HBO’s ‘Invisible Stories’ On Life In Singapore’s Public Housing Blocks

15 July 2019


HBO’s ‘Invisible Stories’ On Life In Singapore’s Public Housing Blocks

It seems not all Singaporeans are crazy rich Asians. There are some that don’t shop at Marina Bay Sands. Most do not live in Peranakan mansions.

After the guilty pleasure of seeing such excessive wealth and ostentatious living in the 2018 film of Kevin Kwan’s novel, there seems to be a desire to see Asians represented more modestly and realistically.

Now, Singapore’s own government-run Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) is partnering with HBO Asia on a series called Invisible Stories that peels back Singapore’s glitter to shine a light on the housing estates where most of the city state’s population live.

The six-part HBO Originals programme will take place in HDB (Housing & Development Board) public housing blocks. They are places series creator Ler Jiyuan knows very well. He is one of Singapore’s best new directors and a proud resident of one such government-subsidised apartment.

“This is not a reaction to Crazy Rich Asians,” he says. “For the record, I loved Crazy Rich Asians. This is just another side.”

Invisible Stories is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia.

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