We managed to get seats for one of the screenings of the Rewind/Remind Film Festival organised by the Singapore Memory Project a few weekends ago. The short films slated for that afternoon were Centrepoint Kidz, (re)Surfacing: 50 years of Alternative Music in Singapore, The Studio, and Old Friends.The first film was Centrepoint Kidz by director Wee Li Lin. I must admit that I didn’t know anything about the Centrepoint kids before watching this, but the director, who was present at the screening, gave a pretty good overview of the subculture in her introduction. Mid-1980s teenagers with big hair and way too colourful outfits with shoulder pads hanging out at Centrepoint, looking to fit in while wanting to stand out. This was fun to watch. This was filmed at Centrepoint, thanks to clever angles and effects (I guess), and that is probably an indication to some of how overdue a revamp is due at the tired mall. But I think it’s pretty awesome that Centrepoint has stayed enough Centrepoint to be Centrepoint.
The next two films were disappointingly harder to get through. re(Surfacing) is good if you have an interest in the local hardcore and metal music, but not as much if you, like me, have a preference for milder, more comprehensible musical genres. Seeing that it was supposed to be about “50 years of alternative music in Singapore”, I would have appreciated a little more genre diversity. Or maybe, rename the documentary so that expectations know where to go.
The Studio, I remarked to Sarah later, had the sole distinction of being 14 minutes long. I’m all for experimental films, but this one bored me.
The last film was Old Friends by Royston Tan (Chuan Pictures). Following Old Places and Old Romances, this final film in the director’s nostalgia trilogy features local cuisine. Yay, food! Singaporeans tend to rally around food, and this film obviously resonated with much of the audience, if the ooh’s and expectant sighs heard throughout the hour were anything to go by.
After the screening, the staff helpfully told the audience that a list of the food places featured in the film is available on the irememberSG website, in case we would want to organise our own food tour. I thought why not, and am in the early stages of procrastination. In a random burst of energy, I put together a Foursquare list of the places (missing a couple of places that aren’t listed on 4sq). Wish me luck.