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The Objectifs Film Club is features discussions between filmmakers and arts practitioners regarding their films that are available via the Objectifs Film Library. Join our mailing list to be kept updated on our next online session and a chance to hear from and interact with the artists. Read on for our recaps of the sessions from 2020.

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OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #7: EXORCIZE ME BY SOOKOON ANG 
Featuring artist Sookoon Ang in conversation with curator Silke Schmickl (Nov 2020)

Exorcise Me, as well as other short films by Sookoon Ang are available for rent via Objectifs Film Library.

Exorcize Me is a photography, videography and live performance project addressing coming-of-age anxiety and teenage alienation. The title speaks of unease within one’s own skin and the yearning to get rid of new-fangled fears and unfamiliar emotions.

Sookoon Ang spoke to Silke Schmickl about the process of making Exorcize Me, sharing her motivation and experience working with theatre students, and how it takes a village to make a short film. Read the recap of the film club conversation here.


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #6: DAVY CHOU & PIMPAKA TOWIRA
Featuring filmmakers Davy Chou and Pimpaka Towira (Sep 2020)

Watch short films by Davy Chou and Pimpaka Towira are available to rent on the Objectifs Film Library.

Held in conjunction with Objectifs’ inaugural Short Film Incubator, mentors for the programme Davy Chou (France/Cambodia) and Pimpaka Towira (Thailand) discussed their respective early works, Davy Chou’s First Film and Mae Nak. 

They talked about their beginnings and journeys as filmmakers, their process and the meanings behind their experimental films. Read the recap of the film club conversation here.


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #5: JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH BY CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD
Featuring filmmaker Carlo Francisco Manatad in conversation with producer and screenwriter Jeremy Chua (Aug 2020)

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad (Philippines) follows the titular protagonist on her last day of duty as a gas station attendant.

Carlo and Jeremy discussed the process of making this short film, a “punk, explosive [short] film full of despair about the social situation in his country” (56th Semaine de la Critique, 70th Cannes International Film Festival). Read the recap of the film club conversation here.


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #4: STILL IS TIME BY GLADYS NG
Featuring filmmaker Gladys Ng in conversation with photographer Ng Hui Hsien  (Jul 2020)

Click here to rent Still is Time by Gladys Ng and here to rent her other short on the Objectifs Film Library.

In Still is Time, time seems to have come to a standstill on a particular Sunday. On the day of his daughter’s wedding, a father finds himself consumed with his own emotions and amidst the joyous celebration, he undergoes a curious episode with profound metaphysical ramifications.

Gladys Ng and Ng Hui Hsien discussed how intuition, play, spirituality, ambiguity, observation and contemplation figure into the practices. Read the recap of the film club conversation here.

 


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #3: DEATH OF THE SOUND MAN BY SORAYOS PRAPAPAN
Featuring Sorayos Prapapan in conversation with Tingli Lim (Jun 2020)

Click here to rent Death of the Sound Man by Sorayos Prapapan and here to rent other short films by Sorayos Prapapan on the Objectifs Film Library.

 Death of the Sound Man depicts two sound recordists working hard on the sound mix of a film. With his signature deadpan humour, Sorayos Prapapan (Thailand) draws parallels between audiences not caring about sound in film, and how people’s voices are often neglected, offering subtle commentary on Thai society and politics.

During this session, Sorayos (Yossy) and sound designer, re-recording mixer and foley artist Tingli Lim, discussed artifice in sound design and foley work, how cultural context impacts their work, Yossy’s experience, and what it takes to be good at their job, and more. Read the recap of the film club conversation here. 


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #2: THE GREAT ESCAPE BY TAN WEI KEONG
Featuring filmmaker Tan Wei Keong in conversation with writer Alfian Sa’at (May 2020)

Click here to rent The Great Escape by Tan Wei Keong and here to rent other short films by Tan Wei Keong on the Objectifs Film Library.

Created using hand-drawn animation, pixilation and photographs, The Great Escape (2015) is a short film inspired by Alfian Sa’at’s poem of the same title.

During this discussion, Wei Keong shared his process adapting Alfian’s poem into a short film, and they discussed their respective practices in film and literature and drama, as well as their exploration of identity and social issues in their works. Read the recap of the film club conversation here.


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #1: COME BY KIRSTEN TAN
Featuring filmmaker Kirsten Tan in conversation with actress Oon Shu An (Apr 2020)

Come by Kirsten Tan is available for rent here. Please note this film is rated M18.

During this session, filmmaker, Kirsten Tan discussed her little known early short film (2007), a sex comedy set in South Korea, with actress Oon Shu An, whose credits include Rubbers ((2014).

Click here (part 1) and here (part 2) for the  recap of their conversation, which focuses on Kirsten’s experiences in South Korea, the making of Come, and her journey and philosophy as a filmmaker and their discussion of Come in relation to Shu An’s role in sex comedy Rubbers,


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