All cosy on Serangoon Road

All cosy on Serangoon Road
Serangoon Road is set in 1960s Singapore as British colonial rule ends.

SINGAPORE - Hollywood-based Singaporean actor Chin Han has starred in a number of major blockbuster works, including Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and Steven Soderbergh's Contagion (2011).

But he equally relishes filming on smaller productions, such as the new television drama Serangoon Road.

At a press conference on Wednesday for the HBO Asia original programme, the 43-year-old actor said: "I just loved the intimacy of something like Serangoon Road. Actor Don Hany and I would have dinners and discuss scripts and stuff, and we always had such great conversations with everyone at HBO. We felt like we were in an artistic village.

"Sometimes on a big Hollywood movie, you feel like you just live in the trailer, because the personal assistants will come and get you food and you don't even have to leave the trailer for months.

For Serangoon Road, I loved the very communal, very collaborative spirit which everyone came together to do."

The 10-part period series, which premieres on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601) on Sept 22, is set in tumultuous 1960s Singapore when political tensions are at a high as British colonial rule ends.

It is Singapore-based HBO Asia's first foray into original television series production and was largely shot on a set in Batam, Indonesia, as well as in iconic locations around Singapore, such as Raffles Hotel.

HBO declined to give the production budget.

HBO Asia is owned by American firms HBO and Paramount. The US brand of HBO is known for popular and critically acclaimed original programmes including television series Game Of Thrones (2011-present) and The Sopranos (1999- 2007).

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