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  • Demons

    Singapore | 83 minutes | English, Mandarin, Singlish | English subtitles | Format – DCP

    • In Competition for the Kim Ji Seok Award, Busan International Film Festival 2018


    When Vicki gets a role in Daniel’s new theatre production, she thinks she has gotten the chance of her life. Little does she know this is only the beginning of repeated abuse by Daniel as part of his artistic process. When she turns to the people around her for support, she finds that everyone else seems to think her abuse is beneficial to her. Feeling like the only mad person in sunny, peaceful Singapore, she decides to take matters into her own hands. A wicked horror satire on power, art, and trauma, the film explores the hidden violence we live with in order to build a community.


    Trauma creates a rupture; you split into two — the person you were before experiencing the trauma, and the person after. From here on out, you can never go home again. Your home has become a nest of vipers. Your own self turns against you; it taunts you, shames you, humiliates you; and when you least expect it, it attacks you. You have become the absolute other to yourself. You will never feel safe again, and all you have for company is silence — the silence of regret, the silence of complicity, the utter failure of words. And so you make a film. Everyone has demons. This is a story about mine.


    Daniel Hui is a filmmaker and writer. A graduate of the film program in California Institute of the Arts, his films have been screened at various film festivals and museums, such as the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Film Society of Lincoln Center New York, and FIDMarseille. He is also one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, an independent film collective whose films have garnered critical acclaim all around the world. His most recent feature-length work, Snakeskin, has won awards at the Torino Film Festival, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM).


    Vicki – YANG Yanxuan Vicki
    Daniel – Glen GOEI
    Viknesh – Viknesh KOBINATHAN
    Ashley – Eshley GAO
    Assistant Director – TAN Bee Thiam
    John – Daniel HUI
    Strange Woman – Violet GOH


    Written, Edited, and Directed by Daniel HUI
    Produced by TAN Bee Thiam, Daniel HUI
    Executive Producers: Paul BEACH, Violet GOH
    Co-Producer: Naoko ISHISE
    Associate Producers: Dan KOH, LOOI Wan Ping, Glen GOEI, Jeremy CHUA, Joana GUSMÃO, Pedro Fernandes DUARTE
    Director of Photography: LOOI Wan Ping
    Sound Recordist: Alex HERBOCHE
    Sound Designer/Sound Mixer: Akritchalerm KALAYANAMITR
    Music Composers: Wuttipong LEETRAKUL, Akritchalerm KALAYANAMITR


    Country of production: Singapore
    Production companies: 13 Little Pictures, Ultraviolet Films
    In Association with: Jackfruit International, Tiger Tiger Pictures, WBSB Films
    Running length: 83 minutes / Colour, Black and White
    Year of release: 2018
    Language: English, Mandarin, Singlish
    Subtitles: English
    Screening format: 2K DCP
    Aspect ratio: 1:37 Academy Ratio
    Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound 


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