In the pipeline: Singapore cinema

Five promising Singapore films to watch for in the next year

SING TO THE DAWN
Produced by Raintree Pictures
Directed by Phil Mitchell
Language: English
Singapore's first-ever animated feature is a coming-of-age tale about a girl named Dawan, who wants more than what her small town has to offer. One day everything changes when Dawan's family gets the news that they must pay new taxes or lose their home. When the village fool reveals a secret to her, Dawan overcomes dangerous obstacles with the aid of some animals while trying to save her home and the village.

MONSOON MURDERS

Produced by Raintree Pictures
Directed by Kelvin Tong
Language: English
Soon after electricity arrives at a small Malay town in 1924, a blackout occurs and a corpse is discovered. Over the next several weeks, more electrical outages hit the town and the bodies begin to pile up. With a serial killer on the loose, it's up to the town's newly arrived English police chief and his Indian assistant to solve the mystery.

CHINESE ROSE
Produced by Raintree Pictures
Directed by Eric Khoo
Language:
Chan Wei Chun was born in Soochow, China, in 1925, but she was sold by her parents and brought to Malaysia, where she rose to become an icon in Singapore and Malaysia through her famous striptease acts. This drama chronicles the time when she discovered her powers on the stage in the early 1950s to her sad final days in 1987, when she died alone and largely forgotten.

SANDCASTLE

Produced by Zhao Wei Films
Directed by Boo Junfeng
Language: Mandarin
This psychological drama that subtly examines an ever-changing Singapore has been selected as part of this year's PPP. Xiang En, a 15-year-old who is talented at drawing, transfers from one high school to another. When he moves in with his grandmother, an unlikely bond develops between them until she develops dementia and the real reason behind his school transfers is revealed.

INVISIBLE CHILDREN
Produced by Zhao Wei Films
Directed by Brian Gothong Tan
Language: Mandarin/English
In this artful collage of stories about Singaporeans who run away and disappear forever, two children run away from their flat and discover an underground network of monsoon drains, tunnels and caves. Weaving realism and poetic fantasy, the drama -- which will be marketed heavily at AFM -- promises to be funny, poignant and thought-provoking.
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