姐妹 Sisters

Duration: Approx. 9mins

Language: Mandarin and English

Starring: Kelly Lim, Molly Jan, Adele Wong, Eric Gwee and Michael Tay

Written by: Michael Tay

Directed by: Lincoln Chia

Date of release: December 2011

Synopsis:

The Chinese custom for bridesmaids, or “sisters”, is to playfully impede the groom’s progress as he comes to fetch his bride on the wedding day. When a cheeky house guest at a wedding volunteers to take on the role of a “sister”, things take on an unexpected turn.

Watch it here: https://www.viddsee.com/video/sisters/nz9xv

Festival Screenings:

3rd Singapore Short Film Award, 2012

5th Short Circuit, Singapore LGBT showcase, 2012.

7th INDPanda International Short Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2011

6th Jogja-NETPAC Film Festival, Indonesia, 2011

24th Singapore International Film Festival, 2011

Production Stills:

Writing “Sisters”…

“Sisters” is my second collaboration with director, Lincoln Chia.

We did this project during a time when we start to see close friends and relatives around us tying the knot and exchanging vows. Being single then, you can’t help but feel socially awkward or left out during gatherings where the topics are all about weddings and family planning.

With little regard for marriage and settling down, I never really wanted to do a wedding story then. However, after an encounter at a relative’s wedding where I was unexpectedly being roped in to stand-in for the “sister”, I became inspired.

The playful incident did somehow trigger me to think how awkward it must have been for a homosexual to attend a wedding, especially if it is a Chinese one. The joyous celebration would probably have mean little or even seem alien to this individual who’s union can never be celebrated or perhaps not even socially accepted by his own parents.

The emotion of envy was something I gather very strongly from this character and I kept tapping on that as I’m penning the script which later gave birth to perhaps one of the most cruel prank I ever crafted for a “sister”.

For Lincoln, “Sisters” represents every gay man’s infatuation with a straight man and the hope for an impossible love. I don’t totally agree with that but I guess on a more universal level, it also represents every one’s constant yearning to be loved, be it gay or straight.

4 Responses to “姐妹 Sisters”

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  2. I love the storyline, especially at the end when the groom was brought into the room by the brother. It got me intrigued even further. I hope there’ll be a continuation to this! ^-^

  3. What happen to the last end tail after Michael Tay Pulled eric Gwee into the room? Then? Please have ending as we eager to see that part.

    Thanks.

  4. Obviously a PLU short film that we can see. As a PLU, I felt touch and sad as well seeing this. However, please have a slightly longer and tail end ending.

    Thanks.

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