Organised by SUSS’ Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS@SUSS) and Fisfisa Media (Taiwan), the “Inspired Island 3” Literary Film Festival in Singapore (II3LFF) returned to Singapore from 23 to 25 September 2022, six years after the second series of films was screened here.
The four literary films in this latest edition presented an in-depth documentation of the eventful lives and seminal works of six Taiwanese writers. They are novelist Chu Hsi-ning, and his wife, translator Liu Mu-sha, featured in Unfulfilled Dreams; and their daughters, Chu Tien-wen and Chu Tien-hsin, in I Remember, which is the sequel to Unfulfilled Dreams; as well as Qi Dengsheng in A Lean Soul, and poet Wu Sheng, in He’s Still Young.
Writers, filmmakers, and staff members from Fisfisa Media, Arts House Ltd and SUSS, pose for a photo at the “Inspired Island 3” Literary Film Festival.
Ms Ma Yueh-lin, producer of A Lean Soul, addressing the audience at II3LFF’s opening night.《削瘦的灵魂》制作人马岳琳小姐在开幕礼上致辞。
The festival also welcomed the director of I Remember, Mr Lin Chun-ying; the producer of A Lean Soul, Ms Ma Yueh-lin; and the protagonist of He’s Still Young, Mr Wu Sheng, to meet local Chinese literature buffs in person. Adding to the excitement, the three overseas guests were also speakers at the festival’s closing Panel Discussion.
Directed by novelist Mr Lin Chun-ying, the opening film, I Remember, tells the stories of the legendary writer sisters from the Chu family who carved out their paths in literature and life.
Screening of the opening film I Remember was followed by an engaging Q&A session with Mr Lin Chun-ying (left), director of the film, and moderated by Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS@SUSS.
A member of the audience puts forward her question during the post-screening Q&A of the opening film I Remember. 观众在开幕片《我记得》的映后交流会上提问问题。
78-year-old Taiwanese pastoral poet, Mr Wu Sheng, and Singaporean writer, Loo Kee Pow@Han Chuan, finally met for the first time during the opening night after years of mutual admiration and exchanged their literary publications as gifts.
(from left to right) Singaporean writer Mr Han Chuan, Taiwanese poet Mr Wu Sheng, and Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Director of CCS@SUSS.
Despite the erratic weather, literature lovers in Singapore were not deterred from attending the screenings of the four literary documentaries and Q&A sessions at The Arts House on 24 and 25 September.
Poet Mr Wu Sheng (far left) at the Q&A session after the screening of He’s Still Young.
Lastly, the festival culminated with a panel discussion themed From Text to Film: Oscillating between Two Genres of Story-telling. Hosted by local filmmaker Ms Eva Tang, the guest speakers and audience had a fruitful exchange of ideas and experience about the process of transforming words into images and details of the film production process. The discussion also explored the possibility of making similar kinds of documentaries to record the lives and works of prominent Singaporean writers.
The audience expressed their appreciation of the films as “moving relics”, vividly depicting the writers at home and at work which offered a glimpse into their inner worlds.
Audience members waiting to attend the Panel Discussion at The Arts House.
The guest speakers and audience had lively interactions at the Panel Discussion; laughter could be heard when they touched on the light-hearted parts of their filming experience.
(from left to right) Ms Eva Tang (Panel Discussion moderator), Mr Lin Chun-ying, Mr Wu Sheng,
Ms Ma Yueh-lin.
The organisers of II3LFF are thankful for the sponsorship from the Spotlight Taiwan Project and the venue sponsorship by Arts House Limited.
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四部文学纪录片于9月24、25日在旧国会大厦艺术之家（The Arts House）放映。尽管天气阴晴不定，炎热难耐，都阻挡不了热情的文学爱好者到场支持。
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