[Giveaway] GV’s 9th Love & Pride Film Festival returns with theme “Identity”

Sep 22nd, 2017 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Rachel Chan 6 min read

Is it friendship, a relationship, or just skinship one seeks via a gay dating app? How does a 17-year-old boy cope with being forced to live with someone he just wants to punch in the face? What happens when a transgender woman and her boyfriend meet a lonely girl? Golden Village’s Love & Pride Film Festival returns for its 9th year armed with a bold…

Mad World (一念无明). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 things that get Singaporeans really depressed

Jun 23rd, 2017 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Singapore can be a really depressing country, especially when you’re waiting for a bus at 1.30pm and the bus shelter’s shadow doesn’t cover the bus stop’s seats, so you have to decide if you want to sit down in the sun or stand in the shade (stand in the shade of course). Or if it’s one of those super sunny days with a light drizzle…

[Giveaway inside] Kickstarting GV’s 8th Love & Pride Film Festival with Jake Witzenfeld

Aug 22nd, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse Rachel Chan 7 min read

Last Friday, a full-house audience helped kickstart Golden Village’s 8th annual Love & Pride Film Festival with a screening of Oriented, a documentary by new filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld, who showed up at the end of the movie to take questions via Skype. The 86-minute film was whittled down from more than 25 hours of footage taken by following three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual…

[Giveaway inside] Get Oriented with GV’s 8th Love & Pride Film Festival

Aug 18th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Documentary, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 5 min read

How complicated can life get when you’re Muslim, your family is the mafia, you live in Tel Aviv, and your boyfriend is Jewish? Oh, did I mention also that you’re also gay? This is not fiction; it is a true story. Oriented is a documentary which follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict….

Food Film Festival at GV celebrates Japanese food culture

Jul 22nd, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 3 min read

Are you a fan of sake, sushi and all foods Japanese? Or are you an avid follower of Michelin-star guides? If your answer to either question is yes, then you should not be missing out on Golden Village’s Food Film Festival happening from now until July 27 at GV Suntec City. GV’s first Food Film festival features three exclusive films on Michelin-star restaurant chefs René Redzepi of Noma (Ants…

Apprentice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 facts you never knew about Singapore prisons

Jun 30th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 6 min read

Prison is a taboo topic for Singaporeans, since it usually has unpleasant connotations. Plus, we’re all a little bit pantang (Malay for “superstitious”), so we won’t talk about prisons for fear that we’ll end up in one. Same reason why your parents won’t let you play with toy handcuffs – they’d buy the entire toy police set for you, guns and all, but will throw away the…

Boo Junfeng won’t leave you hanging at his Blog Aloud session [Giveaway inside]

Jun 27th, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 5 min read

How does one go about making a film about being an executioner? As Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice, will tell you, it took him five years, during which he interviewed retired executioners, religious counsellors, and family members of those who have received the death sentence. The latest film of Singapore’s critically acclaimed Boo focuses not just on the death penalty, but the point of view of the…

Enjoy Chen Bolin in three ways in Distance

Jun 1st, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

What do an illegitimate son, an estranged friend and a student admirer-turned-ex-lover have in common? All three relationships come back to haunt them after a long period of separation and absence. Also, these three roles in the feature film Distance are each achingly portrayed by Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin. Last Friday, Chen himself, executive producer Anthony Chen (director of the award-winning Ilo Ilo) and Singaporean director Tan Shijie (Tan…

Midnight Special. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 child stars we will never forget

Apr 20th, 2016 Arthouse, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Child actors are difficult to find and direct because of their age. Imagine memorising lines, pretending to be someone else, and having to fake emotions when everyone else is twice your height! But once in a while, you get child stars that wow us so much with their performances that we forget that they should really be going for extra tuition instead of starring in movies….

Local musicians at The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud.

Local musicians talk about xinyao at The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud

Mar 31st, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 7 min read

Xinyao fans from across Singapore attended The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud session last week on March 22, where director Eva Tong and four of Singapore’s best young musicians held a dialogue session about the music scene in Singapore. Shigga Shay, Inch Chua, Diya Tan, and Carrie Yeo joined xinyao enthusiasts of all ages in a special preview screening of The Songs We Sang. While the four singers…