Celebrate Drama! ’08 Updates

ArtZine brings you the latest buzz about Celebrate Drama! 08.

Rachel Tan shares, “We watched 4 performances in total. The first one was hilarious! It was about these two people quarreling on whether to start at the beginning or the middle. And there’s a middle woman trying to persuade them not quarrel. So in the end, they started at the end. So that’s why the play is called ‘The End’. Because when they started at the end, it ended.

The next one was put up by ACJC was hilarious too! It’s about the story, ‘The Day I Met The Prince’. The next 2 performances were put up by Katong Convent’s Dramatic Arts Society and a group of impromptu performers. I loved the impromptu one a lot! Give them the setting and the story, and they’ll act it out on the spot. If you feel it’s going nowhere, just shout, “BANANA PIE!”

Victoria Anne chose her favourite –  “I should say ‘French for Love Letter’ was one of the most beautiful performances ever. Jeremy Ang was a familiar face from the 1st season of THE ARENA, representing Hwa Chong Institution.”

Cheyenne Phillips, who took part in Celebrate Drama, said “It is a place were we can meet fellow actresses from other schools. We can watch their performaces and learn from them. This is where we are given the opportunity to learn from each other. I think we learnt alot. That is what is important.”

Cneil shares, “For a mere five dollars I was able to sit in a theater for nearly three hours and watch locally produced short films. As I sat watching the films, I was surprised to find the diversity and artistry in locally produced short films. I really never thought that I’d see anything except My Sassy Neighbor or Maggie & Me set in an HDB block.

The cleverest and most original film: was Jacen Tan’s Zo Gang (Go Work), a film about a guy going to a boring job but dreaming about all of the exciting films he could be making.

The most tragic film: Regrets, starring Magdalene Tan and Brian Liau, a heart wrenching 2006 film about a young teenage couple that faces the agonizing question of abortion. Thankfully the couple chooses life, but the ending of the film still manages to leave sorrow on the hearts of the viewers.

The most bizarre and unexplainable film: Pak and Son Travel, a mockumentary about a fictional travel agency celebrating their 20th year in business.

The best satiric film: The Podfather. This Godfather spoof featured an I-pod selling Don Briyani whose business was threatened by the up-and-coming cell phone market. Unfortunately, the ending falls short and feels incomplete. It felt like I was watching Saturday Night Live and Lorne Michaels hit the commercial button a little early on a really funny sketch.

For Mature Audiences Only:

One of the only short films that was actually shown on film (as opposed to an LCD projector) was Kichiro. This blood-bath of a film is a homage to ultra-violent Japanese drama; in fact, most of the dialog is in Japanese. Kichiro is about two disturbed and perverted Japanese youth who go on a stabbing spree in a classroom and are only stopped after being shot by the police.

Two films detailed the dark, gritty side of living in Singapore’s HDB flats. Block 46, directed by Ghazi Alqudcy, is short documentary style and tells a fictional story about six people who live in Bedok Ave. 3, Block 46 and commit suicide on the same day. My Blue Heaven tells the story of an abusive father and how the son is affected by the father’s addictions.

One noteworthy film is Mark Kwan’s Scenes from a Breakup, a realistic story about a couple that decided to move on from their relationship.”

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