I’ve recently begun reading Latent Images: Film in Singapore by Jan Uhde and Yvonne Ng Uhde (NUS Press, 2009), a comprehensive examination of the country’s film landscape from the early days of local film production up until the end of 2007. Latent Images is “Singapore Film 101,” perfect for someone like me who knows little to nothing about the Singapore celluloid history and wants a sound foundation in the subject in order to better understand the contemporary film scene on this tiny island.
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Earlier today, I checked out Mise En SIN, an exhibition of Singapore movie posters, a delightful, if sometimes overwhelming, visual treat. Organized by SINdie, a blog dedicated to Singapore independent films and filmmakers, the exhibition features over 100 film posters from nearly 60 Singapore filmmakers.
The exhibition is part of the lead-up to the 2nd Singapore Short Film Awards (SSFA). All the entries and nominees for the awards will be screened at The Substation Theatre from February 28 to March 6. FYI, admission to these screenings is by donation and no advanced booking is necessary.
(Additional credits: All images via SINdie’s Mis En SIN Flickr set. Used with permission from SINdie. Clockwise: “à la folie” by Sanif Olek, “Swing” by Leon Cheo, “Hush Baby” by Tan Wei Keong, and “Dreams From the Third World” by Kan Lume. )