I happened to be chatting with Lincoln Chia, a young director I worked with alongside his team of schoolmates and friend. I remember that project because of the passion that Lincoln had. I remember meeting him at Haji Lane for an audition over “teh”… no wait the audition was after the tea. There is something about meeting film people in Haji lane that usually leads to good camaraderie and good projects for me.
My co-star, Eric Gwee was also fitted with a dashing suit. Some months later the DVD
came in the form of a beautiful traditional Chinese wedding invite. A lovely touch from Lincoln.
The project was filmed at the house of Michael Tay, who also wrote the script and played one of the protagonists as my younger brother. I remember watching his school project, a 1 minute film maybe and not expecting its impact, tearing up on set. It was a short he wrote, acted in, directed and produced in memory of his father. Even before working with them, I had heard that Lincoln and Michael’s class of film students from NTU had a lot of potential.
Though it was a quick and brief project, it was an experience that I definitely appreciate so when I found Michael’s blog recently, I simply had to link a post to his.
First, information on the short film
Country of Production: SINGAPORE
Duration: 10 minutes
Language: Hokkien, Mandarin and English (Singaporean Colloquial)
Shooting Format: HD (Canon 5D Mark II)
Written by: Michael Tay
Directed by: Lincoln Chia
Date of release: December 2011
The Chinese custom for bridesmaids, or “sisters”, is to playfully impede the groom’s progress as he comes to fetch his bride on the wedding day. When a cheeky house guest at a wedding volunteers to take on the role of a “sister”, things take on an unexpected turn.
3rd Singapore Short Film Award, 2012
5th Short Circuit, Singapore LGBT showcase, 2012.
7th INDPanda International Short Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2011
6th Jogja-NETPAC Film Festival, Indonesia, 2011
24th Singapore International Film Festival, 2011
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Make up was done by Dollei Seah and Zhou Aie