Singapore has a film festival nearly every week but Peroni’s was designed to take the (aesthetic) cake with its outdoor setting on Tanjong Beach. Back for a third edition, the line-up doesn’t deviate much from its MO of crowd-pleasers (A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody) and the Oscar baits (Green Book). We’re particularly on the lookout for bio pic A Private War, in which Rosamund Pike plays the late war journalist Marie Colvin who died while covering the Syrian war. Most of the films are already sold out or selling fast, so we’d act fast. More details here.
May 2 – 15, various times
120 Tanjong Beach Walk
Japan Cuts: Yohji Yamamoto - Dressmaker
If you’re too lazy to traipse all the way down to Sentosa, head for The Projector instead; they’re putting on Japan Cuts, a small but eclectic selection of four films. There’s the futuristic dystopia of Ten Years Japan by five different directors, animated cult classic in-the-making The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, and biopic Mori, The Artist Habitat on godfather of Japanese modern art Morikazu Kumagai, who reportedly never left his home in the last 30 years of his life. The design-obsessed will of course opt for Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker, a documentary on the reticent designer. It first premiered here three years back at the Design Film Festival but if you didn’t manage to catch it then, here’s your chance. More details here.
May 4 – June 2, various dates and times
The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower
Local theatre outfit Drama Box is putting on an experimental performance piece, titled Flowers, that will probably resonate even if you’re not familiar with theatre – patriarchal “violence” in a typical Chinese family. You know, the intimidation and unspoken rules a Chinese father brings into the house when he returned home from work? While it isn’t abuse per se, there is a certain undercurrent of psychological dominance exerted over the entire family and that’s what Flowers attempts to unpack. More details here.
Yes Troye Sivan may be in town but if dub, reggae, garage, dancehall, ragga, grime, footwork, hip hop and jungle are more your speed, there’s only one place to party at this weekend. P.S. SG’s own queen of drum & bass Aresha will be making a special guest appearance. More details here.