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Tiong Bahru Social Club

Rating: NC16 (Some Sexual References 些许性相关语)

Synopsis

Ah Bee leaves his dull office job at a factory to join the Tiong Bahru Social Club—an exclusive data-driven pilot programme that aims to create the world’s happiest residents in the idyllic, pastel-hued neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.

Employed as a happiness agent, Ah Bee is tasked with taking care of Ms Wee, a rebellious elderly resident who joined for the freebies. From looking for her cat to participating in group happiness exercises, it seems like the best job in the world.

However, he grows increasingly alienated and questions the cold, mechanical nature of achieving happiness, where every happiness agent is at risk of being replaced if they do not contribute enough to the community’s overall happiness index.

Tan Bee Thiam’s offbeat satirical comedy takes a whimsical and soft sci-fi approach to poke funat Singapore’s preoccupation with results-driven practicalities. In a society where everything—including happiness—is quantified and managed, tender moments in which vulnerabilities are revealed become radical acts that forge real bonds and rupture the veneer of an enforced happiness.

Details

Director:

Tan Bee Thiam

Country:

Singapore

Duration:

88 Mins

Rating:

NC16 (Some Sexual References 些许性相关语)

Year:

2020

Language(s):

English, Cantonese, Mandarin,
Hokkien, Malay, Tamil

SGIFF Commissioned Short Newborn will be screened together with Tiong Bahru Social Club as the Festival Opening

Total Runtime: 100mins

Showtimes

Cinema

26 Nov 2020, Thursday, 7:00pm

Shaw Lido

26 Nov 2020, Thursday, 8:00pm

Shaw Lido

Sold Out

Film Credits

Director

Tan Bee Thiam is a Singaporean producer, writer and director who has worked on multiple award-winning films.

A founding member of independent film collective 13 Little Pictures, Tan co-directed Fundamentally Happy (2016) with Lei Yuan Bin and produced Snakeskin (2015) and As You Were (2014), among other local films. Tiong Bahru Social Club is his solo directorial debut.

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Huang Junxiang

Cast:

Thomas Pang
Goh Guat Kian
Jalyn Han

Screenwriter:

Antti Toivonen
Tan Bee Thiam

Company:

Tiger Tiger Pictures