6/19/2017 5:12:57 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
This year’s SIFA (Singapore International Festival of Arts) festival offers audiences a one-of-a-kind film experience with acclaimed local director K Rajagopal’s ‘Lizard on the Wall’, which brings a unique and innovative approach to film-making by including the audience as part of their cast. Rajagopal along with SIFA Founding Festival Director Ong Keng Sen and the cast of the film to also gave a tour of the set where the film would be shot.
‘Lizard on the Wall’ is inspired by award-winning Singaporean novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal’s book ‘Inheritance’ and is set around the fissures that surface in a dysfunctional Sikh family during their daughter, Amrit’s wedding. The film depicts the struggles of the central characters in reconciling their modern outlook on life with their father’s staunch, traditional views on life as a Sikh. The director and his team have consulted the Sikh community in Singapore to gain insight into their customs in order to make the film’s portrayals of Sikh traditions authentic.
The truly innovative part of the process is the inclusion of the audience during filming. While the entire filming process is expected to last a week, of these, three days (June 30-JUly 2, 2017) will be open to the public who can sign up to be part of the process. Audience members are expected to arrive at the elegant bungalow where the filming would take place. There, they would first be taken on a tour of the installations that offers them a tableau-like glimpse of some scenes in the movie. Then, they would be guided by the crew to take on the role of guests at the wedding and partake in the wedding revelry on camera! Complete with costume checks and dance sequences, audiences can immerse themselves in an enchanting Indian wedding experience while on camera, in line with this year’s festival theme of Enchantment.
While audiences can often be unpredictable and working with them would require much improvisation from directors and actors who are unfamiliar with them, the filming of ‘Lizard on the Wall’ taps into this challenge to blur the line between audiences and filmmakers, making this experience make the all the more unique and engaging. Audiences can view themselves in the final, completed and edited film which will be screened on SIFA 2017’s closing night, the September 9, at The Projector.
For more details, please visit www.sifa.sg/sifa/ticketing