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Number One

Number 1
dir. Ong Kuo Sin
Singapore, Malaysia 2020, 100’
subtitles: Polish and English

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European premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
Fr 19 Nov, 18:00
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We 24 Nov, 20:45
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17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Singapore, Malaysia 2020
Duration: 100’
director: Ong Kuo Sin
screenplay: Jaspers Lai
cinematography: Brad Francis
editing: Lawrence Ang, Erin Er, Jack Shuo
music: Jim Lim
cast: Mark Lee, Kiwebaby, Jaspers Lai, Darius Tan, Kenneth Chia, Gadrick Chin, Henry Thia, Cassandra See, Gina Tan, Caryn Cheng
producer: Boi Kwong
executive producer: Melvin Ang, Pimlapat Chaiviriyachok, Long Jong Chang, Lovinia Chiu, Terry Huynh, Teck Lim, Say Yong Ng, Mark Shaw
production: MM2 Entertainment, Clover Films, Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, Hoch Ventures, Kantana Post Production, Lima Capital Asia, Medialink Holdings, Shaw Organisation, Byleft Productions
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Meeting with the director in the festival studio

Chee Beng has a beautiful house, a family, a mortgage and a vocal talent revealed only during family get-togethers. But it all comes under threat when he loses his job. He is not a young man anymore, and his high qualifications do not make getting a new job any easier. His salvation comes in the form of a new position in a music club. A drag music club. The world of drag queens, filled with glitter and the flutter of fake eyelashes, will open completely new possibilities before Chee. Not only financial ones.

While making this colorful music comedy drama, the director's aim was to initiate dialog. A dialog between the warring parts of the Singaporean society, whose conservative and left-wing fractions have long forgotten how to talk to each other. His protagonists are a middle-aged man, struggling with the difficult role of the father of a young boy, and a group of drag queens. The author spent two years in the drag community, learning about the everyday lives and challenges faced by the performers. But the script does not focus on the constant fights and struggles – it is a warm, dynamic, touching film about breaking away from social limitations, mutual inspirations, and the support that people choosing drastically different lifestyles can give each other.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Ong Kuo Sin

Accomplished director and film and TV producer. Directed a number of TV series. In 2012, he made his debut feature "Judgment Day." He directed the popular musical "One Headlight" and co-directed the comedy "Time Is Money" together with the comedian Kang Kang.

Selected filmography:

2020 Number 1

2019 One Headlight

2019 Fried Rice Paradise (TV Series)

2015 Mr Unbelievable

2013 Judgment Day

2005-2007 My Sassy Neighbour

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