Utter is a special Singapore Writers Festival initiative which showcases the best of Singapore writing and celebrates its potential to be adapted into different media and across languages, giving audiences fresh perspectives and a deeper understanding of our homegrown authors. In this year’s edition, the written word meets the creative and aesthetic sensibilities of established and emerging animation directors from Singapore.
28 August 2015 (Friday) - 30 August 2015 (Sunday), 28 Aug (7:30pm), 29 Aug (7:30pm), 30 Aug (5pm)
Golden Village Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-373 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983 (East Atrium, next to Tower 4, Level 3)
The showcase is presented by the National Arts Council and produced by The Filmic Eye. There will be a 30 – 45 minute post-screening dialogue with selected authors and animation directors after each 45 minute screening session.
28 Aug, 7:30pm (Premiere) - with post-screening dialogue with authors Amanda Lee Koe and Chow Teck Seng, and animators Samantha Seah and Ang Qing Sheng
29 Aug, 7:30pm (2nd screening) - with post-screening dialogue with author Dave Chua, and animators Henry & Harry Zhuang, and Darran Kuah
30 Aug, 5pm (final screening) - with post-screening dialogue with authors Dave Chua and Alfian Sa'at, and animators Henry & Harry Zhuang, and Tan Wei Keong
Genre: Animation Runtime: 90 minutes with post-screening dialogue
THE TIGER OF 142B Dir. Henry & Harry Zhuang 2015 | Singapore | Drama/Mystery | 11 mins | In English | Rating TBA
Synopsis: Kevin, an unemployed man in his late twenties, finds communicating with his girlfriend increasingly difficult. At the same time, a series of mysterious killings suddenly unsettles the people of Block 142B. Some claim to have seen a roaming tiger at the estate… Adapted from Dave Chua’s short story ‘The Tiger of 142B’ from the book ‘The Beating and Other Stories’.
ROUND Dir. Samantha Seah 2015 | Singapore | Experimental/Romance | 9 mins | In English | Rating TBA
Synopsis: Two girls love and hate each other, but they long to be together. An interviewer sits down with an artist, wanting to find out about his process. A Malay musician falls in love with a Chinese woman in 1960s Singapore. Two circling horses connect these three stories together. Adapted from Amanda Lee Koe’s three stories ‘Flamingo Valley’, ‘Carousel’ and ‘The Ballad of Arlene & Nelly’ from the book ‘Ministry of Moral Panic’.
THAT FAT CAT, ATE DAD’S HAT! Dir. Darran Kuah 2015 | Singapore | Drama | 10 mins | In English | Rating TBA
Synopsis: A modern telling of the nine lives of a cat through its eyes. Connected by the soul of a single cat in different bodies through different times, the cat remembers its lives in a world run by humans through happy and tragic experiences with its neighbours, both feline and human alike. Adapted from Vanessa Ng’s short story ‘That Fat Cat, Ate Dad’s Hat!’ from the book ‘From the Belly of the Cat’ edited by Stephanie Ye.
THE GREAT ESCAPE Dir. Tan Wei Keong 2015 | Singapore | Experimental | 6 mins | In English | Rating TBA
Synopsis: Two men and their olive tree. Inspired by Alfian Sa’at’s poem ‘The Great Escape’ from the book ‘The Invisible Manuscript’.
5 SHADES OF SOLITUDE Dir. Ang Qing Sheng 2015 | Singapore | Experimental/Romance | 9 mins | In Mandarin with English subtitles | PG
Synopsis: A man experiences five different shades of solitude – depression, yearning, denial, divergence and boredom – at different times of the day, while he is struck by the fading memory of a girl that once occupied his heart. Adapted from Chow Teck Seng’s poetry 5种孤寂与静默 ‘5 Colours of Melancholia and Silence’ from the book 你和我的故事 ‘The Story of You and Me’.