Born and raised in Singapore, Rajagopal has Indian heritage—from Kerala—and he wanted to shine a light on this minority race. The older soldier turns zombie-like, sleeping all day, downing endless six-packs of beer and fighting with his angry, uncomprehending mom. Fear not: there are endless colorful, pleasingly small fish pottering about in the shallows, too. There are literally thousands to choose from, but the place that best combines extraordinary beauty with the convenience of easy transport links is Lombok — you can fly direct, or nip over on a fast boat from Bali. She came up to me after watching the film and started weeping. We have also received invitations to several other film festivals around the world. Actually, the film has just started to travel in the film festival circuit.
With my initial script, we were invited to a pitch at the L'Atelier programme at Cinéfondation with 15 other directors. I mean, you never know when they will come again. One of the most unforgettable responses I had was from a Japanese lady in Cannes. Rajagopal-directed movie via subscription can be a huge pain, so we here at Moviefone want to do the work for you. Part of the film is set in a makeshift brothel in a swampy forest, and this most unwelcoming of settings unexpectedly leads to some beautiful, serene visuals.
Raja relives this journey with Jeremy Sing in an interview. It is represented in world sales by Alpha Violet. After all, nothing ruins a romantic holiday in paradise faster than three hours uncomfortably bouncing on a wooden speedboat. I actually sat down with her, not to console her, but to hear her speak her heart out, even though some meaning got lost in her patchy English she was more Fluent in French and I thought that was a really beautiful moment. The park is also famous for the many bird species that prefer foothill climates, as well as for several species of sea turtle that nest along its coastal zone. One of the great things about Singapore is that we are given a government-subsidised home, but 90 per cent of us live in flats that are like pigeon-holes.
Days are spent swimming, shopping, sunbathing or just chilling. The Apprentice In his early days, Boo attended Ngee Ann Polytechnic, taking a course in Film and Media Studies. But few actors have gone as far as to live on the streets to research their role. I presented my script to many people and one of them who read it eventually became my co-producer from France. They were not just interested in the technicalities of making the film. Nightlife ranges from places where you buy beer by the bucket to the kind of upscale establishments where the barman takes care not to bruise the gin in your martini. There are plenty of sad, bleak movies which audiences can form a connection to, but A Yellow Bird is a draining, largely unfulfilling experience.
Siva must regain his purpose as he avoids getting back in trouble with the law. While she says plenty through her nuanced expressions, we wish the veteran actress had more to do here. How far will he go in order to redeem himself from his guilt? So compared to the first half where everything is concrete and defined, the second half takes place in a more loosely-defined space with water and trees. She has acted in a few Hollywood films and she is also a theatre actress as well. It was something very close to my heart and I did not like to rush t and treat it like a project. We also presented our script to Cinema Du Monde, the World Cinema Fund. Before there was A Land Imagined, there were landmark Singaporean films like A Yellow Bird 2016.
Audiences might be moved by scenes earlier in the film, but they will leave the theatre befuddled all the same. Before this, I have made several short films and directed for television. Both Indians and Chinese are of migrant stock, and yet we are not very accepting of the new influx. You probably already know what the movie's about, but just in case. For the role of Chen Chen, the prostitute Siva encounters in the film, I needed a professional actress who has acted in films of a more independent nature and I held many auditions. Rajagopal, who penned the screenplay with Jeremy Chua.
Hardcore divers will gravitate towards Malibu Point for glimpses of sharks, tuna and manta rays, while snorkelers will enjoy Crystal Bay, where the clearest water in the region offers visibility between 30-50m. They connect when one day, Siva defends Chen Chen from a lecherous band member who tries to take advantage of her financial need. Hopefully there will be a balance. This was a conservative indoor market until 2014, when it was transformed by a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to use it to showcase their start-up companies. So one book inspired the other and I felt there were a lot of interesting connections from one writer to the other, which I found compelling. That is what Singaporean director K. Siva is often on the receiving end of racial slurs and Chen Chen is similarly ostracised, being a sex worker from Mainland China.
Indians are only 7 percent. It is very, very common, particularly among poor Indians. Rising television star Sivakumar Palakrishnan spent his weekends living rough on the streets of Singapore's Little India, exploring a rarely seen side of one of Asia's most ordered societies. Rajagopal Cast: Sivakumar Palakrishnan, Seema Biswas, Huang Lu, Indra Chandran, Nithiyia Rao, Udaya Soundari Genre: Drama Run Time: 1h 50min Opens: 8 December 2016 Rating: M18 Sexual Scene and Coarse Language Receiving pride of place in the line-up for the 27 th Singapore International Film Festival is A Yellow Bird, which was one of two Singaporean films to make it to Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The film follows the gritty path of 38-year-old Siva Sudhakar, a freshly released ex-convict now shunned by his family. I needed time to think about the story. You may also come face-to-face with a manta ray, reef sharks or even the rare Mola mola — the heaviest bony fish in the world, capable of weighing more than 950kg.