New Waves shines a spotlight on young filmmakers who are making waves through the archipelago, forming an emerging community within Southeast Asia. Join them in a film screening and dialogue with guest speakers from different disciplines, centered upon their unique and personal approaches to utilising film as a mode of expression. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in anticipation of the 29th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival end-2018.
Every last Wed
April – July 2018
*SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
PATHOMPON MONT TESPRATEEP (THAILAND)
IN DIALOGUE WITH SILKE SCHMICKL
Working with the increasing arcane medium of celluloid film, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep has carved out a unique position between film, installation and sound art practices. His short films harness the aesthetics of silent cinema with an unconventional use of sound and silence.
Having showcased his work at the Rotterdam International Film Festival this year with the recommendation of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mont joins Silke Schmickl, co-founder of Lowave, an experimental film and video art publishing house, now engaged in curatorial work that parallels Mont’s transversal approach towards different medium and its shifting contexts. Mont will share his artistic approach as they ponder upon the oneiric quality of silent cinema, its uncanny aura in the present, the investment of personal memories through this mediums and to what ends it serves.
PATHOMPON MONT TESPRATEEP is a filmmaker working within the margins of cinema and contemporary art who engages cinema with a keen reference to its material and historical aspects. He graduated with a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in London, and participated in Berlinale Talents. Since 2014, he has been developing a series of hand-processed 16mm and Super 8 short films which has been showcased widely in international festivals such as Locarno, BFI London, Les Rencontres Internationales, and Rotterdam, where he recently showcased his latest work Confusion is Next (2018).
SILKE SCHMICKL is a curator at National Gallery Singapore. She received her Masters in Art History from Sorbonne University for her research on Thomas Struth’s Museum Photographs and was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, a researcher at the German Art History Center in Paris and the co-founding director of Lowave, a Paris/Singapore based curatorial platform and publishing house. She has initiated and directed numerous film and art projects dedicated to emerging art scenes in the Middle East, Africa, India, Turkey and Singapore and has curated exhibitions in partnership with museums and biennials in Singapore, Paris, Guangzhou, Beirut and Düsseldorf.
Excerpt: ENDLESS, NAMELESS
Thailand / 2017 / approx. 8min
Endless, Nameless is a hand-processed Super 8 film, shot in the private garden of a Thai army officer. The film reconstructs the filmmaker’s memories about groups of conscripts who worked in his father’s garden. The film was created as a self-hypnosis to reinvestigate his existence.
Thailand / 2017 / 20min / Rating: PG
A deserter awakes to discover that his body is laying lifelessly on the ground. He embarks on this new journey where he encounters a group of teenagers who intend to give him a cremation ceremony while, at the same time, his dead body is being searched by a military patrol.
DON ARAVIND (SINGAPORE)
IN DIALOGUE WITH ANDIE CHEN
Don Aravind’s steady career exemplifies the endeavour of the working creative – consistently making films for over ten years with an unwavering cultivation of his creative streak. He straddles both film and television with a keen understanding of both mediums, finding a balance that fuels his versatile oeuvre. Don has established himself as a go-to television director with extensive output over different channels; his short films present the everyday – an en bloc debate, the struggles of family loss – and are universally relatable in its explorations.
With seasoned actor Andie Chen, whose career in the commercial and independent realms mirror Don’s, the two share candidly about the working realities of the film and television industries and the desire to sharpen themselves with each new artistic challenge.
DON ARAVIND started experimenting with the video camera since the age of 14. This interest eventually pushed him to pursue a formal training in filmmaking very much later in life. He started doing his own short films in 2006, some of which have been screened and presented in film festivals. Don currently directs television and commercial content in addition to independent filmmaking. His television credit includes Singapore’s first English daily long form drama Tanglin.
ANDIE CHEN BANGJUN is an actor whose television roles in The Little Nonya, The Journey: Tumultuous Times and Taiwanese series Independent Heroes solidified him as a leading man regionally. In 2015, he played the lead in his first musical stage performance, December Rains. He has selected his projects with the commitment of improving his craft, expanding his horizons into independent films. He starred in his first feature film Diamond Dogs in 2017, which premiered at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival. Beyond the screen, Andie works on building his media company, Kandie Media, and produces TV and online content.
Singapore / 2012 / 8min
Ren Shao tells a story of acceptance, of loss, of friendship, of choice. Ren Shao tells a story of many things and one thing all at once. Ren Shao tells a story of love.
