Support Sinema!

Its almost like a New Wave.

Sinema (SG Cinema) has been rather active lately – never has local film seen such a fervent new body of works. It harks back to the heyday of Run-Run Shaw and Cathay Keris in the 1960s, when P. Ramlee was a household name.

These new films speak out the contemporary Singaporean condition: universal in scope and themes, but always with a (stereotyped) local “context” which we are all familiar with. Like ah-bengs, rojak culture, getai, shopping – but still that recognisable theme of displacement, loneliness, alienation. Are we such a sad lot?

Gone Shopping

Plus, Sinema seems to just linger. Those unflinching long shots, laid back cutting creates that slow, arthouse mood, but I guess its palatable for most since the context is immediately recognisable. Oh but that’s forgetting other films which can also be rather edgy in treatment.

I say its been great for the filmmakers’ lot, and just keep on pushing pushing pushing! Jack Neo better buck up eh.

Here’s some well-deserved publicity! (Check out for more on local film!)


3. 881


(Images from respective websites)

qmark.jpg is going for the 4th Singapore Short Cuts!


5 responses to “Support Sinema!

  1. yup, i would like to catch them all if possible and see how this new crop of films fare. 🙂
    On a side note, I think it is encouraging and exciting as well to know that there are more ‘independent’ screening venues other than your usual cinemas, such as the theatre in National Museum and the Artshouse, even the Picturehouse at Cathay- it just enchances the cinema-going experience and makes these films feel localised but special. haha

  2. very arty. and i want them free!

  3. i feel like watching 881 actually.. hmm

  4. Glenda is that you?! I haven’t watched it yet. It looks really flashy and nice!

  5. 881 is really enjoyable, go watch it with parents. Gone shopping pales in comparison.

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