The 2011 General Elections has certainly left us ever more aware of the physical and geographical divisions that make up our country’s landscape. This June at the Sydney Film Festival, 19 short films from Singapore are set to paint a fascinating portrait of different local neighbourhoods. The films make up a showcase that documents the changing landscape of Singapore. They feature familiar as well as forgotten locations, or places such as the National Stadium that are no longer what they used to be.
India’s first genuine attempt at a psychological thriller 404 so impressed the film aficionados across the world, it is now being made into English and Cantonese too. It is the first Indian film ever to be made in English and Cantonese. A Singapore-based company Tantra Films International has decided to purchase the remake rights of Prawaal Raman’s hugely lauded thriller 404. The film will be directed by Raman with actors of his choice, selected from Hong Kong.
Experience does make a difference. Don’t think so? Ask actor Payilvan Ranganathan, who has been putting to his long stint in the entertainment industry to good use. The actor, who is integral part of both the Tamil film industry and the Tamil television industry, has a large number of movies and serials in his kitty at the moment.
The very mention of the name P. Ramlee brings to mind images from his films, melodies from his song and his refreshing humour that provides good-natured laughter for Malaysians, young and old. Tan Sri P. Ramlee, or his real name Teuku Zakaria Bin Teuku Nyak Puteh, who died 38 years ago at the age of 44, was not only an icon in his era, he continued to inspire people long after his death.
About 1,600 people attended the launch of Universal Studios Singapore on Friday. Various media outlets in Asia covered the event, including channelnewsasia.com. The attraction is Universal’s second theme park in Asia after Universal Studios Japan. The event was attended by several Chinese film stars and crossover star Jet Li, who has appeared in many Asian and American films.
THE upcoming, inaugural ScreenSingapore 2011, touted to be the Cannes of Asia, will see hot stars from Hollywood, Bollywood and Europe visiting Singapore to promote their films. The good news for celebrity-watchers is that these A-listers are set to appear at various exclusive premieres and red carpet events during ScreenSingapore’s run, from June 5 to 12.