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Shirkers (2018)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 26 October 2018 (USA)
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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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Sandi Tan (a film by)
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Credited cast:
Sandi Tan ... Self
Jasmine Kin Kia Ng Jasmine Kin Kia Ng ... Self (as Jasmine Ng)
Philip Cheah Philip Cheah ... Self
Sophia Siddique Harvey Sophia Siddique Harvey ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Cardona Georges Cardona ... Self (archive footage)
Ben Harrison Ben Harrison ... Self
Grace Dane Mazur Grace Dane Mazur ... Self
Stephen Tyler Stephen Tyler ... Self
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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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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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Written and performed by The Venopian Solitude
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Weak 4.5 // Filmmaking as Therapy
2 January 2019 | by ccamp89See all my reviews

Shirkers would have been a 90's Singaporean road movie written by a talented and enthusiastic teenage native, Sandi Tan, produced by her closest friends, and directed by her American mentor, Georges Cardona. Instead, it's a 2018 documentary, fabulously directed by Tan, which tells the story of the would-be film and its ultimate disappearance in the hands of the mysterious Cardona. It's a fascinating yarn that Tan spins beautifully with energetic editing, fluid pacing, and rich imagery. The youthful enthusiasm of Tan and co. paired with the intrigue of the increasingly dark and manipulative Cardona forms the film's surface-level entertainment value. But beyond being simply a great tale well-told, Tan manages to elevate the film by digging below the surface and making tangible its universal themes of nostalgia, friendship, the influence of past over present, and processing psychological trauma. The documentary itself is a wonderful example of the latter, of filmmaking as therapy, and it's to Tan's credit that she was able to make me feel a shred of the catharsis that she must've while making it.

Weak 4.5/5


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