Jacky Lee, the director of ‘Sunshine’ describes his film as “Michael Cera meeting Lady Gaga on Halloween night.” It’s an outrageous premise, referencing pop culture icons. Expectations were definitely high.
The outstanding music curation deserves a special highlight for its charm, spunk and character in this quirky fantasy adventure.
This short film was awarded Best Sound at the 5th Singapore Short Film Awards. Here are the awesome tracks that should be listened to in whole. It made us dance, and we hope you will too — at least keep your toes tapping!
#1 – ‘ARTFUL DODGER’ (BY INCH CHUA)
INCH CHUA is hailed as one of Singapore’s most successful indie-pop singer-songwriters. The distant strings and gentle snares of ‘ARTFUL DODGER’ lured us into the lead character’s sneaky getaway, and adventure!
#2 – ‘SUNSHINE’ (BY THE PINHOLES)
Before the two universes of the ‘geek’ and ‘runaway girl’ collide, SUNSHINE by the retro-rockers THE PINHOLES hints at the adventure that will begin. It’s rollicking fun, edited into the scene but deserves to be heard in full!
#3 – ‘BEAUTIFUL CRASH’ (BY B-QUARTET)
The melodious vocals and gentle strings in ‘BEAUTIFUL CRASH’ ushers the duo into an inexplicable drive through dark and silent streets. It’s by the ‘post-apocalyptic’ rock band B-QUARTET, a fitting melancholy in the film’s monochrome transition.
#4 – ‘SSA’ (BY KEVIN LESTER)
The energy bumps up a notch with KEVIN LESTER‘s infectious tunes, SSA. It’s a head bumping joy with very tightly written lines. Kevin is a solo hip-hop artiste, ‘a poet in progress’ who has travelled widely with his music — also at SXSW. Damn cool stuff.
#5 – ‘YOUTH OF GOLD’ (BY THE PINHOLES)
The film’s youthful exuberance comes to live in another track by THE PINHOLES. ‘YOUTH OF GOLD’ wouldn’t be out of place in a road trip playlist!
#6 – ‘THERE IS NO LOVE’ (BY CHARLIE LIM)
The lush and soulful plea of ‘THERE IS NO LOVE’ bleeds into the last scene, and into the end credits. It’s a mellow taste of dawn, and of a (un)fulfilled longing. Depending on how much emo you’ve built up through the 15-min film, the lyrics could be a stark contrast to the film’s ending!
This is a great song for a road trip, down the highway… with our pals. Wait. What are we saying? All these songs belong in a roadtrip playlist! ‘Sunshine’ is a damn trippy film, and we’re glad to tag along. Here’s hoping there’s a sequel!