ShoutOUT! Singapore Film Society celebrates its 60th Anniversary with Sundance winner 'Shirkers'


Singapore Film Society (SFS) commemorates 60 years of film appreciation in 2018 with a 60th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, 20 October at the Capitol Theatre. On this special evening, the society will mark its 60th birthday celebration along with both former and current society members, friends from the film and cultural communities, as well as movie lovers from the general public.
Together in this evening, the documentary film Shirkers will celebrate its Singapore premiere at the Capitol. The film by Singaporean filmmaker and former ST Life film critic Sandi Tan won the Best Director award for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance Film Festival earlier this January. With this win, Sandi made history as the first Singaporean to win a major documentary award at the prestigious festival.
Shirkers is a documentary centered on the original Shirkers, a feature-length film that Sandi attempted to make as a 19-year-old in the 1990s, and the aftermath of this project that has since come to light in recent years. In the original production of Shirkers several Singaporean cast and crew were involved, as well as luminaries in the film community, including renowned film critic and programmer Phillip Cheah.
Now with the release of Shirkers the documentary over 20 years later, SFS will launch a social media campaign “Finding the Lost Shirkers” to help Sandi reach out to former cast and crew members of the original film and invite them to witness the outcome of the film they tried to make more than 20 years ago.
The 60th Anniversary of Singapore Film Society will take place at Capitol Theatre on Saturday, 20 October 2018 from 6.30pm. More details about the event such as ticketing and post screening dialogue with guests will be announced by mid September.
David Lee, Vice Chairman of Singapore Film Society said, "We are very happy that Sandi and Netflix have chosen to work with Singapore Film Society for the homecoming premiere of Shirkers. It is extra meaningful that Sandi, our former SFS member, is premiering her debut documentary feature at our milestone 60th Anniversary celebration, and we certainly hope that we could help Sandi find all of her long lost friends and collaborators who worked with her on the original film shoot 26 years ago. As an added bonus for SFS Members, we have programmed a series of independent award winning documentary films between September to October as our core screenings in the lead up to the screening of SHIRKERS on 20 October. We certainly hope that audiences could join SFS in the celebration of the powerful medium of documentary filmmaking, and the socio-political issues that are brought up in these films."
In the lead up to the premiere of Shirkers, Singapore Film Society will showcase three documentary films — The China Hustle, Lost in the Fumes and The Shepherds. These are socio-political documentaries that address controversial yet important questions while touching on issues that deal with politics, religion and sexuality, as well as the impact of these issues on the society at large.
The China Hustle
Lost in the Fumes  
From the producers of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room comes a Wall Street heist story about a financial crime so big, it could affect all of our wallets. The China Hustle dives deep into the complex and interconnected world of investors and bankers, and reveals the biggest fraud you have never heard of. Directed by female documentary filmmaker Nora Lam, Lost in the Fumes spotlights political activist Edward Leung and documents his journey in the Mong Kok civil unrest in Hong Kong.
 The Shepherds
The Shepherds sheds light on the challenges faced by Ya-Hui Yang, a female pastor who founded Taiwan’s first LGBT-affirming church in 1996. Her efforts provide a safe haven for LGBT Christians rejected by the Christian community. Even after her passing, the church members continue to make their voice heard while struggling with religious conflicts at the same time. A post-screening dialogue will be held with the film’s producer Kay Chou and Reverend Miak Siew from Free Community Church.
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