10 September, Wednesday | 11am - 1230pm | Golden Village Cineplex, Plaza Singapura13 September, Saturday | 730pm - 9pm | Zhenghua Community Club
The Secret Passion of Mdm Tan Ah Lian by Sun KohCommission by National Arts Council for Silver Arts 2014
20 September, Saturday | 730pm – 9pm | Toa Payoh Amphitheatre (no tickets required)
A new component of Silver Arts, Silver Films presents a curated selection of local short films that explore and engage with seniors. Two commissioned, brand new Singapore films will be making their debut, alongside three films by local filmmakers.
16 min / Mandarin with dialects and English with English Subtitles
Bio of Sun Koh
Mdm Tan is 61 and still not retired. Her husband Teck wants her to retire but Mdm Tan has been living a secret life for over a year. As her secret gets aired in public, Mdm Tan needs to decide whether to let Teck in on it. Will he be able to accept the woman that she has become and the woman that she aspires to be?
Independent filmmaker Sun has received many accolades for her short films and omnibus film projects, including The Secret Heaven, Dirty Bitch, Lucky7 and Letters from the South. She received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2010.
I Am A Beautiful Beached Whale By The Straits by Ng Xi Jie
Commission by National Arts Council for Silver Arts 2014
18 min / Mandarin & Hokkien with English Subtitles
Bio of Ng Xi Jie
This experimental documentary looks intimately at the everyday lives of two elderly women. Through their stream of reflections and conversations, blended with meditative images of an elderly lady at a beach, we learn about their experiences of being female and growing old.
Xi Jie works with film, performance, installation and writing. Apart from her experimental documentary Post-Love, her other works include performance-installations for the Singapore Arts Festival and Singapore Night Festival.
Popiah by Royston Tan
13 min / Mandarin & Hokkien with English subtitles
A film that pays homage to the quiet love of our own families. As we unravel the story of a son's estrangement from his father, Popiah reveals itself to be equally a lyrical, yet authentic record of the joys, heartaches and frustrations of ordinary family life.Bio of Royston Tan
Known for his distinctive cinematic style, Royston has received many international and local film awards for his feature and short films, notably 15, Sons, 4:30 and 881.
Lost Sole by Sanif Olek
17 min / Malay with English subtitlesBio of Sanif Olek
At the mosque after Friday noon prayers Master Haji Sabtu fails to locate his valuable pair of sandals. His distressing search leads him on a search of self-discovery. How would he regain his dignity without his sole?
Swimming Lesson by Kat Goh
An award-winning television and film director, Sanif’s works have been showcased at festivals, arts institutions and museums both locally and worldwide. His debut feature film, Sayang Disayang, was released in late 2013.
13 min / Chinese & Cantonese with English subtitlesBio of Kat Goh
On the way to the airport, a mother frets over her daughter who is leaving home for the first time.
About Silver Arts
A television production veteran, Kat was also Assistant Director for Kelvin Tong’s blockbuster hits such as The Maid
, Rule #1
and It’s a Great Great World
. She made her directorial feature debut with Dance Dance Dragon
The National Arts Council's Silver Arts Programme advocates the meaningful possibilities seniors have in the arts. We believe that seniors can age creatively and surprise the public and themselves with blooming artistic contributions. We develop the programmes with artists and community partners such as Silver Arts 2013 that celebrates arts and ageing.
Objectifs is a visual arts centre dedicated to promoting photography and film. Established in 2003, Objectifs provides instruction in photography and filmmaking through workshops and public programmes. Our artist residencies, professional programmes and the curated exhibitions at Objectifs Gallery are developmental platforms focused on nurturing Singaporean and Singapore-based artists. Through Objectifs Films, we distribute and champion local and Southeast Asian short films worldwide.