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Fri 02 Sep 2005

Singapore GaGa

Category : NUS

Singapore GaGa
(55 minutes, with English subtitles)

By Tan Pin Pin
Independent Filmmaker
Visiting Creative Fellow, ARI (Feb-June 2005)

Prof. Chua Beng Huat

6th September 2005
3:00 pm - 4:30pm
Faculty Lounge, Level 1, AS7
Shaw Foundation Building, National University of Singapore

Abstract - After playing to full houses at the Singapore International Film Festival, and at the Substation, Singapore GaGa screens at Asia Research Institute!

"One of the best films about Singapore", Ong Sor Fern, The Straits Times

"It will have you swooning and guffawing through its stream of eccentricities",

The latest work by award win ning filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, Singapore GaGa is an essay film about love with a sung libretti, sung by the buskers, street vendors and Chinese dialect newsreaders. It asks: what ties us to Singapore, why do we stay and why do we still love her ? It creeps up to us and we feel hopeful, angry and proud, all this while smiling with recognition at the sounds we took for granted.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Tan Pin Pin.

Registration - We would gratefully request that you RSVP to Selvi at tel no: 6874 1229; email:

See for more information about the film and for the film director's website.

About the filmaker - Tan Pin Pin is a filmmaker who finds this island, its surrounds and their histories fascinating. Her works include Moving House, about compulsory exhumation of gravesites in Singapore, Building Dreams, about Singapore's architectural history and Afterlife, which focuses on death rites in Asia. Meanwhile, 80kmh films an attempt to time how long it takes to drive across Singapore at 80km/h (38 minutes!).

Pin Pin's works have won more than 20 awards and nominations, including a Student Academy Award and two Asian Television Awards and have screened in Cannes, Seoul and Arkansas. She co-organises the Fly By Night Video Challenge which encourages guerilla independent filmmaking. She has a BA (Hons) from Oxford University and an MFA from Northwestern University where she was awarded the Eastman Scholarship for Cinematography.

Thanks to Chua Ai Lin, Singapore Heritage Mailing List.

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