Singapore / 2015 / 3min
Friendships are based on sacrifice. A lifelong friendship is put to the test, when Rajan asks Pushpa for the biggest sacrifice of her life.
Singapore / 2017 / 8min / Rating: NC16 – Some Coarse Language)
A young man struggles to fulfil his grandmother’s last wish in the midst of family members who are wrought with loss and longing.
AMANDA NELL EU
IN DIALOGUE WITH TANIA DE ROZARIO
In media depictions of femininity, deviations from the norm often lead to the monstrous. In this session, under the auspices of their shared love for the Pontianak, we bring together two artists who have been embarking on creative detours from this trodden path.
Amanda Nell Eu is at the forefront of a new generation of Malaysian filmmakers. Tania De Rozario is an established artist from Singapore who has developed a multidisciplinary body of work that fuses concerns with gender, sexuality and the politics of art. In this session, they will discuss the creative potential of being from yet apart from one’s own culture, the outsider disposition during coming of age, female ghosts within Southeast Asian mythology – and how these threads lead to feminist statements through art.
AMANDA NELL EU is a filmmaker based in Malaysia. Having graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking, she has directed short films based in the UK and also Malaysia. Her latest short It’s Easier to Raise Cattle was in competition at the 28th SGIFF. She is now developing her first feature film set in Malaysia. In her work she likes to explore the female identity within the context of South East Asia.
TANIA DE ROZARIO is an artist and writer engaged with issues of gender, sexuality, home, memory and Horror. She is the author of And The Walls Come Crumbling Down (2016, Math Paper Press) and Tender Delirium (2013, Math Paper Press). She has won the Singapore Golden Point Award for English Poetry, was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize, and has been showcased in Asia, North America, the UK and Europe. She is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s National Arts Council’s Creation Grant, and she runs EtiquetteSG, a platform that develops and showcases art, writing and film by women.
Malaysia, UK / 2002 / 10min
Outcasted by her peers, a high school girl finds herself prey to daily bullying by her roommate and friends. One night, a series of cascading actions bring forth a sudden switch in social relations as she gets consumed by something in her that is not quite her usual self.
IT’S EASIER TO RAISE CATTLE
Malaysia / 2017 / 18min / Rating: PG13 – Horror
Two teenage outcasts form an uncanny friendship in their remote village. As one discovers the other’s dark secrets, she observes the changes in her new acquaintance to the point of violence, monstrosity and affection.
SHARIFAH AMANI (MALAYSIA)
IN DIALOGUE WITH JANICE KOH
Directed by Brillante Mendoza, Isao Yukisada, and Sotho Kulikar, Asian Three-Fold Mirror: Reflections is an omnibus feature film initialed by the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Japan Foundation that encourages the potential of cross-cultural exchange between Southeast Asia and Japan.
In this special edition of New Waves, we invite actress Sharifah Amani to share her experience working with Isao Yukisada on the segment Pigeon, the director’s homage to the late Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad which was shot in Penang. In dialogue with established actress and former Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh, Amani will provide her personal insights into the convergence of filmmaking practice from both countries, the lessons learnt, as well as the challenges faced in this unique cross-cultural exchange.
This session is expected to end at 10.30pm.
SHARIFAH AMANI is an actress and filmmaker based in Malaysia, and is known for her roles in the late Yasmin Ahmad’s films, Sepet (2005) and Gubra (2006). She has won multiple Best Actress awards, including at the 2006 Malaysian Film Festival for Gubra and the 2014 Anugerah Skrin awards for Psiko: Pencuri Hati (2013). Amani has directed three short films, Sangkar (2010), Kampung Bangsar (2012) and Hawa (2013), and landed a Best Music Video nomination at 2016’s Anugerah Industri Muzik 22 for Fynn Jamal’s Suatu Pernah. She was also selected as a maestro for the 2017 Tokyo International Film Festival, recommending films for the CROSSCUT ASIA #04 showcase.
A well-respected stage and television actress, JANICE KOH has performed in more than 50 local and international theatre productions, including David Auburn’s Proof (2002), Alfian Sa’at’s Optic Trilogy (2013), and Sandaime Richard (2016). Her recent film credits include Ken Kwek’s Unlucky Plaza (2014), Kelvin Tong’s The Faith of Anna Waters (2016), and the upcoming adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. Janice’s work and interest in the arts extends beyond the stage and screen, working at the National Arts Council and serving as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2011 to 2014.