Documentary Reality in Contemporary Cinema
This workshop aims to shed light on a revival of neorealism in cinema today,
where fiction films employ documentary techniques, using non-professional actors,
and which are often regarded to seem more real than reality itself. By discussing
and comparing excerpts from Red Dragonflies and other examples of personal cinema
by directors such as Naomi Kawase, participants will be shown how real-life experiences
and influences may be interpreted to film. An understanding of the production of personal
cinema also extends seamlessly to other artistic forms, where authenticity and a sense of
immediacy are the qualities of skilled and affecting works of art.
Film Synopsis: This thoughtful film is conceived after the filmmaker uncovers an old
home video of a hiking trip back during his high school days. One strand of the film
follows Rachel and her two friends as they explore an abandoned railway track that runs
through a dense forest, but an unforeseen incident brings their little adventure to an
abrupt end. Elsewhere, 26-year-old Rachel rekindles an old friendship with a high school
friend. When a little boy from her past reappears, Rachel finds herself retracing a trail
of iron and wood. Wistful and mysterious, the film depicts a world littered with incongruity,
absences and traces of childhood dreams.
Instructor: Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Singapore. He received his BFA
from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectures Media Education and Visual Arts
(International Baccalaureate) at the School of the Arts. Since 2005, he has directed several
short films, most notably Clouds in a Shell and The Inner City, which was selected for competition
at the 2nd Asian Berlin Hot Shots. He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective
that champions innovative feature films, hailed by critics as the “real New Wave” from Singapore.
His active involvement in the Singapore film scene brought him credentials as producer and editor
of several independent films in Singapore. Most recently, his own debut feature length film,
Red Dragonflies won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Jeonju International Film Festival,
especially noted for discovering independent filmmakers.
Date & Time
1 June 2010 (Mon), 9am – 1pm
Price (inclusive of tea) $110
($100 for early bird discounts)
Hall 1, Filmgarde Cineplex at Iluma
Venue: Hall 1, Filmgarde Cineplex at Iluma
Level 5 Iluma, Bugis, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
To register, please call or email us to obtain the registration form.
Register by 25 May 2010 to qualify for the early bird discount.
acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Tel: 6777 3243
Fax: 6543 1643
Contact Person: Ethan or Davina
Payment can be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO within 30
days after the workshop. A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s) will be
imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the workshop(s).
With kind support from Iluma, Filmgarde.
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