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  • In The House Of Straw

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    Singapore | 130min | English, Mandarin & Hokkien | English Subtitles | HDV

    • In Competition for the Golden Kinnaree Award, Bangkok International Film Festival 2009 (World Premiere)
    • Official Selection, Singapore International Film Festival 2010

    “A Singapore New Wave that actually warrants the term because of the innovations made and not just referring to the “next generation.””
    – Mayo Martin, TODAY. Read his wonderful article here.

    “A brave, complex, crazy, funny, weird, uncompromising coming-of-age film for the facebook generation.”
    – Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, NETPAC Juror and writer for Bioscope

    “Chris Yeo is a remarkably talented filmmaker…who wants to bring about a change by moving away from the melodramatic to a more self-reflective cinema. He seems to be saying that we have the freedom to intervene in the national cinematic discourse, and more importantly, we do not have the freedom not to intervene.” Professor Wimal Dissanayake, University of Hawaii (author of Asian Cinema: An Anthology – Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time, and Cinema and Cultural Identity).

    Synopsis

    Over the summer break, Zhi Wen decides to move out of his parents’ house to live with two friends. After discovering that Ah Pin and Mark are professional bicycle thieves, Zhi Wen slowly finds himself entrapped in a strange world of vice and deception. A magical personality game they play will finally cause them to switch identities with one another. The film is the tale of the three little pigs set in the modern landscape of urbanized Singapore. Will the three little pigs live happily ever after?

    Director’s statement

    When I was younger, a bicycle was stolen. Owing to the fantastical imaginations of my youth, I was at once broken and intrigued. I wondered who the thieves were and how they lived their lives. It became real to me that they were friends whom, after spending so much time together, started to speak and behave like one another. I was interested in actors switching the parts they play which created an interesting identity situation. The film takes the form of a surreal absurdist piece that is seen darkly through the futility of our young hero’s attempt of escaping his crumbling reality to seek refuge in the comfort of friends.

    Director’s Biography

    Yeo Siew Hua directed and wrote IN THE HOUSE OF STRAW (Bangkok), AIK KHOON (Singapore) and WAKING MONKEY (Best of First Takes 2007). Winner of the Kodak Cinematography Prize and the Cathay Organisation Gold Medal, he was the cinematographer for THE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Oberhausen) and THE LUCKY 7 (Vancouver). He is currently reading Philosophy in NUS.

    Technical Specifications

    Country of production: Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal

    Production Companies: 13 Little Pictures, Anima Pictures

    Partners: Batch:ten, EQ Ward, Edit Lounge

    Running length: 130 minutes / COLOR

    Year of production: 2009

    Language: English, Mandarin

    Subtitles: English

    Original Format: HDV

    Screening Format: HDCAM

    Aspect Ratio: 1.1:85

    Sound: Stereo

    Website: http://inthehouseofstraw.com

    Cast

    Daniel Hui

    Eustace Ng

    Felix Huang

    Lynn Chong

    Tian Low

    Robert Yeo

    Crew

    Director/Writer: Yeo Siew Hua

    Producers: Aaron Ng, Kent Chan, Tan Bee Thiam, Yeo Siew Hua

    Cinematographer: Aaron Ng

    Location Sound: Lester Koh, Wayne Xu

    Art Director: Cain Chui

    Assistant Directors: Leon Cheo, Vel Ng

    Production Manager: JD Chua

    Camera Assistant: Looi Wan Ping

    Line Producer: Norainah Abu Bakar

    Editors: Aaron Ng, Chris Yeo, Kent Chan

    Visual Effects: Yeo Kwan Hua

    Supervising Sound Mixer/Foley Artist: Lim Ting Li

    Sound Designer/ADR Recordist: Felix Huang

    Post-production Sound: Takuya Katsu

    Music Co-ordinator: Kent Chan

    Composers: Benjamin Lim, Chen Chien Chi, Debbie Ding, Felix Huang, Giuseppe Giunta, Mark Wong Wenwei, Teo Wei Yong, Ying

    Press and International Distribution / Sales Contact

    13littlepictures@gmail.com

    Dissanayake (Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time) on In the House of Straw: “Chris Yeo is a remarkably talented filmmaker…who wants to bring about a change by moving away from the melodramatic to a more self-reflective cinema. He seems to be saying that we have the freedom to intervene in the national cinematic discourse, and more importantly, we do not have the freedom not to intervene.

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