Updated: 09/03/2014 01:00

Racial tensions will form the backdrop to movie about the early days of Singapore's independence



Racial tensions will form the backdrop to movie about the early days of Singapore's independence

Racial tensions will form the backdrop to the movie "1965", which is set in the early days of Singapore's independence. 

Pre-production will begin this month, and it will be one of the SG50 films for next year. 

The budget for the movie is $2.8 million, about 40 per cent of which is coming from the government. 

Veteran Singaporean film producer Daniel Yun is one of the executive producers and the co-director of 1965. 

He says the film has been in development for five years, and faced many challenges along the way. 

"People didnt think that a movie like this could be made into a commercial film. And investors felt that I can invest in a horror film, I can invest in a Jack Neo comedy. But this... When I spoke to MDA, they said it's something that's challenging, but because of my years of experience in filmmaking, they're giving it a special look."

Another challenge was the script. 

Award-winning screenwriter Andrew Ngin, said it had to be redrafted more than 60 times, before it finally came together about a year ago. 

"We hit upon a plot element that could actually make the script into a mainstream movie while incorporating all the historical elements and appealing to anyone. If I told you the plot you'd get it. You don't have to be a Singaporean and you'd get it. But if you watch it and you're Singaporean, you'd enjoy it more."

Chinese actor Qi Yuwu and Malaysian actress Deanna Yusoff have been unveiled as the stars of the film, most of which will be shot in Batam.

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