TIONG BAHRU is the 10th in the acclaimed CIVIC LIFE series of films by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy. For more information, go to civiclifetiongbahru.wordpress.com.
In January 2009, when UK-based filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy walked into the Tiong Bahru estate in Singapore for the first time, they were immediately struck by the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the estate and hawker centre and knew they had found a great location for a Civic Life film. Thus began a process which would result, 18 months later, in the short film TIONG BAHRU. Featuring a cast of over 150 local volunteers, TIONG BAHRU tells the story of 3 Tiong Bahru residents over the course of a single day, as they reflect on who they are, who they want to be and the meaning of home, family and community.
TIONG BAHRU had its world premiere at the National Museum of Singapore in October 2010, before playing at the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol in November. It then was screened around the UK as part of a programme of the CIVIC LIFE films and was screened at the Rotterdam, Dublin and Sydney film festivals, as well as at Indielisboa in Portugal, the ACMI in Melbourne, Regiofun in Poland, and most recently, at the Pompidou Centre in Paris as part of Les Rencontres Internationles.
TIONG BAHRU is the 10th in the acclaimed CIVIC LIFE series, a unique and richly cinematic series of films made in negotiation with local residents and community groups. At the centre of the work is the relationship these communities have to the environments in which they live and work. All the CIVIC LIFE films were shot on 35mm cinemascope and make extensive use of the long take.
TIONG BAHRU (2010, 20 mins, 35 mm)
Written and Directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
Produced by Joe Lawlor and Dan Prichard
Co-Produced by Fran Borgia and Tang Fong Cheng
Director of Photography: Daniel Low
Music by Kavin Hoo