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February 2007

Read part 1 of the interview here. Once filming got under way, the filmmaking team made several trips to Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Muar, and the various villages in southern Thailand where the exiles resided. “When we first began, I didn’t realise there would be so much travelling,” Christopher admits sheepishly.

Seletar Airbase has been written up in the media several times now as a budding new bohemian neighbourhood, but that hasn’t stopped the government from announcing that it will be turned into an aerospace industrial hub by 2015. Is there still time to save this unique corner of Singapore? Li Xiuqi, the filmmaker behind Seletar Airbase – Singapore’s Secret Garden, certainly hopes so.

From the official website: Invisible City is a feature-length documentary about the inner life of Singapore through its spaces. It is about public, private, inside, outside spaces. Spaces so ordinary, so transitional one does not notice them. This documentary asks what it means to have a connection to a space. What makes a home? Do spaces create communities or vice versa?

It’s a cosy Saturday in a small Viennese-style cafe where the smell of coffee is strong and the regulars spend long, lazy afternoons relaxing with a cuppa and the newspapers. But amidst this laidback atmosphere, the filmmakers of I Love Malaya — Ho Choon Hiong, Wang Eng Eng, Chan Kah Mei and Christopher Len (Eunice Lau was unfortunately not able to join us) — are deeply passionate when talking about their documentary.

Objectifs presents a hands-on workshop on directing concepts and practical skills to enhance a young director’s craft. The workshop will be taught by American director David Schmoeller, whose short film The Spider Will Kill You was nominated for a Student Academy Award and evolved into the feature-length cult favourite Tourist Trap.

The Substation’s 2nd Singapore Indie Doc Fest kicks off with a free preview screening on Saturday, March 3. The line-up will feature two short films from Singapore.