Five years in development, ‘1965’ will commence production in November 2014 in time for the SG50 celebrations in 2015, commemorating 50 years of the independence of Singapore.
Presented by blue3 Pictures and MM2 Entertainment, together with investment partners Zingshot Productions, The Number 8 Yard and Pinnacle Enterprise, ‘1965’ is supported by the Media Development Authority and will be one of the SG50 films for 2015. It will premier at the newly opened Capitol Theatre which is also a venue partner of the film.
Executive Producer Daniel Yun said ‘ ‘1965’ is about how fragile racial harmony can be, and how we can take it for granted. This is something very important to me personally and I know to many people around me. I am heartened our team comprises Singapore and regional talents who are passionate to be involved in such an unusual piece of work and who strongly believe in the theme of racial harmony’.
‘mm2 is very proud to be part of this project with blue 3. We believe the movie will give our younger generation today a glimpse into the early days of Singapore’s independence and how far the nation has progressed since then’ said Executive Producer Melvin Ang.
Randy Ang, who is the Director of this film said ‘I am honored to be given the opportunity to be part of this film. The past year and a half spent on the development and research has brought me to appreciate what the founding generation has to go through to get us to where we are today’.
The Script is written by Andrew Ngin Chiang Meng, along with Randy and Daniel. The rest of the team includes Production designer Tommy Chan, Hair and make artist Dollei Seah and Costume designer Goh Lai Chan.
Two of the lead cast of the film are Singapore/China Actor Qi Yi Wu and Malaysian Actress Deanna Yusoff. Qi will be playing a police inspector of the then Royal Malaysian Police Force. Deanna will be playing a single mother with a son in the police force.
The production will be announcing the rest of the leads and cast members progressively leading up to principal photography.
About the film ‘1965’
When a young Chinese girl was abducted, racial tensions escalated, and racial distrust erupted into violence, in the months leading to the separation from Malaysia and the independence of Singapore. ‘1965’ is a dramatic thriller that uses a piece of Singapore history like never before. Telling engaging and touching stories of immigrants and natives during the time leading up to the independence of Singapore. The film portrays heightened human drama shot in realistic cameraworks that opens up to soak in the magnitude and scale of human history unraveling. The protagonists were a part of history in the making, caught up in the throes of everyday life, made possibly difficult by a country in turmoil, a society divided by racial violence. They become the pioneer generation who lives to see beyond the prejudice and fear of racial hatred and ultimately face the challenge of nation building – a mirror reflecting the fragility of racial harmony in our world today.