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Respirator [Sinema Showoff! August 2010]

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RESPIRATOR (CURATOR’S PICK)
Michael Tay | Mandarin | 19 mins | NC16


Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2009
Official Selection, Singapore Short Film Awards, 2010
Official Selection for Panorama shorts, Singapore International Film Festival, 2010

To save her seven-year old son from dying of a rare heart disease, a single mother undergoes a bizarre operation but recovers only to realize the terrifying consequences that come along with it.

About the Director:

Michael Day graduated from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Arts, Design and Media, majoring in Fine Arts and Digital Filmmaking. He also holds a Diploma in Film Sound & Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Having won four (4) awards for his short film, Wet Season, and being the first Singaporean at age 25 to have his short film selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2009, Michael is already being recognized as one of Singapore’s new wave of rising film makers.

Director’s Statement:

My most ambitious short film production to date. RESPIRATOR actually originated from one of those ideas that I kept away for years because I felt it wasn’t good then when I first conceived it. However at some point in life, you take another look at these ideas again and start to see a totally different light in them.

Respirator is about ethics or rather the lack of it. Good will is hard to cultivate these days and people can get exploited easily because of it. This short film is dedicated to those who have given and to those who only want to profit. It is also a reminder that every life has a price.

Catch Respirator at our Sinema Showoff programme this month, 31st August, 7.30pm.

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