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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 graduated among the top of his cohort in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Media Studies, winning the Kodak Singapore Prize for Cinematography and the Cathay Organisation Gold Medal.

He wrote and directed short films such as Aik Khoon (in competition for the Silver Screen Awards – Singapore International Film Festival 2005) and Waking Monkey (The Substation’s Best Film Award for the Best of First Takes 2007).

He is also an award-winning director of photography for Ho Tzu Nyen’s The Bohemian Rhapsody Project and Sun Koh’s The Lucky 7 Project.

He is currently reading Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. In the House of Straw is his debut feature film.

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

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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.