Singapore's best filmmakers and directors featuring Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Sandi Tan, Boo Junfeng, and more
Boo Junfeng's first film was Spanish-language short film, A Family Portrait, which picked up two awards at the Singapore International Film Festival. His two feature films thereafter, Sandcastle (2010) and Apprentice (2016) were screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and distributed internationally. His movies tend to center around resonant themes such as cultural identity, sexuality, and human rights, told through a distinctly Asian perspective.
Having worked at Singapore's national newspaper as a film critic, Sandi Tan knows a thing or two about the art of filmmaking. She is best known to date for her full-length documentary, Shirkers (2018), which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and was later picked up by Netflix. Up next, she is set to direct Turkish-American author and journalist Elif Batuman's Pritzer-winning novel The Idiot.
Yeo Siew Hua
The youngest director on this list at 35 years of age, the philosophy graduate's neo-dystopian film, A Land Imagined, was awarded the top prize at the 71st Locarno Film Festival in 2018, paving the way for Singapore films in the international arena. The film is currently available on Netflix.
The son of late Singaporean billionaire Khoo Tech Puat, Eric Khoo is credited for reviving Singapore's film industry with his first feature film, Mee Pok Man, in 1995. The cult classic received a R-21 rating and was met with mixed reviews when it was first released. Twenty years on, the film continues to resonate with local audiences. Khoo's most recent, Ramen Teh (2018), was well-received in the international film festival circuit.
Royston's debut feature film, 15 (2003) revolves around teenage gangsters and has become one of Singapore's beloved local movies. credited as another cult classic.
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