Shopping” marks the first-full length directorial
debut of female director Wee Li Lin and also the first
local movie to hold a press conference in a shopping
mall. As the title implies, the movie is a satirical
drama that explores the art of shopping. I guess there
isn’t a better way to make a movie with one of
Singaporeans’ favourite pastime as the main theme.
weird to pair up veteran actor Chen Shu cheng with the
pint-size Kym Ng. Even Chen himself admits so. In “Gone
Shopping”, he plays a rich businessman who has
little time for his “tai-tai” wife (Kym)
who ended up seeking solace in shopping and gasps the
company of our favourite funnyman Adrian Pang who spots
a prosthetic moustache a la George Lam.
over a period of three painstaking years, “Gone
Shopping” also boasts a young talented Sonya Nair
who outshone over 70 girls in the audition and got the
role of Renu Balakrishnan.
pry more details for “Gone Shopping”, our
Columnist John Li manages to hook up an “up-close
and personal” session with the talented Li Lin
and here goes…
a true blue Singaporean, it only seems right that you
love shopping. But that may just change after you watch
director Wee Li Lin’s debut feature film Gone
used to really love shopping, but after making this
movie, that love has strangely diminished,” Wee
laughs during a lunch interview with movieXclusive.com.
enjoying her sundae at a café in Holland Village,
the pleasant filmmaker tells us how she was enlightened
with the pitfalls of shopping centers after the production
of the movie. The strange connection to shopping space
and eccentric psyches of the film’s characters
are just some of the things that Wee explores in her
satirical look at how shopping malls have impacted our
urbanized lives can also be seen as her “graduation
33-year-old says: “I was 23 years old when I made
my first short film Norman On The Air 10 years ago.
With Gone Shopping, it’s like I have gone on from
secondary school to junior college!”
inspiration of the movie came from how Wee adores shopping,
and her fascination of the infrastructure of shopping
centers in Singapore. The centrality of these malls
has made her decide to set her two upcoming features
in shopping centers as well.
is not a stranger to the local filmmaking industry.
Her filmography includes short films like Another Guy
(1998) and the award-winning Autograph Book (2003).
And with Gone Shopping, she joins other talented local
directors like Tan Pin Pin (Invisible City) and Royston
Tan (881) whose works will be gracing Singapore’s
Wee finds the local movie industry is getting increasingly
exciting with productions from both studios and independent
filmmakers, she does think that it is worrisome that
there is a trend of support for movies which are made
to sell overseas.
the hopeful director says with zest about this occurrence:
“Passion cannot be stopped.”
The enthusiasm of this passionate filmmaker can be seen
when asked about the difficulties met while making her
first feature movie. Like all film productions go, the
experience has not been an all smooth-sailing and easy
were tough times,” Wee says reflectively. “It’s
all about dealing with different personalities, pressures,
expectations and challenging difficulties.
at the end, new friends are made, and I get to know
the completion of the film, she feels that what is left
is how audiences decide and respond to the movie - so
what would the ex-shopping-lover like viewers to take
home with this movie?
hope people can find themselves having a conversation
with shopping center spaces, and leave the cinema still
thinking about the film.”
just hope that you won’t be gone shopping without
reflecting and supporting this latest local movie to
hit our shores soon.
Shopping opens in cinemas 26 July 2007
charity premiere with the cast and crew’s
attendance will be held on 24 July 2007 at Golden
Village VivoCity (7pm). Tickets at $50 can be
out the charity
online auction where you can bid for dresses
and accessories worn by the movie’s cast.
proceeds to The
Substation's Moving Images film programme,
supporting independent and short film in Singapore