Memories and Screens: Our Playground

Gallery Theatre,
Basement Level
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Inspired by Arthur Yap’s famous poem “2 Mothers in an HDB playground”, Our Playground is a selection of films set at Singapore’s historical playgrounds. Like the poem, these films explore the psycho-social landscape of playgrounds as a lens to read society and the personal relationships which connect us all.
Defining moments, playgrounds, memories and screen

Memories and Screens
Saturday and Sunday, 21 & 22 April 2018 | 2pm and 5pm | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

The Playground: Gone Kimmy Gone / 66 min / 2015 / K. Rajagopal / PG
Based on Arthur Yap’s renowned poem, “2 Mothers in A HDB Playground”, this telemovie was produced by the former Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 2015. The film revolves around the relationship between two sisters Hui Fang and Hui Ying, and Hui Fang’s young son Kim Cheong.

Vicky / 5 mins / 2015 / Royston Tan / PG
Filmed at the iconic dragon playground, Vicky sees two brothers attempting to dig up their deceased hamster. In the process, they dig up memories from the past.

Old Places / 77 mins / 2010 / Royston Tan, Eva Tang and Victric Thng / PG
Prior to the film’s production, members of the public were invited to call in to a radio station to recount their significant memories of places in Singapore. Three film-makers later brought these narratives to life by capturing a visual journey through a playground in Toa Payoh, a barbershop at Commonwealth Avenue, Capitol cinema, and an unassuming bakery in Whampoa.

Our Defining Moments / 10 mins / 2012 / Nicole Woodford / G
Commissioned by the National Library Board as part of the Singapore Memory Project, the film chronicles the life of a Singaporean man from his childhood memories of playing at his neighborhood playground to adulthood.

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