Fantastic news! My new short film ROACH LOVE will be World Premiering at Fantastic Fest 22, the largest genre festival in USA. We self-financed this low/no budget short because it’s to weird to be green-lit or funded by anyone. Thank you to the team for bearing with the roach slime.
Written by: Andrew Ngin Starring: Haresh Tilani, Wendy Toh AD: Kat Goh Gaffer: William Eng Cam assistant/op: Philip Cheong Casting & Stills photo: Harriet Koh Grips: Aaroson Koh, Teo Guo Wei Art Director: Junior Foong Cockroach Wranger: Me
Every year, genre film projects in development gather at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea for networking and pitching. This year in 2022, my new project was selected alongside exciting scripts from all over the world! Thank you BIFAN again for hosting us.
I also had the opportunity to watch horror & fantasy films premiering at the festival, and learn from experts giving masterclasses. I even met Brian Yuzna, the creator of my favourite childhood movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids!
2021 was spent developing new projects and I also shot a new no-budget short film in black & white. Here’s the sneak peak and hope to premiere it at a festival in 2022! Oh yes, it’s another love story. Thanks to all cast & crew who helped out!
Here are some screengrabs from my new short film, The Man Who Can’t Smile, commissioned by Viddsee, starring Haresh Tilani and Constance Lau. It was a great experience making this film. Basically it’s inspired by my resting b*tch face. What if I could smile forever? 🙂
The Man Who Can’t Smile: A man with a sad face is often misunderstood by others in his daily life. He undergoes a surgery to give himself a permanent smile. This is a whimsical silent film accompanied by orchestral music.
It’s been a great journey making this film with Viddsee, and my cast and crew from Zombiepura, and new friends who have joined our team. Watch it now on YouTube (above), FB or Viddsee.
Director’s statement: This film is inspired by my ‘resting b*tch face’. When I was younger, I didn’t smile so much. People often thought that I was sad, tired, or unapproachable. I soon realised that it could have been my face. I thought, what if I had a permanent smiley face?
As I developed the story, I found out that there are people with a rare condition known as Moebius Syndrome. They can’t control their facial muscles and have a real inability to smile. This film is a metaphor for people who face struggles fitting into society.