Directed by NG XI JIE
Roy Payamal is the wildest busker of a country ranked the world’s most emotionless society. An old-time pioneer of the local scene, dubbed ‘Silver Man’, he creates mind-boggling acts, taking his undermined profession as a serious art- but is his faith impossible idealism or an admirable conviction?
Unraveling the nation’s bureaucratic reaches, a discourse on culture and expression plays out, co-starring Roy’s eccentric street colleagues. Flowing kaleidoscopically from interviews and fantasy sequences, to Roy’s handphone footage of his everyday life, Singapore Minstrel is an invitation into his beautiful mind, a magical, trying universe where art and life dialogue in a tropical dream.
Xi Jie Ng creates intimate encounters for a noisy world. Her works dance between the forms of film, performance, installation, socially engaged art and writing, and have been presented in Singapore, USA, Finland and India. Last year, Singapore Minstrel, her debut feature, premiered at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. saltythunder.net