David Lynch’s Blue Velvet Survived Censors Uncut!

Introduction: Singapore, 15 February 2006 – The Arts House is pleased to announce that David Lynch’s Blue Velvet will be screened theatrically for the first time in Singapore and the film has passed the Board of Film Censors uncut and rated M18.

Part of “Our Strange World: Cult Cinema & The Arts House” in VOLUME II: BIZARRE

Singapore, 15 February 2006 – The Arts House is pleased to announce that David Lynch’s Blue Velvet will be screened theatrically for the first time in Singapore and the film has passed the Board of Film Censors uncut and rated M18. The film will be screened alongside with two other cult films namely Takashi Miike’s Gozu and Park Chan-Wook’s Old Boy from 10 March till 29 April 2006 as part of “Our Strange World: Cult Cinema & The Arts House” in The Arts House’s second anniversary’s celebrations titled VOLUME II: BIZARRE.

Said Ms Kerrie Tan, Festival Director of VOLUME II: BIZARRE, “We are glad that Blue Velvet has survived the Board of Film Censors uncut and released at M18. When we think of “cult” in cinema, we instinctively think of David Lynch. While most of his other films and TV series (Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks, etc) have been screened publicly in Singapore, his most talked-about cult classic Blue Velvet is greatly worthy of theatrical screening and is a film which is textually and visually rich to generate discussion after the show. In fact, all three films in this cult cinema festival offer penetrating insights into the complexities of the human condition and mind, revealing the other side of humanity and perhaps also reflecting the twisted in all of us.”

The Arts House will celebrate its second anniversary with VOLUME II: BIZARRE, a festival of music, dance, visual arts and films from 10 – 19 March 2006. Curated by a team of programmers who are in their 20s, the festival seeks to push boundaries of the definition of arts through unconventional art forms that connect artists with the audience in limited spaces.

Tickets are available at The Arts House Box Office at 1 Old Parliament Lane, or by booking through Tel: 6332 6919; Fax: 6336 9695; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, please log on to www.theartshouse.com.sg.

VOLUME II: BIZARRE will run from 10 – 19 March 2006 at various venues in The Arts House. The programmes in the festival have been made possible with the generous support from the following organisations: Tiger Beer, Singapore Tourism Board, MediaCorp TV12 Arts Central as the Official TV and I-S as the Official Magazine.

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Our Strange World: Cult Cinema & The Arts House

Blue Velvet (1986)
By David Lynch, USA
120mins / M18 / In English / 35MM
Fri 10, 17, 24 and 31 Mar / 07, 14, 21 and 28 Apr at 7.30PM
Sat 18 and 25 Mar / 01 and 08 Apr at 9.00PM
Cast: Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens), Kyle MacLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont), Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth), Laura Dern (Sandy Williams)

Baby wants to ****! Baby wants to **** Blue Velvet!

Pure child-like curiosity from the discovery of a human ear field leads a young man, Jeffrey, to the closet of a singer caught in an intricate web of S/M, kidnapping, murder, and various psychosexual perversions. Lynch’s juxtaposition of surrealist images with dreamlike themes results in a cult classic which has been hailed as “shockingly, deeply disturbing … startling mixture of the heartfelt and horrific.”

Awards and nominations:

  • Nominated Best Director, David Lynch, 1987 Academy Awards
  • Winner Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper) 1986 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
  • Winner Best Actor (Dennis Hopper) 1986 Montréal World Film Festival
  • Nominated Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper) 1987 Golden Globe Awards
  • Nominated Best Screenplay 1987 Writers Guild of America Awards

Gozu (2003)
By Takashi Miike, Japan
149 Minutes / Rating TBA/ In Japanese with English Subs / DVD
Thurs 16, 23 and 30 Mar / 13, 20 and 27 Apr at 7.30PM
Sat 01, 08 and 15 Apr at 6.00PM
Sun 12, 19 and 26 Mar at 6.00PM
Cast: Hideki Sone (Minami), Sho Aikawa (Ozaki), Kimika Yoshino (Female Ozaki)

A diminutive Chihuahua has been threatening to kill them all!

Yazuka member Minami is tasked to kill his senior but loses the corpse in a small town in the process of trying to dispose of it. His search for the corpse finds him face to face with a host of strange locals with the most disturbing behaviours. Are they real or is he being played around? Miike confirms his unpredictability and weird and perverse assaults on cinema in Gozu, which has been screened at the Director's Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003.

Awards and nominations:

  • Winner Silver Raven award Best Screenplay 2004 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film
  • Winner Best Visual Effects 2003 Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain
  • Winner Special Prize of the Jury (Takashi Miike) 2003 Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain
  • Nominated Best Film 2003 Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain
  • Winner Best Asian Film (Takashi Miike) 2003 Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival
  • Winner Jury Award (Takashi Miike) 2003 Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival

Oldboy (2003)
By Park Chan-Wook, South Korea
120 Minutes / R21 / In Korean with English Subs / 35MM
Tues 14, 21 and 28 Mar / 04 and 11 Apr at 7.30PM
Sat 01 Apr at 3.00PM
Sat 18 and 25 Mar / 22 and 29 Apr at 6.00PM
Cast: Min-sik Choi (Dae-su Oh) Ji-tae Yu (Woo-jin Lee) Hye-jeong Kang (Mi-do)

Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use?

An ordinary man, Dae-Su, is imprisoned in a hotel room for 15 years for no apparent reason. When he is finally released, his quest for answers and revenge, results in scenes of excessive violence, romance and finally, the truths which are filled with morally shocking twists. This film is part of Park’s trilogy celebrating Vengeance that includes Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and the recent Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, with a signature outrageous ultra-violence.

Awards and nominations:

  • Winner Grand Prize of the Jury (Chan-WookPark) 2004 Cannes Film Festival
  • Nominated Golden Palm (Chan-WookPark) 2004 Cannes Film Festival
  • Winner Best Foreign Film  2004 British Independent Film Award
  • Winner Audience Award (Chan-WookPark) 2004  Bergen International Film Festival
  • Winner Best Film 2004Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain
  • Winner José Luis Guarner Critic's Award 2004Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain

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The Arts House at the Old Parliament

Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee.  For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg

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