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Shirkers (2018)

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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sandi Tan ... Herself
Sophia Siddique Harvey Sophia Siddique Harvey ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Cardona Georges Cardona ... Himself (archive footage)
Philip Cheah Philip Cheah ... Himself
Ben Harrison Ben Harrison ... Himself
Grace Dane Mazur Grace Dane Mazur ... Herself
Jasmine Kin Kia Ng Jasmine Kin Kia Ng ... 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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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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Self-important slow burning dud
25 November 2018 | by neumann83See all my reviews

I heard the Sandi Tan interview on Fresh Air and was intrigued by Shirkers. Went into it with high expectations and thinking I knew what to expect, but was let down as I watched it unfold.

Tan narrates a film that is about her which includes video made by teenagers decades ago, a lot of people talking about Tan, and uninteresting storytelling.

It's a documentary with the seriousness and importance of a historic figure but the subject is a film critic/film maker describing this one mildly interesting thing that happened to her.

The premise was interesting, but it fell apart under the weight of her own self-importance.


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