The Art of Subtitles

Panel & Film
Featuring Karen Chan, Alfian Sa’at & Yap Hon Ngian
Moderated by David Lee

“Subtitles offer a way into worlds outside of ourselves… Subtitles embed us,” states the book Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film. Subtitling is often an unsung craft, yet good subtitles – in film, theatre and TV – can “embed” us in a multicultural world, adding a different texture to the artistic experience. Join Karen Chan (executive director, Asian Film Archive), Alfian Sa’at (resident playwright, W!LD RICE) and Yap Hon Ngian (former head of subtitling, Mediacorp) as they talk about finding the sweet spot in subtitles through a combination of good translation and perfect timing. The discussion is moderated by David Lee (vice-chairman, Singapore Film Society).

This panel and screening is organised as part of TranslateSingapore 2015.

Followed by complimentary screening of
Director Hsu Chiao Meng(徐蕉明)
Produced by Hong Kong United Co Ltd (港联有限公司)
Cast Xiao Lizhen (筱丽珍), Jin Shanghua (锦上花), Hokkien Opera Troupe (新麒麟闽剧团)
Singapore | 1958 | In Hokkien with English and Chinese subtitles

Taming of the Princess is a Hokkien period opera film based on a popular Chinese story about Tang Dynasty General Guo Ziyi’s son Guo Ai, who rebukes his wife, Princess Sheng Ping, for not attending his father’s birthday celebration. Taming was the first and only Hokkien (Amoy dialect) opera film wholly funded and produced by Singapore or Malaya film companies and talents. It was an unprecedented venture by local arts and cultural groups to document the vernacular Chinese traditional performing arts through cinema. The film’s actors and actresses were renowned opera singers and stage performers from the local Sin Kee Lin Hokkien Opera Troupe, who were widely celebrated by Hokkien opera fans in the Southeast Asian region.

Taming is a restored work by the Asian Film Archive and it is courtesy of Mr and Mrs Chan Kam Yuen.

Show your tickets to enjoy 10% discount at the Singapore Writers Festival bookstore, The Select Centre Bookroom.

For more information about Singapore's first translation festival, TranslateSingapore 2015, please click here.

Programme Partner Asian Film Archive

  • The event description was updated. Diff#124434 2015-10-20 08:08:49
More updates
Thu Nov 5, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
Add to Calendar
Standard SOLD OUT $10.00
Students, Senior Citizens; Symposium Pass SOLD OUT $8.00
Venue Address
The Projector. Golden Mile Tower. 6001 Beach Road. #05-00. Singapore 199589. Singapore
Nearest stop Nicoll Highway MRT station (Circle Line). Golden Mile Tower is a 5 min walk away.
The Select Centre