If you’ve spent any amount of time in Singapore’s film industry, you’ll definitely have heard of or even met Boris Boo. He’s got an alliterative name that’s pretty memorable, and he’s also contributed quite a fair bit to Singapore’s film industry. However, he’s kept quite a low profile (behind a more behind-the-scenes kind of guy) – until now.

That’s because we’re going to tell you all about Boris Boo, and why you should start looking out for his name as the next big thing in Singapore. Here’s why Boris Boo is one of the most underrated filmmakers in Singapore – people should really know more about him, provided his accomplishments!

1. He’s Mark Lee’s favourite script writer

Mark Lee. Credit: Yahoo Singapore

Mark Lee. Credit: Yahoo Singapore

Even Mark Lee has gone on the record to say that Boris Boo is his favourite script writer. That’s because he’s a collaborative fellow who works with people, rather than dictating what they should do. You might think that’s how it always works, since production crews are frequently depicted as a big happy team, right?

Well, that’s not always the case. You see, the production crew of any film can be (informally) divided into two categories – above-the-line and below-the-line. To be above-the-line means that you have control over the creative aspects of the film, which means the director and script writer, mostly. Below-the-line means that you’re in charge of the execution of the film, and usually includes the director of photography, production assistants, and so on.

So it’s not often that someone who’s above-the-line will be that open to listening to those from below-the-line. It may sound elitist… but go look up any production forum and you’ll read about plenty of horror stories of dictatorial directors and writers.

 

2. He wrote Where Got Ghost?, Greedy Ghost, and Just Follow Law

Just Follow Law. Credit: Wikipedia

Just Follow Law. Credit: Wikipedia

If you’re wondering what Mark Lee and Boris Boo collaborated on, it’s the two supernatural comedies, Where Got Ghost? (2009) and Greedy Ghost (2012). However, he doesn’t just write ghostly jokes – he’s also quite conversant in writing comedies about the living! He also wrote Just Follow Law (2007), the movie where Gurmit Singh and Fann Wong’s characters swapped bodies. We think that Gurmit Singh’s character probably lucked out here, because who wouldn’t want to live the life of Fann Wong (even a fictional version of her)?

That’s three screen writing credits, and one more to come!

 

3. He directed The Ghosts Must Be Crazy

The Ghosts Must Be Crazy. Credit: Pinterest

The Ghosts Must Be Crazy. Credit: Pinterest

Boris Boo isn’t just a writer – he’s got a flair for visuals as well, as seen in The Ghosts Must Be Crazy. He and Mark Lee directed the film. If you’re wondering why all these titles have the word “ghost” in them, that’s because they’re all actually part of the Singapore “Ghost” franchise. Where Got Ghost? is the first film in the series, followed by The Ghosts Must Be Crazy and then Greedy Ghost.

We Singaporeans really love ghosts. I bet Boris Boo does too.

 

4. He’s a GV25 Judge

Have you joined? Credit: Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page

Have you joined? Credit: Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page

So, let’s not talk about ghosts anymore. If you’ve ever watched a film and thought to yourself “eh, I can do better than that” – then you should really join the GV25 Film Shorts Competition, since you stand to win $3,000 (more than any GST voucher!) if your film gets chosen!

For such a prestigious competition, you can rest assured that only the best judges will be deciding the winner. Besides Kelvin Tong (the director of The Maid), Boris Boo will also be on hand to see whether your film makes the cut. That’s right, he’s a short film competition judge too!

 

5. He wrote and directed Lucky Boy 

Lucky Boy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Wang Weiliang plays Lin Yu and Venus Wong plays Qingqing in Lucky Boy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you entered the GV25 Film Shorts Competition, you’ll have been invited to a Blog Aloud session with Boris Boo for his newest film – Lucky Boy! It’s a heartwarming story about an “unlucky boy” who has been pining for his childhood sweetheart ever since the 70’s. If you’ve ever wanted to come face to face with a real-life writer and director, now is your chance to do so! Just buy tickets for the Lucky Boy Blog Aloud session and you’ll have your chance! You’ll also get to watch Lucky Boy a day before everyone does.

Lucky Boy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Lucky Boy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Besides Boris Boo, Wang Weiliang (Lobang from the Ah Boys To Men series) stars as the eponymous Lucky Boy, with Venus Wong as his beau. Rounding out the cast is Chew Chor Meng and Chen Xiuhuan, who play the parents of Wang Weiliang’s character.

Will Wang Weiliang end up as a Lucky Boy or Unlucky Boy? You’ve got to catch the film to find out, but if you’re too impatient then the Blog Aloud session will let you know before everyone else!

 

 

Credits: Yahoo Singapore, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page, Golden Village Cinemas, Boris Boo Twitter