Homeground will be screening at OFFSIDEFEST 2016, Football Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. This will be the European premiere of our film and we are proud to share our football culture with the homeground of Tiki Taka! Festival details here.
“Homeground is, on instant viewing, visually more polished, colour-graded to perfection, cinematographically refined by today’s conventions and so cleanly-scripted, it could pass off as a national campaign commercial…
…It documents a string of regular soccer games played at several venues in Singapore from Chinatown to Bukit Timah, from Serangoon to Seletar. Through interspersing these different stories with each other, ‘Homeground’ paints an informative cross-section of Singapore demographics. There are racial representations of each kind (even Ang Mohs), women, foreign workers and even seniors like the film’s anchor character, taxi-driver, Steven Wong (photo below). it is almost like a utopian world of soccer enthusiasts of every background who are all united by their love for soccer.”
Read the full review here.
We are proud to finally bring you Homeground, the full film online! Brought to you by POSB NeighboursFirst.sg. Thanks to all the footballers for sharing your stories! It’s been great meeting all of you and remember to share this film with all your football kakis!
Happy new year everyone! As we look forward to good health and great films in 2016, here’s a look back to our projects in the past year.
2015 was a eventful year for Hosaywood:
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We kicked off 2015 by releasing Ultramen Johor, a tribute to the crazy fans of Johor Darul Ta’zim, also known as the Boys of Straits. Week in and week out, the ‘ultras’ of our neighbouring football club pack their stadium and create an atmosphere you can’t find in Singapore.
I then worked on the music video for the movie ‘Rubbers‘, directed by our favourite funnyman Han Yew Kwang. Rubbers is an outrageous sex comedy with an even more outrageous theme song, ‘A Condom and A Hole’, written by Yew Kwang and performed by Marcus Chin. The video was shot on the green screen and edited in karaoke style, with graphics by Mojo. It went viral on the Golden Village Facebook, with various pages ripping and reposting it. It then went viral internationally on 9gag and Reddit, with hilarious comments!
2015 was SG50, Singapore’s 50th birthday, and it was full blown rah-rah celebrations all year round. We decided to make The Other SG50 Video, to remember the rarely seen side of Singapore – the left behind, the unsung heroes. This video was also ripped and reposted by various alternative sites.
It was General Election time in September, and we made a film, Nomination Day, because unlike rallies, this day is rarely seen by the public. Politicians from opposing camps cross paths to submit forms, and die-hard supporters also clash side by side.
Throughout the year, I also directed and shot commercials for brands, property developers and other clients.
And of course, 2015 would not have been complete without Homeground, a documentary about footballers and playing spaces in Singapore! I was delighted to receive the POSB Storytellers Grant, which enabled me to make this special love letter which I’ve had in my mind for a while now. Homeground premiered successfully at Scape Orchard in Oct 2015, and is slated for release on free-to-air TV and YouTube in 2016.
Many of you have been asking where to watch the film, ever since the Homeground launch in Oct 2015. We apologise for the delay in uploading the full film online, as we have new plans to screen the film elsewhere first. (Original date for online upload was Nov/Dec 2015). We promise to bring you the full film soon! Meanwhile, stay updated on the Homeground Facebook.
Here are the stars from Homeground! Your everyday football heroes, on stage for Q&A during our world premiere at *SCAPE. Thank you to every one of you for sharing your stories and making Homeground come to life. View more photos from the event on Facebook.
Thank you for coming to the Homeground premiere. Everyone enjoyed the food, games and film and we heard some great reviews. Special thanks to POSB Bank, Havas Media, *SCAPE and Table Football Association Singapore for making the event happen. For those who are asking, the full film will be launched online in Nov! Visit the Homeground Facebook for more updates.
HOMEGROUND WORLD PREMIERE
*Scape Orchard, The Gallery L5
24 Oct 2015, Sat 12pm – 1:30pm
12pm: Doors open
Mini football games
Q&A with filmmaker, Jacen Tan
Homeground is supported by the POSB Storytellers Grant. Event partner for the screening is *SCAPE.
Hope to see you there! We are celebrating 10 years of Tak Giu too!