Singing in Graveyards


*Filmmaker in Attendance


Sixty eight-year-old Filipino musician Pepe Smith is one of the most famous rock stars from his home country, also once the vocalist for the infamous drug-riddled psychedelic rock band Speed, Glue & Shinki from 1970s Japan.

In his debut feature, Bradley Liew explores the legend’s psyche in a cryptically creative way. Drawing from the existence of rock star impersonators, Bradley doubles the protagonist, with Pepe Smith acting as his own impersonator, as well as the real rock star who is named Joey Smith in the film. (Pepe) Smith eagerly prepares for his next big break, writing and performing a song for the upcoming Joey Smith comeback concert. But old age, demands of an unforgiving music industry and an existential crisis that stems from his disconnect with family and his own real self, starts to engulf him.


  • web-518-singingingraveyards-director Bradley Liew is a filmmaker working in Malaysia and Philippines. Singing in Graveyards (2016) is Liew’s debut feature that had its world premiere at the 31st Venice International Film Critics’ Week. It was the recipient of the Vision Sud Est Production Support Fund and the Most Promising Project Award at the Southeast Asian Film Lab, SGIFF 2014.
  • Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
  • Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena
  • Pepe Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Lav Diaz
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