Production Talk with Lei Yuan Bin for '03-FLATS'
|Amy Tashiana in 03-FLATS|
In October 2014, 03-FLATS had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, where it was also selected for competitive standing in the documentary category. Early excerpts of 03-FLATS have been shown in London (Singapore Season, September 2012) and Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, January 2013; ETH Future Cities Lab, March 2013; NUS Museum March 2014). In these screenings, it has generated intellectual debate, provoked contrasting views, and received invitations for return screenings. An exhibition curated around external responses to the film is planned for Fall 2015 at the NUS Museum.
SINdie had the pleasure to have a quick chat with film director Lei Yuan Bin about his latest feature, 03-FLATS.
Q: How did the film project and the collaboration with NUS and Dr Lillian Chee come about?
Dr Lilian Chee approached me to collaborate on the project. I have always been interested in architecture and thus the combination of film and architecture was very intriguing for me.
Q: This film seems to be negotiating the tensions and stuggles of individual identities within the very landscape that epitomizes the nation's "politicized", and seemingly opposing, ambitions. Why were you attracted to this issue and what were your own sentiments leading up to this project?
Our approach to the themes of the film is from the interior to the exterior, quite literally starting from home making in the interiors of the flats. From the observation of the small details in everyday living, we can learn much about our society and nation. I thought this is a very refreshing point of view to start with.
Q: Lastly, how can we get to watch this film?
The film will be having its Singapore Premiere at the 25th SGIFF on 8 Dec 2014, 715pm, National Museum, Gallery Theatre. For more information and materials, please check out www.03-flats.com and for regular updates www.facebook/03Flats.
03-FLATS Official Trailer from Looi Wan Ping on Vimeo.
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