The Garang Girls

Zo Peng rehearsals
(Mollie, Phyllis and Linda. Taken on July 2005)

A picture of the rehearsals for Zo Peng. I believe no other actresses would have played the characters better than these 3 ladies. They rehearsed very hard for 7 nights leading up to the shoot, which took 7 hours.

Zo Hee final cut

Zo Hee 2
Ah Tan bao-ga-liao (does everything himself) on his film set

Now working on the final final edit of Zo Hee. Zo Hee hasn’t been screened since its premiere in Dec ’07, so watch out for a leaner-meaner version soon. Next projected screening is Celebrate Drama at the Arts House in August.

Tora

‘Tora’! was a snack very popular in the 80s/early 90s. I remember looking forward to the secret toy inside the box, and the nice biscuit-centered chocolates.

Tora
Nowadays it’s still around! But it’s overpriced, and the chocolates taste like poo…

Tak Giu @ Sinema Showoff April

Tak Giu

Tak Giu (Kick Ball) will be showing at this month’s Sinema Showoff, Mondays 7pm (April 14, 21, 28). Also catch ‘Man With Camera’ by Daphne Tan, a documentary about local filmmakers which features behind-the-scenes footage of ‘Zo Gang’. Admission is free, so come along and Tak Giu on the big screen!

Back from Toronto Singapore Film Festival

Just came back from the 3rd TSFF in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto Singapore Film Festival 08
(Jacen and TSFF director Yeow Tong kena interview by Sun TV. Pic by Rebecca)

Together with local filmmakers Kelvin Sng, Chee Tian & Elgin, I had a really good time and was made to feel at home by many Singaporeans and Canadians there. Thank you TSFF peoples and audience!

There is also a Malaysia/Singapore radio program known as ‘Kampung Ku’, run by a Singlish speaking Ang-moh know as ‘Encik Daud’ and his Malaysian wife. Steady right?

Read coverage of TSFF at Movie Moxie, and see photos here by Leonard Adam.

Hosay lah!

This little Hosaywood ‘commercial’ sees people from all over the world saying “Hosay lah!” ‘Hosay’ = ‘Good’ in Singlish. Enjoy!

21st Singapore International Film Festival

SIFF

The 21st Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) kicks off next week, with many exciting films screening. SIFF has managed to pull together a show with limited funding. I wonder why the authorities can spend millions on something that few people can appreciate (Singapore Biennale, huh), but not support a film festival? (Most Singaporeans watch movies)

Read filmmaker Tan Pin Pin’s interesting blog on SIFF.

Zero Sequence

Spent the last few weeks working on the album artwork for Zero Sequence:

Zero Sequence Album Cover

Zero Sequence is a local progressive-rock/metal band. Listen to their awesome album samples here. Their members have also helped out as cast/crew on Hosaywood short films.

The album launch is at The Esplanade, 5th & 6th April 730pm.
Can’t wait to see the final product!

Sinema Showoff

Zo Gang was screened last Monday at Sinema Showoff, with the premiere of the exclusive Zo Gang Blooper Reel. Be warned, it might be funnier than the film itself!

Showoff

Jeremy Sing (Director of The Girl in the Red Sarong) spotted something interesting in Zo Gang:
“…Boy (young man) walks across basketball court to place something that looks like a jacket on the ground, all that while Merlion Tan was talking to the camera.”

Read it here on his blog and also on Sinema.

The screening was attended by less than 20 people though. Do come down for the repeated sessions on Mar 17, 24, 31. Entry is free, with other great films on show!