POTONG PASIR, JURONG EAST, TIONG BAHRU: on their way to PERTH!

19 short films from Singapore were screened in Perth in October, in a series of special open-air screenings as part of the Commonwealth Festival to coincide with the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Potong Pasir, Jurong East, the East Coast and Portsdown Road are just some of the places that made up this fascinating portrait of Singapore’s physical and emotional landscape, and were part of the Shorts of the Commonwealth program screening across four days (from 11am to 6pm on Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 October), on the LED screen of the Perth Cultural Centre. More details, here.

The 19 films were the top films selected by the jury of last year’s WHERE THE HEART IS film competition, which complemented the making of the CIVIC LIFE film, TIONG BAHRU, by directors Joe Lawlor and Christine Mollloy.

TIONG BAHRU is currently on tour around Australian as part of the Travelling Sydney Film Festival, after playing at both ACMI in Melbourne and at Sydney Film Festival, earlier this year.

Both screenings were introduced by co-director Joe Lawlor, who also led workshops at Metro Screen and ICE in Sydney, as well as taking part in a discussion around the role of art in fostering communities at Creative Sydney.

You can check out some of the films from the competition on the WHERE THE HEART IS vimeo channel here and get a taste of the eclecticism of the WHERE THE HEART IS collection by checking the four, very different films below: Togusa Chan’s Miniature Town, Stephane Lasserre’s Where The Heart Was, Tang Kang Sheng’s Remember and Corridor by Isazaly Mohd Isa.

See also: It’s A Small, Small World …Potong Pasir and Sydney seen in miniature

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