Monthly Archives: May 2009

director’s statement

mum with boats

My mother passed away suddenly on January 16, 2004 due to a stroke. And since then, I have always wanted to make this film.

5 years have passed and the events depicted in this film have not changed. They continue to have a life of its own, evolving in different ways, a constant reminder to the family that my mother is gone forever. Grieving grows on you and lingers on. Hence, the title for this short film, Linger.

The initial story of Linger manifested itself in the form of a journal that I have started to write frequently. It consisted mainly fragments of thoughts and observation on how the family has changed after my mother left. Gradually, I feel the need to communicate these ideas to an audience and started to piece together a story. The process is tedious and difficult because I am hoping to make a very honest and personal film. Various versions of the story emerge and I realize that the crux of the story actually lies between my father and me, on how we have our own ways of facing such an event.

Somehow through writing, creating, the processes of filmmaking, I have kept my mother alive, constantly in my mind, in my heart and to the people around me, as if she has never left.

It is the act of doing all the above that is my way of dealing with this event, of understanding it and most importantly, of remembering her.

Hopefully when this film gets out into the world, it can help heal others too.


main crew

Writer and Director: SIM BEE LI
Producer: SIM BEE LI
Director of Photography: AMELIA SU
Assistant Director: ALICIA LAW
Art Director and Stylist: GEOGETTE SOH
Editors: JACK SHUO, SIM BEE LI
Composer: EDWIN SYKES
Sound Recordist: NICHOLAS LEE
Sound Designer: ZILING AW
Project Supervisor: DR TONY PAICE
Casting: GAYLE HARIFF, ALICIA LAW
Production Managers: KIMIE ONG, FELICIA TAN, JOANNE CHEONG, CYNDI LIM
Script Supervisors: ALICIA LAW, ARINA ONG
Script Translator: EEMOAN TING
Production Assistant: DOUGLAS LAN
Camera Assistants: ALEX JOHN TAN, LOOI WANPING, ANDREW MARK SOBRIELO
Gaffers: TIMOTHY CHEN, KEL TAY
Grips: CALEB QUEK, FELICIA TAN
Art Assistants: DENISE KOH, JAMES PAGE
Makeup Artist: YANTI HUANG
Colourist: CHEN JUNBIN
Audio-post Producer: RINA JOHARI


cast

Linger (May)

ADELINE YEE as May
VEL NG as Ming
MICHAEL LEE as Leung
MOK TYE PAR as Incense Shopkeeper
YONG LEE LEONG as Female Caller’s voice


story

Linger (Leung)

Linger (Ming)

LINGER depicts the process of grieving a daughter (Ming) goes through with her father (Leung) in the sudden death of her mother. As the characters grieve in their own ways, they are forced to face the past, the regrets and eventually, each other.