Location: Bartos Screening Room
With subject Sophie Siddique and producer Jessica Levin in person
Dir. Sandi Tan. 2018, 96 mins. Digital projection. In 1992, movie-obsessed teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore’s first road movie with her best friends and the help of an enigmatic American mentor, George. Yet after the shoot was wrapped, George absconded with all the footage and disappeared from their lives. Devastated but powerless, Sandi and her friends moved on with their lives. Twenty years later, the original 16mm film suddenly reappears, sending her on a personal odyssey as she tries to understand the motivation behind George’s betrayal, and becomes reacquainted with with the old footage. Through candid interviews, archival materials, and Tan’s own entertaining voiceover, Shirkers is a one-of-a-kind cinematic achievement, overlaying first-person documentary with an exhumation and belated debut of the greatest Singaporean independent film never made.
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