10th Anniversary Screening of Gone Shopping

Clara is a trophy wife ‘tai tai’ who one day forgets to take her medication and ends up lingering on for days in the welcoming walls of her favourite space – shopping centres. There she crosses paths with a childhood flame, a latchkey kid and a cosplaying young man, and realises that she is far from alone as a creature of the mall. Gone Shopping is a tale of love, loss and liberation in the only heart Singapore has ever known.

Released to critical acclaim in 2007, Gone Shopping is the first full-length directorial debut of female director Wee Li Lin. Derek Elley from American entertainment trade magazine Variety described the film as a “quietly ironic feature debut, which goes to the empty heart of the Lion State’s culture more effectively than many artier pics repping the island on the fest circuit.”

This 10th anniversary screening of Gone Shopping is co-presented by ArtScience Museum and Singapore International Film Festival.


Wee Li Lin (b. 1973) is one of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore, her prolific filmography boasts over 14 short films and two feature films as well as several tele movies and commercials.

Li Lin has won several awards locally and internationally such as “Best Director” at the Singapore International Film Festival and a “Star Award” at the Shanghai International Film Festival for actress Joanna Dong for her starring role in Li Lin’s sophomore feature Forever. Her films have travelled to prestigious festivals such as the Tribeca Film festival in New York, the Cairo International Film festival, the Shanghai international film festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival and many others. In 2011 the Substation’s Singapore short film awards presented Li Lin with an honorary award for her commitment to the local film-making scene.

Li Lin did her undergrad at Brown University in Rhode Island and her graduate studies at NYU-Tisch Asia where she studied dramatic writing under scholarship from Singapore’s Media Development Authority. She is working on several new projects at present and teaches part-time at tertiary film schools.


1 – 6 Oct | 2.30pm & 5pm
7 Oct | 5.00pm
8 Oct | 11am, 2.30pm & 5pm
ArtScience Museum, Expression Gallery
Free Admission

Singapore / 2007 / 100 min
English, Mandarin, Tamil, Malay
NC16: Some Coarse Language

Director: Wee Li Lin
Producer: Fazila Zainol Abideen
Screenwriter: Wee Li Lin
Principal Cast: Kym Ng, Adrian Pang, Sonya Nair


Saturday, 7 October 2017, 2.30pm – 4pm
ArtScience Museum, Expression Gallery
Register via Peatix (Refundable $5 ticket)

• Wee Li Lin, Writer-Director
• Prof Chua Beng Huat, author of Life Is Not Complete Without Shopping
• Sonya Nair, lead actress in Gone Shopping
• Julian Wong, Associate Editor of Rice Media

• Genevieve Loh

Gone Shopping is filmmaker Wee Li Lin’s bittersweet look at the intense relationship between Singaporeans and the space of shopping centres. When Li Lin made the film in the mid-2000s, Orchard Road was at its prime with ION Mall being constructed and the promise of more retail fantasies to be met. Our happiness as Singaporeans and the space of the shopping centres was, arguably, one and the same.

Today, Orchard road, the state of shopping centres and our relationship with them, has changed. Our panel will discuss what does the space of the shopping centre mean to us now and perhaps in the future. We will also look at the themes of fantasy, home, identity and individuality as explored in Gone Shopping.