Lizard On The Wall is the much-awaited, completed film of an exciting mode of movie-making pioneered by SIFA with the audiences of The O.P.E.N., our pre-festival of ideas. Edited (the hallmark of cinema) into a full film, this is a risky undertaking that harnesses the spontaneity of live performance and introduces unknown stars drawn directly from our audiences! Hot out of the editing suite, Lizard On The Wall, the latest Singapore film from prolific film-maker K. Rajagopal and Fran Borgia of Akanga Film Asia was shot in July 2017.
The film presents the wedding banquet of Amrit in the family house, beginning with a festive celebration of song and dance. The events of the day then take a turn when embarrassing secrets come to light, and guests are made to confront the shameful truths of a double life. High drama set against a colourful backdrop, Lizard On The Wall is also an inventive take on interactive performance, showing the SIFA audience vividly in a new Singapore film.
This red-carpet gala of Lizard On The Wall is, for once, intended for the film’s supernumeraries. Come in the same costume that you wore during the shoot and see yourself on film – be recognised!
For those who missed starring in the film, enjoy the fruits of labour of hundreds of artists from the film set. As the closing event for SIFA 2017, the red-carpet gala of Lizard On The Wall is a fitting closure to the tenure of Founding Festival Director Ong Keng Sen and his amazing team, who have brought you innovation as well as artistic risks in the last four years. Come bid them farewell over a glass of bubbly!
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
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Born in 1965 in Singapore, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festivalʼs Special Jury Prize for 3 consecutive years with I Can't Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997). Other works include Brother (1997), The New World (2009) and Timeless (2010). His short film The Flame (2015) was part of the SG50 commissioned omnibus film 7 Letters, which had its Asian premier at the Busan International Film Festival. K. Rajagopal also worked on stage for over ten years. He has collaborated with many notable theatre directors on projects such as Media, Mother Courage and Beauty World. After an 11-year hiatus, he appeared as King Lear in The King Lear Project at KunstenFestivalDesArts in Brussels and at the Singapore Arts Festival in 2008, and played Faust in Film Faust for Esplanade Studios Series in 2009. A Yellow Bird, his first feature film, premiered in-competition at the Criticsʼ Week, Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Heraldʼs Best Young Australian Novelist Award in 2014, and Sugarbread, a finalist for the 2015 inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia and Nanyang Technological University. Her third novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Windows (Harper Collins/William Morrow) will be released internationally in March 2017. Balli is currently working on a fourth novel about three sisters who go on a pilgrimage to India to reconnect with each other after their motherʼs death.
Born in southern Spain and based in Singapore for more than a decade, Fran Borgia has produced several critically acclaimed films such as Ho Tzu Nyenʼs Here (41st Directorʼs Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2009), Boo Junfengʼs Sandcastle (49th Criticsʼ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2010), Vladimir Todorovicʼs Disappearing Landscape (42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013), Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlorʼs Mister John (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013), and K. Rajagopalʼs segment for the omnibus feature 7 Letters, The Flame (20th Busan International Film Festival 2015). Recently he has Co-Produced Lav Diazʼs A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery, which premiered In-Competition at the Berlinale 2016 and won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for “a feature film that opens new perspectives”; and Produced two films that premiered in Cannes Film Festival in 2016: Boo Junfengʼs Apprentice (Un Certain Regard) and K. Rajagopalʼs A Yellow Bird (Cannes Criticsʼ Week).