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SFS Talkies @The Arts House: Shame

What Shown uncut for the first time in Singapore. Exclusively at SFS Talkies. This screening is supported by Samuel Seow Law Corporation.
When 3 February 2013 (Sunday), 3pm
Where The Arts House
Screening Room The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.



Director Steve McQueen

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale

2011 | UK | 101 min | 35mm | R21 for sexual theme (For SFS Talkies Only)


·         Venice Film Festival: Won FIPRESCI Prize (Best Film) and Volpi Cup (Best Actor)

·         Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Leading Actor (Drama)

·         BAFTA: Nominated for Outstanding British Film and Best Leading Actor

Click here for the movie review from The Guardian.

Click here for the movie trailer.


One of the most critically acclaimed of films to be released in 2011, Shame rides on a brilliant lead performance by Michael Fassbender and a strong supporting performance by Carey Mulligan. Directed by the immensely gifted Steve McQueen, who shot himself and Fassbender to international reckoning withHunger (2008), Shame explores the theme of sexual addiction through the after-work exploits of one man.

If Steve McQueen’s first film, Hunger (2008), was about a man with no freedom, Shame is an examination of a character who has all the western freedoms and who uses his body to create his own prison. Brandon (Fassbender) is a young and successful thirty-something living comfortably in his apartment in New York. As a distraction from day-to-day cubicle life, he seduces women, juggling a string of doomed romances and one-night stands. The tightly controlled rhythm of Brandon's life begins to collapse, however, when his wayward, unruly sister Sissy (Mulligan) arrives for an unannounced visit. Her disruptive presence in his life propels Brandon further into New York's dark underbelly as he tries to escape her need for connection and the memories she stands for.

Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of desire through the motif of sex, how we live our lives, and the experiences that shape us. Previously not allowed to be screened theatrically without cuts in Singapore, and thus created some controversy and reignited the debate over censorship and sexuality,Shame will now be screened uncut in 35mm as part of SFS Talkies.


About the Director Steve McQueen

British video artist Steve McQueen distinguished himself by working in diverse media; though he began with film-related projects, he quickly branched out to include sculpture and still photography. He began his formal training by studying at the Chelsea School of Art and at Goldsmith College in London, where he began making student films.

 His early short-subject works were almost exclusively silent and black-and-white. They included the shortBear (1993), which depicted a brief and unusual encounter between two naked men;  Deadpan (1997), in which a gentleman stood in the middle of a building as it repeatedly collapsed around him; and Drumroll(1998), for which McQueen affixed cameras to a barrel and rolled the barrel through the streets of Manhattan.

McQueen shot and released Hunger, his debut feature, in 2008. Starring Michael Fassbender, it dramatizes the last painful months of Bobby Sands, a famous Irish Republican Army activist who protested his brutal treatment by guards in Belfast's Maze Prison by undergoing a debilitating hunger strike and ultimately starving himself to death.