Open-air thrills

Open-air thrills
People at the an outdoor movie screening organised by Sirens Network and held at Fort Canning Park.

SINGAPORE - Nostalgia for the good old days has prompted a recent revival of outdoor film screenings here. Reminiscent of drive-in cinemas of the past, the relaxed, family- friendly vibes of alfresco movie outings are attracting film buffs and neophytes alike.

Two outdoor film festivals - Films At The Fort in Fort Canning Park and Art-in-Film Festival At Dusk in Sentosa - were held last year, in addition to about 10 ad-hoc public screenings at places such as Marina Barrage, Fort Canning Park and myVillage in Serangoon Gardens.

At least three more, including a return of Under The Banyan Tree at the National Museum of Singapore, are being planned.

Another is Encore @ Fort Canning Park, a three- night screening of movie musicals Mamma Mia! (2008), Grease (1978) and A Hard Day's Night (1964) from March 28 to 30. About 1,000 tickets, at $25 each, are available a night. About 70 per cent of the tickets have been sold so far.

Ms Adela Teo, 35, director of organiser Sirens Network, says: "Many classics from the Golden Age of cinema have to be experienced on big projection screens and many people may not have had a chance to see them on the big screen with full 5.1-digital surround sound. We thought it'd be nice to bring the large-screen experience to a new generation of film-lovers."

Set up last year, events company Sirens Network is an offshoot of Factory Communication, which rents out projection and sound equipment and specialises in projectors for outdoor screenings. It plans to hold regular outdoor movie screenings that tie in with themes such as romance in February and sci-fi and fantasy during the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention to be held around August.

"Hopefully, we would be able to hold workshops or talks by film-makers at these events," adds Ms Teo.

Factory Communication is usually hired to organise outdoor film screenings by private groups and companies as well as community centres and grassroots organisations a few times a year.

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