STOP10 Jan 2017: 'Move Out Notice' by Leon Cheo

Move Out Notice is a breezy comedy regarding the differences and miscommunication between parent and child. This film comes from one of Viddsee's latest selections under its recently-launched Singapore Film Channel, which is an online site that curates and distributes video content.

The premise of this local film is quirky, with two women - Wei a 21 year old and her mother - communicating primarily through brightly coloured notes. The opening scene quickly sets the tone as Liow Shi Suen playing the mother in the film, plasters her disapproving notes all over her house in scene-chewing pantomime fashion.

Director Leon Cheo, who recently won Best TV Short Drama for his webseries ‘People Like Us’, directs this short which builds momentum quickly by playing on the fears of many parents – the inevitable maturation and departure of their child from home to become a fully realized adult.  On the flip side it also highlights the difficulties of being your own person in a confined environment living with a parent.

The film is a light, comical and somewhat insightful short of modern Singaporeans’ living frustrations though it doesn’t have any real answers for the real world and becomes distracted by a convenient subplot of a missing father and slapstick sequences.

Overall however the 13-minute short film is still a quick dose of fun with clear local flavor. So if you are looking for less serious art fare, click on this film over at Viddsee.

Leon Cheo is graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Creative Producing, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in Film, Sound & Video, Leon Cheo is also an alumni of the Berlinale Talents (2014), Asian Film Academy (2013) and Tokyo Talent Campus (2012). He is currently developing his debut feature film, “For Adults Only.”

Catch “Move Out Notice” by Leon Cheo on Viddsee.

Written by Rifyal Giffari

For the full list of January 2017's 10 films under STOP10, click here.
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