Discussion with director Royston Tan

Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 3:30pm

Dubbed the new wave auteur of Singapore, Royston Tan is one of Singapore's top directors, having won a string of awards for many of his films. Like American director Spike Jonze, Tan cut his teeth on music videos before going on to film a slew of prize-winning short films including '15', which won a Special Achievement Award at the Singapore International Film Festival 2002. He would go on to make a full-length version of '15', a film that would bring him international acclaim and draw the ire of Singapore's censorship board for its graphic portrayal of local gangster life. In 2004, he was selected as one of Time Asia's ‘20 Heroes Under 40' for his "willingness to push the creative envelope [which] has made him a hero to the city's independent artists.