Shaw Supports the Local Film Industry in Singapore
Singapore's film industry was revived with the release of Eric Khoo's Mee Pok Man in 1995 under the Shaw banner. The film went on to win prizes at the Singapore, Fukuoka and Pusan Film Festivals. Since then, Khoo won the highest arts honour, the Cultural Medallion from the National Arts Council in 2007 and was named in Asiaweek magazine as one of 25 exceptional Asians for his influence on film and television.
Shaw is also the distributor of the two most
successful local films in Singapore history - Money No Enough and Forever Fever (both 1998 release).
Money No Enough struck an astounding box office of nearly $5.8 million, second only to Titanic and remains the highest grossing local film of all time. It was a first feature for director Tay Teck Lock and introduced the film world to Jack Neo who would go on to become one of the most successful local film makers.
Forever Fever was directed by award winning playwright Glen Goei and was sold by Shaw to Miramax International for an unprecedented 6 figure sum. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently released in 30 countries worldwide.
Shaw is constantly on the lookout to distrubute local films, working closely with the Singapore Film Commission to foster local talent.
In 2000, Shaw distributed the first Singapore Film Commission project, Chicken Rice War, starring local celebrities Pierre Png and Lum May Yee. It was directed by award winning filmmaker 'Cheek'.
Chicken Rice War has been commercially released in Singapore and Malaysia and screened at many festivals; notably the Shanghai International Film Festival, American Cinematique, Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival, Bangkok Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and Pusan International Film Festival.
In 2001, Shaw released 'Return to Pontianak' the first all digital local production starring Hiep Thi Le of Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' fame.
A first project by Singaporean director Djinn, the story revolves around a young American girl and her friends who encounter a female banshee in the jungles of Malaysia. The film has been released in the US under the title 'Voodoo Nightmare'.
In 2002, Shaw distributed the groundbreaking digital feature 'Talking Cock - The Movie', a social satire about Singaporeans. The film was made by first time director/lawyer Colin Goh and his wife, Joyce, based on their controversial website.
In 2003, award winning film maker Royston Tan's '15' was distributed by Shaw. The provocative film charts the misadventures of five teenagers on the fringe of Singaporean society.
Acted by real street kids, it exposes a gritty side of modern day Singapore life that many never knew existed.
In 2005, Shaw released 'Perth', a tribute to Scorsese's classic 'Taxi Driver' and the second feature by director Jinn Ong. The film went on to the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
In 2008, Shaw distributed two major local movies.
'Mad About English' by veteran CNN anchor Lian Pek was the first local documentary to get a broader theatrical release in conjunction with the Olympics in Beijing. 'Kallang Roar: The Movie' by award-winning Curtin University Film and Television graduate, Chen Ding An and backed by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), as well as the Singapore Sports Council (SSC).