Sunday, July 26, 2009

Singapore Mourns Yasmin Ahmad

Thanks, Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).

The demise of Yasmin Ahmad has also impacted film enthusiasts in Singapore.

Her death has raised questions on what would happen to Go, Thaddeus, a film that she was to direct, which is still in its early stages of production.

The film, based on a novel by Belinda Wee has its screenplay adapted by Yasmin.

It is backed by the Singapore Film Commission, Singapore Sports Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.

The film portrays the determination of Singaporean teen triathlete Thaddeus Cheong, who passed away at 17 when he collapsed after the triathlon selection race for the 2007 SEA Games.

The film was scheduled for public screening in August 2010 in conjuction with the Youth Olympic Games hosted by Singapore for the first time.

Yasmin also directed advertising campaigns for Singapore's Community Development, Youth and Sports Ministry.

One of them was Eulogy which depicted the story of a widow who recalled her husband's habits. Another was Red Shoes which told the story of a teenage girl who grew up with a single father.