Friday, September 25, 2015
Glen Goei's foray into movies
Saw this piece written by Glen Goei which tracks his path from stage into making film.
Goei wrote about his journey into making a film. The success of his first film, Forever Fever and subsequently his second film, Blue Mansion which was not financially successful. This meant that he lost the money made on Forever Fever on the next film.
One of the reason he attributed to the difficulty of making film or maybe art in general is the 'market expectation'. E.g. The asian theatre practitioner in a western world, the English speaking asian film and his latest film project, Pontianak which will be in Malay but would have no Chinese actors. These projects don't fit into the formula for a successful film model.
Singapore with English/Singlish as a lingua franca is the Singapore Goei knows. Shouldn't films be appreciated for it's cultural merit not language. He argues that Singapore's film are visual documents of its culture, traditions, languages and history. We should look at film as a cultural product and not only as an economic commodity.
I document his article below. It helps me understand an aspect of a film maker's struggle in Singapore. In this article, it suggests that MDA's grants focused more on economic merit or potential than it as a cultural merit. Do Singapore need a block buster film or a meaningful film?
From this article: