SG50 film involving 7 of the most eminent Singapore directors to be named '7 Letters'

From left to right: Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, Jack Neo

In 2007, 7 filmmakers came together to form The Lucky Seven Group to film what was known as ‘The Lucky Seven Project’, an omnibus of 7 short films which are joined narratively head to tail and share a common character. Two of the filmmakers from that class of 2007 are now part of another ‘lucky seven’ group. K Rajagopal and Boo Junfeng join Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, Royston, Tan Pin Pin in ‘7 Letters’, a omnibus that celebrates Singapore’s 50th year next year.

Royston Tan, who is leading the project says, “The title – 7 Letters – is a perfect representation of this first-of-its-kind project. Each of the short films is an intimate reflection of our unique stories and connections with Singapore – very much like writing a personal letter. These are our collective love letters to the place we call home.”

Paying tribute to the nation’s jubilee, the directors individually picked out themes that have stood out over the last 50 years of nation-building in Singapore. The seven stories tell of Singapore’s heartland and its people through tales of lost love, identity, inter- generational familial bonds and tensions, unlikely neighbours, and even references to traditional folklore.

Boo Junfeng said, “Our ‘letters’ each differ in terms of time periods, relationships, and settings; and they stem from various aspects of our own memories of Singapore – but what threads them all together is a common sense of home. What the viewer ultimately sees, I hope, is a genuine portrait of what it means to us to be Singaporean.”

The project will also be roping in the talents of some luminaries in the music and literary scene, including Golden Horse-winning music composer Ricky Ho, acclaimed composer and musician Patrick Chng, local artist and illustrator Koh Hong Teng, President’s Design Award 2014 recipient Larry Peh and his team at &Larry, Singapore’s first lady of song, Rahimah Rahim, and award-winning writer and playwright, Alfian Sa’at.

7 Letters will also be the first film to show at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre, commemorating the iconic theatre’s return to Singapore after a 17-year hiatus. This partnership between the majestic national icon and 7 Letters is of special significance to the directors, and is representative of the bridge between the golden age of Singapore cinema and today’s resurgence of the local film industry.

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