Tony’s Long March
A “has-been who never was”, the late Tony Yeow was involved in film, television and theatre in Singapore for 45 years. He co-directed and produced Ring of Fury,Singapore’s first and only kung fu film in the 1970s, was a key crew member for Peter Bogdanovich’s Saint Jack in 1978, and inadvertently kick-started the revival of feature films in Singapore in the 1990s. All of his films were flops or failures, and yet Tony was always dreaming about his next movie. This documentary, an affectionate and moving portrait of Tony Yeow, takes us on a journey through a rich and complex part of Singapore’s cultural history, as it celebrates the extraordinary spirit that kept Tony Yeow going.
*15 min post-show dialogue with filmmakers Ben Slater and Sherman Ong
2015 │ 40min │In Malay, with English and Chinese subtitles | PG
$9 per ticket | $1 discount for Singapore Film Society members (not applicable for bundle deals)
Bundle of 2 per film: $16
Bundle of 4 per film: $28
About the director
Ben Slater (U.K./Singapore) is a writer, editor and lecturer who’s been based in Singapore for the last 15 years. He’s the author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore (Marshal Cavendish: 2006), 25: Histories and Stories of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF: 2014), and his critical writings on film have appeared in international publications such as Screen International and Cahiers du Cinema. He’s been a script editor and consultant on many short films and features, including HELEN (2008) and MISTER JOHN (2013) by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, and HERE (2009) by Ho Tzu Nyen. He wrote the short film THE LEGEND OF THE IMPACTS (2012), and co-wrote the feature CAMERA (2014), directed by James Leong. He recently edited a publication dedicated to interviews with screenwriters in Asia, NANG ISSUE ONE: SCREENWRITING (2016). He’s currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he teaches screenwriting and narrative.
Sherman Ong is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu.
Winner of the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 for Photography and the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2010, Sherman has premiered works in Art Biennales, major Film Festivals and Museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore, Yin Chuan, Jakarta Biennales, Fukuoka and Asia Pacific Triennale, The Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou Paris, Rotterdam International Film Festival and VideoBrasil Contemporary Art Festival, amongst others.
He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of the Substation.