THE ONE WHO KEEPS IT IN THE FAM­ILY: GLA­DYS NG

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Fam­ily, and the ties that bind, hold 28-year-old Gla­dys Ng close to her craft. Like the lauded com­ing-of-age film Boy­hood by Amer­i­can direc­tor Richard Lin­klater (in which his daugh­ter Lorelei plays a key role), Ng’s works tend to fea­ture her own fam­ily mem­bers as the pro­tag­o­nists.

My Fa­ther Af­ter Din­ner (2015), a 15-minute short, starred – you guessed it – her fa­ther, and went on to win the Best Sin­ga­pore Short Film at the 2015 Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (SGIFF). The fol­low­ing year, SGIFF com­mis­sioned her to make The Pur­suit of a Happy Hu­man Life (writ­ten dur­ing a six-week res­i­dency in Bangkok), which be­came the open­ing act of the 2016 edition.

“I use film as a tool to un­der­stand the world around me. My works deal with the seem­ingly unim­por­tant. They tend to ex­plore in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple, and of­ten tra­verse the spo­ken and un­spo­ken be­tween them,” she says. Who in­spires her “Hirokazu Koreeda, Nawapol Tham­ron­grat­ta­narit (her men­tor) and Kelly Re­ichardt have shaped my sen­si­bil­i­ties as a film­maker. My favourite lo­cal direc­tors are Liao Jiekai ( Red Drag­on­flies) and Kirsten Tan ( Pop Aye).” On what she hopes to bring to the lo­cal scene “Hap­pi­ness. Per­haps a cer­tain light­ness and gen­tle­ness of qual­ity that could be lost in to­day’s sat­u­rated con­tem­po­rary cul­ture.” Up­com­ing projects “A 30-minute short en­ti­tled Mother Wishes For Many Things, How Many For Her­self?. It is part of a group ex­hi­bi­tion, In The Gar­den, with five other artists that will run at Ob­jec­tifs till July 9.”

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