Magazine article Screen International

Doyle to Shoot Goei's Yellow Flowers

Magazine article Screen International

Doyle to Shoot Goei's Yellow Flowers

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EXCLUSIVE: At ScreenSingapore, local production house 13 Little Pictures has announced cinematographer Christopher Doyle is attached to shoot director Glen Goei's upcoming Yellow Flowers, a.k.a. The Hangman's Breakfast.

Written by awardwinning playwright Haresh Sharma, the 2011 Asian Project Market (APM) film will be produced by mm2 Entertainment and 13 Little Pictures.

Touching upon the controversial issue of Singapore's long-time hangman, Yellow Flowers tells the story of a multiracial group of Singaporeans: middle-aged single mother Eleanor, on death row for unknowingly smuggling drugs into the strict city state, her rebellious only child who refuses to visit her, Eleanor's young lawyer Nadya who also has issues with her own mother, and the prison's reluctant executioner Gopal, who develops a friendship with Eleanor.

Originally a theatre director and actor whose credits include playing opposite Anthony Hopkins in M. Butterfly in London, Goei's debut feature Forever Fever (1998) was the first Singaporean film to go to Sundance and had a worldwide commercial release.

He describes Yellow Flowers as "a companion piece" to his previous film The Blue Mansion, which in 2009 made its world premiere at the Busan film festival and went on to others including Tokyo and Hong Kong. The Blue Mansion "was about the elite who run and rule Singapore without any compassion and humanity. Yellow Flowers represents the flip side of the same coin. It shows how the underclass, the forgotten, the left-behinds live and struggle to make sense of their existence as a result of 'the system' imposed by the ruling elite. …

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