Monday, May 18, 2009
Inshaallah, after "Wasurenagusa", it's a Singaporean film called "Go, Thaddeus!"
( The article below was lifted from Today, the Singaporean daily paper. Look it up here: http://www.todayonline.com/articles/320449.asp )
Monday, May 18, 2009.
Go, Yasmin, go! Malaysian director tackles Singaporean teen triathlete’s tragic death for new film. ~ Mayo Martin in Cannes
Yasmin Ahmad’s new film will soon be up and running. And it’s based on one of the biggest tragedies to have hit Singapore sport, involving triathlete Thaddeus Cheong.
Yasmin, the Malaysian director of award-winning films like Muallaf and the TV commercials for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports — Eulogy and Red Shoes — is currently writing the script for "Go, Thaddeus!"
In June 2007, the 17-year-old Cheong, a Raffles Junior College student, collapsed at the finish line during a selection race for the South-east Asian Games triathlon event. He died soon after.
"Go, Thaddeus!" will be based on the book "Running The Full Distance: Thaddeus Cheong", written by the late athlete’s aunt, Belinda Wee.
It is set to be released in Singapore and Malaysia in August next year as a lead up to the Singapore Youth Olympics.
Coming on board as producer is Thomas Chia, director of independent movie distributor Lighthouse Pictures. The first-time feature-length producer told Today at the Cannes Film Festival that Wee had contacted Yasmin through him.
Chia, a personal friend of the director and distributor of her films, said: “(Wee) sent me the book, I finished it in four hours and cried my eyes out. I knew Yasmin would be interested in something like this.”
He added: “I saw this project as viable because it’s for the Youth Olympics, it’s a real story of a national hero, and Belinda went all out to get all the government agencies to be involved.” One of the film’s earliest supporters is the Singapore Sports Council.
The 15-day shoot for "Go, Thaddeus!" commences in February next year, with an estimated budget of somewhere between $700,000 to $1.2 million. Actors have yet to be cast, but Chia revealed that the short list for one of the lead roles includes a Singapore TV and movie actress, and that Yasmin “has been speaking to one of the biggest actresses in Malaysia. And she’s Chinese”.