Screening of Old Places and Our Defining Moments


Inspired by Arthur Yap’s famous poem “2 Mothers in an HDB playground”, Our Playground is a selection of films set at Singapore’s historical playgrounds. Like the poem, these films explore the psycho-social landscape of playgrounds as a lens to read society and the personal relationships which connect us all.

Old Places / 77 mins / 2010 / Royston Tan, Eva Tang and Victric Thng / PG
Prior to the film’s production, members of the public were invited to call in to a radio station to recount their significant memories of places in Singapore. Three film-makers later brought these narratives to life by capturing a visual journey through a playground in Toa Payoh, a barbershop at Commonwealth Avenue, Capitol cinema, and an unassuming bakery in Whampoa.

Our Defining Moments / 10 mins / 2012 / Nicole Woodford / G
Commissioned by the National Library Board as part of the Singapore Memory Project, the film chronicles the life of a Singaporean man from his childhood memories of playing at his neighbourhood playground to adulthood.

This film programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, showing at the Stamford Gallery of the National Museum of Singapore from 20 April - 30 September. Admission is free.

Sun Apr 22, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM SGT
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The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930–2030