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?
1. 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 Sinema.sg for more on local film!)
is going for the 4th Singapore Short Cuts!