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Shirkers (2018)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 26 October 2018 (USA)
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A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

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Sandi Tan

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Sandi Tan (a film by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sandi Tan ... Herself
Jasmine Kin Kia Ng Jasmine Kin Kia Ng ... Herself (as Jasmine Ng)
Philip Cheah Philip Cheah ... Himself
Sophia Siddique Harvey Sophia Siddique Harvey ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Cardona Georges Cardona ... Himself (archive footage)
Ben Harrison Ben Harrison ... Himself
Grace Dane Mazur Grace Dane Mazur ... Herself
Stephen Tyler Stephen Tyler ... Himself
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In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers"-with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, a killer named S. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans, sending Sandi-now a novelist in Los Angeles-on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media: 16mm, digital, Hi8, Super8, slides, animation and handwritten letters. A kaleidoscopic punk rock ghost story!

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26 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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In 2018, Sandi Tan premiered her film at the Sundance Film Festival and earned the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. She was the second Singapore-born filmmaker to win. (The first went to another Tan: Kirsten Tan, for Pop Aye, the previous year.) See more »

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References Eraserhead (1977) See more »

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In My Sleep
Written and performed by Weish
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Wonderful Little Documentary
13 January 2019 | by socratesadamoSee all my reviews

This is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young women from Singapore who followed their dream and made a movie in the early nineties. More specifically, they SHOT a movie, but before they could put it together something terrible happened.

It's very interesting and offers great insight into the inner workings of a twisted mind. It may pose more questions that it goes give answers, but it's all we can hope for. Made by one of the original filmmakers, it never bores. While the trailer got me excited to see this film, it maybe made it seem a little better than it was, although it did not disappoint overall. I loved the style and the story. I hope to see more from this wonderful filmmaker. Recommend.


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