Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Singapore cinema run extended

I thought it would last only a week. But due to popular response, The Last Communist will continue screening in Singapore from 18 May until ... well, until people stop buying tickets.

The Picturehouse venue is still:

Levels 5 & 6, The Cathay Cineplex
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233

Cinema Phone Booking:
6235 1155

Reservations can be made at the Cathay ticketing website.

The screenings for the next seven days are at 10:55pm. This might seem like an odd time for a documentary but the Midnight screening I had in Toronto's Hot Docs early this month proved to be one of the best yet. So venture forth into the darkness if ye dare.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian fate remains uncertain.


Blogger King Haku said...

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2:31 am  
Blogger King Haku said...

Hi Amir,

I just caught ur movie at the Picturehouse just now, thinking it was the final screening, but realise it's been extended again, tho I have to admit it's at an unearthly hour. Congratulations, great job with the movie and I really like it. I noted something interesting just now, when the movie ended, I noticed an old lady maybe in her 70s making her way out, being helped by her younger family members. I say, you movie attracts a very wide range of audience yea!

2:32 am  
Anonymous Ms M Chutzpah from Singapore said...

I am planning to catch your movie this weekend and was just reading what Saifullizan Tahir said in his review about how Singaporeans seem to envy the freedom of expression in Malaysia in the Q&A session during the film fest (I missed the fest since I am a student in a US university and am back now for summer- yeay!). What irony it then is that both Yasmin's Sepet and your current film is making its debut here across the Causeway....Cheers

4:05 am  
Blogger Amir said...

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8:54 am  
Blogger Amir said...

Yes Saifullizan's review does now have a bitterly ironic ending, which is why he purposefully kept it intact.

Interesting about that 70-year old lady. The audience in the Hong Kong Film Festival screening was on the mature side too; even the festival staff noticed.

8:55 am  
Anonymous Siew Eng said...

yeah, when 'singapore rebel' director martyn see spoke and presented his docu at the komas freedom film fest last year, some malaysians were amazed that such a one could exist/existed in singapore's arguably tougher environment as regards civil and political rights. both sides of the causeway have much to envy of each other. each seems to have surpluses in areas that the other does not have. wanna exchange?

8:57 am  
Anonymous SE again said...

maybe she knew him! maybe all these oldies knew him!

8:58 am  
Blogger Amir said...

Maybe one of the men in the HK screening was Chin Peng himself, cunningly disguised as a generic oldie.

10:01 am  
Anonymous Ms M Chutzpah from Singapore said...

hey Siew Eng and Amir

thanks for remindg me about the Martyn See saga. Hmmm its interesting this Janus-esque incidents on both sides of the causeway.

Poor Mr See is still being "tailed" and investigated apparently, so the blog rumour goes. And now (drum roll)he is apparently tryg to do a docu on that famous once Singaporean ex Utusan editor who seemed able to find peace and refuge and could undertake sponsored and published memoir-writings only in Malaysia....

10:04 am  
Blogger Sharanya Manivannan said...

Argh. I'm in Singapore right now and was excited for a moment there... until you revealed the ungodly hour of the screening. Sigh. Staying with rellies and there's a kiddies' b'day bash and etc and etc. Very good to hear that the screening's been extended though.

12:04 am  
Blogger Maya said...

Amir, did you write the following? If you did, you are the grand master of the wry retort:

Linguists call for ‘Da Vinci Code’ ban

THE Malaysian Linguistic Association (Malas) has echoed calls by other parties to ban the controversial movie The Da Vinci Code.

The film is an adaptation of a best-selling novel that deals with some aspects of the Christian faith. But the objection by Malas has nothing to do with theology because "we don’t even know who Theo is", says its president Ambi Mohan.

The association’s chief objection is, instead, linguistic.

"For too long we have sat by and allowed language to be polluted but we have decided that enough’s enough. The Da Vinci Code should be banned because we don’t want to encourage youngsters to use ‘da’ as a lazy shorthand for ‘the’.

"We see this in rap lyrics," he claims.

"All this talk about ‘hanging out with da hoes’. You should be hanging out with THE hoes. This sort of begs the question of why someone would want to ‘hang out’ with gardening implements to begin with, but I am not here to question lifestyle choices, merely spelling, grammar and semantics."

He said the association might reconsider its protests if the filmmakers changed its name to The The Vinci Code.

"But even this is problematic because having two ‘thes’ in a row look ugly. So the film should be called The Vinci Code."

The film’s producers could not be reached for comment.

1:18 am  
Blogger Amir said...

Yes I wrote that. I have a weekly column of spoof news items; the latest batch can be read at

8:53 am  
Anonymous siew eng said...

but amir, people born in the late 1980s don't seem to get the joke. even worse, they don't seem to know you! i was googling for it so that i can forward to my frens (too 'malas' to come to your blog to get it) and found a few bloggers riled up by your 'news' article!

looks like pang was wrong after all (remember how he introduced you in the writer's blurb for an article you wrote for kakiseni? hehe).

6:18 am  

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