Kelvin Tong: From Film Critic to Filmmaker

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  • A brand name in cutting-edge Singapore cinema, Kelvin Tong is best known for his 1999 motorcycle kung fu story, Eating Air.
  • In 2005, he broke box office records in Singapore with his horror film The Maid.
  • He became the first Singaporean filmmaker to helm a Hollywood film with The Faith of Anna Waters (2016).
  • His third feature, Love Story, which was produced by Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, won him the Best Director Award at the Singapore International Film Festival, and was chosen as the closing film for the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival.
  • Before becoming a filmmaker, he worked as a film critic for The Straits Times and gained a reputation as one of the top movie critics in Asia.

Why Lapis Sagu?

“My roots lie in the Chinese diaspora. And Singapore’s story is essentially an immigrant’s tale. Hence, I am drawn to this project of who my forebears were, who I am, and who my children will be.

Telling a story is one of the oldest human instincts. Listen to your heart and write as your passion moves you. Drop the big words and write directly. Everyone has a great story. Make sure you tell yours.”

Check out Kelvin’s tips on what makes a good story.

About Project Lapis Sagu

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Rich in flavour and unique in character, we’re bound together like intricately crafted layers of Lapis Sagu. Project Lapis Sagu is a creative springboard for open conversations on cultural diversity and social integration in Singapore.