Painkiller for My Foreign Body
A Showcase of Singapore Film and Video (1967-2007)
Date: 4pm, Sunday 4th March 2007
Venue: Candid Art Trust basement, 3 Torrens St, London, EC1V 1NQ
Duration: 65 min
"To remove foreign body, use a pair of tweezers.
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
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."
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Filmmaker: Rajendra Gour
Duration: 7 min
"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
Filmmaker: Tan Pin Pin
Duration: 7 min
"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
Imelda Goes to Singapore
Filmmaker: Brian Gothong Tan
Duration: 4 min
"Imelda Marcos and her two plastic bags from FairPrice, a union run
supermarket chain in Singapore.
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.
Brian Gothong Tan is borned 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
Filmmaker: Tan Kai Syng
Duration: 6 min
"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)."
Filmmaker: Loo Zihan
Duration: 6 min
"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
Filmmaker: Eric Khoo
Duration: 30 min
"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
Filmmaker: Ang SooKoon
Duration: 5 min
"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 Singapore artist currently living and working in Amsterdam. Her
works have been exhibited in film festivals in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Fukuoka,
Oberhausen and Clemont Ferrand. She was artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie van
beeldende kunsten, Shanghai Duolun MoMa and