The hotly debated Farrer Park redevelopment has proved to be a wealthy topic for a tender native filmmaker who has depicted how an City Redevelopment Authority (URA) planner helped keep iconic portions of Singapore carrying historical past.
When the URA introduced plans in early 2018 to turn out to be Farrer Park fields right into a residential space, there was once a public outcry. A petition was once introduced to keep the Singapore Beginner Boxing Affiliation’s boxing stadium and the long-lasting Farrer Park Swimming Pool.
The citizens’ fears had been allayed in March this 12 months when the URA unveiled its draft grasp plan which confirmed that the pool and boxing fitness center can be retained and integrated into the housing building.
As a part of Public Provider Week, operating from July 15 to 21, director and entrepreneur Mr Ray Pang, 34, has made a movie without a discussion, with particular appearances from former nationwide soccer participant Lim Tong Hai, swimming legend Ang Peng Siong and boxing trainer Thangavelu Balasundram.
His movie “PS Farrer Park” was once according to Ms Stephanie Wee, 28, govt planner, bodily making plans (central east) division at URA, who performed a task in operating with the area people in retaining the carrying venues.
Boxing trainer Thangavelu Balasundram places an actor thru her paces on the previous boxing stadium in Farrer Park throughout the movie manufacturing. Picture: Splash Productions
Mr Pang advised TODAY on the media preview on Wednesday (July 17): “For individuals who perceive and are acutely aware of Farrer Park’s wealthy historical past, unquestionably this movie will tug a couple of strings.”
He added: “From an interloper, it (Farrer Park) has transform private for me. Boxing trainer Bala was once very emotional about leaving the fitness center and after we went again for the real shoot, he was much more emotional. He stated ‘I pass over this position such a lot’.”
Mr Pang’s movie is certainly one of 4 brief movies collection titled PS, a collaboration between Splash Productions and the Ministry of Communications and Data.
The opposite 3 movies — all about 5 mins lengthy — featured a analysis officer from the Ministry of Manpower, an officer from the Nationwide Setting Company and a formative years steering officer from Singapore Ladies’ House and are according to actual lifestyles.
Mr Pang’s movie has one hanging feature — there’s no discussion, or any spoken phrases.
He stated: “I sought after to make use of an overly other manner relating to visible and sounds to specific the essence of the movie. These days it isn’t about what you are saying however how you are making anyone really feel that’s necessary. I sought after the movie to be very natural, nearly easy, stripped down to simply visuals and sound.”
Mr Pang went to the level of learning the particular style of an aircraft, the Vickers Vimy bi-plane, which was once the primary plane to land in Singapore again in 1919 at the previous Race Direction, which is now Farrer Park. He integrated the sound of the plane within the movie.
Ms Wee, who’s performed by way of an actor within the movie, was once intrigued by way of Mr Pang’s manner.
“It was once fairly attention-grabbing how he (Mr Pang) advised my tale and confirmed it from the eyes of now not simply the planner but in addition from the eyes of the other stakeholders just like the sportsmen. It was once a mirroring impact the place the city planner understands them however but they perceive the place we’re coming from, that there are numerous demanding situations and trade-offs, that as a planner, we are facing.”
However she added that the movie “reinforces the significance of engagement”.
She stated: “Everyone has a distinct tale to inform and everybody has a distinct reminiscence and revel in. As a planner, you can not bargain any of that and reasonably it’s how will we carry some of these tales in combination and check out to retain that inside of long term plans — whether or not it’s retaining probably the most spatial components or bringing it again in a softer manner like having storyboards and heritage markers or how we plan for long term infrastructure to duplicate probably the most historical past of the web site.”
Mr Pang stated that he hopes the movie will set other people considering.
He stated: “The remaining boxing fit within the fitness center in truth sparked newshounds to discuss where and it snowballed and were given extra consideration. It’s a pity that trainer Bala left where as a result of they needed to vacate the entire position. So I’m hoping that they may be able to go back as a result of it’s actually the house of boxers.”
The flicks may also be considered on psshortfilms.sg or thru gov.sg’s YouTube web page.
Supply: TODAY On-line