"If watching a great film opens a window to a magnificent discovery, marked by a flurry of transient thoughts, writing its review closes the door behind it, to which that discovery could be articulated and that transience forever rooted in that locked space and time, which is truly and humbly yours." ~ ET
ET, as he is affectionately known, grew up on a diet of popular Hollywood action blockbusters when he was in primary and secondary school, before being enlightened by the world of cinema through the astounding library collection of classics, foreign language and arthouse DVD titles at Meridian Junior College.
Compelled by the power and beauty of the medium, he started writing film reviews in 2007. He has not stopped since, continuing to average three reviews a week. Often regarded by the local film community as Singapore’s most prolific film critic, he has built up a wide local and international reach, with more than 1,400 reviews currently archived on his blog, with an average of 20,000 – 30,000 visits per month. His website recently clinched the Best Individual Blog title at the Singapore Blog Awards 2015.
ET is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Filmic Eye, a film education initiative that has organized screenings, talks and workshops for schools, libraries, community centers and partner organizations, and reached out to more than 15,000 students, adults and senior citizens since 2013. Under the initiative, he distributed the Golden Horse-winning environmental documentary 'Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above' at Cathay Cineplexes in Singapore in 2014, executive produced five animated shorts adapted from Singapore literature for the Singapore Writers Festival in 2015, and two live-action shorts for the Silver Arts Festival 2016.
ET is an adjunct instructor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information (Nanyang Technological University), teaching Introduction to Film Studies, Film Festival Practicum (Perspectives Film Festival) and Television Practicum. He also serves in the Executive Committee of the Singapore Film Society as a programming manager, advising on curatorial matters related to film festivals and regular screenings.
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*Media previews of new releases are courtesy of Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, United International Pictures, Shaw Organisation, Golden Village Pictures, Cathay-Keris Films, Encore Films and The Projector.
**Older classics and obscure titles are reviewed as screened in film festivals or on Blu-ray/DVD.
Credentials & Accolades
2015: Winner of Best Individual Blog, and Finalist for Best Topical Blog for Singapore Blog Awards.
2014: Nominee for Singapore Blog Awards.
2013: Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) – Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University; Minor in Education Studies - National Institute of Education.
2013: Delegate speaker for Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Thinking – Time for a Rethink? – “Film Literacy & Education in Singapore” – NIE.
2013: Guest speaker for The Asian Cinema Workshop: Strategizing and Modelling Space in Asian Films – “Film Literacy & Education in Singapore” – WKWSCI, NTU.
2013: Nominee for Singapore Blog Awards.
2012: Guest speaker for Managing Diversity in Singapore Conference – “Managing Localness in Singapore Cinema” – Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
2012: Guest speaker for “What the Flick?! The Art of Writing Film Reviews” – Young Writers’ Media Festival.
2011: Nominee for Singapore Blog Awards.
2011: Nominee for Favourite Golden Village Movie Reviewer.
2010: Winner of Favourite Golden Village Movie Reviewer.
2008: Member of the Large Association of Movie Blogs.
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