Students from Temasek Polytechnic have put together three short films exploring the Covid-19 pandemic’s social effects through drama and comedy.
One of them, titled 1M Apart, tells the quirky story of a timid housewife – called Cik Leha – who finds her voice as a safe-distancing ambassador.
The film is shot in the pastel-toned and symmetry-obsessed visual style of American director Wes Anderson.
Said director Nurain Kili Tan, 20: “We felt that it was important to make a film that would help to lighten the mood during this scary and dark period.
They are part of a collaboration, known as the Singapore Stories Films, that began in 2014 between SDC and Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design’s Diploma in Digital Film and Television.
The films will be screened at the SDC theatre in Jurong for free every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until next October. Tickets can be booked here.
Here are some films released in October 2021 including Venom 2 streaming or commonly called in Chinese: 猛毒2血蜘蛛線上看小鴨. But apart from these films, there are still several films that we know of, namely Belle streaming or commonly called in Chinese: 龍與雀斑公主線上看小鴨, a film from the United States with the crime genre and for those of you who don’t like crime, as for the drama genre film, Shang-Chi streaming or commonly called in Chinese: 尚氣與十環傳奇線上看小鴨.
All the films run for between 14 and 20 minutes.
The other two films, titled Missed Calls and A Little Closer, deal with the pandemic’s more sombre effects, and how people come together to cope.
Missed Calls, directed by Miss Felicia Cheng, 23, tells the story of a junior college student, Jeanine, who loses her grandfather to the virus.
A missed call from him eventually leads her to reconnect with her estranged mother.
A Little Closer, directed by Miss Cheryl Mong, 21, is about a young man called Ashwin, employed as a stay-home-notice (SHN) caller.
Over the course of his job – which is to call and make sure people are serving their SHN – he meets an old woman with dementia who has difficulty understanding and following Covid-19 restrictions during Singapore’s circuit breaker period, which was in effect last year.
Ashwin overcomes generational differences and a language barrier to understand that the old woman wants to visit her late husband’s house for Qing Ming, a yearly Chinese festival to honour the dead.
Said Miss Mong: “We wanted to show that family bonds, kindness and warmth are still present in the community if we just realise it.”