Wesley Leon Aroozoo


Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Lecturer, Film
  • Master of Fine Arts, New York University Tisch Asia, Singapore
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Wesley Leon Aroozoo is an educator and an artist with 13 Little Pictures. His debut novel Bedok Reservoir (Math Paper Press, 2012) was translated to the stage and performed at the Goodman Arts Centre where Wesley also performed the accompanying live music. The feature documentary companion to his second novel I Want to Go Home (Math Paper Press, 2017) which Wesley directed, had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Mecenat Award. Wesley’s third novel The Punkhawala and The Prostitute (Epigram Books, 2021) is The Straits Times Weekly Bestseller, Singapore Book Prize Winner and a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize. 

As a filmmaker, Wesley’s films have been screened in over a hundred festivals, notably the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sapporo International Short Film Festival. He was awarded the Talents Tokyo Development Grant from Tokyo Filmex and joined the ranks of prominent Southeast Asian filmmakers with a commissioned piece for the Asian Film Archive’s Fragments Anthology. For network television, Wesley was the screenwriter behind Mediacorp’s telemovie Cats and Dogs: The Chronicles of a Pest Detective, which starred Pierre Png. In 2023, Wesley collaborated with Mothership with his inspiring documentary Returning World War 2 relics to their rightful owner in Australia.

Always exploring new disciplines, Wesley took to the stage in 2022 at The Arts House with his engaging performance The Overhead to a sold-out audience at Storyfest.

Research interests
  • Early history of Singapore and Southeast Asia
  • Experimenting with storytelling narrative structures