Hui and Meng are two young adults who live very different lives, in different countries – Malaysia and Singapore. They’re directly across the Johor Straits.
Yet their circumstances are the same: trying to break out of the mould their parents have set for them.
It’s a small rebellion, but not an unusual one.
Hui resents her mum’s new boyfriend, Meng wishes his father would accept that studying animation isn’t such a bad thing.
Both try to assert independent of thought, and device ways to escape the tyranny of home.
The two troubled youths meet in Meng’s hometown, a small, charming seaside town.
They find solace in each other, despite their different backgrounds and sense of humour.
It’s a real blast. Fireworks are involved!
‘Across The Straits’ is part of our special First Take channel on Viddsee.
Ai Leng explains that Meng’s backstory was inspired by friend’s short story ‘The Provision Shop Son’ (杂货店儿子), while Hui’s character was inspired by Jason Mraz’s song ‘Love for a Child’.
If you’re wondering why Antoine de Saint Exupery’s ‘The Little Prince’ is quoted in this short film, read Ai Leng’s interview here with SINdie.