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FILM: Ali Baba DIRECTOR: Randy Ang SYNOPSIS: In 1997, journalist Augustine Pang broke the news of an illegal immigrant left for dead by his employer in the forested areas of Singapore. In a time when stories on migrant workers were still largely untold, journalists challenged the conventions in the newsroom. This film is part of the 15 Shorts project and can be watched online through their website or Facebook page. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo Many of our nation’s buildings exist because they were built by foreign construction workers. One would think, considering Singapore’s status as a world-class metropolis and …

There’s a common misconception in the filmmaking community that the more you spend on a camera, the better image quality you will get. While this may be true for specific shooting scenarios, there is no one camera that can be considered as the ultimate performer in each and every situation. Sure, some are better all-around cameras while others could truly shine under certain circumstances such as filming in low-light. But how about the ARRI ALEXA Mini and the Panasonic GH5s? The next video produced by CineGal compares the two rivals in a detailed series of tests, particularly taking into account low-light …

Aputure announced two new small LED lights – the Amaran AL-MX – the highly anticipated successor to the popular Amaran-M9, and the Amaran AL-F7, which is the successor for the Amaran AL-198, one of the first LED lights that Apurture introduced years ago. Teased at IBC 2017 in pre-production prototype form, the new MX is more rugged and powerful than its predecessor by miles. According to Aputure, numerous sources have already named the Amaran AL-MX the brightest tiny LED ever. Unlike the original AL-M9, which was designed to be as light and thin as possible, the aircraft aluminium build of the MX is alternatively designed to be …

FILM: One At A Time DIRECTOR: Daniel Yam SYNOPSIS: After being asked to retire at 86, Teresa Hsu continued her charity work, and founded Heart to Heart Service. This film brings to life one of Singapore’s most iconic givers and charts the turning points that shaped her relentless spirit of giving.   This film is part of the 15 Shorts project and can be watched online through their website or Facebook page. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo When you come face to face with desolation, hunger and poverty, what do you do? Teresa Hsu and her mother did what most …

FILM: Buddy DIRECTOR: Jason Lee SYNOPSIS: Hidayat is an 8-year-old boy tasked to be a buddy to his classmate, Tam, and finds that he is frightened by Tam’s erratic behaviour. But Tam’s parents and teachers merely dismiss him as reclusive. Hidayat learns to accept Tam as different and tries to understand his behaviour, and the two develop a special relationship, eventually making a decision that will change Tam’s life forever. This film is part of the 15 Shorts project and can be watched online through their website or Facebook page. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo Learning disabilities and developmental disorders …

FILM: The Mercy DIRECTOR: James Marsh YEAR: 2018 SYNOPSIS: The haunting true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife Clare and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron. Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the …