Grab your picnic mats and come enjoy
cinema under the stars with family and friends!
From September to end November, the Singapore Film Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary with B.Y.O._CINEMA – 5 free film screenings covering the following themes Laugh, Dream, Scream, Heart and Makan. And because no movie-watching experience is complete without snacks, we are providing popcorn and cotton candy – on the house! Come early, chope your spot, enjoy the food trucks (where you can purchase more grub), a bouncy castle and games! And in B.Y.O. spirit, be sure to pack your outdoor cinema essentials like mats and pillows to get comfy!
Here’s what you can look forward to watching:
LAUGH SG: “881”
Watch if: You want a good laugh and for the eye-catching flamboyant costumes
Rating: PG | Runtime: 102 mins |Showtime: 1 Sep 2018 (Saturday), 7.30pm, Singapore Flyer (Greek Theatre)
Get ready to belt out some tunes while watching Royston Tan’s 881, which features the flashy Papaya Sisters and their journey to take over Singapore's getai scene. But they have to first contend with rival Durian Sisters, who are aiming for the top spot. A light-hearted drama with theatrical antics, the film doesn't shy away from topics like broken homes, family and life, making this musical comedy worthy of being on your must-watch list. View the trailer here.
DREAM SG: “HOMERUN”
Watch if: You love a happy ending and a good o’ kampong spirit revival!
Rating: PG | Runtime: 93 mins | Showtime: 22 Sep 2018 (Saturday), 7.30pm, Dhoby Ghaut Green (Lawn)
A remake of Iranian film Children of Heaven, Jack Neo’s Homerun revolves around two siblings who find themselves on a misadventure when one’s shoes go missing. Coming from a less fortunate family, the duo struggle to make the best of their situation - until a golden opportunity appears. Set in 1965, the film deals with themes like friendship and kinship. View the trailer here.
SCREAM SG: “23:59”
Watch if: You’re garang and enjoy a good fright!
Rating: PG13 | Runtime: 78 mins | Showtime: 13 Oct 2018 (Saturday), 7.30pm, Fort Canning Park (Fort Canning Green)
Get your spook on with Gilbert Chan’s 23:59, a Malaysian-Singaporean film that's got the classic Singaporean horror formula down pat: creepy army bunkers + vengeful female ghost = sleeping with the lights on for a few days, confirm. Watch as protagonist Jeremy attempts to get to the bottom of his bunkmate’s strange death … all while fighting off a deranged spirit in the process. View the trailer here.
HEART SG: “ILO ILO”
Watch if: You’re up for some feels or experienced a homemade haircut during your childhood!
Rating: PG | Runtime: 93 mins | Showtime: 20 Oct 2018 (Saturday), 7.30pm, Open-Air Carpark
(the exact location – we’ll tell you later!)
Set in the 90s, Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo tells the story of Teresa, a Filipino helper who struggles to adapt with her new family - one that’s on the cusp of falling apart. But through the fights, tension, and lots of tears, Teresa forms a bond with the family's young, troublesome son who teaches her a thing or two about family. View the trailer here.
Fun fact: Ilo Ilo bagged the distinguished Camera d'Or prize in 2013 for best first feature film, making this the first Singaporean film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival!
MAKAN SG: “RAMEN TEH”
Watch if: You’re a foodie! And a fan of Seiko Matsuda!
Rating: PG | Runtime: 90 mins | Showtime: 10 Nov 2018 (Saturday), 7.30pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Eco Lake Lawn)
Eric Khoo’s Ramen Teh marries two worlds in this heartfelt tale about Masato, a half-Singaporean chef from Japan. When he finds a suitcase full of tidbits of his late Singaporean mother’s life, Masato journeys to Singapore with his mother’s notebook, where he meets the family he never knew he needed: his uncle (a bak kut teh seller), and his grandmother, who holds the key to his past. View the trailer here.
Find out more about B.Y.O. Cinema here!