ShoutOUT!: Examining 'Nostalgia' in Singapore cinema at #NOSTALGIA - 9 May

#NOSTALGIA is a salon session designed to critically examine the phenomenon of "nostalgia" in Singapore cinema and within the psyche of the Singaporean society, in light of our SG50 celebrations.

Four esteemed speakers from varying film backgrounds will come together to share their perspectives and initiate a dialogue with the audience through a series of presentations and a panel discussion.

Speakers: Chua Beng Huat Ben Slater Zhang Wenjie Tan Bee Thiam Moderator: Karen Chan (AFA)

Presented by Asian Film Archive

Supported by Filmgarde Cineplex


** Event is strictly by registration only as limited seating is available ** 

9 May Saturday 230 - 4pm Filmgarde Cineplex, Level 5, Bugis+ 201 Victoria Street
Singapore 188067



 An initiative by the Asian Film Archive, REFRAME is a series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

 By asking hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.



Karen Chan is the Executive Director of the Asian Film Archive (AFA). A pioneer staff of the AFA from 2006, Karen oversaw the growth, preservation and curation of the AFA’s collection. Under her leadership, the AFA had its first collection of films inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Register. Karen teaches courses on film preservation and literacy, Singapore cinema history and social memory, and has worked with many ...schools, junior colleges and tertiary institutions. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the South East Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association. Her prior work experiences include teaching English and History, working with the National Archives of Singapore and the Natural History Museum in New York City.


Chua Beng Huat is a Singaporean sociologist. He is a Provost Professor and the Head of the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore, and concurrently the Cluster Leader of the Cultural Studies in Asia program at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. He received his PhD from York University, Canada, and before joining NUS, he was director of research at the Housing and Development Board.
His research areas include housing and urban studies, cultural studies in Asia, East Asian pop culture and comparative politics in Southeast Asia. He is a founding co-editor of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. With his organizing and publication efforts, he has helped to develop a research community of scholars who are engaged in analyzing Asia pop music, film and television dramas.


Ben Slater is a writer. His articles on cinema have been featured in many newspapers, magazines, journals, catalogues, websites and books internationally, including Cahiers du Cinema, Screen International, Indiewire, The Independent and The Straits Times. He is the author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore (Marshall Cavendish: 2006) and the editor of 25: Histories & Memories of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF: 2014). He is the co-screenwriter of the feature film Camera (2014) and has script edited several feature films including Helen (2009), HERE (2010) and Mister John (2013). In recent years he’s been researching American and European film production in Singapore and has written about this extensively on his website


Zhang Wenjie is a film programmer. From 2003 to 2005, he headed The Substation Moving Images film programme where he initiated First Take and Singapore Short Cuts, two of the longest running and most established film series in Singapore. From 2005 to 2008, and 2009 to 2014, Wenjie headed the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque, where he programmed and organised major retrospectives such as In His Time: The Films of Edward Yang and ...Majulah! The Film Music of Zubir Said and also spearheaded the Cinematheque Quarterly film journal.

In 2009, he was co-director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF and from 2010 to 2012, he was part of the project team that led the restoration of Usmar Ismail’s 1954 classic After the Curfew, which premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, he organised the first Film Restoration School Asia in Singapore in collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata. He is currently Festival Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.


Tan Bee Thiam is an award-winning filmmaker whose works have garnered critical acclaim internationally. As a producer, he has worked on more than ten independent films, including 03-Flats (Best Documentary at Salaya), Snakeskin (Jury Prize at Torino Film Festival), As You Were (Tokyo International Film Festival). As a director, he is interested in adaptations. Kopi Julia, adapted from the short story of Faizal Salaiman, is his tribute t...o the horror films made in the 50s. It was selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul for the Sharjah Biennale.

He recently completed his debut feature film, an adaption of Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan’s Fundamentally Happy, shot by renown cinematographer Christopher Doyle. He's currently working on Glen Goei's new feature film, Pontianak (selected for Berlinale and Hong Kong project markets) and his second feature film about Tiong Bahru. He is also the editor of the Cinemas of Asia journal, film curator for the Singapore International Festival of Arts and has served as jury member in film festivals in Berlin and Golden Horse. In 2009, he was honoured as National University of Singapore Outstanding Young Alumni.
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