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October 2006

Halloween may be almost over, but it’s not too late for a horror flick. Cine.SG is screening Return to Pontianak tomorrow night (November 1) at 7:30 pm at the National Museum’s Salon, if you haven’t gotten all the spook out of your system yet…

Directed by Woo Yen Yen and Colin Goh Running time: 105 minutes Released on September 7, 2006 In a nutshell The movie showcases the fragile dreams held by a Singaporean family and centred around the pursuit of those dreams.

Directed by Gilbert Chan and Joshua Chiang. Running time: 90 minutes. Released on August 3, 2006. From Cine.SG: Terence is a lonely clerk resigned to his dead-end job at a jewel store. Ben is a pushover who becomes a hero only in his fantasies. Michelle sells pirated pornographic videodisks after school to pay for her brother’s education. They are complete strangers with nothing in common except for their hard luck and unfulfilled desires. Then, a series of events in one day leads them to cross paths with one another and change each other’s lives forever.

At the Q & A session at last week’s Cine.SG screening of Diminishing Memories and Singapore Standard Time, a member of the audience got up and praised Eng Yee Peng, the director of the former film, for having made a film was “very objective and shows all sides of the story.” I suppose this was referring to the fact that Yee Peng had interviewed not only her own parents, who were still clearly disgruntled with the government decision to evict them from their kampung home twenty years ago, but also former neighbours and acquaintances, some of whom held a completely …

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Yeah, well, I wasn’t supposed to announce it until after the night is through, but, well, it was so gosh darned excitin’! Becoming Royston got nominated in three categories in the Festival of First Asian Films: Best Actor (Male), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Everything happened at the Q Bar tonight (where none of the nominees had our names on the guest list, but we got in anyway).