Banned Singapore Director Tan Pin Pin To Be Part of Celebratory ‘Jubilee’

Singapore film director Tan Pin Pin
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Tan Pin Pin, whose most recent film was banned in Singapore, is among seven directors who are to make “Jubilee,” an omnibus movie marking the island nation’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Other directors include Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, Royston Tan, Boo Junfeng, and K Rajagopal. Each will shoot a short story that is “a unique interpretation of Singapore and its people.”

“Jubilee” is being made with the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore, the body that last week banned Tan’s documentary “To Singapore With Love,” and the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).

The film will have its premiere next year at the Capitol Theatre, an historic building, which will be re-opened after a 17 year hiatus. It will be the country’s only dual usage theatre, catering to performing arts and cinematic purposes.

Details of budget, production companies, financiers and plans for commercial exploitation of “Jubilee” were all withheld.

Tan’s “To Singapore With Love,” which is a series of interviews with former political activists who are exiled from the country, was banned on the grounds that is a threat to national security. The MDA said this was “because legitimate actions of the security agencies to protect the national security and stability of Singapore are presented in a distorted way.”

Tan has said that she may appeal the decision.

Meanwhile, local media has reported that a number of Singaporeans have crossed the border to neighbouring Malaysia, where “To Singapore With Love” is being screened.