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Singapore International Film Festival Returns!

By Zaki JufriMovies - 06 September 2011 8:58 PM | Updated 15 September 2011

Singapore International Film Festival Returns!

We know him as the Louisianan lothario Jason Stackhouse with his brains sitting squarely in his pants in the HBO hit series True Blood. But in his latest movie Griff The Invisible, Australian actor Ryan Kwanten plays a 28-year-old timid, Clark Kent-ian office drone who moonlights as a costumed crime fighter.

Scheduled to be released as part of the 24th Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), Griff also deals with alienation and questions the very elements that comprise our sense of self, including both internal and external factors.

Griff The Invisible and another whopping 143 feature films is on the bill for Singapore’s longest-running film event. Last year’s festival only feature 87 films. To keep things fresh, the SIFF committee, headed by chairman Geoff Malone added about 50 more short films to be screened at Sinema, The Arts House, LaSalle College of the Arts and the newly renovated Shaw Lido Cineplex, home to the SIFF for many years.

“We rejuvenated SIFF by injecting it with fresh perspectives and insights, and introduced new programming that spans a wide range of genres. We want to challenge filmgoers to start exploring films they would not normally consider; hence for them to ‘watch different’,” says Malone.

Red Light Revolution

Red Light Revolution

Other films in the line-up includes China's first sex shop comedy Red Light Revolution which opens the festival while Formula One biopic Senna rounds out the affair on September 25, the same night as the Singapore GP final race.

Horror movie fans will not want to miss ‘Beyond Twillight: From Nosferatu to Pontianak’. Local film critic and former radio presenter Melanie Oliveiro has curated a capsule collection of vampire films from the East and West.

This year, the organisers have also made more fringe activities available; from workshops and talks on prop-making to visual effects, make-up, camera work and screenwriting, to name a few.

The festival will also be getting an all-star boost this year. Kwanten and film director Josh Radnor, whose happythankyoumorepleasewill be screened at the festival, is slated to attend the opening of the festival.

24th Singapore International Film Festival takes place from September 15-25. Tickets at $10-30 via Sistic.