Local short film showcase ‘Fresh Meat’ boasts unique perspectives and storytelling techniques
This marks the first time local shorts will be screened in mainstream cinema.
Cinephiles, prepare your senses for a feast like no other as Suntec City Golden Village plays host to film showcase Fresh Meat, featuring six short films by young Singaporean filmmakers.
Organised by *SCAPE, this marks the first time local shorts are screened in mainstream cinema.
Of these six films, several have been showcased at esteemed film festivals such as the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, and Fantasia International Film Festival.
Each film brings its own distinct flavour to the lineup, captivating viewers with their unique perspectives and storytelling techniques.
Here is a spoiler-free review of the shorts:
Henchmen by Alistair Quak
Henchmen unfolds against the backdrop of an archetypal action movie, with two cowardly Singaporean men waiting in line to protect their boss from a hitman. They try their best to evade the imminent threat by giving the lame excuse of a stomach ache.
The film skillfully combines comedy and tension, keeping the audience torn between rooting for the men and fearing for their safety. Its departure from the usual hero archetype is also what makes the film refreshing.
The only criticism would be the absence of subtitles, which may pose a challenge for viewers who are not familiar with Mandarin and Hokkien. As such, it takes away full immersion when experiencing the film.
Every Floor Looks The Same by Gladys Ng
Every Floor Looks The Same takes audiences on a journey with Osmanthüs, a primary school girl who wanders the urban city in search of a lost bird. It invites audiences to ponder the nature of existence and their place in a world where every floor seems the same.
Through Osmanthüs’ perspective, viewers are reminded of the significance of seemingly mundane moments in life.
While the film’s slow pace and abstract approach may not resonate with everyone, its unique storytelling and aesthetically pleasing visuals offer a thought-provoking and strangely comforting experience.
You Will See by Kathleen Bu
You Will See follows a young photographer, Gwyn who goes to great lengths to capture a praiseworthy shot after being handed a supernatural camera.
She stumbles upon a mute old man with a unique physique and creeps behind him to take a photo. However, unsatisfied, she proceeds to do the unthinkable to get her much coveted photo.
Her invasive actions towards the old man evoke frustration and curiosity. Coupled with cryptic phrases and the heaviness of a palpitating heart, the film’s unsettling nature is one that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Hot Buns by Calleen Koh
Those who are fans of animation might enjoy Hot Buns by Calleen Koh.
It is a satirical animation film with literal butts and hands as the characters to discuss social issues and moral outrage.
The film is meant to raise the question: In a world that is dominated by those with the Upper Hand – can those at the Bottom rise to the top?
Albeit slightly jarring initially, the film is a clever, funny, and engaging way to present the issues and controversies happening in the world right now.
21 by Christine Seow
Taking a heartfelt turn, 21 narrates the story of ‘Lin’ who hopes to turn over a new leaf as she graduates from a juvenile rehabilitation centre with stellar scores in the national exam. However, she struggles to find her bearings as she grapples with her sudden pregnancy and lack of support from family and friends.
The film employs mixed media, combining documentary elements with personal reflections.
The effort put into storytelling is commendable, though more real footage would’ve enhanced its impact and authenticity.
Nevertheless, 21 raises important issues faced by young women and the complexities of personal choices. It serves as a reminder that we are not defined by our past, and the decision to move forward is up to us.
Strawberry Cheesecake by Tan Siyou
The showcase wraps up with Strawberry Cheesecake, where three rebellious schoolgirls are caught smoking by the principal.
Mischievous with no respect for authority, the girls devise a plan to trick the principal in various ways. However, their revenge ends up taking a sinister turn.
The piece stands out with its excellent acting and authentic dialogue. While the ending is rather abrupt and leaves a lingering sense of confusion among the audience, it undeniably succeeds in captivating viewers with its suspenseful storyline.
This lineup of short films will be screened at Suntec City Golden Village at 4pm on Jul 8 and Aug 12. They are played back-to-back with no intermission.
Tickets for the public are priced at $15.50 each. Singapore Film Society members, *SCAPE Communities and students can purchase the tickets at a discounted price of $13.50. Those interested can make their purchase on Golden Village’s website.