Student Movies at 28th EUFF

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A Better Life by Eysham Ali

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Ayah by Amelia Lai

The European Union Film Festival is back for its 28th edition running from the 10th to the 20th of May at the National Gallery.

The EUFF will be partnering with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies to present short films created by students of the school.

Eysham Ali is one of the young filmmakers taking part in this festival. He is an up and coming filmmaker and a self-described “writer by choice, a director in self-defence and a storyteller by necessity.” His short film “A Better Life” details the stories and struggles of migrant workers who come to Singapore in search of better prospects.

Another student short film being featured in the festival is “Ayah” directed by Amelia Sai and produced by Nur Khairah. The story, entirely acted in Malay, revolves around the experiences of an MRT engineer and his daughter on an eventful evening. It is a bittersweet tale of one of the many silent heroes that work tirelessly to keep Singapore moving, and the sacrifices they make to do their jobs well.


Exhib! Intelligent Island


“Intelligent Island” is an investigation concerning the issues of government regulation in digital space. Depicting a future where an island integrates with Augmented Reality, it aims to explore political ideologies within information communication technologies.

The show is organized by Haikel Yusuff a graduating BA(Hons) student LASALLE College of the Arts, School of Design Communication and runs from 13 to 15 April.


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Listen! Joie by Joie Tan

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(from the press release)

Joie’ is the first full-length release from songbird Joie Tan. The long-awaited 10-track album showcases her versatility as a songwriter as she explores love, life, and loss through a variety of styles and genres with her svelte vocals melding them all together. The album’s focus track ‘Can’t You See’ is an ode to two lovers playing hard to get: “if you knew the truth behind the words / the cruelty was by mistake”. Joie Tan’s impassioned plea tangos playfully with Bani Hidir’s big band arrangement, drawing the listener into a warm embrace.

Produced by Bani Hidir (53A, LEW), mixed by Don Richmond (Mark Bonafide, 53A, Vanessa Fernandez), and mastered by Evan Low (Zendyll Productions, Evanturetime).

The album launch is happening on 11 April at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. Get your tickets here.


Listen! The Average of Everything by SINE

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(from the press release)

Sine announces their highly anticipated debut EP – “The Average of Everything”, which will be released on April 19, 2018.

Current local university students, Yeo Chai Jing, Tan Yiren Eugene, and Marcus Goh form the face of Sine. Being part of the 2017 Noise Music Mentorship, Sine has gained invaluable advice as a noise mentee under the guidance of Martin Kong from Caracal. Drawing influence from Toe, Tricot, and Chon, their music can be described as a blend of math rock, progressive rock, and post-punk.

Recorded at Aeonix Productions, “The Average of Everything” is a five-track powerhouse that is reflective of the range of the band’s influences, from math rock to progressive, metal and jazz. The EP tells a story of how the band decided to dive into its experimental roots, where each track is intentionally recorded to sound different from one another and is characterised by different subgenres of rock. Despite these differences in subgenres, the band’s unique sound is still evident in every track. The result is an EP where each song feels like a chapter in a book, yet each chapter is tied to the common theme of the band’s sound.

In addition, Sine is also releasing their 2nd track, One Day, on 29 March in anticipation of the rest of the EP. One Day stands out as the liveliest song from the EP, with its fast-driven rhythm guitars, driving bass and roaring drums balanced against melodic vocals. It would be available for streaming on our Bandcamp website and YouTube channel.

About Sine
Sine (latin for ‘by itself’) is a band comprising of individuals who dare to be different. We want to break down stereotypes of music about how a rock band should sound. Norms are what we perceive it to be. The norm of one may be insanity to a heretic. There is no truth, only perception.

Sine will celebrate the release of the EP with a show on May 11, 2018 at LITHE HOUSE from 7pm onwards, with supporting acts Terrestrea and Trust The Chaos. Tickets will be on sale at the door.


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