Ang Geck Geck Priscilla is a graduate of the School of Art Design Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU). Her work is driven by her desire to give a voice to the weak. She believes a good film can touch the lives of many and make the world a better place.
Geck has directed various short films and commercial works. Her debut film, Broken Crayon (2013), received accolades and won Best Short Film at the Singapore Short Film Festival. Her films have been screened in festivals like the Singapore International Film Festival and D’ Panda Hong Kong International Film Festival. Her current feature film is selected for Southeast Asian Film Lab (SEAFIC) 2018, and Singapore International Film Lab 2016 for development.
A scene from ‘Rice Wine Chicken’
Tell us a bit about yourself and your team!
The team was put together within a short 2 weeks. They are mostly from my university (ADM), and crew I’ve worked with for many years after graduation. They are the best people I have worked with. I feel most comfortable working with them.
What is the inspiration behind this short film?
In conjunction with National Day 2017, I was commissioned to make a short film inspired by the theme of ‘Home’ within a short span of time. I had just returned from a two-month trip. It was so rushed, I didn’t have much time to think about it. What came to mind instantly about home is the people I love and care for — like my grandma.
My grandma is like a mother to me. After my parent’s separation, she took care of me and my younger sister, since I was one year old. She was an independent and strong woman. Unfortunately, she had a fall and changed into a different person. She relies heavily on me emotionally and physically. She’s always seeking my attention and screaming my name as long as I am out of her sight. It hurt me a lot every time to see her this way, it was a big struggle for me at the start, and I didn’t know what to do. I was having a hard time accepting my grandma, and I kept questioning why.
Could you share with us what your main challenges were in putting this together, and how did you overcome them?
Time was the main challenge. I was given only two weeks to work — from scriptwriting to production work. Usually, if you have little time, a good budget can compensate to get things moving faster. Unfortunately, I didn’t have both. Since it is a low budget shoot, (my co-producer) Tian Xinni and I had multiple roles. It feels like I am back on a student short film project. It was not easy, but I enjoyed the whole process. I guess everything feels genuine and real. I’ve missed that feeling.
Perhaps it is about forming a team, how everyone who shares the same passion comes together to make things happen. I am so lucky to have Xinni and a supportive crew doing this for me, treating my short film as their passion project too. I can’t do it without all these people.
Rice Wine Chicken is one of the ten finalists of the Viddsee Juree Awards Singapore competition, a filmmaker community initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. Check out the rest here.