“Have You Ever Wondered?” Stories, Belief and Identity in “23:59” (2011)

Content Warning: Death, Violence, Implied Homophobia/Transmisogyny What do a country and the army have in common? Both are held together by stories. When someone says that they feel like part of a larger body - say, the shared experience of National Service or a sense of Singaporeanness - their sense of insidership is produced through … Continue reading “Have You Ever Wondered?” Stories, Belief and Identity in “23:59” (2011)

Traumatic Ruptures: “Demons” by Daniel Hui (2018)

Content Warning: Sexual Violence, Trauma Something unspeakable lurks beneath the surface of Demons. Vicki (Vicki Yang), an aspiring actress, can't find the words to express herself during a recruitment interview with theatre director Daniel (Glen Goei). In the absence of speech, the camera focuses - in almost obscenely close detail - on the tremor in … Continue reading Traumatic Ruptures: “Demons” by Daniel Hui (2018)