New short film: Singapore fans @ AFF Cup 2012

Singapore are the champions of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup! It’s been a while since the 2007 victory where Kwa Giu (Watch Football), a tribute to the old National Stadium was filmed.

Since then, a new breed of fans have emerged: Young, passionate and energetic. They stand and sing throughout the whole match. They wave their scarves in choreographed movements. They form a giant Singapore flag with their placards (called a ‘tifo’). They have a chant for every player.

Other passive fans might say they are ‘sibeh die hard’ or even complain that they are blocking their view. But to me, this is what being a football fan is about. Cheering for the team regardless of win, lose or draw.

Hence Hosaywood’s new project: a mini short film documenting this new football culture, shot in Kwa Giu style. We hope this level of support will spread bigger and wider in Singapore, reaching the fervent atmosphere of European and South American stadiums. Watch out for this film soon. Majulah!

Kwa Giu screening at TNP M-league launch

Singapore’s long awaited return to the M-league kicks off next week, and The New Paper will be throwing a launch party on 8 Jan 2012. Kwa Giu (Tribute to the National Stadium) will be screened at The New Paper Sports Bar (St James) from 6pm. The event is open to public and expect to see Singapore footballers old and new!

The full 30min film Kwa Giu (Hokkien for ‘Watch Football’) is out now on the Hosaywood DVD.

SIFF 2011 Tak Giu review: The Perfect Field

A writeup on SINdie about local filmmakers’ first films… reviewing Tak Giu:

” The warning sign of a man kicking football at a void deck is interpreted instead as the prohibition of kicking any ball at a certain angle just as the man is drawn. It’s a ludicrous interpretation far from reality, but when this huge gap is bridged towards the ending of the film when the boys find their perfect field with the same sign without its prohibitive red lines, it’s a golden and important moment.

We laugh hard at this final happy end, because we hardly expect things to be such…”

Read the full article here. Tak Giu is now available on the Hosaywood DVD.