A Year of No Significance

World Premiere

Kelvin TONG Singapore, Malaysia 2023 88 min PG

This realist drama immortalises those who are about to be left behind as Singapore rushes towards economic growth in the late 1970s.

Chinese-educated architect Lim is at a crossroads in 1970s Singapore where English is increasingly adopted in the workplace. Sidelined at work, he sees little hope of career advancement. Meanwhile, Lim also contends with a broken marriage and caring for an overbearing father. The winds of change are blowing fast and strong, but Lim will not go gently. Confronting his failure at work and as a husband and son, Lim does what it takes to survive, even as the fabric of his life and identity begins to fissure rapidly.

A Year of No Significance is an elegy to a Singapore in the throes of change. The film’s measured direction presents a sensitive reclamation of a history that is often forgotten.

Q&A with Filmmaker(s)

2 Dec, Sat 5:00PM / 88 min

National Museum Singapore, Gallery Theatre


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A Year of No Significance


Kelvin TONG

Singapore, Malaysia


Mandarin, Hokkien, English


88 min


World Premiere

Kelvin TONG

Kelvin TONG is a writer, producer and director. His expansive filmography includes Eating Air (1999), now a classic of early local independent cinema, the genre-defying The Maid (2005) and Love Story (2006), which won Best Director at the 19th SGIFF. A Year of No Significance is Tong’s 11th feature.

Peter YU
TAN Tiow Im
Mandy CHEN
Naomi YEO

Jasmine NG

Kelvin TONG


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