2015 Singapore movie guide

2015 Singapore movie guide
Cinema Still: As you were

Singapore's Golden Jubilee is the theme for a few films being released next year, among them 7 Letters, a compendium of works from prominent directors, and the historical drama 1965.

But there are also non-Golden-Jubilee-themed movies. Producer mm2, for example, continues to make crowd-pleasers (Royston Tan's dramacomedy 3688), while comedy king Jack Neo returns with another of his Ah Boys comedies (Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen).

They are among more than 20 local releases, up from 13 this year.

The resurgent Singapore International Film Festival means that many of the films that will be opening in theatres next year will have premiered this year.

Good news if you missed out on the sold-out screenings at the film festival: A few of these, such as Ken Kwek's thriller Unlucky Plaza and Han Yew Kwang's sex comedy Rubbers, will likely get a release in a downtown cinema.

Others, such as 03-Flats and As You Were from film-maker collective 13 Little Pictures, are likely to have screenings in niche theatres such as the Arts House and the National Museum.

And on the subject of niche halls, new arthouse theatre The Projector should be open next year at Golden Mile Tower, providing more space for speciality film screenings.

Another highlight next year: There seems to be more films in English than in the previous few years. This year, there was only one major film in English, the horror flick Afterimages.

Next year, the period piece 1965 is in English, as is Unlucky Plaza. Good portions of the omnibus 7 Letters, Eric Khoo's sultry In The Room and the long-awaited drama Apprentice from Boo Junfeng are also in English.

The horror drama The Faith Of Anna Waters from Kelvin Tong is in the language of course, because it was made in Singapore primarily for international markets. Ditto Agent 47, the Hollywood production that was partly shot here. Both will be released next year.

Of course, coming to a cinema near you next year is Lang Tong, Sam Loh's sexy thriller that quickly sold out at the film festival this year.

It will be interesting to see if curiosity about the movie peaked during the festival because of news coverage that fixated on actress and Miss World runner-up Angeline Yap's steamy love scene, or if the film's appeal rests on something more sustainable.

Dates and information are subject to change.

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