This year’s Perspectives Film Festival introduced a new video series that aimed to broaden the discourse and appreciation for films. By connecting individuals in the Singaporean film industry with the international programmed films at the festival, conversations were sparked. Concurrently, a deeper appreciation for the works of these outstanding individuals might be germinated alongside the connecting of our Singaporean perspective with interconnected global ones too. Let us hear from these film titans!
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Ep1: Sharon Tan, Co-Founder of The Projector on Ananta Thitanat’s ‘Scala’
Sharon Tan, an urban planner, and co-founder of independent cinema The Projector.
What can cats symbolise for a building being torn down? How can cinematic spaces be democratic? What was the process of founding the now-iconic cinema The Projector? Sharon Tan breaks down the founding of the cinema alongside an exploration of ‘Scala,’ a Thai documentary about the disassembled Scala theatre, one of the monumental vestiges of the Thai film industry.
Ep2: Tan Biyun, Director of ‘Citizen Hustler’ on Mantas Kvedaravicius’s ‘Mariupolis 2’
Tan Biyun, an artist, filmmaker, educator, and director of local documentary ‘Citizen Hustler’
What is the link between private ownership and the ongoing Russian-Ukraine War? What does it take to survive in harsh societal circumstances? What are the cultural constructs of our neoliberal society? Tan Biyun breaks down a scene from ‘Mariupolis 2’, an urgent portrait of the War’s impact on everyday citizens while exploring a scene from her own documentary about two vendors affected by the closure of the Sungei Road Market.
Ep3: K. Rajagopal, Director of ‘A Yellow Bird’ on Michelangelo Frammartino’s ‘Il Buco’
K. Rajagopal, the director of ‘A Yellow Bird’
What can we learn from slow cinema? How does a filmmaker approach the directing of a naturalistic scene? What is the significance of light in films? Listen to the insights by iconic director K. Rajagopoal, who walks us through the philosophy and production process behind a scene from his 2016 film and shares his filmmaker’s perspectives on Michelangelo Frammartino’s ‘Il Buco’ about a group of adventurers mourning into one of the deepest unexplored caves in 1960s Italy.
Ep4: He Shuming, Director of ‘Ajoomma’ on Tsai Ming-liang’s ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’
He Shuming, director of the 2022 Singapore-South Korea co-production ‘Ajoomma’
What is the importance of an actor’s face? How does a director direct an actor, particularly someone as iconic as Hong Huifang? Why is it time to return to cinemas? Fresh off his successes at Busan International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Awards, He Shuming shares his philosophy in his newest film ‘Ajoomma’ while reflecting on Tsai Ming-liang’s iconic ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn,’ particularly a scene focused only on an actor’s face.
Our 2022 articles offered a selection across four broad categories to facilitate your perusal. This article was part of the APPRECIATE category: From artists sharing their viewpoints about our programmed films. For the film-lovers and artists