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Shirkers (2018)

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A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

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Sandi Tan

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sandi Tan ... Herself
Jasmine Kin Kia Ng Jasmine Kin Kia Ng ... Herself (as Jasmine Ng)
Philip Cheah Philip Cheah ... Himself
Sophia Siddique Harvey Sophia Siddique Harvey ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Cardona Georges Cardona ... Himself (archive footage)
Ben Harrison Ben Harrison ... Himself
Grace Dane Mazur Grace Dane Mazur ... Herself
Stephen Tyler Stephen Tyler ... Himself
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In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie-a road movie called "Shirkers"-with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. Sandi wrote the script and played the lead, a killer named S. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, the 16mm cans are recovered in New Orleans, sending Sandi-now a novelist in Los Angeles-on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media: 16mm, digital, Hi8, Super8, slides, animation and handwritten letters. A kaleidoscopic punk rock ghost story!

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Release Date:

26 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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In 2018, Sandi Tan premiered her film at the Sundance Film Festival and earned the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. She was the second Singapore-born filmmaker to win. (The first went to another Tan: Kirsten Tan, for Pop Aye, the previous year.) See more »

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Features Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Insulated Potato Wedges
Written by Brad Dutz
Performed by Brad Dutz 4 Tet
Courtesy of Leakyspleen Music
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Be Thankful Shirkers Exist
11 June 2019 | by lohcSee all my reviews

Firstly, credit to Sandi and her friends for having the courage and will to revisit their teenage past and release their film in this documentary when the rest of us (including the judgey user reviewers we lot are) would have chosen to bin it from the back of our minds.

If there were any lingering doubts, this film must see the light of day.

So it is not a complete coming-of-age type of movie, so what? This documentary amazes, surprises and most importantly does what it sets out to do. We see glimpses of a pretentious yet determined teenage girl who convinces her partners-in-crime to be her accomplices in this wild ride. Sinking her life savings into the film wasn't nearly a sacrifice as nearly having her creative soul all but taken away as a result. It must have been a miracle the reels survived.

As for the director, perhaps some people may desire more screentime to be dedicated to him and his background. I for one don't see the necessity to give him that honour and esteem. He is as the film would describe - a lowlife. This documentary doesn't need him ruining it.

Honestly would independent movies thrive if I solely read reviews first? Well, I'm glad I watched it and I highly encourage others to do the same.


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