* to enjoy $2 off each ticket!Female Games Female Games (R21)2009 | Drama | Singapore | English | 70 min | $8Director: Kan LumeCast: Evelyn Maria Ng, Shen Qiaoyun, Fish Chaar, Dean KuanFemale Games is the first contemporary Singaporean film to portray female homosexuality, and also makes an exploration into other issues pertinent to women such as their self image and gendered roles. The film focuses on the relationship of two Singaporean female models, Alexia and Sandy, who travel to Kuala Lumpur to relax and find work from a casting agent. The tension that underlies their friendship emerges when jealousy gets the better of them both, and they turn enemies. Inspired by the insecurity that women possess to check who is better when they walk past each other, Kan obtained the themes of this film.July 17, 2009 - 7:45 pm
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The Substation Moving Images presents
THE BEST OF FIRST TAKE
1 December 2008
The Substation Theatre
8pm, FREE ADMISSION
First Take, happening every 1st Monday of the month at The Substation, is a popular screening of new & fresh local short films and is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. A platform for new filmmakers and anyone who is interested in filmmaking to meet, exchange ideas and show their work. See the future talents of Singapore film!
For this special screening, we are presenting the audience favourites of each month, and a final vote is cast for the Top Favourite of First Take 2008! Come watch the most popular First Take films of each month and cast your vote to support your favorite film!
Top Favourite of First Take 2008:
Walking down a busy street, a reporter is handed a flyer that reads: “Would you like to die? Visit us at Block 108, Kallang Way.” He goes to the address to investigate but gets sucked into a bizarre world of shadows and enigma. His colleagues try to rescue him, but they too become ensnared…
THE MITRE SPELL began as a curious query more than anything. Coming from the States, I was fascinated with Singapore's slight obsession with the supernatural and began location scouting spooky places for inspiration. I was soon directed to the now defunct Mitre Hotel, which still has a few tenants and operates as a bar... sort of. What started off as a one night visit and a few questions, soon became a fledgling documentary project. At the Mitre, there was an endless supply of quirky answers that inevitably gave rise to more questions. We started recording interviews on tape and were given permission to roam the premise for a time. Soon it would seem, I too came under the Mitre spell and became fascinated with the old place. This is part of the story.
A man, dissatisfied with a white cube for a head, decides to give it up immediately for a fanciful one in the name of self-improvement.
“Life is similar to a cup of tea, once the cup is broken, the tea remains as tea.”
A subjective video in the style of a documentary about P. Ramlee and the fall of Malay Film Industries during the 70s, of how they have been forgotten by the people today and to bring back memories of what it is to be called the golden era of film at that time. Could we have another P. Ramlee today?
Shut In explores the dysfunctional world of Jason, a young urban hermit whose solitary lifestyle is disrupted when Janice, a vivacious young woman turns up unexpectedly at his front door. A beautiful chemistry develops. Janice brings life and vitality to Jason, something that was lost to him when he shut himself in. But it seems that Janice has a little secret and as with all secrets, it eventually unravels.
A portrait of the accidental dissolution of human relationships, set against the backdrop of hollow, superficial and volatile electronic communication. Peggy (Neo Swee Lin), a lonely retiree hooked on American soap operas, has an introverted son, who suffers from social anxiety disorder. They live in the same house but exit in completely different realities that never converge.
What is the definition of normality? Two young kidney patients go on a quest to challenge society’s perception of them. In the process, they discover their own ability to redefine what being normal is all about.
Best Friends Jas and Farid are interested in learning lion dance. However, they face many obstacles and challenges while learning a different culture. In a multi-cultural country such as Singapore, will they be able to realize their dreams?
[Final votes, vote-counting and prize-giving]
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