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Sunday, November 24, 2013


Written/Directed by Michael Kam
Produced by Mabelyn Ow
Shot by Amandi Wong
Edited by Alicia Lim

"Detour" has been selected in October 2013, for the 23rd edition of the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2013 in Brazil (http://curtacinema.com.br/) International Competition programme.

I played the role of the impatient taxi-driver father who on a steamy hot day ferrying his boys around unwittingly led them into the unexpected. 

The dialogue is in the Southern Chinese Fujian dialect of Hokkien, which the boys didn't know how to speak and had to learn it during the rehearsals. I think they do brilliantly well as two loving but yet squabbling brothers, who in their hearts of hearts, want to care for each other.

Here is the trailer...

Post Scriptum:

DETOUR won the Best Short Film Award of the International Short Films Competition, at the
32sd IFF of Uruguay (2014)

"Detour" won 4 categories of the 5th Singapore Short Film Awards - Best Fiction, Best Director, Best Performance (Michael Chua, Presley Lim & Yolby Low) and Best Script. The full schedule and details of screenings for the nominated films should probably be up soon at The Substation's website (www.substation.org).

"Detour" screened at the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films over in India from 3 to 9 Feb '14. (http://miff.in)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dinner - 180 Short Film Competition - Frontliners - Winner of Open Category

Producer/Director/Writer : Lim Heng Le. 
Camera: Rudyanto Akil.

This two-minute film took two evenings to make in the suburbs of Tampines and along the corridors of Temasek Polytechnic. It was an enjoyable production that went smoothly and one of many that I have worked with Kelly and my second with Ezekiel. The first with Ezekiel was just the day before (for  Comchest), though he couldn't quite recognise me with certainty at first as I was heavily made-up as a clown. :)

This is the fourth film that I have acted in that have won a competition/award within the last three years (excluding "ilo ilo", that won an award at Cannes, but one which I only played a minor role in).

Thank you everyone for your support and for believing in the work I have been in. For more details, click here.

The "180 Short Film Competition" was conceptualised to heighten the appreciation and encourage respect for frontline workers in the Cleaning, Security, Landscape, Floristry and Social Service sectors, and the important role they play in society.

Organised by the Singapore Media Academy (SMA) and supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) together with other industry sponsors.
See http://www.180shortfilm.com/

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hired & Fired, episode 2

With Wendy Toh 

Watch me as I morph into a nasty boss in:

"Hired & Fired"
Monday 18th November 2013, 10pm
Mediacorp Channel 5

This is a docu-drama series that portrays the malpractices that occur in the workplace. This episode educates viewers about the prejudice against pregnant women and the reluctance of companies to incur the overheads of maternity leave and benefits.

The office scene was at Golden Mile Shopping Centre, some called "Little Bangkok" (of Singapore) with delicious Thai curry and retail shops. We chanced upon a friendly garment shop next door that was kind enough to lend us some extra clothes as costumes for the actresses. Thank you so much.

Stop Press:
After the broadcast of episode 1, Mediacorp has decided to take the series off-air.