Artist run moving image screenings.

Painkiller for My Foreign Body
A Showcase of Singapore Film and Video (1967-2007)
from Asian Film Archive

4pm, Sunday 4th March 2007
3 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ


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This can only be done if the foreign body is visible and can be easily grasped with a pair of tweezers.
Do not attempt to dislodge the foreign body using a cotton swab or similar tools.
Seek medical help if you fail to remove the foreign body.
Pop painkiller if medical help does not arrive.
Pop painkiller if you do not wish to remove.
Yes, I hope it will infect, break in and spread.
This film programme is a showcase of films and videos from Singapore artists spanning 1967 to 2007, curated by Tan Bee Thiam of the Asian Film Archive.

The Asian Film Archive is a global non-governmental organisation founded to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema, to encourage scholarly research on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. As an important nexus, it brings together the various segments of the Asian film community in order to open and enrich new intellectual, educational and creative spaces.


Rajendra Gour, 1967, 7 mins

Pain and suffering viewed through the “eyes” of the people of the world.
Awarded Bronze Medal at Malta International Film Festival.
Rajendra Gour is one of the pioneering Singapore independent short filmmakers. His works found acclaim at international festivals and awards, long before the new wave of younger filmmakers in the 90s. In fact, it was in London that he premiered his first short film, Mr Tender Heart (destroyed) at the Commonwealth Film Festival in 1965. Eyes, made two years later was 15 minutes long but what is left now is only 7 minutes of the film.

Lurve Me Now and Microwave
Tan Pin Pin, 1999, 7 mins

Two one-take shots of a Barbie doll fantasy. The filmmaker's love for an American icon is banned in Singapore.

Tan Pin Pin is Singapore's foremost woman documentary maker and the only Singaporean who won a Student Academy Award (for Moving House, 2001) when she pursued her MFA with Northwestern. She writes on

Asian Girls Vol 2: Imelda Goes to Singapore
Brian Gothong Tan, 2006, 4 mins

Imelda Marcos and her two plastic bags from FairPrice, a union run supermarket chain in Singapore.
Asian Girls Vol 2 is a microfilm series on play and parody. This video makes references to the Marcos regime (1965-86) that was marred by rampant corruption and political repression. Imelda, the charismatic former First Lady of Philippines, lived a life of luxury amidst the poverty of the Filipinos. She used to croon her favourite song, Dahil sa iyo, at State functions to entertain visiting heads of state. * Alfian Saat, an acclaimed Singapore poet and playwright, wrote the plays Asian Boys Vol 1 & 2, staged in 2000 and 2004 respectively.

Brian Gothong Tan was born in Philippines and raised in Singapore. He's trained at California Institute of Arts and his works have been exhibited in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Singapore Biennale 2006. He maintains a website at

Chlorine Addiction

Tan Kai Syng, 2000, 6 mins

A flood of colorful images with a tongue-in-cheek voice-over narration read at furious speed.
Selected for competition in the New Asian Currents programme, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

Chlorine Addiction is the collective title of 10 experimental alternative nonfiction films (44 min) with the theme Being 1.57m Short But Swimming Laps Everyday With (Breast) Strokes. The filmmaker was addicted to swimming one kilometer per day. This is the final chapter.

Tan Kai Syng was top student at Slade School and Musashino Art University. Her works have been collected by Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and exhibited widely in festivals such such as Biennale of Sydney, transmediale 0.1 (Berlin) and OuterLimits (New York).


Loo Zihan, 2007, 6 mins

Jack and Jill went up a hill to get a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, Jill broke out in laughter.

Loo Zihan is reading at the School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University. He is currently working on his first HD feature film Solos.

Eric Khoo, 1994, 30 mins

A graphic portrait of a sado-masochistic young man's obsession with pain. Ban on Pain was lifted in 1998.

Winner of Best Director and Special Achievement Awards at 6th Singapore International Film Festival.
Pain brought Khoo notoriety and a prize award for him to make his first feature film, Mee Pok Man, a landmark film for the Singapore film industry.

Eric Khoo is the most influential Singapore filmmaker and a pivotal name in any history of Singapore film. To date, he is also the only Singaporean filmmaker invited to showcase his works at the Cannes Film Festival. For more details on his works, visit

Sewing Room
Ang Soo Koon, 2006, 5 mins

In her private sewing room, a handiwork is about to transcend the boundaries of its own craft.
Selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007.

Ang Sookoon is a Singaporean artist currently living and practicing in Amsterdam. Her works have been exhibited in film festivals in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Fukuoka, Oberhausen, Clemond Ferrend amongst others. She is an artist-in-resident at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and previously at Shanghai Doulun MOMA. An overview of her work could be found at


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