Published on 5th May 2008
Oscar©-winning film-maker Lord David Puttnam here to review final thesis films of LASALLE's first graduates
Film editors and journalists are cordially invited to a private debut screening of four thesis films produced by students from The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts. And to meet Guest-of-Honour, Oscar© award-winning film-maker, Lord David Puttnam, on Thursday, 8 May 2008.
The films are a result of the collaborative work of all 13 pioneer graduating students from LASALLE's BA(Hons) in Film, the first film degree programme in Singapore, and deal with a variety of themes including young mothers, caning, euthanasia and homosexuality, demonstrating the maturity, talent and skills of the students as filmmakers and story-tellers.
Date : Thu 8 May 2008
Time : 5pm to 6.30pm
Venue : LASALLE College of the Arts, Screening Room, Block F Room 208, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
Admission : Strictly by invite only
A career driven police officer is faced with an unplanned pregnancy and ponders whether to go for an abortion. At this point she meets a young mother who reports the disappearance of her four year old daughter. The distraught mother eventually confesses to killing her child.
This film is about two brothers whose similar upbringing helps them to unite and thus share each other's fate, caning. This entire psychological, surreal drama takes place in the toilet where secrets are revealed.
An immigrant nurse from Sri Lanka is assigned to a Tamil patient who is dying from a brain tumour. When war erupts in her home country she feels an urge to go back and contribute to the war effort. On the day before her departure the nurse is confronted with her patient's request for a secretive mercy killing. As the nurse struggles to convince the patient to give up his wishes she begins to discover the dark truth about her own motivations.
A man seeks closure through reacquainting with someone whom he had picked up in Tanjong Rhu many years ago. Tanjong Rhu is a secluded beach on the east coast of Singapore, and a popular cruising ground for gay men. In an entrapment exercise in 1993, 12 men were arrested there and sentenced to imprisonment and caning. This is a fictionalised account of what has happened since then to one of these men.
Making waves in film circles
Already, Boo Junfeng, one of the graduating students has caused a stir in the film industry at the recent Singapore International Film Festival's Silver Screen Awards with his short film's triple win. Keluar Baris picked up the awards for Best Singapore Short Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the ceremony in April.
The Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE offers Singapore's first Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree specialising in film. The course emphasises artistic and conceptual skills and knowledge, training students in storytelling, scriptwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, sound and editing. The School started its pioneer intake in July 2005.
Interviews with Herman van Eyken, LASALLE's Head of The Puttnam School of Film and student directors may be arranged.