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Objectifs’ ‘Watch Local’ is Back this February with 8 Telemovies!

By Flora  /  11 Jan 2017 (Wednesday)

Photo Credit: Early Morning Awakening © Gozde & Russel Zehnder

Now in its 6th year, Objectifs’ annual series dedicated to showcasing Singapore films turns to the small screen for inspiration. Eight telemovies from the 90s to 2016 will be brought to life on the big screen for the first time. (Scroll down for the screening schedule)

Watch Local 2017: Singapore Telemovies
Date: 7 - 11 Feb 2017
  • Weekday screenings: 7.30pm
  • Saturday screenings: 2pm/4pm/7.30pm
Venue: Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road
Admission: Entry by donation, register on Peatix

(Register here!)

Photo Credit: A Perfect Exit © Lee Thean-jeen

(Find out more on the official event page.)

The films range from original love stories to adaptations of Singapore literary works by writers such as Arthur Yap and Haresh Sharma. They include Cupid Love (七月俏佳人), starring 90s TV heartthrob Chen Hanwei, and futuristic science fiction flick The Love Machine, which was nominated for five awards at the 2016 Asian Television Awards.
Leong Puiyee, Manager for Objectifs, says “Telemovies commissioned by local television stations have entertained generations of Singaporeans not just in their homes but also in void decks, community centres and hawker centres across the island. This programme invites us to look back at Singapore’s own television history over the past 20 years, to revisit old favourites and celebrate homegrown talents.”

Highlights include:
• For Time Tomorrow (1993), the first English-language telemovie made by Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (currently known as MediaCorp), starring Ng Chin Han, now a Hollywood actor, and Yeo Yann Yann in her first English speaking role.

• Early Morning Awakening (2005), an adaptation of the award-winning play Off Centre. Written by Cultural Medallion winner Haresh Sharma, the play’s staging by The Necessary Stage in the early 1990s was a landmark moment in Singapore theatre for its subject matter of mental illness.

• The Playground (2015), by K. Rajagopal, director of A Yellow Bird, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2016. The Playground is an adaption of the late poet Arthur Yap’s well-loved poem 2 mothers in an HDB playground.

Screening Schedule
  • 7 Feb (Tues) |  7.30pm 
    The Playground / 66 min / 2015 / K.Rajagopal
  • 8 Feb (Wed) | 7.30pm
    The Man in the Cupboard / 49 min / 2001 / Lee Thean-jeen
    A Perfect Exit / 49 min / 2007 / Lee Thean-jeen
  • 9 Feb (Thu) | 7.30pm
    Muthar Kanave (First Dream) / 66 min / 2016 / N.Mohamed Yahssir
  • 10 Feb (Fri) | 7.30pm
    Cupid Love 七月俏佳人 / 88 min / 1995
  • 11 Feb (Sat) | 2pm
    Time Tomorrow / 60 min / 1993
  • 11 Feb (Sat) | 4pm
    Early Morning Awakening / 52 min / 2005 / Gozde & Russel Zehnder
  • 11 Feb (Sat) | 7.30pm
    The Love Machine / 75 min / 2016 / Ler Jiyuan
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