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From Old Night Clubs to Seedy Hotels: Learn More About the Makings of SAINT JACK Through a Guided Tour of the Film Locations

26 September 2019

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From Old Night Clubs to Seedy Hotels: Learn More About the Makings of SAINT JACK Through a Guided Tour of the Film Locations

Visit the different locations around Singapore which had featured in Saint Jack (1979), more popularly known for it being banned by local authorities until 2006. Based on the novel of the same name by Paul Theroux, Saint Jack by American director Peter Bogdanovich follows the life of an expatriate as he manoeuvres about life in 1970s Singapore. And because of his delving into pimping, he is faced with the more dingy sides of the country in the midst of development. 

Completely shot on location, Saint Jack is significant for capturing exclusive footage of a Singapore long gone – filled with shophouses lining the streets and wooden boats floating on ports. Ben Slater, author of Kinda’ Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore, will be leading the tour alongside Jane Iyer of Jane’s SG Tours. Having done all the necessary research for his book, Ben Slater becomes the best guide to introduce the various sites which had inspired the author Paul Theroux and housed the film crew when they were in Singapore. 

This exclusive event will take place on 28 September 2019, Saturday, and is organised to celebrate the 40th anniversary of film Saint Jack’s release. Learn more about the locations in the tour and purchase tickets on Jane’s SG Tours website. (Tickets include bus transportation and a signed copy of Slater’s Kinda’ Hot.)

Saint Jack will also be screened as part of Asian Film Archive’s Singaporena! and tickets can be bought here.

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